# The Zig Zag theory

The Zig Zag theory works best in a series when two competitive teams play. The strategy fits any series in a 2-2-1-1-1 format, where two games are played on the court of one team, then two games on the court of the other team, and again the courts alternate.

You are betting on a team that has lost its previous game in a playoff series. The strategy is applied in betting on 7-match playoff series in hockey or basketball.

The losing team will most often pay more attention to the tactical analysis of their loss and will try to show a better result in the next match to avoid being eliminated from the series. As a rule, the chances of such a team winning are more than 50%.

The winning team, on the other hand, will make fewer changes to their game. It can be added that the losing team is quoted lower, which increases the odds.

### ZIG ZAG STRATEGY STATISTICS

It must be said that the team that lost the first game at home is likely to win the second game with a probability of 76%. Therefore, you should not bet big on random away wins by weak teams. The second game is on. The team that loses the first meeting, the second can win with a probability of 56%.

If the favorite wins the first two games with a 2-0 score, the play-off series moves to the outsider’s playing court. At home, the underdog feels more comfortable, stronger, more confident. The percentage of such home wins is quite high: from 65% to 68%.

I note that the favorites, who were defeated in the last match by 4 points or more, most often win the next match with a probability of 58.7%. This statistic is a help to the player. The Zigzag strategy is profitable when the player correctly identifies a series where both teams are correctly priced in the market.

### ZIG ZAG STRATEGY IN NBA

Looking at playoff history, NBA teams win 64.5% of their games at home and 55.3% in the NHL. Bookmakers pay more attention to this factor when drawing up a line and more often give preference to the hosts, especially if a victory is won in the first game.

According to statistics, only 34% of the play-off teams win the second match after losing the first match away. But this does not mean that betting on guests is not profitable. 34% is a third of all games. Most of the bettors will bet high on the hosts, which as a result will raise the odds on the guests, making it profitable.

### ZIG ZAG STRATEGY IN NHL

Most often, the team that loses in the series 0:3 wins the fourth game. But the score of 4:0 in the series is much less common than 3:1. Cappers note that since 2005, a team that lost with a score of 0:3 will most often win in the fourth game.

Also, the clubs that lost 0:3 and played the fourth match on their ice arena have a win-loss ratio of 16:12 (which is 57.1% of wins). The teams that played the fourth game on the road will have a ratio of 10:7 (where wins are 58.8%)

When placing bets using the Zig Zag strategy, you should not rely only on the statistical base. Better to take into account other factors of the game.

As a player, you must understand that Zig Zag is not a win-win strategy or system. However, sports betting enthusiasts can apply it wisely and effectively under certain circumstances.