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Getting The Most Out Of Our Website – How To Use The “Current Games – Detail View” Section

We often see questions posted on Twitter asking where to find handicapping information, and it makes us feel that we are not doing a very good job of informing people about all our site has to offer.

As I am sure most of you reading this know there are countless sites that provide this type of  information, but it had been our experience that most of it was fragmented, not very comprehensive, and displayed in ways that doesn’t make sense.

We just thought that someone could do a better job, so why not us.

When designing the site we included all the information that we found ourselves searching out, grouped it by individual game, and then displayed all that information in a way that mirrors how our users, the handicapping public, intuitively think.

In addition to providing the data, we allow you access to it via query tools that we feel are better than anything offered across this very crowded space.

While we think we have done a pretty good job, and hope you do as well, we continue to feel that too much of our site’s functionality and information is being under utilized.

When we look at how our users navigate within our site, it is clear that people land on a main page and either don’t think about or don’t know how much other valuable information is a few clicks away.

With that in mind we thought it might be helpful if we posted a series of articles that drilled down on our site’s features and the data that we offer.

The first topic we chose to write about is the “Current Games – Detail View”.

This is available for all the Leagues that we track and offers a VERY VERY detailed look at all the currently scheduled games from a handicapping perspective.

Some of the highlights include:

  • The most thorough Game Snapshot you will find on the web, including anything and everything from Line/Total Movement, Game Time (which came be customized to your time zone),  and a link that provides the weather forecast for any outdoor venue.
  • Head-To-Head Cover Rates, Scoring Averages by Road/Home Team (For MLB Pitcher specific data is included), and a 5 year roster of all their games complete with historic ML/ATS/Total results
  • Query Tool that shows you Cover Rates at the current Line/Total and allows you to adjust the Line/Total  by half points to see if there has been any value in buying the Line/Total up or down
  • Displays how the teams have done historically specific to the current game role – For example Coming off a Home Loss on Short Weeks Rest
  • Query Tool that allows you to return ML/ATS/Total histories at the click of a  button for countless scenarios – For example – How have the Bears done as a Dog in Road Division Games On Grass?
  • ML/ATS/Total history for both teams that you can both sort and filter
  • Match up data presented side by side showing one team’s offense vs the other team’s defense complete with ranking data for each category to help make the comparisons more meaningful

Below you will find a much more in-depth look at “Current Games – Detail View” section of our site.

We hope you find this informative, and if you have questions we would love to hear from you so please feel free to reach out to us on Twitter @GreyMatterStats .

Current Games – Detail View

This view displays a detailed look at the current card of games for each league.

It is broken down into a header and a series of tabs.

Current Games – Detail View – Header

The header display remains visible regardless of what tab you chose and offers a quick reference on the details of a game, such as who is playing, Current Money Line, Line, and Total data, as well as the projected final scores. Throughout the website, the

Favorite team is highlighted in dark green and the Underdog in dark red.

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The arrows will page from game to game and for quick access to a specific match-up you can use the drop down menu to go directly to any game.

If one team opened as the favorite, and currently the other team is currently the favorite, the Open Favorite A/H and Current Favorite A/H fields will be highlighted in yellow, alerting you to this change.

In some cases a game may have a valid Line but no Total. In that event, the system defaults to a Total of 299 and highlights the Current Total field in yellow alerting you that no valid total is available.

Current Games – Detail View – Game Snapshot

This tab drills down on the specifics of the selected game. Here you can find information about each team, such as streaks leading into the current game, Current Line and Total data, projected winners and Total result, as well as date, time, venue, and weather information.

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Please note, that during registration you can select a preferred time zone, in which to display all game time data.

If Game Type is something other than “Regular Season”, the display will be highlighted in yellow.

If game is being played at a Neutral Site, the display will be highlighted in yellow.

As mentioned above, in some cases a game may have a valid Line but no Total. In that event, the system defaults to a Total of 299 and on this tab highlights the Open Total, Current Total, and Projected Total Result fields in yellow, alerting you that no valid total is available.

