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  • January 19, 2018 2:19 PM | Anonymous

    January 11, 2018

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Wednesday record: 3-7.......Season so far: 161-159

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    Philadelphia +2 Boston

    Toronto +1 1/2 Cleveland

    Sacramento +1 1/2 LA Clippers

     

     

    COLLEGE

     

     

    Wright State +10 No. Kentucky

    William & Mary -8 James Madson

    UTA -8 1/2 Arkansas Little Rock

    Arizona -15 Oregon State

    BYU -17 1/2 Pepperdine

    N. C. State +4 Clemson

    Oregon +7 Arizona State

    UCLA -6 1/2 Utah

    So. Dakota State -11 Oral Roberts

     

     

    Good hunting today

    January 10, 2018

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Tuesday record: 3-2.......Season so far: 158-152

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    Washington -7 1/2 Utah

    Minnesota -4 OK City

    LA Clippers +16 1/2 Golden State

     

     

    COLLEGE

     

     

    DOUBLE PLAY: Oakland -13 1/2 Youngstown State

     

     

    SINGLE PLAYS

     

     

    Central Florida -1 Uconn

    Georgia Tech -1 Notre Dame

    Xavier +9 1/2 Villanova

    SMU -9 1/2 Temple

    Wofford -6 1/2 Harvard

     

    Good hunting today

     

    January 9, 2018

     

     

    BASKETBALL

    Monday record: 2-0......Season so far: 155-150

    NBA

    OK City -8 Portland

    COLLEGE

    Bowling Green -2 1/2 No. Illinois

    No. Carolina -14 1/2 Boston College

    Va. Commonwealth -8 1/2 Duquesne

    Virginia -9 Suracuse

     

     

    Good hunting today!

    January 8, 2018

     

     FOOTBALL

     

     

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for tonight's national title game in college football.

     

     

    Rather than give you ratings here let me just discuss the approach of many handicappers. As you can imagine there are opinions on each side of this. One of our sources makes Georgia a VERY STRONG PLAY. Be it right or wrong I'm also strong on Georgia. but there are some  reputable types on the other side.

     

    Most of the totals action seems to slightly favor the UNDER, which is my preference also.

     

    I also want to stress that if you really like Georgia consider playing them on the money line to win straight out. If they do accomplish this the return was be +150 for every 100 wagered. I'll go this direction myself tonight.

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Sunday record: 5-1......Season so far: 153=150

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    Brooklyn +5 1/2 Toronto

    Minnesota +1 Cleveland

     

     

    COLLEGE

     

     

    No selections tonight

     

     

    January 7, 2018

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL playoffs games of Sunday, Jan. 7:

     

     

    STRONG PLAY: Jacksonville -8 1/2 Buffalo

     

     

    REGULAR PLAY: New Orleans -7 Carolina

                                 New Orleans---Carolina OVER

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Just as yesterday I was about to suggest this morning taking the Saints minus the points but one of our handicappers put that out as a play. In the other game I don't see much offense on either side quite frankly so I'll suggest a LIGHT play on:

     

    Jacksonville---Buffalo UNDER

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    SATURDAY RECORD: 5-9......SEASON SO FAR: 148-149

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    Utah +4 1/2 Miami

     

     

    COLLEGE

     

     

    William & Mary -1 1/2 Drexel

    Cincinnati -7 1/2 SMU

    Miami Florida -3 1/2 Florida State

    Niagara -3 1/2 Marist

    Canisius -4 Siena

     

     

    Good hunting today

    January 6, 2018

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL playoff games of Saturday, Jan. 6:

     

     

    STRONG PLAY: Kansas City -8 1/2 Tennessee

     

     

    REGULAY PLAYS:

     

    LA Rams -5 1.2 Atlanta

    Kansas City---Tennessee UNDER 44 1/2

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I was about to also recommend a small play on the KC---TENN game UNDER when one of our handicappers put it on his play list.

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Friday record: 2-2.....Season so far: 143-140

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    LA Clippers plus the points versus Golden State

     

     

    COLLEGE

     

     

    Dayton -7 1/2 Umass

    Duke -11 1/2 N. C. State

    Duke--N. C.State OVER 167

    Nevada -13 1/2 Air Force

    Harvard =10 Dartmouth

    Purdue -18 1/2 Nebraska

    So. Illinois +3 Valpo

    Georgia Southern -14 1/2 Arkansas Little Rock

    UTA -12 So. Alabama

    Auburn -5 Arkansas

    Yale+9 Goergia Tech

    Penn-1 Princeton

    No. Colorado +7 1/2 Montana

    Wyoming +1 Boise State

     

     

    Good hunting today!

     

    January 5, 2018

     

    Yesterday 1-1   Overall 142-139

    Wednesday 5-2

     

    NBA 

    Dallas -4.5 vs Chicago

    Charlotte -2.5 vs Lakers

    Milwaukee +1 vs Toronto

     

    NCAA

     

    Towson +10 vs UNC Wilmington

     

     

    January 4, 2018

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    No plays tonight

     

     

    COLLEGE

     

     

    Coastal Carolina -3 1/2 U La. Monroe

    UTA -6 1/2 Troy

     

     

    Happy Thursday

     

    January 3, 2018

     

    BASKETBALL

    Tuesday record: 1-4.....Season so far: 136-136

    NBA

    Washington -8 1/2 NY Knicks

    COLLEGE

    Marquette PICK Providence

    Florida State PICK No. Carolina

    George Washington PICK Duquesne

    Dayton +2 1/2 St. Bona

    Illinois +8 Minnesota

     Oklahoma -9 1/2 Oklahoma State

     

     

    Happy Wednesday

     

    January 2, 2018

     

    BASKETBALL

    Monday record: 2-0.....Season so far: 135-133

    NBA

    LA Clippers -5 Memphis

    COLLEGE

    Baylor -1 1/2 TCU

    Xavier -7 Butler

    Arkansas -3 Mississippi State

    Kansas -7 Texas TEch

    Manhattan -4 Marist

     

     

    Happy New Year!

