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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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Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Marc Lawrence NFC Championship Upset Jan. 19


49ers Over Seahawks by 3

This should be interesting. Yes, Seattle brings the NFL’s No. 1 defense into this fray but Pete Carroll’s Seahawks have not been playing with the same fiery intensity they used to lock up home field advantage for today’s game, especially QB Russell Wilson. Wilson may own an intimidating 16-1 SU and 12-5 ATS record on his home turf but he’s looked like ‘Little Boy Lost’ in recent weeks, failing to throw for 200 yards in the last five games and finishing 9 of 18 for a career-low 103 yards in Seattle’s 23-15 win over the Saints last Saturday. Not so for Frisco QB Colin Kaepernick, who has clearly saved his best for the playoffs, battering foes with both his arm and his legs. ‘King Tat’ thrives on the NFL highway, going 10-4 SU and 10-3-1 ATS in his brief career, and his 49ers can become the 4th team in a row to reach the Super Bowl despite having to win three straight playoff games on the road. According to our powerful database, that’s a good news-bad news scenario for San Francisco.



Good: playoff road teams who were favored on the playoff road in their previous game are 8-1 ATS. Bad: Super Bowl losers are 0-11 SU and 2-8-1 ATS as playoff dogs of 3 or more points. Even so, the Niners are the first Super Bowl loser since 1977 to make it back to a conference championship game – which speaks volumes about who they are – plus it’s the 3rd straight year Jim Harbaugh’s gold-diggers have reached the NFC
title game. Our well-oiled machine also informs us that since 1990, playoff matchups involving division rivals who lost the most recent game involving a series split have gone just 4-10 SU and 5-9 ATS, including 2-8 SU and 3-7 ATS when facing a .720 or greater foe. Harbaugh owns a solid ATS edge over Carroll, too: Jawin’ Jim is 12-2 SUATS versus greater-than .700 opposition while Petey is only 1-7 ATS as division chalk off back-to-back wins, including 0-5 ATS when favored by 3 or more points. Remember, no NFC #1 seed has won the Super Bowl since 1999 – and you can’t win the prize if you don’t get there. The 49ers fi eld a pretty stout defense of their own (ranked No. 5 in the league) and with the hungry Kaepernick making all the right moves, we’ll call for San Fran to crush the Seahawks’ Super Bowl dreams in Seattle.

Written by Marc Lawrence

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