Other Bets Props and Futures Some other fun bets that can be made on basketball include prop bets and futures. How To Bet News. Handicapping Your Basketball Bets When oddsmakers set the lines, they take many factors into consideration. If you have even one loss, you lose the entire bet. On the other hand the Magic must either win outright or lose by 3 or fewer points for a Magic spread bet to payout.
Some are climbing back as the economy reopens in phases and coronavirus data trends decline. Steve Sisolak to give them the green light. The board meets May 26, and casinos could open June 4 under the next phase of relaxed restrictions. Caesars CZR announced on May 21 that it will resume gaming and hospitality operations at its flagship Caesars Palace and Flamingo hotel in Las Vegas on the day specified by state officials.
There will be no live entertainment, bar service, spas, buffets, or valet parking. When those amenities are restored, they will be operated in a manner consistent with physical distancing guidelines. Football Outsiders Glossary Click here for a glossary of general football terms.
If there is a term used at Football Outsiders you would like to see defined in this glossary, please email it to Contact Us. Terms primarily used in our college football analysis, rather than our NFL analysis, are colored purple. Adjusted Games Lost AGL : Measurement of the cost of injuries, both in terms of missed games and games where players were not able to play to their full potential. Estimates a number of games based on whether players are listed as Probable, Questionable, Doubtful, or Out.
Adjusted Line Yards can be listed as total or broken down by direction to attempt to isolate ability of specific linemen. More here. It is a better measure of pass blocking than total sacks because it takes into account how often an offense passes the ball. Adjusted Sack Rate adds adjustments for opponent quality, as well as down and distance sacks are more common on third down, especially third-and-long.
Aggressiveness Index: Jim Armstrong created this metric which measures how often a team goes for a first down in various fourth down situations, compared to the league average in those situations. It was introduced in Pro Football Prospectus The NFL average is represented by 1. A coach over 1. ALEX measures the average difference between how far a quarterback threw a pass air yards and how many yards he needed for a first down.
If a quarterback throws a pass 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage on third-and, that would be minus ALEX. The best application of ALEX is to look at third and fourth down when it's really crucial to get percent of the need yards to extend the drive. Catch rate: Percentage of passes intended for a specific receiver that are complete rather than incomplete or intercepted.
Occasionally referred to as "catch percentage," but we prefer "catch rate" because it is shorter. Her fair face, doe eyes, and intense stare caused some FO readers to fall in love with her and others to run in fear. Colbert Award: Weekly award given by our column Scramble for the Ball to the head coach who shows the biggest balls through aggressive play-calling or lineup decisions.
Continuity Score: A measurement of offensive line continuity introduced in Pro Football Prospectus Continuity score starts with 48 the perfect score and then subtracts: The number of players over five who started at least one game on the offensive line; The number of times the team started at least one different lineman compared to the game before; and The difference between 16 and that team's longest streak where the same line started consecutive games.
Correlation Coefficient: A number between -1 and 1 that measures how closely two variables are related. The closer to -1 or 1, the stronger the relationship. A negative correlation means that as one value goes up, the other goes down example: points allowed and wins.
Values close to zero suggest no correlation between the two variables. Note: while a strong correlation coefficient suggests that one variable affects another, correlation does not necessarily indicate causation. Curse of The theory that a running back with or more carries during the regular season will usually suffer either a major injury or loss of effectiveness the following year, unless he is named Eric Dickerson.
Occasionally, the loss of effectiveness or injury takes place two years later see: LaDainian Tomlinson, Introduced in Pro Football Forecast , the carry theory was expanded in Pro Football Prospectus to include any season with carries in the regular season and postseason combined. Only carries count, not receptions. Read more here. For first three weeks, it uses non-opponent-adjusted VOA ratings.
The goal is to get the best idea of how good a team will be over the entire season without jumping to conclusions based on one or two good or bad early games. The rating was created through regression analysis of week-to-week DVOA ratings from Deep Zone: In the Football Outsiders system that breaks the field down into five zones, this represents when the offense has the ball from their own goal line to their own yard line in other words, the opposite of the Red Zone.
Defeats: The total number of plays by a defensive player that prevent the offense from gaining first down yardage on third or fourth down, stop the offense behind the line of scrimmage, or result in a turnover. See Stops. The Doug Johnson Effect: Beware of high expectation for a part-time players who had a very good performance the previous season in only one or two games.
See: Tim Rattay, Lee Suggs. The method of measuring player performance used by Football Outsiders from through mid, translating a player's value into an estimated total of points instead of yards. A Football Outsiders stat which compares the performance of each player, in terms of DVOA, to a replacement-level baseline rather than the league average for that position, then translates that total into yardage. Because DYAR is a total stat, not a rate stat, it helps show the importance of workhorse running backs and receivers who can draw the attention of the defense away from other players.
The method and the computation of replacement level are discussed further here. DSR: Drive Success Rate, or the percentage of time that a team will get a first down or touchdown in a given set of four downs. DVOA: The main statistic used on Football Outsiders, DVOA breaks down the entire season play-by-play, comparing success on each play to the league average based on a number of variables including down, distance, location on field, current score gap, quarter, and opponent quality.
