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How to keep your sports betting techniques sharp while on lockdown

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At some point, this halt in the sports world will end, and we will be back to betting on games. Now is a good time to explore some new theories, tools and web sites.

Today we will focus on the Rockets via SBD Sharp, a trend-based site that takes a different approach. Basically, it acts as a data tool that looks at teams and leagues performances over time, and tracks how much money could have been made based on different plays, including ATS, money line and over/unders.

Whither the Rockets?

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For instance, this breakdown shows how the Rockets fared in money line wagers. As underdogs, they were 6-5, which would have brought a positive ROI of 100.18 percent. So by simply playing the Rockets only as underdogs, you would have a nice profit.

Keeping track

Analyzing results is a must for anyone who is trying to make a longterm profit. Finding trends is the key to successful betting, because in the end you are trying to make your best possible guess. Taking as much of the guesswork out is critical to success. While we are on lockdown, finding new tools is essential, and this is a very good one.

Winning over time is not easy, so arming yourself with as much intel as possible is a good thing. It is even more important now, because with nothing to bet on, plugging the leaks in your wagering can really pay off in the long run when the action does return. The NBA had developed some definitive trends during the 2019-20 season, and it will be interesting to see how those play out when basketball returns.

Every bit of knowledge helps, and this is a good site to play around for when the games return.

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Houston has lost seven of eight

Mariners ride big fifth inning to series win over Astros

Jake Odorizzi earned his second loss as an Astro Sunday. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images.

With the losing streak behind them by taking the middle game on Saturday night, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park on Sunday afternoon to try and make it back-to-back victories to take the series. Instead, they'd suffer their seventh loss in the last eight games.

Final Score: Mariners 7, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 7-8, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Ljay Newsome (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (0-2)

Odorizzi locks in through four while Houston grabs a lead

Jake Odorizzi did not start his afternoon the way he needed to in order to have a good rebound outing compared to his first start. In the 37-pitch first inning, he issued two walks and an RBI-single, putting the Mariners at a significant advantage early. Odorizzi flipped the switch, though, finding a rhythm to retire the next ten batters after that RBI-single to get through four innings with just one run allowed.

Offensively for Houston, they quickly responded to Seattle's run in the first with one of their own in the top of the second, capitalizing on some shoddy defense by Seattle to get Carlos Correa to second to set up an RBI ground-rule double by Aledmys Diaz, tying things up 1-1. It stayed that way until the top of the fifth when a leadoff walk by Chas McCormick would turn into a run after a stolen base and two sacrifice flys to give Houston a 2-1 lead.

Mariners explode for four in the fifth

The lead was short-lived, as Seattle would explode in the bottom of the fifth, getting a leadoff single and one-out walk to set up a two-RBI triple by Mitch Haniger to go ahead 3-2. That would prompt Dusty Baker out of the dugout to end Odorizzi's day and move on to Brooks Raley. Raley would not fare any better, giving up a two-run homer to Ty France to extend Seattle's new lead to 5-2. He would finish the inning, putting Odorizzi's line final: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 89 P.

Seattle takes the series

Seattle would strike again in the bottom of the seventh against Joe Smith. After a leadoff walk, the Mariners would get back-to-back one-out RBI-doubles to extend their lead to 7-2. After Smith in the seventh, Peter Solomon would make his major-league debut in the bottom of the eighth and work around a one-out walk for a scoreless inning. Houston would then come up empty in the top of the ninth, dropping the finale and the series to Seattle.

Up Next: The Astros will travel to Denver tonight and get an off day tomorrow. Tuesday night, they'll start a quick two-game set with the Rockies at 7:40 PM Central. Houston currently has Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1, 5.27 ERA) penciled in as their starter, but with ongoing illness, he has not yet been fully confirmed. For the Rockies, Jon Gray (1-1, 2.87 ERA) is expected to start.

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