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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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Friday, February 24, 2012


Turn Down the Heat


First come the headaches, followed by dizziness, then fatigue, as legs turn to rubber and a profound sense of fatigue grips the body. No, we’re not talking about getting audited by the IRS – we’re running down the symptoms of acute altitude sickness, brought on when sea-level dwellers (like the Miami Heat) struggle to maintain their oxygen level at elevations over 4,000 feet. Yes, the Utah Jazz have long benefi ted from the ‘Air Up There,’ especially in underdog roles. The homeboys should certainly be on the take tonight when rejuvenated Miami (7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS run at press time) visits the land of the Great Salt Lake. The problem for LeBron and company, however, is playing with no rest at this venue… or anywhere, for that matter.



Since the addition of the Big Three, Miami is 4-6 SU and 2-8 ATS without rest versus greater than .550 foes – regardless of altitude. Worse, the Floridians show up off a Portland revenger with a Lakers ‘showtime showdown’ on deck for Sunday. Is that a gasping for breath we hear? Our database says yes: non-rested teams at Utah who have the Lakers up next are just 5-25 SU and 12-18 ATS (where else are you going to read that?). The Jazz have exploited their home court to the tune of 12-6 SU and 11-7 ATS this year and should continue here unless Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra sneaks a few oxygen tanks behind the bench. With the Energy Solutions Arena security staff on high alert for such monkey business, our AWESOME ANGLE cements this call. Down go the Heat!


Written by Marc Lawrence

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