Current Games – Detail View – Head To Head History

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The Head to Head History Tab gives you a wealth of historic match-up information. The data is displayed in five sections and can be filtered by All History, Current Season, Previous Season, and Current 30 Days.

Section 1 – Shows, head to head, how the away team has fared against the home team in a number of different scenarios, as well as provides average scores for the selected time frames.

Section 2 – Shows, head to head, how the home team has fared against the away team in a number of different scenarios, as well as provides average scores for the selected time frames.

Section 3 – MLB Only – Shows how the away scheduled starter has fared against the home team in a number of different scenarios, as well as provides average scores when the away starter has gone against the current opponent on the road.

Section 4 – MLB Only – Shows how the home scheduled starter has fared against the away team in a number of different scenarios, as well as provide average scores when the home starter has gone against the current opponent at home.

Section 5 – Shows a results history of the current teams based on the current selection criteria.

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The Trend buttons show any noteworthy information specific to the current match up for each team, including Head To Head situational data.

Current Games – Detail View – Detailed Line and Total Data

This tab shows you how a Line, the Line movement, a Total, or Total movement has translated into an outcome for four time frames: the current season to date, the previous season, a rolling five-year history of data, and a rolling current 30 days of data . It offers the unique ability to tweak the data to show the information for a specific Line or Total. The system loads our Current Line, Current Line Δ, Current Total, and Current Total , and displays a percentage on how Favorites, Underdogs, Overs, and Unders have fared at these particular intervals across the three time frames. Using the UP arrow and DOWN arrow, you can alter the Current

Line, Current Line Δ, Current Total, and Current Total to see outcomes based on whatever interval

chosen. Hitting RESET or moving on to a new game reverts the information back to the default.

A Projected Line and Total Result is displayed for current information and will dynamically change as you move the Line or Total with the arrow buttons.

On the displayed percentages, for variables indicating Line results, any Favorite trend of over 60% is highlighted in green, and Underdog trend over 60% is highlighted in red. For the Total percentages, any Over trend occurring more than 60% of the time is highlighted in orange, and any Under trend occurring more than 60% of the time is highlighted in light blue.

If no Total is available for the current game, the system defaults to a Total of 299 and on this tab highlights the Open Total, Current Total, and Projected Total Result, “N/A”, fields in yellow, alerting you that no valid total is available.

In an effort to make outlying data points more meaningful, statistics for Line and Total moves of more than 5 points are included at the +5 or -5 intervals.

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Current Games – Detail View – Situational Data for Current Game

This tab shows how the two current teams have done historically against the Money Line, the Line, and the Total in the specific game situation, while controlling for variables such as game type, away or home, recent travel, and win/loss streaks. For comparative purposes, statistics are provided by League for the same type of game specific situational data.

For the team level output, win percentages greater than 60% are highlighted in light green, loss percentages greater than 60% are highlighted in light red, Over percentages greater than 60% are highlighted in orange, and Under percentages are highlighted in light blue.

For the League level output, Favorite win percentages greater than 60% are highlighted in dark green, Underdog percentages greater than 60% are highlighted in dark red, Over percentages greater than 60% are highlighted in orange, and Under percentages are highlighted in light blue.

Team Specific Output Example

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In the above example:

Money Line – Displays how a team has performed historically in the current game situation against the Money Line

Line – Displays how a team has performed historically in the current game situation against the Line

Total – Displays how a team has performed historically in the current game situation against the Total

Travel – In the above example, Away Home-02 vs Home Road-01, means that coming into the current game the Away Team had been home for two consecutive games and the home Team had been on the road for one game. The percentages reflect the historic outcomes for each team specific to these games situations.

Win/Loss – Specific to either the Money Line, Line, or Total indicates win or loss streaks that teams were on entering the current game. In the above example for Money Line, Away Lost-05 vs Home Won-01, means that coming into the current game, against the Money Line, the Away Team had lost five consecutive games and the home Team had won one consecutive game. The percentages reflect the historic outcomes for each team specific to these games situations.