     

    January 1 2018

     

    FOOTBALL

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the games on Monday, Jan. 1

    VERY STRONG PLAY: Notre Dame + 3 1/2 LSU

    STRONG PLAY: UCF +12 Auburn

    REGULAR PLAYS:

    Georgia -3 Oklahoma

    So. Carolina +8 Michigan

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: That about covers the entire scope of the schedule. Just a reminder that should your REALLY like an underdog like Clemson of Notre Dame or even OU for that matter, the odds on the money line can be pretty enticing. For example: taking ND to win straight out rturns $1.50 for each $1.00 wagered

     

    BASKETBALL

    Sunday record: 1-6 (Ugh!)......Season so far: 133-132

    NBA

    Milwaukee +6 Toronto

    COLLEGE

    Texas -3 Iowa State.

     

    Happy New Year!


  • January 01, 2018 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    December 31, 2017


    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Dec. 31:



    STRONG PLAYS: Houston---Indianapolis UNDER 41

                                  Jacksonville +1 1/2 Tennessee



    RRGULAR PLAYS:



    Atlanta -3 1/2 Carolina

    Washington -3 NY Giants

    Pittsburgh -6 1/2 Cleveland

    Oakland +7 LA Chargers

    San Francisco -4 1/2 LA Rams

    New Orleans -6 Tampa Bay

    Chicago--Minnesota UNDER 38 1/2

    Oakland---LA Chargers UNDER 42 1/2



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: The Patriots have long been an NFL Threshing machine and they need today's win to clinch home field advantage in the playoffs which would be a decided advantage should they encounter Pittsburgh again. But that doesn't mean they'll get that win by over two touchdowns. The Jets have been a thorn in NE's side over the years posting an impressive ATS  records against the Pats. Today I'm going to carefully venture out on to that limb and oppose NE at home with a LIGHT play on those Jets.



    BASKETBALL


    Saturday record: 4-8......Season so far: 132-166



    NBA



    DOUBLE PLAY: Oklahoma City minus the points versus Dallas



    SINGLE PLAYS



    Houston -14 1/2 LA Lakers

    Houston---LA Lakers OVER



    COLLEGE

     


    Providence +8 1/2 Creighton

    UTA -5 App State

    Coastal Carolina -7 Texas State

    USC -14 Washington State



    Good hunting today!


    December 30, 2017


    FOOTBALL

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the bowl games of Saturday, Dec. 30:

    STRONG PLAY: Washington +2 1/2 Penn State

    REGULAR PLAY: Miami Fla. +6 Wisconsin

    BASKETBALL

    Friday record: 4-3.......Season so far: 128-118

    NBA

    Philadelphia +7 Denver

    COLLEGE

    No. Carolina -15 Wake Forest

    Oakland -10 Wisconsin Green Bay

    Xavier -14 DePaul

    St. Bonaventure -10 Umass

    TCU---Oklahoma OVER 171

    Villanova -5 1/2 Butler

    Dayton -3 1/2 Duquesne

    Marquette -10 Georgetown

    Arizona -6 Arizona State

    BYU +1 1/2 St. Mary's

    Belmont -9 1/2 Tennessee Martin



    Good hunting today!


    December 29, 2017


    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the bowl games of Friday, Dec. 29



    STRONG PLAYS:  Wake Forest -3 Texas A&M

                                    Ohio State -7 1/2 USC



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: My late thoughts are contained in this week's Picks of the Pole . I favor both of the above picks plus selections on Northwestern and New Mexico State.



    BASKETBALL



    Thursday record: 3-3.....Season so far: 124-115



    NBA



    Dallas +6 1/2 New Orleans

    Sacramento -2 Phoenix

    LA Clippers what ever the line versus LA Lakers



    COLLEGE


    Kentucky -5 1/2 Louisville

    UTA -4 1/2 Coastal Carolina

    A La La -10 Arkansas Little Rock

    USC -11 Washington



    Good hunting today!


    December 28 2017


    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college bowls of Thursday, Dec. 28



    STRONG PLAY: Michigan State - 1 1/2 Washington State



    REGULAR PLAY: Virginia Tech +5 1/2 Oklahoma State



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: The more I study the TCU--Stanford contest the more I lean to the Frogs here. I what should be a solid defensive study it appears that TCU's built  to defend the run which is the core of the Stanford attack. The now-more-healthy Frogs should show better balance in their offense and I think grinds out a victory here. So:


    TAKE: TCU -3 Stanford.



    BASKETBALL



    Wednesday record: 2-4.....Season so far: 121-112



    NBA



    No selections tonight



    COLLEGE



    Wright State -7 Illinois Chicago

    Oakland -3 Wisconsin Milwaukee

    Bradley -2 1/2 Drake

    Gonzaga -22 1/2 Pacific

    Monmouth -7 1/2 Quinnipiac

    Belmont -7 S E Missouri



    Good hunting today


    December 27, 2017


    FOOTBALL

    Here are your late Consensus Picks for the bowls game of Wednesday, Dec. 27

    STRONG PLAY: Purdue +3 Arizona

    REGULAR PLAY: Boston College +2 1/2 Iowa

                                 So. Miss +14 1/2 Florida State

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS:  I've already basically picked all of these games. You might consider playing Purdue, Boston College and Texas (all small underdogs) On the money line to win straight up rather than take the small underdog spreads. 

