Archived Selections

  • December 27, 2018 9:24 AM | Anonymous

    December 26, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    There are conflicting choices on today's three college bowl games and thus I think it better to just move on past them. Of course, I did make TCU a "Double play" on the Picks of the Pole.



    BASKETBALL



    NBA


    Phoenix +4.5   Orlando

    New Orleans +2.5  Dallas

    San Antonio   -3.5   Denver



    Happy day after Christmas!



    Christmas Day

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!


    BASKETBALL


    Tuesday record: No games played

    Season so far: 129-112


    NBA


    Boston -4 Philadelphia

    Golden State -9 LA Lakers


    Hopefully these are two "presents."

    December 24, 2018

    FOOTBALL



    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's NFL game. It's  a REGULAR STRENGTH selection:


    TAKE: Oakland +3 Denver



    BASKETBALL


    Sunday record: 1-1

    Season so far: 129-112


    No plays today.

    December 23, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Dec. 23.


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: Seattle +1 1/2 Kansas City

                                  Philadelphia -2 1/2 Houston


    REGULAR PLAYS: 


    Miami -3 1/2 Jacksonville

    San Francisco +4 1/2 Chicago

    NY Giants +9 1/2 Indianapolis

    NY Jets +3 Green Bay


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Tampa's woebegone defense has been somewhat better recently as DT Vita Vea has developed. The Dallas D is still smarting from being cut up by Indy. TB QB Winston does not possess talent like Luck though and this total seems high to me. I think defenses might be OK today.


    TAKE: Dallas---Tampa Bay UNDER 48


    BASKETBALL


    Saturday record: 4-4

    Season so far: 128-111


    NBA


    Portland -7 Dallas

    Sacramento +1 New Orleans


    Merry early Christmas!!!




    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Picks on today's NFL and college bowl games.


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None



    STRONG PLAYS: Army -4 1/2 Houston



    REGULAR PLAYS: Louisiana Tech +1 Hawaii

                                    Army--Houston UNDER 60 1/2

                                   Troy +1 1/2 Buffalo

                                   Washington +10 1/2 Tennessee (NFL)

                                 


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: The Ravens and Chargers have each been trending toward the UNDER in recent weeks and I don't see a reason that should reverse. Both will run and each will happily play a tight game. Lets:


    TAKE: Baltimore--LA Chargers UNDER 41



    BASKETBALL



    Fridy record: 5-5

    Season so far: 124-107


    NBA



    San Antonio +5 1/2 Houston



    COLLEGE



    Harvard -14 George Washington

    DePaul -4 Boson College

    St. Joes -3 Loyola Chicago

    Arkansas -11 Texas State

    San Francisco -8 1/2 Stanford

    Ohio State -6 UCLA

    Missouri -1 Illinois

    No. Colorado -2 1/2 Rider

    San Diego -6 1/2 Washington State


    Good hunting today!


  • December 27, 2018 9:23 AM | Anonymous

    December 21, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    These Friday night bowl games are very popular with other handicappers. We actually have three selections on the two games---all REGULAR STRENGTH plays:


    TAKE: W. Michigan +12 1/2 BYU

               FIU +3 1/2 Toledo

               FIU--Toledo UNDER 57 1/2


    One note here. That FIU total has dropped dramatically (about 8 points since it first came out). This makes me very cautious. The weather should be conducive to a lower scoring game but that's a ton of value gone from the original "UNDER" line. I'd be a tad careful with that selection.


    BASKETBALL


    Thursday record: 1-0

    Season so far: 119-102


    NBA


    Indiana -2 1/2 Brooklyn

    Boston -1 1/2 Milwaukee

    San Antonio -4 Minnesota

    LA Lakers -5 New Orleans


    COLLEGE


    Northeastern -6 1/2 St. Bona

    Oregon State -8 1/2 Kent State

    UCF -13 Illinois State

    Penn State +3 1/2 Alabama

    Texas -8 1/2 Providence

    Oklahoma +1 Northwestern


    Good hunting tonight!!!



    December 20, 2018

    FOOTBALL



    There is one regular strength Late Consensus Picks on tonight's bowl game:


    TAKE: Marshall -2 1/2 So. Florida



    BASKETBALL


    Wednesday record: 3-4-1

    Season so far: 118-102


    NBA


    LA Clippers -3 1/2 Dallas

    COLLEGE


    No plays tonight



    December 19, 2018

    FOOTBALL



    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's bowl game. It's a regular strength play on San Diego State +3 versus Ohio and it comes from multiple sources.


    BASKETBALL


    Tuesday record: 1-0

    Season so far: 115-98


    NBA


    Charlotte -12 1/2 Cleveland


    COLLEGE


    Auburn +1 N. C. State

    Penn State -6  Duquesne

    Virginia -9 So. Carolina

    Toledo -14 Cornell

    Belmont -7 W. Kentucky

    Wichita -15 Oral Roberts

    San Francisco -22 1/2 N. Arizona


    Good hunting today!