While it can be used as a measure of total team performance, it differs from other power ratings found throughout the Web because it can be broken down to analyze team effectiveness in any number of ways: down, quarter, rushing vs. DVOA stands for Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, although we use the same letters to refer to defensive rankings which are adjusted to take into account the quality of offensive opponents.
When not adjusted for opponent, this stat is called VOA. It is not meant to be as obnoxious as it sounds. This provides an easy comparison: in general, players with more Effective Yards than standard yards played better than standard stats would otherwise indicate, while players with fewer Effective Yards than standard yards played worse than standard stats would otherwise indicate.
Effective Yards are not the best way to measure total value because they are more dependent on usage than DYAR. Equivalent Points EqPts : Method used by our college football analyst Bill Connelly, giving each yard line a point value based on the average number of points a team can expect to score from that spot on the field.
This is similar to the method we use to measure NFL special teams. From there, each gain or loss is given a point value based on the change in EqPts. Estimated wins: The number of games that team should have won if it faced an average schedule of opponents and average luck, as determined by the Forest Index.
Fantasy points: Scoring for a fantasy football league. These two numbers must add up to percent. FO: Abbreviation for FootballOutsiders. Includes essays on every team, statistical tables, new research, and KUBIAK fantasy football projections plus advanced FO stats and player comments for "skill players.
Forest Index: A response to a claim that total team DVOA rankings "missed the forest for the trees," the forest index developed near the end of spits out an estimate of wins based on a formula that combines DVOA ratings in offense, defense, and special teams, as well as red zone defense, offense and defense in the second half of close games, offense in the first quarter, and variance see VARIANCE.
At the team level, this is any game where a team wins after trailing in the fourth quarter or in modified overtime. Elway actually had 34 4QC wins, the same amount as Johnny Unitas, because Denver counted games where Elway never trailed in the fourth quarter. Kacsmar credits a 4QC to a quarterback when he meets the following requirements: The quarterback was on the field in the fourth quarter with possession of the ball and his team trailing by one score.
The quarterback led an offensive scoring drive to tie the game or take the lead. The quarterback's team ultimately won the game. For a game to count as a 4QC opportunity, the quarterback must have possession of the ball in the fourth quarter with a one-score deficit. Fremeau Efficiency Index FEI College football rating system created by Brian Fremeau based on measuring the success rate of a college football team scoring and preventing opponent scores during the non-garbage possessions of a game.
Like DVOA, FEI rewards playing well against good teams, win or lose, and punishes losing to poor teams more harshly than it rewards defeating poor teams. Unlike DVOA, it is drive-based, not play-by-play based, and it is specifically engineered to measure the college game. Front Zone: In the Football Outsiders system that breaks the field down into five zones, this represents when the offense has the ball from the defense's yard line to the defense's yard line.
FO Game Charting Project: Project initiated in where FO readers charted all NFL games in order to produce statistics that are publicly unavailable, including yards after catch, assigned defenders on pass plays, offensive formation on each play, and numerous other facts. Guts: Any win by points over a team that will finish the season with a record over. This term comes from an article written for FOXSports. GWD: Game-winning drive.
Before each race a horse is inspected - typically by a race official called a steward and a veterinarian. If there is any reason that they believe that the horse will not be able to run his best, that he will potentially create a dangerous situation in a race, or that he is not likely to fairly represent the bettors who back him then they have the ability to scratch any horse.
They can do so any time from the day before a race to minutes before the race starts. A horse can be scratched leading up to the race if there is an accident of some sort. Horses can be scratched because they flip when they are getting saddled, because they throw their rider on the way to the gate, or they are unruly in the gate. If you have bet on a horse that has been scratched then, in most cases, your ticket will be void and your money will be returned. There is an exception, though.
This can occur for multiple reasons, including any health issues affecting the horse or the track conditions are considered unsuitable. If a horse is scratched, any bets made on that particular horse will be refunded.
Why do horses scratch before a race? A horse entered in a race but deemed unfit to run must be removed, i. The most common scratches occur because a horse shows signs of lameness or an unsound condition. The removal of a racehorse from a race is called scratching the horse. What does a scratched horse mean? Why are horses scratched from a race? How do you record high jump results? Measurements for high jump are taken from the top of the middle of the bar.
The height is also checked at each end of the bar to ensure that it is level. Officials need to check the end heights every time the bar is raised and when someone is attempting a record. What does scratch mean in running race?
SCR, or the Starting gate Commission Report, is a comprehensive report that is required for all persons who own, lease, or rent a horse that is used for racing in the United States. The report . SCR stands for “scratched.”. This means a horse has withdrawn and will not be taking part in a race. This can occur for multiple reasons, including any health issues affecting the horse or the . 10/16/ · When you see a horse with the letters SCR, it means that they have been ‘scratched' from the race. This means that they will not be taking part, and this means that you .