    BASKETBALL

    TUESDAY RECORD: 0-1......SEASON SO FAR: 119-108

    NBA

    Washington -6 Atlanta

    OK City -4 Toronto

    Minnesota -5 1/2 Denver



    COLLEGE



    Butler -4 Georgetown

    Villanova -15 DePaul

    SMU -11 1/2 UCF



    December 26, 2017


    FOOTBALL



    There are no Late Consensus Picks or Norm's Late Thoughts on the bowl games tonight in college football



    BASKETBALL



    Monday record: 0-1........Season so far: 119-107



    NBA



    Sacramento +5 1/2 LA Clippers



    COLLEGE



    No games scheduled.



    Happy Norm-a-thon day.


    Christmas


    FOOTBALL



    There are two Late Consensus Picks on tonight's NFL games:



    REGULAR PLAYS:



    Pitt -9 Houston

    Pitt---Houston UNDER 45



    BASKETBALL



    Saturday record: 4-3.....Season so far: 119-106


    NY Knicks -2 1/2 Philadelphia



    Merry Christmas!


    Christmas Eve


    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the games on Sunday, Dec. 24:



    COLLEGE



    STRONG PLAY: Fresno +2 1/2 Houston



    NFL



    STRONG PLAYS: New England -11 1/2 Buffalo

                                  Tennessee +6 LA Rams



    REGULAR PLAYS



    NY Jets +7 LA Chargers

    San Francisco +4 Jacksonville

    Seattle +3 1/2 Dallas

    Atlanta +5 1/2 New Orleans



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: The Picks I put out Friday conflict with a couple of these late picks. And I'm going to stay with the Rams versus Tennessee and Jacksonville versus San Fran. But in each case I'll keep my plays smaller out of respect for handicappers that I really respect.



    Merry Christmas!!!!

    December 23, 2017


    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Picks from other top handicappers on the games of Saturday, Dec. 23:


    NFL



    REGULAR PLAY



    Baltimore -13 1/2 Indianapolis



    COLLEGE BOWLS



    Texas Tech +2 1/2 So. Florida

    San Diego State -6 1/2 Army



    BASKETBALL



    Friday record: 2-3......Season so far: 115-105



    NBA



    Washington whatever the line versus Orlando

    Boston -7 Chicago



    COLLEGE



    Boston College -9 Rickmond

    Evansville +1 1/2 Illinois State

    Wisconsin Green Bay +19 Wisconsin

    UCLA +6 1/2 Kentucky

    UCSB -7 1/2 Sacramento State



    Good hunting today!!!

    December 22, 2017


    BASKETBALL



    Thursday record: 1-2.....Season so far: 113--102



    NBA


    • Miami minus the points versus Dallas

    • OK City -10 1/2 Atlanta



    COLLEGE


    • Bradley +9 Mississippi

    • William & Mary +20 TCU

    • Colorado +4 1/2 Iowa



  • December 22, 2017 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    December 21, 2017

     

    FOOTBALL

    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's college bowl game:

    REGULAR PLAY:  Temple--Florida International OVER 57 1/2

    BASKETBALL

    Wednesday record: 2-3.....Season so far: 112-100

    NBA

    Cleveland -10 1/2 Chicago

    COLLEGE

    UTA -15 Cal Poly Slo

    Arizona -15 1/2 Oconn

    Good hunting tonight

    December 20, 2017

     

    FOOTBALL

    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's college bowl game:

    REGULAR PLAY: Louisiana Tech +4 SMU

    BASKETBALL

    Tuesday record: 2-2......Season so far: 110-97

    NBA

    LA Lakers--Houston OVER 225 1/2

    COLLEGE

    Mississippi State -22 1/2 Arkansas  Little Rock

    Bradley -5 S. E. Missouri

    Memphis -10 Siena

    Utah -22 1/2 Northwestern State

     

     

    Good hunting today

     

    December 19 2017

     

    BASKETBALL

    Monday record: 2-3......Season so far: 108-95

    NBA

    No selections tonight

    COLLEGE

     

    Niagara -7 1/2 Cleveland State

    Oklahoma State -11 1/2 Tulsa

    Alabama -7 1/2 Mercer

    Mississippi -16 Texas A&M Commerce

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks on tonight's college bowl game:

     

     

    STRONG PLAY: Florida Atlantic---Akron OVER 64

     

     

    REGULAR PLAY: Florida Atlantic -23 Akron

    Good hunting!

     

    December 18, 2017

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Sunday record: 4-1....Season so far:106-92

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    OK City -5 1/2 Denver

     

     

    College

     

     

    SMU -7 1/2 Boise

    Drexel -11 Quinnipiac

    So. Florida -8 1.2 No. Arizona

     

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    There are no Late Consensus Picks or Late Thoughts on the NFL Monday night game.

     

     

    Good hunting

     

    December 17, 2017

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the games of Sunday, Dec. 17:

     

     

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: Pittsburgh +2 1/2 New England

     

     

    STRONG PLAYS: Green Bay +3 Carolina

                                  Oakland +3 Dallas

                                  Minnesota -11 Cincinnati

     

     

    REGULAR PLAYS:  Houston +11 Jacksonville

                                     Baltimore -7 Cleveland

                                     Seattle -1 LA Rams

                                     San Francisco -1 1/2 Tennessee

                                     Baltimore--Cleveland OVER 41 1/2

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I really respect the handicapper who put out the pick on Oakland but I'll stay with me side of Dallas. The health of Dallas linebackers Le and Hitchens has meant very, very good thins for Dallas over the last couple of years. Both are very well now. I'll stay with Dallas

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Saturday record: 6-9.......Season so far: 102-91

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    Sacramento +12 Toronto

    Cleveland -1 1/2 Washington

    Indiana--Brooklyn UNDER 216 1/2

     

     

    COLLEGE

     

     

    Arizona State -11 Vanderbilt

    So. Dakota  State -10 1/2 San Jose

     

     

    Good hunting today!  


