Sports Betting Tools & Resources

I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your sports betting needs. I’ll add to it as I discover more great sports betting tools, but you’ll notice that I reference this page quite often. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!

Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.  Please understand that I have experience with all of these products, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.  Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

Sports Betting Glossary

Here is a list of gambling and sports betting terms that are very useful to know. I have over 100 terms listed and some are more advanced than others, so I advise bookmarking this page to reference whenever you come across a term you do not know or simply need a refresher.

Digital Products

Searching for previous NBA schedules, odds, and results? Look no further. I've created spreadsheets dating back to the 2009-10 season that have it all, including playoffs. You can download them individually or together as one package here.

Books

These are my top must-read books for any sports bettor. They are listed in order of complexity and usefulness, and you can read a description of each by clicking the link. There are plenty of sports betting books out there, but I found these are the best ones to start with.

The Odds: One Season, Three Gamblers, and the Death of Their Las Vegas by Chad Millman

Mathletics: How Gamblers, Managers, and Sports Enthusiasts Use Mathematics in Baseball, Basketball, and Football by Wayne Winston

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--but Some Don't by Nate Silver

Trading Bases: How a Wall Street Trader Made a Fortune Betting on Baseball by Joe Peta

Podcasts

Behind the Bets

Not only is this the best sports betting podcast I have found, but it is my favorite podcast in general. More experienced bettors may feel it is below them and just stating the obvious,  but I still find it entertaining. Chad Millman, editor in chief of ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com as well as author of The Odds (book above), hosts this weekly show that “discusses all things betting in the sports world.” From August through January, the podcast centers on the NFL and college football; and rightfully so as these are the two largest sports betting markets in the U.S. Just like this site though, there is plenty of great information to be learned just by listening, which can be transferred to the sport of your choice. I could go on and on about this podcast, so I wrote a whole article about it here! The  podcast comes out every Wednesday morning.

Beating the Book with Gill Alexander

Gill Alexander pioneered both sports betting podcasting and the use of sabermetrics in handicapping baseball. For the better part of a decade, he has played to a global audience and has achieved remarkable worldwide listenership through an honest approach that eschews the touting of records in favor of one that highlights the viewpoints and varied perspectives of prominent people throughout the sports betting industry.

An island of integrity in a sea of an industry commonly riddled with shady motives, Gill’s podcast maintains a single mission, to help sports bettors get better at their craft by exposing them to advanced level betting concepts. You might even be highly entertained in the process.

The Pre Game

Pregame.com’s podcast delivers picks and tips for all things sports betting. Broadcasting from the ESPN Studios in Las Vegas, hosts Scott Spreitzer and RJ Bell discuss the latest sports news and its relevance to handicapping, in addition to interviewing sports and betting experts from across the country. Scott and RJ discuss the biggest gambling news and odds each day, plus free picks, line moves, handicapping tips, big game previews, famous handicappers, sportsbook insights, and Las Vegas gambling stories. Covering all the big U.S. sports, the podcast comes out daily Monday-Friday around 3pm.

Bang the Book Radio

The podcast channel for BangTheBook features sports betting analysis and free picks from some of the industry's top handicappers. With NFL, College Football, MLB, NBA, and College Basketball podcasts, we cover all the sports with betting tips, free picks, stats, and matchup analysis on all the games that you want to know about.

Free Betting Tools

Sports Insights Betting Odds

This is a great tool that I use daily. It helps me track line movements and where the money is going at the major online sportsbooks for each game. Sports Insights offers updated odds for all the major American sports leagues in addition to showing injuries, referee assignments, and which way lines might move. I have this site open almost 24/7 in my web browser.

Sports Insights also offers plenty of great premium tools as well from pick services to betting system software. You can get real-time odds from 40+ sportsbooks, full public betting trends across seven sportsbooks, and their data-driven picks based off their own winning systems for all major sports. This is extremely useful information that I can't recommend enough. Click here if you are interested.

Covers.com Print Sheets

Although I'm not a huge fan of Covers.com (I think there is just way too much going on in their page design), they do have some useful resources - one of them being the Print Sheets. These show basic performance stats such as overall records, records against the spread (ATS), average points scored and against, Over/Under records, and more. I reference this almost daily when I am not sure about a particular match-up.