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  • December 12, 2018 10:41 AM | Anonymous


    December 11, 2018

    BASKETBALL


    Monday record: 0-1

    Season so far: 97-88


    NBA


    No plays tonight


    COLLEGE


    Villanova -7 Penn


    Happy holidays!!!


    December 10, 2018

    FOOTBALL



    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's Monday night NFL game. It's a STRONG PLAY:


    TAKE Seattle -3 Minnesota


    BASKETBALL


    Sunday record: 2-0

    Season so far: 97-87


    NBA


    Denver--Memphis UNDER 198 1/2


    COLLEGE


    No plays tonight.


    Cheers!


    December 9, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks on the games of Sunday, Dec. 2:



    VERY STRONG PLAYS:   None



    STRONG PLAYS: Philadelphia +3 1/2 Dallas



    REGULAR PLAYS:


    New England--Miami UNDER 48 1/2

    Baltimore +6 Kansas City

    Denver -4 Cincinnati

    Indianapolis +4v 1/2 Houston



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: As the week as worn on and the line dropped a bit, Pittsburgh has become more attractive. Oakland only lost to KC last week by 7 but was buried entering the fourth quarter and staged one of those "look good" rallies. Pitt has  dropped two in a row and needs this and......Oakland is awful


    TAKE: Pittsburgh -9 1/2 Oakland



    BASKETBALL


    SATURDAY RECORD: 3-8

    Season so far: 95-87


    NBA


    Milwaukee +5  Toronto



    COLLEGE


    St. Louis -3 1/2 Oregon State



    Happy Sunday!!!!

    December 8, 2018

    FOOTBALL



    There are two Late Consensus Picks on the Army-Navy game today. After listing them I'll add my own opinion. Each are REGULAR strength plays:


    TAKE: Navy +7 1/2 Army

               Army--Navy UNDER 41


    I'm going to be very careful here. Navy's had an underwhelming season while Army's been very good. I know about the "throw out the numbers" aspect of this game but I'll be extremely cautious here with perhaps a light play on the UNDER.



    BASKETBALL



    Friday record: 1-4

    Season so  far: 92-79


    NBA



    Houston -3 Dallas

    Washington -6 Cleveland

    Portland -2 Minnesota



    COLLEGE



    Michigan -17 1/2 So. Carolina

    Rutgers -8 Fordham

    St. Joe's +11 1/2 Villanova

    Memphis -9 UAB

    Wisconsin +1 1/2 Marquette

    Dayton +15 1/2 Auburn

    UCLA -5 1/2 Notre Dame

    Mississippi State--Clemson UNDER 134 1/2


    Good hunting today!!!

    December 7, 2018

    BASKETBALL


    Thursday record: 0-1

    Season so far: 91-75


    NBA


    Detroit +2 1/2 Philadelphia

    Denver -1 Charlotte


    COLLEGE


    Providence -9 UMass

    George Mason -6 James Madison

    Nevada -7 1/2 Arizona State


    Happy Friday!!!




  • December 07, 2018 8:15 AM | Anonymous

    December 6, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    there is a Late Consensus Pick on tonight's NFL game and it is a STRONG PLAY:


    TAKE: Tennessee -4 1/2 Jacksonville



    BASKETBALL


    Wednesday record: 3-2-1

    Season so far: 91-74


    NBA


    No plays tonight


    COLLEGE


    Iowa State -1 1/2 Iowa



    Happy Thursday!


    December 5, 2018

    BASKETBALL



    Tuesday record: 4-2

    Season so far: 88-72


    NBA


    Golden State -11 Cleveland

    LA Lakers -8 1/2 San Antonio


    COLLEGE


    Indiana State -2 NorthTexas

    St. Joes -3 Princeton

    Villanova -10 Temple

    TCU -1 1/2 SMU


    Happy Wednesday!


    December 4, 2018

    BASKETBALL


    Monday record: 0-1

    Season so far: 84-70


    NBA


    Dallas -2 Portland

    Utah -6 1/2 San Antonio


    COLLEGE


    Detroit +13 1/2 Dayton

    Bradley -4 Arkansas Little Rock

    UTEP +21 1/2Marquette

    Michigan -6 1/2 Northwestern


    Cheers!


    December 3, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    There are opposing opinions on tonight's game between WASH and PHIL. I'd lean to the Redskins here but that's all it is. They should have gotten a bit healthier over their 10-day layoff and QB Colt McCoy should be better prepared given that he had only three days notice of his first start in replacing Smith for the Dallas game. Not a strong opinion but lean towards WASH.


    BASKETBALL


    Sunday record: 0-2

    Season so far: 84-69


    NBA


    No plays tonight


    COLLEGE


    Pitt -15 Niagara


    Happy Monday! 