  • December 13, 2017 10:53 AM | Anonymous

    December 16, 2017

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Friday record: 2-1.....Season so far: 96-82

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    OK City PICK NY Knicks

    San Antonio  -7 1/2 Dallas

    Memphis plus the points versus Boston

     

     

    COLLEGE

     

     

    Seton Hall -8 Rutgers

    Louisville -8 Memphis

    Syracuse -3 Georgetown

    Texas -11 1/2 La. Tech

    Cincinnati -3 UCLA

    Butler +7 Purdue

    Florida State -6 Oklahoma State

    Notre Dame -6 Indiana

    Belmont -16 Pepperdine

    Mississippi State -16 1/2 Tennessee Martin

    Notre Dame -6 Indiana

     

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the games of Saturday, Dec. 16:

     

     

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None

     

     

    STRONG PLAYS: LA Chargers---Kansas City UNDER 46 1/2

     

     

    REGULAR PLAYS:

     

     

    Boise +7 Oregon

    North Texas +7 Troy

    W. Kentucky -6 1/2 Georgia State

    Marshall---Colorado State OVER 58

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Not really much on today's card that hasn't been picked already. I  see excellent handicappers coming down on different sides of the LAC--KC game. I've gone bak and forth on this one and that very often suggests simply staying away from such a game instead of "coin flipping." Lets not do that. Much more on the plate in the coming weeks to like. No late thoughts today but will try to find something tomorrow.

     

     

    December 15, 2017

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Thursday record: 2-0....Season so far: 94-81

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    OK City +2 Philadelphia

    Milwaukee -8 Chicago

    Houston -8 San Antonio

     

     

    COLLEGE

     

     

    No selections tonight.

     

     

    Happy hunting.

     

     

    December 14, 2017

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    WEDNESDAY RECORD: 1-0.....Season so far: 92-81

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    No selections tonight

     

     

    COLLEGE

     

     

    USC -17 Santa Clara

    So. Dakota State -11 1/2 Northern Arizona

     

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    There are not Late Consensus Picks or Late Thoughts on tonight's spellbinding NFL game.

     

     

    Cheers---Norm 

     

    December 13, 2017

     

    BASKETBALL

    Monday record: 2-1....Season so far: 91-81

    NBA

    No selections tonight

    COLLEGE

    Bradley -11 1/2 Arkansas Little Rock

    December 12, 2017

     

     

    BASKETBALL

    Monday record: 1-1........Season so far: 89-80

    NBA

    LA Lakers +3 1/2 NY Knicks

    COLLEGE

     

     

    Cincinnati -11 Mississippi State

    South Dakota State -11 North Dakota 

     

     

    December 11, 2017

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Sunday record: 4-4....Season so far: 88-79

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    No selections tonight

     

     

    COLLEGE

     

     

    DePaul -23 Alabama A&M

    Oregon -18 Texas Southern

     

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    There are no Late Consensus Picks on tonight's NFL game.

     

    Cheers!


  • December 09, 2017 10:50 AM | Anonymous



    December 7, 2017
    BASKETBALL
    Wednesday record: 4-2.....Season so far: 77-67
    NBA
    OK City -7 1/2 Brooklyn
    COLLEGE
    No selections tonight

    Late consensus pick on the Thursday night NFL Game

    Regular Strength

    ·         Atlanta -1 vs New Orleans



    December 6, 2017

    BASKETBALL

    Tuesday record: 2-3.....Season so far: 73-65

    NBA

    Memphis +2 1/2 NY Knicks

    Milwaukee -4 Detroit

    COLLEGE

    Oakland -2 E. Michigan

    Harvard -1 Fordham

    Middle Tennessee +3 Vandy

    Dayton -9 Tennessee Tech

    Canisius +9 St. Bona



    Cheers Mark


    December 5 2017

    BASKETBALL



    Monday record: 1-3....Season so far: 71-62



    NBA



    No plays tonight



    COLLEGE



    Texas A&M -1 1/2 Arizona

    Minnesota -7 Nebraska

    Creighton -18 1/2 North Dakota State

    UNLV -18 1/2 Cal Irvine

    SMU +4 1/2 TCU


    December 4, 2017

    FOOTBALL



    There is one Late Consensus Pick of the NFL Monday night game. It is a "Regular strength play" and agrees with a Pick of the Pole:


    Pittsburgh -4 1/2 Cincinnati



    BASKETBALL



    Sunday record: 2-3.....Season so far: 70-59



    NBA



    Charlotte -7 1/2 Orlando

    Milwaukee +6 Boston



    COLLEGE



    Michigan +2 1/2 Ohio State

    Florida -10 Florida State



    Happy days Mark

    December 3, 2017
    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for NFL games of Sunday, Dec. 3:



    VERY STRONG PLAY: Seattle +4 1/2 Philadelphia



    STRONG PLAY: Seattle--Philadelphia OVER 47



    REGULAR PLAYS:



    Detroit +3  Baltimore

    Arizona +7 LA Rams

    San Francisco +3 Chicago

    New England--Buffalo UNDER 48 1/2

    LA Chargers--Cleveland OVER 44



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: This card, other than the games already included in Picks of the Pole, leaves me pretty cold. Some games I want no part of "guessing" like Denver-Miami and KC--Jets. Can't get too excited about a couple of the plays above like Detroit and San Fran. Lets just pass today and hunt for something as next week comes up.



