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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Monday, April 25, 2011


EIGHT DAYS ‘O WEAK… 2011 NBA ATS Playoff Update


If you enjoy betting the games and you are weak of heart, the 2011 NBA playoffs have been a torment of major proportions.

Charting results from the first eight days of action this playoff season, from Saturday April 16 through Saturday April 23, the results have been confounding to say the least.

Bookmaker’s delight

If you’re a veterinarian or a dog lover, you’ve likely been living in dog-pound heaven thus far as favorites have bit the bone, going 19-7 SU and 7-17-2 ATS.



Meanwhile, home teams are on a similar course as they stand 18-8 SU and an identical 7-17-2 ATS.

Magnifying the situation, favorites of six or more points are 10-3 SU and 1-12 ATS. Amazingly, seven of ten SU wins have been by an average 3-points off the line, meaning 70% of the straight-up winners results were a scant three-point shot away from a pointspread reversal.

Sour apple carts

Teams that had the rug pulled out on them as a playoff favorite have bounced back on the scoreboard - but not in the wallet - going 3-0 SU and 0-3 ATS in follow up affairs.

That drops teams off a SU favorite apple cart loss to 2-11 ATS since midway of last year’s NBA playoffs.

Under slumber

Through the first eight days of the 2011 playoffs UNDER players have had a party, cashing 16 of 26 totals plays.

In games in which the posted total was 189 or higher points, the UNDER players have lost only three of 14 tickets.

And not surprisingly, favorites in games with a total of 189 or more are just 3-10-1 ATS.

Now, pop a nitroglycerin pill and get ready for another round of heart-pounding results in the NBA playoffs. The party is just beginning.


Written by Marc Lawrence

Marc Lawrence can also be found at Playbook.com - One Click Handicapping
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