Even though the start of the 2018/2019 NHL season is still a couple of months away (the start of October), it doesn’t mean that, as a Predator fan, there aren’t things you can be doing to get ready for opening day. After an exciting 2017/2018 season, which included some rather intense play-off games, it’s only natural that you’re ready for the action to start up again. What this means is that the off-season can be the perfect time to learn about placing bets on your favourite team and getting prepared for the start of the season.
For those who have never tried their hand in sports betting when it comes to the Predators, here’s a beginner’s guide with some tips and information meant to take any confusion out of the process.
Check Out the Odds
A great place to start is by checking out the odds for the Predators to clinch the whole thing, meaning what are the odds of them being the Stanley Cup winner. Right now,toals.com has them sitting at 10/1 odds to take home the entire thing. To break it down into simpler terms, the odds mean what the likelihood of the team winning is, and then how much you would get as a pay out if they do indeed win.
Now obviously those odds can change before the start of the season as more stats come in, players get shuffled around, and some may even become injured during off-season, you just never know. The odds are something that are ever-changing so it’s something you always want to be aware of.
Keep Up on Team News
Even though it may not seem like there is much happening with the Predators at the moment, since it’s the off-season, in reality there is still news. This is the time that trades, deals, changes to the line-up, and all kinds of other things take place. And it’s not just with the Predators, it can be useful to follow news of the entire NHL as this will help you to determine how well the Predators will do against the competition.
Understand There are Different Types of Bets
Another piece of advice is to learn about the different types of bets you can make. The most common is the money lines bet where you bet on whether or not your team will win. Outside of that there are also over/under bets, point spreads (also called puck lines or run lines), and parlays. Each one has its pros and cons, so it’s a good idea to research them all and learn what fits your lifestyle and budget best.
Keep Within Your Budget
The final tip is one that seems simple enough but can be the hardest to follow, and that’s to stick within you set budget. It’s always wise to go in thinking you won’t win, so therefore assume that money will be lost. You can then ask yourself what you feel comfortable with losing.