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THURSDAY'S FREE PLAYS

As for the comp plays, I'm on a 487-443-14 roll the past 548 days (8-4 since last Thursday) despite last night's loser on Maryland.

Sorry, but I'm in a lot of pain today so no Video Report as I remain day-to-day. As usual when there's no video you can find the free pick in this space.

Free Pick # 1 - Houston (-3 1/2) at NEW ORLEANS

Teaming DeMarcus Cousins with Anthony Davis is a great idea. But it's just a start for the Pelicans, who other than Jrue Holiday don't have a lot of talent to surround their twin towers with and it takes a team to beat the Rockets when they're rolling.

Houston took the season's first meeting, 122-100, at home December 16. On that night the Rockets launched 61 three-pointers and nailed 24 of them, rendering Davis an after-thought as he retired to the bench after just 22 minutes with the game's outcome already decided despite his 19 points.

James Harden, who has averaged 30.4 points, 10 rebounds and 7.8 assists in the last five meetings, had a triple-double in the first go-round (29 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists). Ex-Pelican Eric Gordon came off the bench with 29 points and sank seven three-pointers.

Houston is on a 6-1 straight-up series' roll.


Free Pick # 2 - ALABAMA (-5') vs. Georgia

First time these two met this year in Athens on January 25 it wasn't even close as the Tide rolled to the 80-60 road win. And that was despite Georgia's leading scorer, Yante Maten (18.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg) finishing with 20 points and five rebounds. But now, Maten will miss tonight's rematch in Tuscaloosa after suffering a knee injury in Saturday's 82-77 home loss to Kentucky, a game the 'Dawgs led with a minute to go. 

Alabama has certainly been inconsistent this season, but it's hard to imagine Georgia hanging tough without Maten. After all, the Tide owned the boards in the first meeting (40-27) and that contributed to 15 more trips to the free throw line, which is even more impressive when you consider the home team usually gets the benefit of the official's whistle. 

Bama didn't get caught looking ahead to this rematch; the Tide took care of business in a 90-72 home rout of LSU in its last outing to extend its winning streak to three in a row.

Georgia shot just 38.2 percent at home in the first meeting and couldn't stop the Tide (51.1) on the other end of the floor. Hard to imagine a reversal of fortune with Maten sidelined tonight.



CHARITY PLAY

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- and 57th time in 97 Weeks overall - 


The Charity Play of the Week scored on Tuesday night courtesy of Dom Chambers' NHL winner on Blackhawks (+125) over Minnesota, 5-3.


You got that $79 Winner for FREE.


Now in quid pro quo fashion, I'm asking of something from you.


I came across yet another heart-breaking story to pass along to you this week.


Casey Sprouse of Carmel, Indiana passed away this past Saturday at the age of 34. He left behind his wife, Kate, and twin, five-month-old daughters, McKenna and Brynn.


Back in 2014, Casey underwent emergency heart surgery for an aortic aneurysm that was later determined to be a symptom of Marfan Syndrome. He recovered, got married in September of 2015, and his wife gave birth in September of 2016. Now, some five months later he's gone - most likely because of complications from the Marfan Syndrome - leaving his wife a widow and two young girls without a father they never got a chance to know. 


I don't think I have to "sell" this story to ask you to help.


Here is the donation page to make a contribution:


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Click on the red "Donate" button on the right side. 


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I began the Charity Play of the Week Promotion 4 1/2 years ago because I felt that I could create a community of givers from those that gamble using my advice and that of the handicappers at this site. 


The word "gambling" has many negative connotations, but I always believed there was some greater good that could be accomplished while enjoying what we do for recreation. And the accompanying positive karma is something we call could use in all phases of our lives.


Since the program's inception, I have given away over $5-million (yes, MILLION) worth of selections at the site. And the response has been overwhelming because you have helped so many strangers in need of financial assistance. 


That is what building a community of givers is all about. 


Again, this is an honor-based giveaway. I don't know who you are or whether you actually give. Ultimately, you have to look in the mirror and judge yourself. As I've said repeatedly, I believe stuff like this creates good karma, and that's something we can never have enough of in life.

 

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Over the 25 years I've been doing this, one of the biggest misconceptions I've encountered from customers is their belief that winningpercentageactually matters in this business. Bottom line is that a straight-up winning percentage means absolutely nothing when your handicapper - such as myself - releases rated selections. Read further and you'll understand why.

 

I use the "dime" rating system, going in 5 dime increments, generally keeping those plays between 5 and 50 dimes. Yes, that's a wide range, but truth be told, I usually max out around 30 dimes, rarely venturing into the rarefied air toward 50 dimes unless I've built a substantial bankroll. Doing anything different would be irresponsible bankroll management on my part and a total disservice toward you, my clients.

 

I like to keep it simple from a money-management system so my customers can always know exactly how they should beallocatingtheir bankroll in proportion to the rating I assign to a selection.

 

Obviously, a 50 Dime play is five times stronger than a 10 Dime release and twice as strong as a 25 Dime pick.