    BASKETBALL



    Saturday record: 5-7.....Season record so far: 68-56



    NBA



    OK City -4 San Antonio

    Minnesota -12 1/2 LA Clippers



    COLLEGE



    Purdue -13 Northwestern

    Michigan State -19 Nebraska

    San Diego State -11 Bradley



    December 2, 2017

    FOOTBALL

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Dec. 2:

    VERY STRONG PLAY: Georgia +2 1/2 Auburn

    STRONG PLAY: Wisconsin +6 Ohio State

    REGULAR PLAYS: Idaho + 5 1/2 Georgia State

                                    TCU---Oklahoma OVER

                                    Fresno +9 Boise State

                                    Clemson -9 Miami Florida



    NORMS'S LATE THOUGHTS: Both Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina have improve as the season wore on (They had to!!!)  but I was more impressed with the way Georgia Southern has collected itself and restores their ability to run the football which is their identity. In a near toss up situation that's the way I'll go here.


    TAKE: Georgia Southern -1 1/2 Coastal Carolina    



    BASKETBALL



    Friday record: 1-0.......Season so far: 63-48



    NBA



    Milwaukee -12 Sacramento



    COLLEGE



    Xavier -2 1/2 Cincinnati

    Marquette -5 Georgia

    Wichita -2 1/2 Baylor

    Loyola -10 Illinois Chicago

    Wisconsin -10 Ohio State

    Rhode Island -3 1/2 Providence

    UTA -18 1/2 North Texas

    Arizona -4 1/2 UNLV

    Rider -3 Drexel

    Canisius -7 Dartmouth

    Belmont -15 1/2 Wisconsin Green Bay



    Good hunting today!!!


    December 1, 2017

    BASKETBALL

    Thursday record: 3-1.......Season so far: 62-48

    NBA

    No plays tonight

    COLLEGE

    Purdue -2 1/2 Maryland


  • December 01, 2017 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    November 30, 2017


    FOOTBALL



    I have a DOUBLE PLAy on Washington at PICK or -1 versus Dallas



    BASKETBALL



    Wednesday record: 2-3.....Season so far: 59-47



    NBA



    Cleveland -7 1/2 Atlanta

    Milwaukee +3 Portland



    COLLEGE



    San Diego State -5 San Diego

    Seton Hall -1 1/2 Texas Tech



    November 29, 2017


    FOOTBALL

    I have a DOUBLE PLAy on Washington at PICK or -1 versus Dallas

    BASKETBALL

    Wednesday record: 2-3.....Season so far: 59-47

    NBA

    Cleveland -7 1/2 Atlanta

    Milwaukee +3 Portland

    COLLEGE

    San Diego State -5 San Diego

    Seton Hall -1 1/2 Texas Tech


    November 28 2017


    BASKETBALL

    Monday record: 0-1....Season so far: 56-44

    NBA

    No plays

    COLLEGE

    Purdue -7 Louisville


    November 27, 2017


    FOOTBALL



    There is one Late Consensus Pick on the Monday night game.



    REGULAR PLAY: Baltimore -7 Houston



    BASKETBALL



    Sunday record: 2-2-1......Season so far: 56-43



    NBA



    No plays



    COLLEGE



    Marquette -17 Eastern Illinois



    Cheers Mark 


    November 26, 2017


    FOOTBALL

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


    VERY STRONG PLAY: New England -16 Miami


    STRONG PLAYS: Seattle -6 1/2 San Francisco

                                  Cincinnati -8 Cleveland


    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Carolina -5 1/2 NY Jets

    Indianapolis +3 1/2 Tennessee

    Tampa Bay +10 Atlanta

    New Orleans +2 LA Rams

    Denver--Oakland OVER 43


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Nothing today



    BASKETBALL



    NBA



    Miami -7 Chicago




    COLLEGE



    UCLA -16 1/2 UC Irvine

    Oregon State -11 1/2 Marist

    St.  Joes -14 Sacramento State

    Canisius what ever the line versus Pacific



    Good hunting today 



    November 25, 2017

     

    FOOTBALL



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


    VERY STRONG PLAY: Auburn +4 1/2 Alabama

     

    STRONG PLAYS: South Carolina +13 1/2 Clemson

                                  Georgia -11 1/2 Georgia Tech

                                   Northwestern -16 1/2 Illinois


     

    REGULAR PLAYS:



    Duke +11 1/2 Wake Forest

    Washington  State +10 Washington

    Nevada -3 UNLV

    North Carolina +16 1/2 N. C. State



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Idaho ability to throw the ball effectively should allow them to hang in with New Mexico State all game long. The "Spuds" have been competitive on their own level and the points seems worth taking here.


    TAKE:  Idaho +10 N. Mexico St.



    BASKETBALL



    Friday record: 3-4....Season so far: 51-40



    NBA



    Charlotte -1 1/2 San Antonio

    Philadelphia-6 Orllando




    COLLEGE



    Canisius PICK Arkansas Pine Bluff

    Dayton -9 Akron



    Good hunting today

    November 24, 2017


    FOOTBALL

    There is one Late Consensus Pick on a Friday game.

    REGULAR STRENGTH

    Missouri -9 1/2 Arkansas

     

    BASKETBALL

    Thursday record: 1-1....Season so far: 48-36

    NBA

    NY Knicks -2 Atlanta

    OK City -8 1/2 Detroit

    Minnesota -4 Miami

    Charlotte +6 Cleveland

    COLLEGE

    UTA -16 1/2 W. Carolina

    Niagara -17 1/2 Alabama A&M

    Maryland -9 St. Bonaventure



    Happy Black Friday



  • November 24, 2017 8:40 AM | Anonymous



    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the games of Thanksgiving



    REGULAR PLAYS:



    NFL


    Detroit + 3 Minnesota



    COLLEGE



    Mississippi State -14 Mississippi



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: The more I study the Detroit---Minnesota contest the more difficult it is to see lots of points being scored. That said, these Turkey Day  games often surprise in that regard.

