Marc Lawrence

Marc Lawrence has authored thousands of articles expounding on the three primary forms of sports handicapping: Fundamental, Statistical and Technical. To be a successful handicapper, blending all three forms of analysis into the handicapping equation. Marc relies heavily on a proprietary powerful database of scores, stats and results of games played since 1980, both College and Pro Football and College and Pro Basketball.

Marc has been handicapping sports professionally since 1975, having won more documented Top 10 Handicapping Achievement awards than any handicapper in the nation. He won the 2005 STARDUST FOOTBALL INVITATIONAL Contest and was a SEMI-FINALIST in the 2006 $100,000 LEROYS' MONEY TALKS Contest last season. He finished the 2006 season as the No. 1 handicapper in the NFL as documented by SPORTS WATCH in Las Vegas. Marc also finished No. 1 in the nation in College Football win percentage in 2005 as documented by both the SPORTS MONITOR in Oklahoma and SPORTS WATCH in Las Vegas. He was named HANDICAPPER OF THE YEAR in 2005 by FOOTBALL NEWS.

In 2008, he finished No. 1 in NFL win percentage according to SPORTS WATCH and also captured 1st place honors in the 2008 PLAYBOOK WISE GUYS CONTEST.

Marc has hosted a national radio show "MARC LAWRENCE AGAINST THE SPREAD" for each of the last 16 years on over 100 stations syndicated in the USA. He is a tireless handicapper who works a minimum 60-hour week during the football and basketball seasons. As a handicapper he firmly believes that three things can happen when you bet an underdog, and two of them are good. He enjoys helping others to become better informed.

Marc married his high school sweetheart 40 years ago and has one son, Marc Jr., who works with him in the industry. Aside from publishing the PLAYBOOK Football Yearbook magazine and Weekly Newsletters, Marc enjoys golf and horse racing.

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Thursday, December 07, 2017


Best Bet NFL Upsets DEC 10 Edition


Atlanta over New Orleans by 10

Week 14 in the league where they play for pay kicks off in Hotlanta but Mercedes-Benz Stadium has been anything but sizzling for the dirty birds as they have already dropped three games at home this season. However, none of them have been on Thursday and we don’t look for that to change tonight as our AWESOME ANGLE on page 2 tells us that Thor’s Day has been a ‘House of Horrors’ for road teams on the division highway when facing a host off a SU home favorite loss. Even worse for New Orleans is their 0-4-1 ATS mark on this night from Game Eleven out and the Falcons’ 10-2 ATS log on Thursdays, including 7-1 ATS in division play. It also doesn’t take Captain Obvious to tell us that a loss all but seals Atlanta’s division fate as they already trail the Saints by two games. We should point out, too, that our NFL Quarterback Club not only fades New Orleans signal-caller Drew Brees (3-5 ATS against the Falcons when Atlanta arrives off a loss) but also headlines THE CLINCHER: Falcons QB Matt Ryan is 12-4 ATS in December against opponents coming off a SUATS win, including 7-1 ATS when his team is coming off a loss.



CAROLINA over Minnesota by 10

If the ‘Case’ isn’t closed on who should be starting in Minnesota these days, then the ‘Bridge-jumpers’ apparently haven’t been watching a Vikings’ group that has reeled off eight straight wins and has basically locked up the NFC North. With that being said, we still don’t trust Case Keenum as road chalk and his 1-4 ATS mark as a road favorite of 2 or more points attests to that. Yes, the Norsemen are a merry 17-5 ATS in their last 22 December duels but this is their third consecutive roadie and they’re a tiring 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS in this spot – and we expect Cam and company to take full advantage! As it is, the Panthers are 6-1 ATS following an away game against a foe coming off an away game. And like the Jacksonville/Seattle contest, Minny has many more mulligans left in their bag than a Carolina crew that is fighting for their lives in the rugged NFC South. Even our NFL Coaches League sides with the Cats as head coach Ron Rivera is 17-8 SU and 16-8-1 ATS versus non-division foes coming off an ATS win of 7 or more points. More importantly, the INCREDIBLE STAT OF THE WEEK resides in THE CLINCHER: the Carolina Panthers are 13-1 ATS during the final four games of the season against opponents coming off a SU underdog win.


ARIZONA over Tennessee by 10

The Cardinals’ 2017 swoon has not been a big surprise. Before being injured and replaced by several second-rate journeymen at quarterback, Carson Palmer’s career was essentially over, his confidence shattered ever since Arizona was blasted by Carolina in the 2015 NFC Championship game. The league also seems to have caught up with HC Bruce Arians’ play-calling tendencies, plus the Cards have been continually victimized by a disappointing offensive line that can neither open holes for running backs nor provide any sort of protection when the QB drops back to pass. Truth is, though, we probably wouldn’t be so critical if Big Red hadn’t let down in a big way in last week’s drubbing at the hands of division foe Los Angeles. And since Zona is still mathematically alive to reach post-season play (how is that even possible?), we’ll give the Cardinals one last shot before owner Bill Bidwill decides to clean house. The 8-4 Titans are tied with Jacksonville atop the AFC South but they’ve had terrible luck following games against division foe Houston, going 2-9 SU and 2-8- 1 ATS away after tangling with the Texans. On the fl ip side, Arizona stands 19-5 SUATS as a home dog versus non-division foes, and a perfect 7-0 ATS with a losing record when coming off the Rams. Most important, our MIDWEEK ALERT reminds us that these two teams’ stats practically mirror one another, both offensively and defensively. The oddsmakers have noticed, tabbing Tennessee as a FG favorite instead of by the TD line many expected to see.


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