    FOOTBALL


    Here are you Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Dec. 2:


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS:  Carolina -3 Tampa Bay  

                                   Indianapolis -4 Jacksonville


    REGULAR PLAYS:


    NY Giants +3 1/2 Chicago

    Pitt -3 1/2 LA Chargers

    Baltimore +1 1/2 Atlanta

    Cleveland--Houston OVER 47 1/2

    Tennessee -8 NY Jets

    New England -5 Minnesota

    Seattle -10 San Francisco


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Virtually every game on the board has been covered by either my picks or the Late Consensus. But, because the Chiefs have released star runner Hunt, the line on the game against Oakland has come down from 15 to 14 (or even 13 1/2 some places). Back up runner Ware is a solid player and I see this as inspiring the Chiefs a bit. I've already chosen KC as one of my selections. But for those of you playing today the line has become even better.



    BASKETBALL


    Saturday record: 5-5

    Season so far: 84-67


    NBA


    Utah  -3 1/2 Miami


    COLLEGE


    Valpo -15 UC Riverside


    Happy Sunday!

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for  college games of Saturday, Dec. 1


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: UAB +1 Middle Tennessee

                                  UCF -3 Memphis


    REGULAR PLAYS:


    U La La +17 App. State

    UAB--Middle Tennessee UNDER 44 1/2

    Fresno +1 Boise State

    Fresno---Boise UNDER 52 1/2

    Marshall +3 1/2 Virginia Tech


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Now that the Ohio State--Northwestern line has risen above two touchdowns it makes the underdog pretty appealing. NW's been a spectacular dog going 19-6-1 against the line their last 26  when getting points. And, despite their reputation, OSU's just 17-27 ATS when laying points. So:


    TAKE Northwestern +14 1/2 Ohio State



    BASKETBALL


    Friday record: 3-0

    Season so far: 79-62


    NBA


    Minnesota--Boston UNDER 214


    COLLEGE


    Louisville +3 Seton Hall

    Creighton +6 1/2 Gonzaga

    St. Louis +3 Butler

    Villanova -16 1/2 Lasalle

    Marshall -3 1/2 Ohio

    Nevada -6 USC

    St. Joseph's -3 Temple

    Detroit +13 Akron

    Loyola Chicago -4 Illinois-Chicago


    Happy December!!!



  • December 07, 2018 8:14 AM | Anonymous




    November 30, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    There is one Late Consensus Pick in college football today. It is a regular strength play. I'll just chime in saying that this play is also one of my Picks of the Pole for the weekend.


    TAKE: Utah +5 1/2 Washington


    BASKETBALL


    Thursday record: 0-1

    Season so far: 76-62


    NBA


    Philadelphia -7 1/2 Washington


    COLLEGE


    Michigan State -8 1/2 Rutgers

    Minnesota -2 1/2 Oklahoma State


    Happy last day of November!!!


    November 29, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    I believe there's solid value tonight in taking the Cowboy plus the full TD at home. Saints have mowed down 10 in a row covering the last nine straight. But N. O. has been out-gained in three of their last six contests. This looks like a spot that Dallas speedy D slows down this runaway train and the TD spread becomes more relevant and important to the people taking that spread. This will be a single play for me and a couple of other handicappers have also weighed in on the Cowboys.


    TAKE: Dallas +7 New Orleans


    BASKETBALL


    Wednesday record: 6-1

    Season so far: 76-61


    NBA


    No plays tonight


    COLLEGE


    UCF -7 Alabama


    Happy Thursday.


    November 28, 2018

    BASKETBALL


    Tuesday record: 1-1

    Season so far: 71-60


    NBA


    Minnesota -4 1/2 San Antonio

    Washington--New Orleans OVER 240 1/2


    COLLEGE


    Detroit +4 Kent State

    Richmond +12 1/2 Georgetown

    Virginia -3 1/2 Maryland

    Wisconsin Green Bay -2 No. Illinois

    Michigan -3 No. Carolina

    W. Virginia -11 Rider


    Happy Wednesday!


    November 27, 2018

    BASKETBALL


    Monday record: 3-1

    Season so far: 70-59


    NBA


    No plays tonight

    COLLEGE


    Nevada -6 Loyola Chicago

    Iowa -13 Pitt


    Happy Tuesday!


    November 26, 2018


    FOOTBALL


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's Monday night NFL game. It's a REGULAR strength play:


    TAKE: Tennessee +3 1/2 Houston


    BASKETBALL


    Sunday record: 2-3

    Season so far: 67-58


    NBA


    Minnesota -5 1/2 Cleveland

    Utah  whatever the line vs. Indiana


    COLLEGE


    TCU -13 1/2 E. Michigan

    Pepperdine -6 1/2 Idaho State


    Good hunting today!



  • November 26, 2018 7:12 AM | Anonymous
    November 25, 2018

    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Nov. 26:


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: Green Bay +3 1/2 Minnesota

                                  Indianapolis -7 1/2 Miami



    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Baltimore -11 Oakland

    Seattle +3 Carolina

    NY Giants--Philly OVER 48 1/2

    Denver +3 Pittsburgh


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: The Chargers-Cardinals game has attracted my attention over the last couple days. Arizona should go nowhere against the LAC defense and I'm not certain LAC will run roughshod over AZ. So:


    TAKE: LA Chargers--Arizona UNDER 43 1/2



    BASKETBALL


    Saturday record: 1-6

    Season so far: 65-55


    NBA


    Philly minus the points vs. Brooklyn


    COLLEGE


    Long Beach St. +8 Oregon State

    Canisius -1 UAB

    Grand Canyon -6 Lasalle

    Miami -5 Seton Hall



    Happy Sunday!



