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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 back-to-back games

Astros drop series to Giants with finale loss

Houston's offense came up short again in San Francisco on Sunday. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

After splitting the first two games against the Giants, the Astros tried to grab the finale to win his high-difficulty series. They came up short, though, with San Francisco once again one-upping them on offense against Luis Garcia, giving Houston back-to-back losses.

Final Score: Giants 5, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 64-42, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Logan Webb (5-3)

Losing Pitcher: Luis Garcia (7-6)

Gurriel strikes first, but Giants get the better of Garcia

The Astros were able to grab an early lead against Logan Webb in the top of the first, getting a runner on base to set up Yuli Gurriel for a two-run homer to start the scoring. Luis Garcia, who erased a walk in the first and a double in the second to maintain the 2-0 advantage, ran into trouble in the third. After two quick outs, Kris Bryant, recently acquired by the Giants at the trade deadline, changed the momentum with a solo homer in the first game for his new team.

They scored two more runs during the two-out rally on three hits and a walk, grabbing a 3-2 lead before Garcia would get the final out. He managed a scoreless fourth, but San Francisco got to him again in the fifth, chasing him out of the game with a two-out, two-run homer to extend their lead to 5-2. His final line in the loss: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 HR, 89 P.

Giants take series as Astros drop the finale

First out of Houston's bullpen was Rafael Montero, making his debut for his new team. He did well, getting the third out of the fifth then tossing a scoreless sixth. Phil Maton was next, coming in for the bottom of the seventh and erasing a single to keep it a three-run game. After wasting a chance with two runners on in the seventh, the Astros started a new rally in the top of the eighth, getting back-to-back hits to lead it off with runners on first and third with no outs.

They would get just one run from it, though, making it 5-3, which would go final after a scoreless bottom of the eighth by Ryne Stanek and a 1-2-3 inning at the plate by Houston in the top of the ninth. That gave the Giants the series and left the Astros reeling from back-to-back losses as they turn the page to another high-caliber opponent to finish this road trip.

Up Next: Houston will travel to the last leg of this road trip, Los Angeles, before a day off on Monday. Tuesday, they'll pick up a quick two-game series with the Dodgers, with Lance McCullers Jr. (8-2, 3.23 ERA) for the Astros going up against Walker Buehler (11-1, 2.19 ERA) for LA in the opener at 9:10 PM Central.

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