    This is just a "lean" but I'll go with the instinct of a lower scoring game and lean to:


    Detroit---Minnesota UNDER 45



    BASKETBALL



    Wednesday record: 2-1......Season so far: 47-35



    COLLEGE



    Arizona -7 SMU

    St. Mary's -12 Harvard



    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! 

    November 22, 2017

    BASKETBALL



    Tuesday record: 1-1....Season so far: 45-34



    NBA



    Utah -8 1/2 Chicago

    Minnesota -7 Orlando



    COLLEGE



    Towson -1 Georgia Southern



  • November 22, 2017 12:40 PM | Anonymous

    November 21, 2017

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    No Late Consensus Picks tonight from other handicappers.

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: One of our favorite mutts is on the schedule again tonight. Ball State's

    simply a dreadful team and they'll bring the curtain down at home tonight against a Miami of Ohio team that's not all that good either. Miami's been made an 18-point favorite. We've opposed Ball State regularly this season but tonight advise just a bit of caution. I "lean" to Miami but that's about as strong as I'd like to go. Lets hope the Redhawks can get us a small victory.

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Monday record: 5-1....Season so far: 44-33

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    LA Lakers -5 1/2 Chicago

    November 20, 2017

    FOOTBALL

    There is one Late Consensus Pick on the Monday night NFL game:

    REGULAR PLAY: Seattle -1 1/2 Atlanta

    BASKETBALL

    Sunday record: 0-1....Season so far: 39-31

    NBA

    Cleveland -2 Detroit

    Denver -6 1/2 Sacramento

    Dallas +7 1/2 Boston

     

    COLLEGE

    Manhattan -7 Missouri KC

    UNLV -15 Rice

    Texas A&M -6 1/2 Oklahoma State

     


  • November 20, 2017 12:39 PM | Anonymous

    November 19 2017

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Nov. 19

     

     

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None

     

     

    STRONG PLAYS:  New England -6 1/2 Oakland

                                   Green Bay +2 Baltimore

     

     

    REGULAR PLAYS:

     

     

    Minnesota -2 1/2 LA Rams

    Arizona +2 1/2 Houston

    Tampa Bay PICK Miami

    Denver -2 1/2 Cincinnati

    Dallas +6 Philadelphia

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: This shrunken card is very picked over and contains a few games I don't care about at all. After a very solid week in "Late Thoughts" lets just go with what we've chosen in the Picks of the Pole and nothing new interests me at all.

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Saturday record: 5-1......Season so far: 39-31

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    Denver -4 1/2 LA Lakers

     

     

    COLLEGE

     

     

    No selections today

     

     

    Good hunting today

    November 18 2017

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the games of Saturday, Nov. 18.

     

     

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: Texas A&M -1 1/2 Mississippi

     

     

    STRONG PLAYS: Temple +13 1/2 UCF

     

     

    REGULAR PLAYS

     

     

    Northwestern -7 Minnesota

    Texas +3 West Virginia

    Air Force +17 1/2 Boise

    Virginia +19 1/2 Miami Fla.

    U La Monroe +37 1/2 Auburn

    Fla. Atlantic -14 1/2 Fla. International

    USC--UCLA OVER 71

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Our very, very nice run continued last night with another winner by Western Kentucky. Today we have a pair of plays for you that each, as the week has rolled on, appear to be games where the favorite may handle the underdog.

     

    TAKE: Penn State -25 1/2 Nebraska....The Huskers season has disintegrated, their defense is very poor and their coach is about to get canned. Penn State the far better team and should dismantle this discouraged loser.

     

    TAKE: Memphis -12 1/2 SMU......The Ponies have had a good season but their defense yields tons and tons of points through the air and this is the best QB they've faced this season. Memphis has higher aspirations as they attempt to finish with just one defeat and cling to the possibility of a very nice bowl bid. Memphis has slaughtered SMU each of the last three years. That might well happen again.

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Friday record:0-2.....Season so far: 34-30

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    Philadelphia +8 1/2 Golden State

     

     

    COLLEGE

     

     

    UTA +8 BYU

    Nevada -12 Pacific

    Vermont -9 1/2 Coastal Carolina

    Belmont -17 1/2 Houston Baptist

    Canisius -7 1/2 Youngstown State

     

     

    Good hunting today! 

     

    November 17, 2017

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    THURSDAY RECORD: 2-0.....Season so far: 34-28

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    Cleveland -6 1/2 LC Clippers

    Oklahoma City PICK San Antonio

     

     

    COLLEGE

     

     

    No selections tonight

     

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: The Late Consensus Picks had a nice winner tonight while we split our two college plays. Tonight Middle Tennessee State is a road favorite at Western Kentucky. That's a role MTSU hasn't been very good at of late (1-5-1) while WKU is a solid 19-3 SU at home with two of the losses by just one point. This is simply a tech play but there seems to be merit in it.

     

     

    TAKE: Western Kentucky +3 Middle Tennessee

     

     

    Good hunting tonight

     

    November 16 2017

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the games of Thursday, Nov. 16.

     

     

    REGULAR STRENGTH PLAY: Pittsburgh -7 Tennessee

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: A nice start to the week with a winner Tuesday and our "lean" hit last night. Tonight I like both college games:

     

    TAKE: Buffalo -20 Ball State....BSU is simply a "go against" team at this point. Their season can't 

                                                     end quickly enough for them.