    November 24, 2018

    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Nov. 25:


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: Ohio State +5 Michigan



    STRONG PLAYS: Notre Dame -11 1/2 USC



    REGULAR PLAYS: 


    Florida International + 3 1/2 Marshall

    Kansas State +12 1/2 Iowa State

    Troy +11 App. State

    Georgia Tech +17 Georgia

    BYU +11 Utah

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I have a pair of games for you today.

    Both Tech and Baylor are fighting for a bowl bid today. The loser is out. Tech's been made a 4 1/2 point favorite (It opened at -6). This appears to offer value on the Baylor side. Tech's struggled its last several games after their usual fast start. Lets take the home dog here:


    TAKE: Baylor +4 1/2 Texas Tech


    U La Monroe and U La La play game that's very important to each side today with ULM being a small home favorite. I think A La La's the better team here and suggest taking them and very much considering playing them straight upon the money line if that intrigues you.


    TAKE: L La La +2 1/2 U La Mon



    BASKETBALL


    Friday record: 4-6

    Season so far: 64-49


    COLLEGE


    Depaul +5 1/2 Notre Dame

    Detroit +10 1/2 E. Michigan

    St. Joes -4 1/2 William and Mary

    W. Virginia -16 Valpo


    Happy Saturday!

    November 23, 2018

    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Friday, Nov. 23:


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None



    STRONG PLAYS: Washington St. -2 1/2

                                  Washington



    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Nebraska +8 Iowa

    Nebraska--Iowa UNDER 53 1/2

    Virginia -5 Virginia Tech

    Missouri--Arkansas UNDER 60



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I've already put out the Picks of the Pole for today (Nebraska, Ohio, Toledo and W. Virginia) and really don't have much else to offer other than to say be very careful on that Washington State--Washington game. There are solid handicappers on the other side also. That game had me going back and forth.



    BASKETBALL


    Thursday record: 1-2

    Season so far: 60-43


    COLLEGE


    DOUBLE PLAY:


    Nevada minus the points vs. Umass


    SINGLE PLAYS:


    Marshall +7 1/2 Maryland

    Texas A&M -13 So. Alabama

    UTA +17 Arkansas

    Vandy -12 1/2 Kent State

    Cincinnati -10 George Mason

    Niagara -8 Grambling


    NBA


    Houston -4  1/2 Detroit

    LA Lakers -2 1/2 UTAH


    Happy Black Friday! Lets finish in the black!


    November 22, 2018

    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Picks on the Thanksgiving day games:


    COLLEGE


    REGULAR PLAYS: Mississippi +12 1/2 Mississippi State

                                    Colorado State--Art Force  OVER 64


    NFL


    REGULAR PLAY: Atlanta +12 1/2 New Orleans


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS---This card leaves me very cold. Lets PASS today.


    BASKETBALL


    Wednesday record: 3-3

    Season so  far:  59-41


    COLLEGE


    Florida State -16 1/2 UAB

    Nevada -16 Tulsa

    Grand Canyon +6 Seton Hall


    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!


    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Picks of the Pole for the early part of the Thanksgiving weekend.


    Last week's record: 6-16 (Dreadful!)

    Season so far: 126-140


    ***NOTE: These selections cover ONLY the Thursday games and the early Friday games in the colleges. We WILL have another set of picks Friday morning which will cover the later Friday college games and then the rest of the pro and college weekend.


    THURSDAY


    NFL


    Detroit--Chicago UNDER 44


    COLLEGE


    No selections


    FRIDAY


    COLLEGE


    Ohio -23 1/2 Akron

    Nebraska +10 Iowa

    Toledo -18 1/2 C. Michigan


    Happy Thanksgiving!!!


    November 21, 2018

    BASKETBALL


    Tuesday record: 3-2

    Season so far: 56-38


    COLLEGE


    Hofstra -4 1/2 Fullerton

    St. Louis -4 1/2 Pittsburgh

    Rice +17 1/2 BYU

    Wisconsin -8 Stanford


    NBA


    Milwaukee -6 Portland

    San Antonio--Memphis UNDER 200 1/2


    Happy Wednesday!!!



