Here are 15 helpful hints that we use everyday in our prediction algorithms on sports.
Check the weather
Look for influencers of the game
Watch twitter for breaking news on a individual player (link to social media acounts)
What player has been in the headlines latley in a negative light (spousal abuse etc)
Fans have turned on the team
atmosphere of the game (small or big a game can be influenced by the slightest thing)
who are the refs and do they tend to allow the game to play or do do they tend to flag happy etc
home and away games
trends tend to carry over into another game
trends also are snapped (hasnt rushed for 100 yards in 3 games, hasnt had 300 yard passing game YET)
Player has death in family (depends on role of player on team and position) Remember Brett Favre?!