 

And each day when you see my compiling or mentioning my NET profit figures, keep in mind I've computing them based on the following formula:

 

Net Profit = Wins - Losses- Vig

 

Of course let's not forget my golden rule of gambling: Never bet more than you can afford to lose. No rating system - including mine - is effective unless you pay attention to that rule. By heeding my advice you can never fall into a financial abyss from which there is no escape.

 

A question gamblers always pose is "How much should I be playing?" Obviously, there is no set, firm answer, but my advice would be to follow my money management system and base the size of your wagers on a percentage of your total bankroll.

 

Let me explain further...

 

Take your total bankroll - the amount you can afford to lose in an absolute worst case scenario on a single day. Let's say it's $400 on a college football Saturday. And on that Saturday I release a 50 Dime play and two 20 Dime picks.

 

Let's do some quick math...I've got atotalof 90 dimes of action on the table (one 50 dime play and two 20 dimers).  You've got amaximum one-day bankrollof $400. Simply divide the $400 by the 90 dimes and you've got a per dime wager of $4.44.

 

Now it's time for some simple multiplication. If a dime is worth $4.44, my 50 Dime rated release equals approximately a $222 wager on your part. And my two 20 Dime rates picks equal approximately $88.88 wagers each. Add everything back up and you've got your initial $400 bankroll all over again.

 

This obviously all applies to a single wagering day. It's up to you to figure out how to allocate your bankroll over the course of a week or month.

 

Now, back to how inconsequential winning percentages can be: Let's say I have a 50 Dime play and three 10 Dime releases on an NFL Sunday. If I win the 50 Dime play and go 0-3 with the 10 Dime releases, my overall record is a dismal 1-3 but my net profit is a healthy 17 dimes. Conversely, let's say I lose the 50 Dime play and go 3-0 with the 10 Dime releases. My overall record is an impressive 3-1, but my net profit is a negative -25 dimes.

 

Which would you prefer, the losing record and winning day, or the winning record or losing day?

 

Believe what you want, but I'm telling you the truth: Winning percentage means nothing in this business as the above illustration will prove time and time again. Of course, crafty salesmen masquerading as handicappers can spin gold using the second scenario, but I feel it's my job to educate you about what is the TRUTH in this business - whether you become my customer or not.

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College Basketball - College Basketball - Thursday, February 23, 2017
7:00 PM 513 Northeastern
514 Elon
105
104
OT 2
Final
137½
-4½
138
-3½

-3½
138
-3
137½
-4½
138
-4
7:00 PM 515 Massachusetts
516 George Washington
67
83

Final
144½
-5½-15
144½
-5½

-5-20
144½
-5½
144½
-5½-15
145½
-6
7:00 PM 517 Nebraska
518 Michigan State
72
88

Final
132½
-4
132
-4
132u15
-4
132
-4
132½
-4
132½
 
7:00 PM 519 Georgia
520 Alabama
60
55

Final
131
-5½-05
130
-5½
129½
-6-05
130½
-5½
131
-5½-05
131
-5½
7:00 PM 521 Texas-San Antonio
522 Florida International
69
67

Final
134o15
-3½-07
135
-3½

-3½-05
134½
-3½
134o15
-3½-07
135½
-4
7:00 PM 523 Western Kentucky
524 Charlotte
77
83

Final
155u27
-2-05
155
-1½

-2
155
-1½
155u27
-2-05
155
-1½
7:00 PM 525 Towson State
526 Nc Wilmington
78
83

Final
154
-9½-09
154½
-9½

-10
155
-9½
154
-9½-09
155½
-10
7:00 PM 527 James Madison
528 Drexel
70
64

Final
-1-13
140
140
pk

pk
 
-1-05
-1-13
140
139
-1
7:00 PM 529 Memphis
530 Cincinnati
74
87

Final
131
-13½
130½
-14
131½
-13½
131
-14
131
-13½
131½
-14
7:00 PM 531 Hofstra
532 William & Mary
96
82

Final
165½
-6½
165½
-7

-6½-05
166
-6½
165½
-6½
166½
-7
7:00 PM 533 Utep
534 Florida Atlantic
60
55

Final
137o15
-1½-05
137
-1

-1½-15
137
-1
137o15
-1½-05
137½
-1
7:30 PM 535 Delaware
536 Coll Of Charleston
65
78

Final
127½u13
-13½-09
127½
-13½

-13½
127
-13½
127½u13
-13½-09
128½
-13½
8:00 PM 537 South Florida
538 Tulsa
68
82

Final
138½
-10
138
-10½
138½
-10-05
138½
-10
138½
-10
139
-10½
8:00 PM 539 So Mississippi
540 Rice
71
72
OT
Final
 
-15½
144½
-15½

-15-15
144½
-15-15
 
-15½
145
-16
8:00 PM 541 Marshall
542 Old Dominion
65
86

Final
148½
-8-15
148½
-8½

-7½
149
-8-15
148½
-8-15
148½
-8
8:00 PM 543 Louisiana Tech
544 North Texas
85
67

Final
-10½
146½
-10½
146½
-10½-15
-10½
147½
-10½
146½
-10½
147
9:05 PM 545 Ucla
546 Arizona State
87
75