Days Between Games – Specific to either the Money Line, Line, or Total indicates based on days between games for both teams, what the historic outcomes have been.

For football, Standard Week means a standard week’s rest, Short Week, means a team is playing the current game on less than a week’s rest, Long Week, means a team is playing the current game on more than a week’s rest, and Bye Week, means a team had a bye leading into the current game. For basketball, the variables are Played

Previous Day, One Day Rest, Two Days Rest, Three Days Rest, Four Days Rest, Five

Days Rest, or More Than Five Days Rest. In the above example for Money Line, both teams are entering the current game on a Standard Week’s rest. The percentages reflect the historic outcomes for each team specific to these games situations.

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In the above example of the League level output, the terminology is the same as that of the team level detail, but the percentages are expressed in terms of how a Favorite or Underdog has fared historically in a particular game situation as opposed to the individual teams. For example, looking at Line Win/Loss Streak, League wide, when an

Away Team enters a game with one consecutive win against the Line, is playing a home

Team with one consecutive win against the Line, the Favorite has won 52.0% of the time.

Current Games – Detail View – Cover Rates Overview

This tab shows a side-by-side, top-line comparison on how the two current teams have done against the Money Line, the Line, and the Total for the current season, the previous season, as well as a rolling current 30 day history.

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Current Games – Detail View – Win/Loss Analysis

This tab allows you to drill down comparatively on the two current teams, to look for historic trends and angles with the ability to query on a number of variables.

Win percentages greater than 60% are highlighted in light green, loss percentages greater than 60% are highlighted in light red, Over percentages greater than 60% are highlighted in orange, and Under percentages greater than 60% are highlighted in light blue.

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Current Games – Detail View – Sort-able Results

This tab allows you to quickly review past performances of the two currents teams with the ability to filter on a number of game situations.

Wins are highlighted in light green, losses are highlighted in light red, Overs are highlighted in orange, and Unders are highlighted in light blue.

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In addition to the selection criteria, you can sort the output by clicking on an output column header. For example, if you want to sort your selected output by “Opponent”, simply click on the “Opponent” heading to display the data alphabetically by Opponent Team Name.

If there was no valid Total for a game, the system defaults to a Total of 0 and displays the Total Result as a Push.

Current Games – Detail View – Match Up

This tab displays a quick head-to-head statistical comparison for the two current teams, showing not only key statistical areas, but how their opponent’s corresponding defenses match up in those areas.

The Rank data helps to provide and an even clearer picture of the statistical comparisons. In the example below, Philadelphia’s Team Batting Average of .251 is ranked 15th in the league while Washington’s Team Batting Average of .229 is ranked 29th in the league.

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Current Games – Detail View – Comparative Conference Data

This tab is a quick reference showing historically, by percentages, the outcomes of games aggregated to the conference level, and shown from the home Team’s perspective. In the following NBA example, the display shows how the WESTERN-SOUTHWEST compares when playing the EASTERN-SOUTHEAST, the average points for and against, and the average margin of victory.

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In the above example for The Current Season, when the WESTERN-SOUTHWEST has played the EASTERN-SOUTHEAST, the EASTERN-SOUTHEAST teams have averaged 96.4 points per game; the WESTERN-SOUTHWEST teams have averaged 99.6 point per game. The “Advantage”, or average difference, is -3.2 points per game which in this case would favor the away WESTERN-SOUTHWEST.

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Current Games – Detail View – Defined Terms

Away Closing Dog or Favorite – Whether the Away Team was an Underdog or a

Favorite once the game started.

Away Closing Money Line – The Final Money Line for the Away Team.

Away Current Dog or Favorite – Whether the Away Team is currently an Underdog or a Favorite.

Away Current Money – The Current Money Line for the Away Team.

