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What Are Sports Betting Picks?

Are you unsure what sports betting picks are? Don't worry, we can help you understand your picks from your handicappers, with this helpful guide.
Fri, October 27, 4:20 AM EDT | 4 min read

At OddsChecker, we make it easy for sports fans to find the best bets to place and the sportsbook that offer the best odds on them.

To do this, we have compiled a team of some of the best professional sports handicappers in the business. With their expert insight, we produce free sports betting picks each day, covering everything from college football to the NBA.

Our picks help you find the best bets to place today, and our market-leading odds comparison tool helps you find which bookie to place it with.

If you want to learn more about sports betting picks, how they work, and what sports you can find them for, check out our handy guide below.

Make sure you also check out our sports betting picks video below as we're joined by the talented Jamie Kelton to talk the world of picks.

Sports Betting Picks Explained

When some people bet, they just back the favorite. Others just bet on their own team as a show of loyalty.

But professional betters spend hours researching, examining the form of each player, analyzing statistics, searching for trends, and crunching the numbers. In horse racing, you might look at which gate has had the most success in the past, while in basketball, you might review how well a team has done in the past after a similar number of games on the road.

Then you need to consider the types of bet. If you think a team can win but may not cover the spread, then a moneyline bet will be a better option.

You can do all of this work yourself, but doing it well requires a lot of time that can become a full-time job in itself.

For many bettors, a better option is to look for sports betting picks offered by professionals. These seasoned veterans live and breathe their chosen sport, watch every game, follow every player, and examine every news bulletin to glean insights that can help make the best picks.

At OddsChecker, we bring you all of our picks for free. And when you're ready to make a bet, we'll even help you find the best odds so you can be sure you're getting the best value from every bet you place.

What Are The Different Types Of Sports Betting Picks?

There are many different types of bet that you can place on sports, from single moneyline bets to multi-game parlays. Our sports betting picks cover each and every type of wager, with our team of handicappers picking the ones they think offer the best value.

Here are some of the different types of free sports betting picks you can find at OddsChecker.

Single Bets

Single bets are the easiest type of sports betting picks, our tipsters will choose a team they believe has the best chance of winning a game or covering the spread.


Parlays are a type of bet where two or more different wagers are combined into one. To payout, each individual bet within the parlay must win. The appeal of parlays is that they offer significantly higher returns than single bets, but the trade-off is that they're less likely to win. If you'd like to see how parlays affect betting odds, we've created a free parlay calculator.

Our parlay picks mean you can find the best betting opportunities without having to do all the number-crunching yourself.


Teasers are a type of parlay where you can move the odds in your favor in exchange for a smaller payout. As with our parlay picks, our teaser picks help you spot the opportunities among the myriad of different options.

Same-Game Parlays

Most parlays involve you making multiple wagers on different games. However, with same-game parlays, you get the chance to make multiple bets on a single match. These might be spreads, totals, prop bets, or other types of wager.

What Sports Can You Find Betting Picks For?

If you can bet on it, you'll likely find betting picks for it. It really is about as simple as that. At OddsChecker, you'll find our selection of the best bets today for most sports, including:

Are Sports Betting Picks Usually Free?

Some people will try to charge you for sports betting picks, but at OddsChecker, we don't think that's right. We set up our website to help you get the best value from your sports betting without charging you a penny. That's why we give our sports betting picks away for free.

If you're buying picks, you're putting yourself on the back foot. As some of your bankroll is going to be eaten up before you've even placed a single bet. Therefore, you'd need better odds just to make your money back.

At OddsChecker, we even show you the track record of our handicappers so you can see how successful their picks have been recently. From their profile page, you can see their individual ROI, as well as how many of their picks were wins, losses, and pushes.

We have free sports betting picks for most major sports, with new ones published every single day.

You can find our latest free sports betting picks from our picks and parlays page.

Where Are The Best Picks & Bets For Today?

Are you looking for the best bets for today? Then you've come to the right place. At OddsChecker, our team of expert handicappers puts together free sports betting picks each day, covering all of the major sports in the United States and the rest of the world.

So whether you're looking to place moneyline bets on the NHL, spread bets on the NFL, or a parlay on the NBA, we've got all the insight you need to help you make the right betting decisions.

Once you know which wagers you'll be making, we'll even help you compare odds from all of the sportsbooks in your state. That way, you can be sure you're placing the best bets and the best odds.

You can see all of today's best picks on our picks and parlays page.


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