  • November 26, 2018 7:11 AM | Anonymous


    November 20, 2018

    BASKETBALL


    Monday record: 6-4

    Season so  far: 53-36


    COLLEGE


    Pacific +4 UNLV

    Wright State +7 Penn State

    ****I also like the following three teams but lines are not up yet:


    UC Irvine vs Tulane

    Detroit versus Bowling Green

    Auburn versus Duke


    NBA


    No games tonight


    Happy Tuesday


    November 19, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's Monday night NFL game. It is a Regular Strength play:


    Take: Kansas City +3 1/2 LA Rams



    BASKETBALL


    Sunday record: 2-4-1

    Season so far: 47-32


    COLLEGE


    UC Irvine -10 1/2 UTSA

    Georgia State -3 St. Bona

    Auburn -10 Xavier

    Detroit -2 Loyola Maryland

    Nebraska -14 Missouri State



    NBA


    New Orleans -7 1/2 San Antonio

    Memphis---Dallas UNDER 204 1/2

    OK City -3 Sacramento


    Happy Monday



    November 18, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Nov. 18:



    VERY STRONG PLAYS: Minnesota +2 1/2 Chicago



    STRONG PLAYS: LA Chargers -7 Denver



    REGULAR PLAYS:




    Indy -1 1/2 Tennessee

    Indy--Tennessee OVER 50 1/2

    Philadelphia +7 1/2 New Orleans

    Houston -3 Washington


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: The more I looked at the Cowboy game today the more it appeared to me that these two teams can score on each other.That total seems a bit high but I believe we'll see a shootout in Atlanta today. So:


    TAKE: Dallas---Atlanta OVER 49 1/2


    BASKETBALL


    Saturday record: 2-1

    Season so far: 45-27


    COLLEGE


    Indiana -3 Arkansas

    Pepperdine +2 Miami Ohi

    Alabama -3 1/2 Wichita State

    Michigan -7 1/2 Providence

    Georgetown -10 So. Florida

    Minnesota -5 Texas A&M


    NBA


    Minnesota -5 1/2 Memphis



    Happy Sunday!

    November 17, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Nov. 17:



    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None



    STRONG PLAYS: Liberty +29 Auburn



    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Iowa -14 Illinois

    So. Miss +1 La. Tech

    Ohio State -14 Maryland

    Minnesota -2 1/2 Northwestern

    Temple -14 So. Florida

    Michigan State--Nebraska UNDER 48

    Wisconsin +4 Purdue

    Tennessee +6 1/2 Missouri

    Nebraska PICK Michigan State

    Cincinnati +7 UCF


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Yes, Arizona State's beaten up. But their injuries have been factored into the line. Herm Edwards has the Sun Devils playing inspired ball and I believe today's contest at Oregon is truly a toss up. Thus, getting to take slightly more than a field goal spread represents value. So:


    TAKE: Arizona State +3 1/2 Oregon



    BASKETBALL


    Friday record: 2-2

    Season so far: 43-27


    COLLEGE


    St. Louis +6 Seton Hall

    So. Carolina +1 1/2 Providence


    NBA


    LA Clippers -5 1/2 Brooklyn


    Happy Saturday!

    November 16, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on a college game tonight:


    REGULAR PLAY: SMU +7 1/2 Memphis


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I like the other game tonight. New Mexico's going totally in the tank while Boise's ripped off five in a row.

    The NM program's embroiled in controversy and the head coach will be fired at season's end. Only one way to go here:


    TAKE: Boise -20 New Mexico



    BASKETBALL


    Thursday record: 2-1

    Season so far: 41-24



    COLLEGE


    Harvard +4 Rhode Island

    LSU -12 Louisiana Tech

    San Francisco +1 Arizona State


    NBA


    Utah +3 Philadelphia

    Memphis -7 Sacramento


    Happy Friday!



  • November 16, 2018 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    November 15, 2018

    Late Consensus Plays

    Regular--Green Bay plus the points vs Seattle

    Norm's Late Thoughts

    Tulane's program is pointed upward and they've been competitive in just about every game.

    Houston's wobbly defense is not the kind you want when laying a big spread.

    Take Tulane plus the 10 points


    NBA

    Last night 1-1 Overall 39-23

    Houston/Golden State Under 219


    NCAA

    St Joe's -3.5 vs Wake Forest

    WVU -19.5 vs Monmonth


    November 14, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    Again tonight there are no plays on the two MAC games on the card.



    BASKETBALL



    Tuesday record: 2-1

    Season so far: 38-23


    COLLEGE


    Oklahoma State -11 1/2 UTSA


    NBA


    Utah -4 1/2 Dallas



    Good hunting again tonight!


    November 13, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    There are no picks on the one college game tonight.


    BASKETBALL


    Monday record: 5-0

    Season so far: 36-22


    COLLEGE


    Charleston -2 Rhode Island

    LSU -10 1/2 Memphis


    NBA


    Denver--Houston UNDER 214 1/2


    Good hunting again tonight!


    November 12, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    There are conflicting opinions on tonight's NFL game with good handicappers on different sides. No question SF has their act together better than NY. But can out-of-nowhere QB Mullens work more miracles? NY has stripped its team down a bit defensively with trades but has weapons on the field SF does not have offensively. I'd lean to NYG but a "lean" is all that would be.


    BASKETBALL


    Sunday record: 0-2

    Season so far: 31-22


    COLLEGE


    Detroit +26 Butler

    Oklahoma -9 UTSA


    NBA


    Washington -7 1/2 Orlando

    Philadelphia +2 1/2 Miami

    Utah--Memphis UNDER 203


    Happy Monday!