Away Current Travel – Indicates the number of games this team has either been on the road or at home leading into the current game. A display of Home-02 would indicate that the current Away Team had been home for their prior two games leading into this game. A display of Away-01 would indicate that the current Away Team had been on the road for their prior game leading into the current one. Note: For the first game of a new season a default of “First Game of the Season” is used. Also, Neutral Site games are counted as away games leading into current game.

Away Date Last Played – The date the Away Team last played. Note: This is left blank for the first game of a new season.

Away Line Streak – Indicates the number of games the Away Team has either won, lost, or Pushed against the Line leading into the current game. A display of Won-03 indicates that the Away Team enters the current game on a three-game win streak against the Line as either a Favorite or an Underdog. A display of Lost-01 would indicate that the Away Team enters the current game on a one game losing streak against the Line as either a Favorite or an Underdog. A display of Push-01 indicates that the Away Team enters the game having tied their prior game against the Line as either a Favorite or an Underdog. Note: for the first game of a new season a default of “First Game of the Season” is used.

Away Money Line Streak – Indicates the number of games the Away Team has either won, lost, or Pushed against the Money Line leading into the current game. A display of Won-03 indicates that the Away Team enters the current game on a three-game win streak. A display of Lost-01 indicates that the Away Team enters the current game on a one-game losing streak. A display of Push-01 indicates that the Away Team enters the game having tied their prior game. Note: for the first game of a new season a default of “First Game of the Season” is used.

Away Open Dog or Favorite – Whether the Away opened as an Underdog or a Favorite.

Away Open Money Line – The opening Money Line for the Away Team.

Away Team – The team that is traveling for the specific game. Note: If a game is played at a Neutral Site, the system still displays teams as Away and Home, but uses historic data based on Neutral Site and Away past performance in projecting scores for both the Away and Home Teams for this situation.

Away Team Scheduled Starter – The pitcher scheduled to start for the Away Team. In addition to displaying the pitcher’s name, current ERA, and if he is left or right handed, in this section we update a current Run Line which is based on the scheduled starter.

Away Total Streak – Indicates the number of games the Away Team has either gone Over, Under, or Pushed against the Total leading into the current game. A display of Over-03 indicates that the Away Team enters the current game on a three game streak of having games go over the Total. A display of Under-01 indicates that the Away Team enters the current game on a one game streak of having the game go

Under the Total. A display of Push-01 indicates that the Away Team enters the game having tied their prior game against the Total. Note: for the first game of a new season a default of “First Game of the Season” is used.

Closing Line – The final Line that indicated which team was favored in a game.

Closing Total – The final betting figure posted for the total points scored in a game.

Conference Game – Denotes whether the selected game is conference play.

Current Favorite Away or Home – Indicates whether the Away or Home Team is the

Current Favorite in a game. Note: In some cases this will be different than the Open

Favorite Away or Home, and in such a case this box will be highlighted in yellow to alert a user to this change.

Current Line – The Line currently indicating which team is favored in a game.

Current Line – Represents the movement of the Current Line from the Opening Line. If the Opening Line was 3 and the Current Line is 4, the Current Line would be a positive 1, meaning the Line went up one point. If the Opening Line was 3 and

the Current Line is 2.5, the Current Line would be a negative .5, meaning the Line

went down a half of point. If the Opening Line was 1 and the Home Team was

favored and the Current Line is .5 with the Away Team favored, the Current Line would be a negative 1.5 meaning the Line went down 1.5 points.

Current Total – The current betting figure posted for the total points scored in a game.

Current Total – Represents the movement of the Current Total from the Opening

Total. If the Opening Total was 40 and the Current Total is 41, the Current Total would be a positive 1, meaning the Total went up one point. If the Opening Total was

42 and the Current Total is 41.5, the Current Total would be a negative .5, meaning the Total went down a half of point.

Date – The calendar date on which the game is played.

Division Game – Denotes whether or not the selected game is division play.

