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Getting The Most Out Of Our Website – How To Use The “Select/Sort and Print Games” Function

December 1, 2012 Leave a comment

We had always found it frustrating, that while there were countless sites that provided handicapping information, there was never a simple way to print a roster of the current days games from them.

You could try to copy and paste from somewhere, but that always screwed up the formats, and for the most part, unless you possessed a lot of Excel expertise, you were stuck with whatever Cntl-V left you with.

No matter what your handicapping regiment is, pretty much everyone wants or needs a list of the games and we have helped to make that a lot easier to get.

We created functionality that gives our users the ability to Select, Sort, and Print games, that we believe is as unique and universally useful a handicapping tool as you can find anywhere on the web.

Below you will find an easy to understand primer on how to use this section of our site.

First of all, to launch the “Select/Sort/Print Tool”

  1. Go to any of the League Drop Downs on our site
  2. Mouse Over “Current Games”
  3. Mouse Over and choose “Select and Print Games”

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The initial screen offers a top -line view of the complete current card of games.

Some of the data elements include:

  • Date and Time
  • Rotation Number
  • Opening and Current ML/Line/Total Information
  • Our Projected Scores and Projected ML/ATS/Total Results
  • Notes Section updated with comments on any sides/totals that we may like

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To Filter the display:

1. Select any combination of the following variables-

  • Current Line – Select a specific Current Line Range
  • Current Total – Select a specific Current Total Range
  • Date – Select a specific date or date range
  • Time – Use the buttons bar to select a specific range of game start times

2. Then click the “Filter Schedule” button and your results will be displayed.
3. Clicking the “Clear Filters” button will reload all games for display.

At any time you can sort your displayed results by clicking any of the report headings including:

  • Rotation Number
  • Date
  • Time
  • Current Line
  • Current Total
  • Projected Outcome
  • Team Name

To print your current selection:

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

December 1, 2012 Leave a comment

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.

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