    November 11, 2018

    FOOTBALL

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Nov. 11:

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None

    STRONG PLAYS: Seattle +9 1/2 LA Rams

                                  LA Chargers -10 Oakland



    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Indianapolis -2 1/2 Jacksonville

    Philadelphia -7 Dallas

    Kansas City -16 Arizona


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: As I looked over Sunday's sheet more and more I came back to the Tennessee-New England game. The Pats are rolling along now with a fat win streak but also face some significant injuries today. Tennessee's upset of Dallas brought them back to even on the season. But two of those four Titans losses have been by one point and the Titans defense has been solid. If this game were in NE and the home field advantage shifted to Foxboro the line on this game would become NE -12 1/2 and that's simply too much. I believe there's value on the Titans side.


    TAKE: Tennessee +6 1/2 New England



    BASKETBALL


    Saturday record: 1-2

    Season so far: 31-20


    COLLEGE


    Marshall---Hofstra OVER 168


    NBA


    Denver -3 1/2 Milwaukee


    Good hunting today!



  • November 16, 2018 9:37 AM | Anonymous


    November 10, 2018

    FOOTBALL

    Here are you Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Nov. 10:


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: Michigan State +3 1/2 Ohio State

                                  Nebraska -17 1/2 Illinois


    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Virginia Tech +3 Pittsburgh

    West Virginia -11 1/2 TCU

    Boston College +20 Clemson

    Ohio State--Michigan State UNDER 49 1/2

    Northwestern +10 1/2 Iowa

    Oregon +4 Utah

    Wisconsin +9 Penn State

    Cal +4 USC
    Alabama -23 Mississippi State


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I have a pair pf games for you this morning. There are a slew of numbers that recommend Auburn against Georgia. But I added those trends to the feeling that these teams just don't seem to be two touchdowns apart. When the year began the projected line on this game was Georgia a 6-point favorite.

    That has ballooned and provides potential value for bettors:


    TAKE: Auburn +14 Georgia


    Secondly, we present a Nevada team that's having a solid season versus a Colorado State team that's headed nowhere. Nevada's offense should rule the day here against an opponent that struggles to move the ball. I like the home team to eventually put this one away:


    TAKE: Nevada -14 Colorado State



    BASKETBALL



    Friday record: 3-6

    Season so far: 30-18


    COLLEGE


    St. Louis -10 1/2 Troy

    North Texas PICK Portland



    NBA



    LA Clippers +3 Milwaukee



    Good hunting this Saturday!


    November 9, 2018

    BASKETBALL


    Thursday record: 1-0

    Season so far: 27-12


    COLLEGE


    Yale -3 California

    Northeastern +3 1/2 Harvard

    W. Virginia -10 Buffalo

    UCLA -15 1/2 Long Beach

    Providence -5 Wichita St.


    NBA


    Washington -2 1/2 Orlando

    Philadelphia -5 1/2 Charlotte

    Utah -3 1/2 Boston

    Denver -10 Brooklyn


    FOOTBALL


    There are no Late Consensus Picks or Norm's Late Thoughts tonight. I picked both games on the card as part of the Picks of the Pole.


    Good hunting tonight!


    November 8, 2018

    FOOTBALL

    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's NFL game. It's a STRONG PLAY:

    TAKE: Carolina +3 1/2 Pittsburgh


    BASKETBALL

    Wednesday record: 2-3

    Season so far: 26-12


    Portland -5 LA Clippers



    Happy Thursday!



    November 7, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    There  is one Late Consensus Pick on college games tonight. It's a REGULAR

    STRENGTH play:


    TAKE: Ohio -4 Miami Ohio


    BASKETBALL



    Tuesday record: 0-2

    Season so far: 24-9


    NBA


    Denver--Memphis UNDER 206

    Indiana -3 Philadelphia

    Utah -9 Dallas

    LA Lakers -5 1/2 Minnesota


    COLLEGE


    Cincinnati -5 1/2 Ohio State



    Happy Wednesday!



    November 6, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    It's very unusual but we have a Late Consensus Picks on the Tuesday night MAC game. It's REGULAR STRENGTH:


    TAKE: Buffalo--Kent State UNDER 43 1/2


    BASKETBALL



    Monday record: 1-0-1

    Season so far: 24-7


    Washington -1 Dallas

    Brooklyn---Phoenix OVER 218 1/2


    Good hunting tonight!


    November 5, 2018

    FOOTBALL

    There is one Late Consensus Picks on the NFL Monday night game. It's a REGULAR STRENGTH play:

    TAKE: Tennessee +4 1/2 Dallas

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Our excellent run in this space continued Saturday with Stanford and Sunday with the Vikings. Today, is simply a "be careful" recommendation. I actually lean a bit toward Dallas tonight. I know the trends here are all wrong for the Cowboys. But 

    this match-up of similar looking teams with 3-4 records look priced about right to me. In light of the above recommendation from a solid handicapper I'll be passing this one with just a "lean" to the UNDER>



    BASKETBALL


    Sunday record: 1-0

    Season so far: 23-7


    OK City -4 New Orleans

    OK City---New Orleans OVER 238



    Happy Monday!