    December 18, 2018

    FOOTBALL


    There are no Late Consensus Picks on the bowl game tonight.



    BASKETBALL



    Monday record: 2-0

    Season so far: 114-98


    NBA


    No plays tonight


    COLLEGE


    Oklahoma -6 Creighton



    Happy Tuesday!


  • December 27, 2018 9:22 AM | Anonymous




    December 17, 2018

    FOOTBALL



    There IS one very significant Late Consensus Play on tonight's NFL game:


    VERY STRONG PLAY:


    Carolina +6 New Orleans



    BASKETBALL


    Sunday record: 5-3

    Season so far: 112-98


    NBA


    Detroit whatever the line versus Milwaukee

    OK City -13 Chicago


    COLLEGE


    No plays tonight


    December 16, 2018

    FOOTBALL



    Here's are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Dec. 16.



    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None



    STRONG PLAYS: Here's where it get tricky. There's a STRONG play 

                     recommendation out there on New England minus the

                     points at Pittsburgh (a play I also favor). BUT---there are 

                     solid opinions out there also supporting the underdog

                     Steelers. I'll still be on the side of NE here but I'm not in

                     favor of labelling this a STRONG PLAY myself.


    REGULAR PLAYS: Also a VERY mixed bag area. Differing opinions

                     all over the board on various games. So, it's a very small

                     set of picks this week in this category.


                     Philadelphia +12 1/2 LA Rams

                     Cincinnati--Oakland OVER 46


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS---We hit a nice recommendation to  take Cleveland on the money line yesterday. Lets come back with another "pig" today. Buffalo's still playing hard and, while I hate recommending them as a small favorite, that's the way I've been leaning more and more as the weekend has opened up.


    TAKE: Buffalo -3 Detroit



    BASKETBALL



    Saturday record:5-4-1

    Season record so far: 107-95


    NBA


    Philadelphia -8 1/2 Cleveland

    Sacramento +5 1/2 Dallas

    Toronto -1 1/2 Denver



    COLLEGE


    St. Louis +8 1/2 Houston

    San Francisco -12 1/2 Cal Fullerton

    W.Virginia -7 Rhode Island

    Nebraska -7 Oklahoma State

    Niagara -4 Cornell



    Good hunting today!


    December 15, 2018


    FOOTBALL



    Here are you Late Consensus Picks for the NFL and bowl gams of Saturday, Dec. 15:


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: Middle Tennessee State +6 1/2 Appalachian State


    REGULAR PLAYS


    NFL


    Houston -7 NYJets

    Cleveland +2 1/2 Denver


    BOWLS


    North Texas +7 Utah State

    North Texas--Utah State OVER 69

    L La Lafayette +3 1/2 Tulane

    Fresno -6 Arizona State


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Between my Picks of the Pole and the Handicappers selections that just about covers the day. But yet another reminder that if you like the small underdog Browns to win outright the money line offers you some value rather than taking that +2 1/2



    BASKETBALL


    Friday record: 2-1

    Season so far: 102-91


    NBA


    Boston -2 Detroit

    San Antonio -12 Chicago

    LA Clippers +6 OK City


    COLLEGE


    UCSB -6 Rice

    Gonzaga +2 No. Carolina

    Toledo -14 1/2 Middle Tennessee State

    Mississippi State -5 Cincinnati

    Oregon -12 Boise State

    Oklahoma -8 1/2 USC

    BYU -5 UNLV


    Good hunting today!



    December 14, 2018


    BASKETBALL


    Thursday record: 1-0

    Season so far: 100-90


    NBA


    Boston -13 Atlanta

    Brooklyn -1 1/2 Washington

    Golden State -8 1/2 Sacramento


    COLLEGE


    No plays tonight


    Happy Friday!




    December 13, 2018

    FOOTBALL



    There  is one Late Consensus Pick on the NFL game tonight. It's a REGULAR STRENGTH play:

    TAKE: LA Chargers +3 1/2 Kansas City


    Had this fine handicapper not have recommended this game I would have made the Chargers a selection in Norm's Late Thoughts myself so Go Chargers.



    BASKETBALL



    Wednesday record: 2-1-1

    Season so far: 99-90



    NBA


    No plays



    COLLEGE


    San Francisco -18 1/2 E. Washington



    Happy Thursday!!!



    December 12, 2018

    BASKETBALL


    Tuesday record: 0-1

    Season so far: 97-89


    NBA


    Boston -3 1/2 Washington

    Utah -6 1/2 Miami

    Golden State -6 1/2 Toronto


    COLLEGE


    San Diego +10 Oregon


    Good hunting today!



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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!!!




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