     

    TAKE: Tulsa +22 So. Florida....Golden Hurricane have the ability to score and RB Brewer alone 

                                                      keep them close enough. SFU not destroying people as they did

                                                      earlier this season. 

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Wednesday record: 6-1....Season so far: 32-28

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    No selections tonight

     

     

    COLLEGE

     

     

    Auburn -7 1/2 Indiana State

    Oklahoma State -20 Oral Roberts

     

     

    Good hunting today!!!

     

    November 15, 2017

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    There are no Late Consensus Picks on tonight's MAC games.

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: After (barely) hitting a winner in this spot last night all I have for you today is a "lean." W. Michigan's one of college football's best "travelers." WM's a solid 12-3 ATS the last 15 times they've hit the road. No. Illinois is a solid team but the points here appear worth taking a small chance on in a game that could be a fight to the very finish.

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Tuesday record: 1-2......Season so far: 26-27

     

     

    COLLEGE

     

     

    Seton Hall -13 Indiana

    Oklahoma -14 1/2 Ball State

    Minnesota -20 Niagara

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    Cleveland -1 1/2 Charlotte

    Memphis -4 1/2 Indiana

    Minnesota -4 1/2 San Antonio

    Philadelphia -3 1/2 LA Lakers

     

     

    Cheers!

    November 14, 2017

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Monday record: 0-3....Season so far: 25-25

     

     

    COLLEGE

     

    San Diego State PICK Arizona State

    Kansas -4 1/2 Kentucky

    New Mexico -9 1/2 Nebraska Omaha

     

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    There are no Late Consensus Pick on tonight's MAC games but I do have a Late Thoughts opinion:

     

     

    Kent State's a very poor football team...They've lost their last three games by margins of 45, 28 and 28. Central Mich has now covered 4 of their last 5 while Kent is 3-9 their last 12. Both teams are headed for bowls---Central to a bowl game and Kent State to a toilet bowl.  Only one way to go here:

     

    Take Central Michigan -17 1/2 Kent State

    November 13, 2017

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    There are no Late Consensus Picks on tonight's NFL game.

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Sunday record:1-1....Season so far: 25-22

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    Cleveland -4 1/2 NY Knicks

    New Orleans -9 Atlanta

    Golden State -14 1/2 Orlando

     

    November 12, 2017

    FOOTBALL

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks  for theNFL games of Sunday, Nov. 12:

    VERY STRONG PLAYS:None

    STRONG PLAYS: Tennessee -5 Cincinnati

                                  Buffalo +2 New Orleans

    REGULAR PLAYS:

    LA Chargers +5 1/2 Jacksonville

    Pittsburgh---Indianapolis UNDER 45

    Detroit---Cleveland UNDER 43 1/2

    Dallas +3 1/2 Atlanta

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Several games leave me very cold on this week's schedule and the others have been picked already. Lots of action on the Chargers but I'll stay with my Jacksonville selection there. Jets have been playing inspired ball. Tampa's been a bum thus far. I'd lean in the Jets direction but that's about all I have to offer this morning.

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Saturday record: 3-2.....Season so far: 24-21

     

     

    NBA

     

     

    Toronto -2 Boston

    Detroit -3 1/2 Miami

     

     

    Good hunting today!


  • November 02, 2017 12:37 PM | Anonymous

    November 11, 2017

    FOOTBALL

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks  for the college games of Saturday, Nov. 11:

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None

    STRONG PLAYS: 

    Mississippi State +13 Alabama

    UAB +7 1/2 UTSA

    Arkansas State -10 1/2 So. Alabama

    REGULAR PLAYS: 

    SMU +3 1/2 Navy

    Iowa State +6 Oklahoma State

    North Texas -22 1/2 UTEP

    Virginia +11 1/2 Louisville

    TCU +6 1/2 Oklahoma

    Auburn +1 1/2 Georgia

    Fresno -10 Hawaii

    Kansas State -2 West Virginia

    So. Carolina -6 Florida

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Some total plays attract me today and I have three of them for you:

     

     

    TAKE:

    North Texas--UTEP UNDER

    Wyoming---Air Force UNDER

    Georgia--Auburn UNDER

     

     

    A sweep would be wonderful. Two out of three would be very nice.

     

    BASKETBALL

    Friday record: 3-1......Season so far: 21-19

    NBA

    Sacramento +5 NY Knicks

    Cleveland -5 1/2 Dallas

    Denver -8 Orlando

    Golden State -14 Philadelphia

     

     

    COLLEGE

    UTA -14 Loyola Marymount

     

    Good hunting today!!!

     

    November 10, 2017

    BASKETBALL

    Thursday record: No selections.....Season so far: 18-18

    Oklahoma City -5 1/2 LA Clippers

    Orlando -3 1/2 Phoenix

    COLLEGE

    Oklahoma State -17 Pepperdine

    St. Bonaventure -9 1/2 Niagara

     

     

    November 9, 2017

    FOOTBALL

     

    There are no Late Consensus Picks from other handicappers on tonight's games

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS:  While others may not like this evening's action I have a couple games I like:

     

     

    Seattle wasted an incredibly winnable game Sunday versus Washington because of massive mistakes. One can easily make a case for this being the Seabags worst game of the year (16 penalties, 3 missed FGs, 2 turnovers. But in the NFL teams worst performances often are back-to-back with terrific performances. I simply can't see Arizona and QB Drew Stanton making enough plays to hang with Seattle. 