    November 4, 2018

    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Plays for the NFL games of Sunday, Nov. 4



    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None



    STRONG PLAYS: Green Bay +6 New England

                                  Pittsburgh +2 Baltimore



    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Washington---Atlanta UNDER 48

    Buffalo--Chicago UNDER 37 1/2

    Houston +1 1/2 Denver

    Seattle PICK LA Chargers

    New Orleans +2 LA Rams


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Stanford gave us a nice winner in this spot yesterday so lets step out today with one of the best "Against The Spread coaches on planet earth--Minnesota's Mike Zimmer. If we put teams in the NFL playoffs every year based on their ATS records Zimmer's teams would be there every year. Today he finds the public weighing in on the opponent, the Detroit Lions. Wagerers have drive this line from 5 1/2 down to 5 and, in some places, 4 1/2.

    I just see Minny as a "sleeping giant" in the NFC and that line's a  small price to pay for what appears to be the better team playing at home. So:


    TAKE: Minnesota -4 1/2 or 5 Detroit



    BASKETBALL



    Saturday record: 3-0-1

    Season so far: 22-7



    Milwaukee---Sacramento OVER 235 1/2



    Good hunting today!!!




  • November 04, 2018 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    November 3, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Nov. 3:


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None



    STRONG PLAYS: Iowa +2 1/2 Purdue

                                  Texas -2 West Virginia



    REGULAR PLAYS:


    So. Miss +2 1/2 Marshall

    Air Force +6 1/2 Army

    Air Force--Army UNDER 42 1/2

    Florida -6 1/2 Missouri

    Washington State -9 California

    Kansas State +9 1/2 TCU

    Wyoming---San Jose UNDER 38

    FIU -2 1/2 FAU

    Oklahoma State---Baylor UNDER 69 1/2

    LSU +14 Alabama



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Washington started the year as one of the favorites to be in the final four. But this ultra-disappointing squad will now be fortunate to get even a pretty good bowl to invite them.

    Today's opponent Stanford has also fallen on hard times. But under standout coach David Shaw they've proven time and again that they can bounce back from adversity. This spread simple seems to large to me and represents 2-3 points of value for me. So:


    TAKE: Stanford +10 1/2 Washington



    BASKETBALL



    Friday record: 1-1

    Season so far: 19-7



    Philadelphia -7 1/2  Detroit

    Charlotte -9 Cleveland

    Houston -8 Chicago

    Denver -4 Utah



    Good hunting today!!! 




    November 2, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    After yet another terrific night in this spot (Late Consensus winner plus a Norm's Late Thoughts winner) there's only one game that interested me and I've made that game (Colorado) a Pick of the Pole.



    BASKETBALL


    Thursday record: 2-0

    Season so far: 18-6


    Oklahoma City +2 1/2 Washington

    Dallas -6 1/2 NY Knicks


    Happy November!



    November 1, 2018

    FOOTBALL



    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's football action:


    REGULAR PLAY: No. Illinois -6 Akron


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: After a couple of nice, winning recommendations the last couple of nights lets try to keep a very good season for "Late Thoughts" going this evening. Temple got drilled by UCF last year 45-19. BUT---four Temple turnovers undercut the Owls in a game where the yardage was right at even. Unbeaten UCF has everything to play for

    but these Owls have been rugged on the road and the spread is pretty generous here:


    TAKE: Temple +10 1/2 UCF


    Also, lean to:


    Ohio -3 W. Michigan



    BASKETBALL



    Wednesday record: 0-1

    Season so far: 16-6


    Philadelphia -5 LA Clippers

    Atlanta--Sacramento OVER 231

    Milwaukee +2 Boston

    Milwaukee---Boston UNDER 215


    Good hunting tonight!



  • November 04, 2018 9:04 AM | Anonymous


    October 31, 2018

    OOTBALL


    We were fortunate that our "lean" to Buffalo turned out OK last night. Tonight we have just the single MAC game but I have a bit of a feeling in this one also. Toledo's been tangling with some pretty decent teams with losses to Miami, Fla., Fresno and Buffalo. But don't ever confuse Ball St. with that list of decent teams. This spread seems petty high but Ball State is #111 in the country in rush defense and Toledo runs it for 5.0 yards per carry. That allows them to control the game all night long. 

    But this is, like Buffalo, only a "lean" for me:


    Toledo -18 1/2 Ball State



    BASKETBALL


    Tuesday record: 1-1

    Season so far: 16-5


    LA Lakers -7 Dallas


    Good hunting again tonight!


    October 30, 2018

    FOOTBALL



    Only a pair of games in college football tonight but one of these contests holds some limited appeal for me. Buffalo's been a team we've been on with solid success this season. They are wonderfully quarterbacked by Tyree Jackson and at this level of competition having a very solid triggerman elevates a team greatly. At 3-5 Miami's just another collection of uniforms these days. This isn't a strong play but I do lean to:


    TAKE: Buffalo -7 Miami  Ohio



    BASKETBALL



    Monday record: 2-0

    Season so far: 15-4



    Orlando -4 1/2 Sacramento

    Oklahoma City - 2 1/2 LA Clippers



    Good hunting!