Favorite (Fav) – The team that is laying points in a specific match-up. Note: In some cases a game may be a Pick, and in this case the system selects the Home Team as the Favorite due to home field advantage.

Game Day – The day of the week on which the selected game is played.

Game Type – Denotes if a game is a REGULAR SEASON game or some other type such as “PLAYOFF GAME” or “POST SEASON TOURNAMENT. If a Game Type is anything other than REGULAR SEASON it is highlighted in yellow.

Home Closing Dog or Favorite – Whether the Home was an Underdog or a Favorite once the game started.

Home Closing Money Line – The Final Money Line for the Home Team.

Home Current Dog or Favorite – Whether the Home Team is currently an Underdog or a Favorite.

Home Current Money – The Current Money Line for the Home Team.

Home Current Travel – Indicates the number of games this team has either been on the road or at home leading into the current game. A display of Home-02 would indicate that the Current Home Team had been home for their prior two games leading into this game. A display of Away-01 would indicate that the Current Home Team had been on the road for their prior game leading into the current one. Note: for the first game of a new season a default of “First Game of the Season” is used. Also,

Neutral Site games are counted as away games leading into current game.

Home Date Last Played – The date the Home Team last played. Note: This is left blank for the first game of a new season.

Home Line Streak – Indicates the number of games the Home Team has either won, lost, or Pushed against the Line leading into the current game. A display of Won-03 indicates that the Home Team enters the current game on a three game win streak against the Line as either a Favorite or an Underdog. A display of Lost-01 would indicate that the Home Team enters the current game on a one game losing streak against the Line as either a Favorite or an Underdog. A display of Push-01 indicates that the Home Team enters the game having tied their prior game against the Line as either a Favorite or an Underdog. Note: For the first game of a new season a default of “First Game of the Season” is used.

Home Money Line Streak – Indicates the number of games the Home Team has either won, lost, or Pushed against the Money Line leading into the current game. A display

of Won-03 indicates that the Home Team enters the current game on a three game win streak. A display of Lost-01 indicates that the Home Team enters the current game on a one game losing streak. A display of Push-01 indicates that the Home

Team enters the game having tied their prior game. Note: For the first game of a new season a default of “First Game of the Season” is used.

Home Open Dog or Favorite – Whether the Home Team opened as an Underdog or a Favorite.

Home Open Money Line – The Opening Money Line for the Home Team.

Home Projected Score – The final score we project for a specific Home Team for a specific game based on historic team performance in a specific game situation.

Home Team – The team that is home for the specific game. Note: If a game is played at a Neutral Site, the system still displays teams as Away and Home, but uses historic data based on Neutral Site and Away past performance in projecting scores for both Away and Home Teams in this situation. In some cases certain teams play their home games at more than one facility. In this case the system selects a main home facility for that team and considers any other “home game” not played at that main facility as a Neutral Site game, due to any interruption perceived or real, in the routine of a normal home game.

Home Team Scheduled Starter – The pitcher scheduled to start for the Home Team. In addition to displaying the pitcher’s name, current ERA, and if he is left or right handed, in this section we update a current Run Line which is based on the scheduled starter.

Line – The current point spread for a specific game. If the Line for a particular game is

4 and a bettor wagers on the Favorite, that team must win the game by more than 4 points to win the bet. Conversely, if a bettor wagers on the Underdog, that team must not lose by more than the Current Line or must win the game outright. If the final score has the Favorite winning by 4 points, then the game is a Push or a tie and no money is won or lost. In most cases a bettor is wagering $110 to win $100 with these bets. Lines can vary and move up and down from their initial posting.

Money Line (ML) – A type of bet that instead of either getting or laying points, the bettor wagers on the outright winner of the game with the odds expressed in terms of dollars instead of points. For example, if a team’s Current Money Line is listed at – 220, that team is currently favored in the game and a bettor would need to wager $220 to win $100. Conversely, if a team’s Current Money Line is listed at +220, that team is currently the Underdog in the game and a bettor would wager $100 to win $220. In the rare occasion of a game ending in a tie, which at this time can only happen in Professional Football, no money is won or lost. Money Lines can vary and move up and down from their initial posting.

