Marc Lawrence

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Marc’s winning insight will continue once the sports world is back in action.  His thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected either directly or indirectly during these trying times of the pandemic.  Meanwhile, it's a good time to pause and reflect on the blessings in our life. God bless and stay safe. We'll be back soon ... stronger than ever. Meanwhile, check out Marc's daily Betcha Didn't Know 2020 Expert Football Facts on his Experts Page for information worth its weight in gold!


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Who is Marc Lawrence?

I began handicapping professionally in 1975. Developed a love for the profession as a student in high school, where I met my beautiful wife and hve been happily married since.

In addition to being on the faculty at, Marc writes a weekly NFL column for the USA TODAY Sports Weekly and has authored hundreds of articles on the art and science of sports handicapping. He publishes the PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine and the weekly PLAYBOOK newsletter during the football and basketball seasons. In his over 40 years as a professional sports handicapper Marc has won over 500 documented Top 10 handicapping achievement awards, more than anyone in the nation. He hosts the Marc Lawrence Against the Spread podcast. Marc won the 2005 STARDUST INVITATIONAL Football Contest and is a two-time WISE GUYS CONTEST champion.

What sports does he bet on?

Marc bets on NFL, NCAAF, NBA, NCAAB and MLB.

What are his handicapping systems/methods?

I write a weekly NFL column for the USA TODAY Sports Weekly and have authored thousands of articles, while illuminating on the fact that three primary forms of sports handicapping exist. Those are Fundamental, Statistical and Technical. To be a successful handicapper one must be a well-rounded handicapper, meaning it’s critically important to blend all three forms into the handicapping equation. I rely heavily on a powerful database that allows me to query scores, stat and results of games played since 1980 in College and Pro Football, along with College and Pro Basketball. By being able to identify and recreate identical situations, and checking them against the database, I have come to rely on similar results created by this technical ‘cause and effect’. It’s like Winston Churchill once said, “The farther back you can look the farther forward you can see.” Applying these findings to statistical and fundamental matchups makes for a solid handicap. By applying ‘value’ to the handicap we learn to win in the long run. And winning, in the long run, is what it’s all about.

What is his strategy for pick rating and bankroll management?

I rate my games on a weighted star (*) basis. They include: 1* - leans, reserved primarily for free or opinion plays. 3* - medium premium selection plays, 4* - strong premium selection plays, 5* - very strong selection plays, 7* Top Key Plays, and 10* - extremely strong Top Most Valuable Plays (MVP).

What should I expect for pick volume and release time?

Marc Lawrence has anywhere from 1-3 plays per day in various sports, increasing to 3-5 during football weekends.

As for the time of release, Marc generally releases his plays the evening before or early morning of the game, with football picks released 1-2 days prior to the upcoming weekend.

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