    October 28, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    Handicappers seem pretty split on whether to lay all those points (14) with NE tonight or to take the points at home with Buffalo. I'm not a big fan of either side and do not have a strong feeling here. But my continuing opinion that Buffalo is simply hideous keeps me from playing the underdog here. I'd slightly lean to the favorite but must believe

    there will be better spots to truly step out down the road


    BASKETBALL


    Sunday record: 1-0

    Season so far: 13-4


    Philadelphia -11 Atlanta

    Minnesota---LA Lakers OVER 237


    BASEBALL


    Sunday record: 2-0....+$2.30 (game plus 

                                       series winner)

    World Series record: 5-1....+$4.75


    Season over!





    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL is games of Sunday, Oct. 28.


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: Kansas City -9 Denver


    REGULAR PLAYS: 


    New Orleans -1 1/2 Minnesota

    Seattle +3 Detroit

    Green Bay +8 1/2 LA Rams

    Green Bay---LA Rams OVER 57



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: This smaller slate leaves me a bit cool but I would suggest one game for consideration. I'm not certain what Cincy is at this point. They started fast but now have lost two in a row, but to solid teams. But the Bengals defense scares me a lot and Tampa has players who can break down poor defenses. This is a moderate recommendation ar best but lets;


    TAKE: Tampa Bay +3 1/2 Cincinnati



    BASEKETBALL


    Saturday record: 1-1

    Season so far: 12-4



    Utah -3 1/2 Dallas



    BASEBALL



    Saturday record: 1-0....+$1.45

    World Series so far: 3-1.....+$2.45



    Boston +130 LA Dodgers



    Good hunting today!











         



    October 27

    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Picks of college games of Saturday, Oct. 27.



    VERY STRONG PLAYS: Texas Tech +6 Iowa State



    STRONG PLAYS: Kentucky +7 1/2 Missouri



    REGULAR PLAYS:


    No. Illinois +7 BYU

    S. Florida +8 1/2 Houston

    Navy +23 1/2 Notre Dame

    San Diego State -2 1/2 Nevada

    Florida +6 1/2 Georgia

    Texas A&M +1 Mississippi State

    Arkansas +1 Vandy

    Florida State +17 1/2 Clemson




    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS---I must be dead honest with you. I'm not a fan of either of the really strong plays and  several of the other Consensus picks. Not at all in love with So. Florida and I actually like the other side of the Clemson--Florida State game. Now, this is not to say that I'm heavily on on the other sides. I just thought I should tell you that this card really does leave me pretty cold on many of these games. But, I do have three "late thought" selections for you:


    TAKE: Charlotte +7 So. Miss

               TCU -13 1/2 Kansas

               Stanford -3 Washington State


    But let me also add that some of my handicapper friends also like the other side of a couple of these games. BE CAREFUL today!!!



    BASKETBALL



    Friday record: No plays

    Season so far: 11-3



    Philadelphia minus the points versus Charlotte

    Indiana minus the points versus Cleveland



    BASEBALL


    Friday record: 0-1....-$1.00

    World Series so far: 2-1....+$1.00



    Boston +150 LA Dodgers



    Happy Saturday!!!

    October 26, 2018

    FOOTBALL

    You 

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I've already made three of these Friday games Picks of thePole but there's a still another game that interests me a bit. Miami's a small favorite over Boston College and that makes this an intriguing value play. BC's pretty solid. Points worth taking I think.


    TAKE: Boston College +3 1/2 Miami Florida


    BASKETBALL

    Thursday record: 1-0

    Season so far: 11-3


    NO PLAYS FRIDAY NIGHT


    BASEBALL

    World Series record so far: 2-0

    Boston +145 LA Dodgers



    Good hunting tonight!!!



    October 25, 2018

    FOOTBALL

    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's football action. It's a REGULAR STRENGTH PLAY:


    TAKE: Houston -7 1/2 Miami


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I just get a feeling that tonight is where a solidly superior West Virginia team steps out against Baylor. The Mountaineers are still fully in the thick of the playoffs f they can run the table and swiping out Baylor would be a fine springboard to November.

    Baylor's an improved bunch but this appears a shaky spot for the Bears to me.


    TAKE: West Virginia -14 Baylor

    BASKETBALL



    WEDENESDAY RECORD: 1-1

    Season so far: 11-4


    Detroit-7 Cleveland

    Denver---LALakers OVER 239 1/2



    BASEBALL



    Wednesday record: 1-0

    Series so far: 2-0


    No game tonight



    October 24, 2018

    BASEBALL


    Tuesday record: 1-0 plus an extra "lean to"

                   winner


    Boston -135 LA Dodgers



    BASKETBALL



    Tuesday record: 2-0-1 (Push Philly--Detroit)

    Season so far: 10-3


    Dallas -1 1/2 Atlanta

    LA Lakers -3 Phoenix



    Good hunting tonight!