Neutral Site – A venue that is not the usual home site for either team. Note: In some cases certain teams play their home games at more than one facility. In this case the system selects a main home facility for that team and considers any other “home game” not played at that main facility as a Neutral Site game, due to any interruption, perceived or real, in the routine of a normal Home game.

Open Favorite Away or Home – Indicates whether the Away or Home team was the initial Favorite in a game.

Opening Line – The initial Line posted indicating which team is favored in a game.

Opening Total – The initial betting figure posted for the total points scored in a game.

Projected Line Overlay – Defined as the Favorite’s Projected Score minus Underdog’s Projected Score minus Current Line. A positive number indicates the Favorite against the Line; a negative number indicates the

Underdog with the Line; a zero indicates a Push.

Projected Line Winner – The winner against the Line of a specific game as projected by the system. If the Projected Line Winner is the Current Favorite, it is highlighted in green. If the Current Projected Line Winner is the Current Underdog, it is highlighted in red. If the system projects a Push, the word PUSH appears and it is highlighted in yellow.

Projected Money Line (ML) Overlay – Defined as the Favorite’s Projected Score minus Underdog’s Projected Score. A positive number indicates the Favorite winning outright; a negative number indicates the Underdog winning outright; a zero indicates a Push.

Projected ML (Money Line) Winner – The outright winner of a specific game as projected by the system. If the Projected ML Winner is the Current Favorite, it is highlighted in green. If the Current Projected ML Winner is the Current Underdog, it is highlighted in red. If the system projects a Push, the word PUSH appears and it is highlighted in yellow.

Projected Total Overlay – Defined as the Favorite’s Projected Score plus Underdog’s Projected Score minus Current Total. A positive number indicates the over is projected; a negative number indicates the Under is projected; a zero indicates a Push is projected.

Projected Total Result – The Total result of a specific game as projected by the system. If the Projected Total Result is OVER, it is highlighted in orange. If the

Current Projected Total Result is UNDER, it is highlighted in light blue. If the system projects a Push, the word PUSH appears, and it is highlighted in yellow.

Projected Total Score – The combined Projected Final Scores for a specific game defined as “Away Projected Score plus Home Projected Score”.

Run Line – A term used for baseball when betting ATS. In almost all cases the Run Line is plus or minus 1.5 runs with dollar odds associated with each team. For example if Team A is -1.5 Runs at +155 that means a bettor selecting this wager would risk $100 to win $155 and would subtract 1.5 runs from their selected team’s final score to determine if they won their wager

Surface Type – Displays for football only and denotes if the playing surface is GRASS or some other variation of artificial surface TURF.

Time – The start time of the game. The default is EST, but the user has the option of selecting their particular time zone upon registration, in which case all times are presented with the time zone adjustment. Note: occasionally the start time for a game changes, in which case the system will show the updated start time.

Total – A figure representing the final combined scores of two teams in a specific game for which the bettor can wager whether the final combined scores will be Over or Under that number. If the current game total is 40 points, and the final score was

24-20, an Over bet would win and an Under bet would lose. If the final score in this example was 24-16, the Total is a Push or a tie and no money is won or lost. In most cases a bettor is wagering $110 to win $100 with these bets. The Total can vary and move up and down from their initial posting.

Underdog (Dog) – The team that is getting points in a specific game. Note: In some cases a game may be a Pick. In this case the system selects the Home Team as the

Favorite due to home field advantage.

Venue – Denotes the name of the venue hosting the specific game. If this venue represents a Neutral Site for the specific matchup it is highlighted in yellow.

Venue Type – Displayed for football only. Denotes if the venue for the specific game is

OUTDOORS, a DOME, or a RETRACTABLE ROOF.

Weather – Clickable link taking the user to a 10-Day forecast for the venue of a specific game.

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