     

    TAKE: Seattle -6 Arizona

     

     

    In the colleges Ball State is awful. Both sides of the ball are pathetic. No. Illinois, of a struggle with Toledo, can name that score. The Huskies have covered the last five in this series and are 9-3 the last 12 times they'd been favored by more than 10.  Ball Sta gets tgortured

     

    TAKE No. Illinois -32 Ball State

     

    November 8, 2017

    FOOTBALL

    There is one Late Consensus Pick tonight:

    REGULAR PLAY: Ohio +3 1/2 Toledo

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Tuesday record: 1-1.....Season so far: 18-17

     

     

    Minnesota---Golden State OVER 229

     

    November 7, 2017

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    There are no late plays on tonight's pair of MAC games.

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Monday record: 0-1....Season so far: 17-16

     

    Denver -11 Brooklyn

    San Antonio -3 1/2 LA Clippers

     

     

    Happy Tuesday

     

    November 5, 2017

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Nov. 5:

     

     

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None

     

     

    STRONG PLAYS: None

     

     

    REGULAR PLAYS:

     

     

    New Orleans -7 Tampa Bay

    Denver +7 Philadelphia

    LA Rams -4 1/2 NY Giants

    Cincinnati +6 Jacksonville

    Kansas City +2 1/2 Dallas

    Kansas City---Dallas UNDER 53 1/2

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I really don't like this card much. Lets just let today go and we'll hunt some winners next week. Good luck!

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Saturday record: No selections....Season so far: 16-14

     

     

    Cleveland -12 1/2 Atlanta

    Boston -3 Orlando

     

     

    Happy day!

    November 4, 2017

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the games of Saturday, November 4:

     

     

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: NONE

     

     

    STRONG PLAYS: Miami Fla. -1 Virginia Tech

                                  Florida International +6 UTSA

                                  Northwestern -2 Nebraska

     

     

    REGULAR PLAYS:

     

     

    Iowa +18 Ohio State

    Texas +7 TCU

    Wake Forest +14 1/2 Notre Dame

    Nevada +21 Boise

    Oklahoma +1 1/2 Oklahoma State

    Michigan State +9 1/2 Penn State

    South Carolina +23 1/2 Georgia

    SMU +14 1/2 UCF

    Fresno -11 1/2 BYU

    UNLV---Hawaii OVER 59

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: We hit 2 of 3 in this spot Thursday night and have been solid for weeks with these late ones. Today we have another pair of selections:

     

     

    TAKE: App. State - 9 1/2 U La Monroe. ULM has a woeful defense allowing just over 500 yards per game!!! App. State has struggled to cover numbers this year but should put a significant  number of points on the board here. ULM can score but this App. St. "D" is pretty solid. Eventually I think A State pulls away

     

    TAKE: UAB -10 1/2 Rice. The Blazers have had a very nice resurgent season while the Owls have fallen totally apart and their coach is almost certainly gone after the season after having had some decent seasons with Rice. Very, very different emotional directions here.

     

     

    Good hunting!!!!

     

     

    BASKETBALL 

     

     

    Friday record: 3-0......Season so far: 16-14

     

     

    No selections tonight

     

     

     

     

    November 3, 2017

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Thursday record: No selections.....Season so far: 13-14

     

     

    Philadelphia minus the points vs. Indiana

    Houston-8 Atlanta

    LA Lakers -2 1/2 Brooklyn

     

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    There is one Late Consensus Pick on college football tonight:

     

     

    REGULAR PLAY: Memphis -13 Tulsa

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I also liked Memphis tonight and have only a small opinion on one other game this evening. The line on the FAU--Marshall game has been coming down, down, down toward Marshall. FAU is on a BIG roll and that's the way I first leaned. But I'm going to be careful here. I respect some others whose opinions tend toward Marshall. So, lets pass this one and concentrate on Saturday's interesting card.

    November 2, 2017

    BASEBALL

    Wednesday record : 1-0 (Win on Houston in the series)......+$1.35

    Playoff record: 13-13.......-$0.35

    Season Complete

    BASKETBALL

    Wednesday record: 2-2......Season so far: 13-14

     

    No selections tonight.

     

    FOOTBALL

     

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

     

    REGULAR STRENGTH: No. Illinois +8 Toledo

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Seldom have I ever liked a card on a week night as I like this one. I, too, would lean to No. Illinois against Toledo but I also like all three other college games. All would be considered "single plays"

     

    TAKE: E. Michigan -24 Ball State

                EMU has  a stout defense and has become a pretty solid little football team. Works hard each week. Ball State has disintegrated in pond scum. Very poor QB play and getting drilled every week lately. They're ready for this season to end

                   

     

    TAKE: Navy -8 Temple

                 This is revenge for the beating Temple gave Navy in the AAC title game last year . Navu steps back down in class of the opponent this week and gets payback

     

     

    TAKE: Idaho +17 1/2

                   This is a terrific technical spot. Idaho's 11-3 ATS looking for revenge and Troy is 1-10 ATS at home off a big win. Spuds can throw the ball and that makes a backdoor cover very possible.

     

     

    Good hunting tonight!

    November 1, 2017

    BASEBALL

     

    Tuesday record: 1-0.......+$1.00

    Playoffs so far: 12-13....-$1.70

     

    Before this series began we recommended Houston at +135 in the series. and that's almost exactly what the Astros are as an underdog tonight. If you still like Houston and played them in the series then let it ride tonight (which I'll do). If you're uncomfortable with that play you can take LA and in effect basically wipe out any risk in this game. By the way, history shows that home field advantage in such games is not a fact. Winner-take-all-games like this in the history of the baseball playoffs are basically a 50-50 situation between home and road teams.

     

     

    BASKETBALL

    Tuesday record: No selections.....Season so far: 11-12

    Cleveland -10 1/2 Indiana

    Boston -13 Sacramento

    Houston -5 1/2 NY Knicks

    Dallas +9 1/2 LA Clippers

     

     

    Good hunting!


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