  • November 04, 2018 9:04 AM | Anonymous



    October 23, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    There are no Late Consensus Picks on tonight's lone college game. The line has been steadily moving toward Troy here going from -11 1/2 to -13. That's still the way I'd "lean" but the value's disappearing here so I'll hunt for better places this week.


    BASEBALL



    GAME 1---Boston -140 LA Dodgers


         ---I would also "lean" to the OVER 7 1/2

         ---I also like Boston -155 in the Series



    BASKETBALL



    Monday record: 0-1

    Season so far: 8-3


    Philadelphia minus the points vs. Detroit

    New Orleans -6 1/2 LA Clippers

    Denver -11 Sacramento



    Happy Tuesday!!!


    October 22, 2018

    FOOTBALL



    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's Monday night "football game."


    REGULAR PLAY: NY Giants +3 1/2 Atlanta



    BASKETBALL


    Sunday record: 1-0

    Season  so far: 8-2


    Utah -10 Memphis


    Good hunting!



    October 21, 2018

    FOOTBALL

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, October, 21.

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None

    STRONG PLAYS: Philadelphia -5 1/2 Carolina

    REGULAR PLAYS: Miami +3 Detroit

                                    Tampa Bay -3 1/2 Cleveland

                                    Chicago +2 1/2 New England

                                    Buffalo---Indianapolis UNDR 50 1/2

                                    San Francisco +8 1/2 LA Rams


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Another Sunday where the card is pretty well picked over. I've already put out some strong opinions on some games and will stand on those. But yet one more reminder of possible use of the money line. If you like underdogs like Chicago and New Orleans, you might consider taking them on the money line to win straight up instead of taking the small point spread. The odds

    can works in your favor in such situations.



    BASKETBALL



    Saturday record: 2-1

    Season so far: 7-2



    Atlanta--Cleveland OVER 230



    Happy Sunday!!!


    October 20, 2018

    FOOTBALL

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Oct. 20.

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: 

    • None

    STRONG PLAYS: 

    • Purdue +12 Ohio State
    • Oklahoma -7 1/2 TCU


    REGULAR PLAYS: 

    • Michigan State +7 Michigan
    • Auburn -4 Mississippi
    • Virginia +7 Duke
    • USC +7 Utah
    • Navy +12 Houston
    • Arizona---UCLA UNDER 56



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: 

    I have a pair of games for you today.

    Winless Nebraska's player perhaps the most difficult schedule in the country and today gets a very mediocre Minnesota team to visit Lincoln. This appears a good spot to take out a bit of frustration for the Huskers.


    TAKE: Nebraska -5 Minnesota


    Wester Kentucky's another former top program that's fallen on tough times. But today's opponent Old Dominion has little to recommend it. The small spread  does scare me much here.


    TAKE: W. Kentucky -4 Old Dominion



    BASEBALL



    Friday record: 2-0.....+$2.10

    Playoffs so far: 8-13.....-$7.65


    DOUBLE PLAY: Milwaukee EVEN LA Dodgers



    BASKETBALL



    Friday record: 1-0

    Season so far: 5-1



    Indiana -8 1/2 Brooklyn

    Boston -9 NY Knicks

    Houston---LA Lakers OVER 234 1/2



    Good hunting today!!!



    October 19, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    There are no Late Consensus Picks on tonight's limited college football card. But we had another nice winner for you in Stanford last night along with keeping you away from a pretty popular NFL selection on Arizona last evening.


    We've had very good success of Friday's this year (DOUBLE PLAY WINNER two weeks ago and a SINGLE PLAY WINNER last week). This week won't be as strong but Air Force seems to be playing with lots of purpose which can't be said for a UNLV team that's not very good and I don't believe can be trusted very highly at  home. This is not a strong play but call it a "lean" to:

     Air Force -9 1/2 UNLV


    BASKETBALL


    Thursday record: 2-0

    Season so far: 4-1



    New Orleans -11 Sacramento



    BASEBALL


    Out struggles here continue.


    Thursday record: 0-1....-$1.80

    Playoffs so far: 6-13.....-$9.75


    DOUBLE PLAY: Milwaukee +105 LA Dodgers


    Good hunting tonight!



    October 18, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Most of my handicapping friends like Arizona tonight in the NFL Thursday night game. And I know of Denver's dreadful road record over the last year plus. But I simply cannot take a very poor team like the Cardinals in a "must win to cover" situation. It's not that I'm in love with Denver either but that's the way I'd "lean" in the Thursday nighter.


    I do have a college pick for you. I simply feel Stanford's the better team in this matchup with Arizona. And that's my recommendation for a REGULAR STRENGTH play:


    TAKE: Stanford -2 1/2 Arizona State


    BASKETBALL


    Wednesday record: 2-1

    Season so far: 2-1


    Philadelphia -11 Chicago

    Portland---LA Lakers OVER 222



    PLAYOFF BASEBALL



    Wednesday record: 0-1....-$1.50

    Playoffs so far: 6-12....-$7.95


    Houston -135 Boston



    Happy Thursday




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