Final
-13-06
176o14
-13
175½
-13-05
176
-13½-05
176
-13-06
176o14
-13
175
9:05 PM 547 Wisconsin
548 Ohio State
73
83

Final
-7-16
132u14
-7
131½
-7
131
-7-05
131½
-7-16
132u14
-7
131½
10:00 PM 549 USC
550 Arizona
77
90

Final
144
-9½
144
-9½

-9-15
144
-9½
144
-9½
145½
-10
10:05 PM 551 BYU
552 Portland
97
78

Final
-11½
145½u15
-11½
145½
-11-15
-11½
 
-11½
145½u15
-12
146
10:05 PM 553 Saint Mary's Ca
554 Pepperdine
78
49

Final
-19
131o15
-19
131½
-19
-18½-15
131½
-19
131o15
-19½
132
10:00 PM 555 San Francisco
556 Loyola Marymount
51
53

Final
-2-15
 
-2
138
-2½-05
-2
138½
-2-15
 
-2½
138½
10:00 PM 557 Gonzaga
558 San Diego
96
38

Final
-24½-04
137
-24
136½
-23½-15
-24½
137
-24½-04
137
-25
138
10:00 PM 559 Cal Riverside
560 Cal Santa Barbara
61
68

Final
-2-15
123½
-2½
123½
-2½-05
 
-2½
123
-2-15
123½
-2½
124
10:00 PM 561 Cal Poly Slo
562 Long Beach State
78
71

Final
145o34
-7½
145½
-7½

-8
146½
 
145o34
-7½
146
-8
10:00 PM 563 Cs Northridge
564 Uc Davis
85
96

Final
155
-5½
155½
-5½
 
-5½
155½
-5½
155
-5½
156½
-5½
10:00 PM 565 Pacific
566 Santa Clara
68
69

Final
125½
-10
125
-10

-10½-05
125
-10
125½
-10
125
-10
11:00 PM 567 Utah U
568 Colorado
86
81

Final
146½
-2-15
146½
-2
146½
-2½
146½
-2½-05
146½
-2-15
146½
-3
College Basketball - Added Games - Thursday, February 23, 2017
7:00 PM 569 Ipfw
570 Iupui
82
83

Final
-4½
164½
-4½
164½
-4-20
-4
164½
-4½
164½
-5
165
7:00 PM 571 Jacksonville State
572 Eastern Kentucky
65
68

Final
-1½-15
135½
-2½
135
-2
-2
135
-1½-15
135½
-2
135
7:55 PM 573 Quinnipiac
574 Marist
74
87

Final
-2½
158
-2½
159
-2½-15
 
 
-2½
158
-2½
159
7:30 PM 575 Murray State
576 Se Missouri St
69
82

Final
-1-15
158o15
-1½
157
-1
 
-1
157½
-1-15
158o15
157½
pk
8:00 PM 577 Austin Peay
578 Tennessee Martin
72
76

Final
162u15
-7½
161
-7½

-7½-15
161½
-7½
162u15
-7½
160½
-7½
8:00 PM 579 South Dakota
580 Western Illinois
92
81

Final
-5½-15
147
-6
147
-6-15
-5½
147
-5½-15
147
-5½
148
9:10 PM 581 Tennessee Tech
582 Morehead State
68
73

Final
151½u15
-7½-05
151
-8
 
-8
150½
-7
151½u15
-7½-05
151½
-7
9:00 PM 583 Weber State
584 Eastern Washington
72
82

Final
150
-3½
149½
-3½

-3½-05
149½
-3½
150
-3½
150
-3
10:00 PM 585 Idaho State
586 Idaho
61
69

Final
144
-10½-05
144
-10½
 
-10½
144
-10½
144
-10½-05
144
-10½
10:00 PM 587 Northern Arizona
588 Sacramento State
73
69

Final
142½
-8-15
142
-8½
 
-8½
142½
-8½
142½
-8-15
142
-8½
10:05 PM 589 Southern Utah
590 Portland State
86
93

Final
168½
-12-15
168½
-12

-12-05
169
-11½-15
168½
-12-15
168
-12
College Basketball - Extra Games - Thursday, February 23, 2017
6:30 PM 591 Charleston Southern
592 Winthrop
72
86

Final
152u15
-14½-05
152½
-14½
 
 
152½
-15½
152u15
-14½-05
 
 
7:00 PM 593 Liu Brooklyn
594 Mount St Marys
62
58

Final
136
-5½-05
136½
-5½
 
 
136½
-5½
136
-5½-05
 
 
9:05 PM 595 Nc Asheville
596 Gardner Webb
76
81

Final
-2-15
145
-2
145
 
 
-2½
145
-2-15
145
 
 
College Basketball - Added Games - Friday, February 24, 2017
7:00 PM 861 Oakland
862 Wisc Green Bay
    -1-05
162
-1
 
 
 
pk
-1-05
162
158½
-1
7:00 PM 863 Brown
864 Dartmouth
    150
-1½

-1½
 
 
 
-1½
150
-1½
150½
-1½
7:00 PM 865 Princeton
866 Columbia
    -7½
134½
-7½
 
 
 
-7½
 
-7½
134½
-7½
132
7:00 PM 867 Pennsylvania
868 Cornell
    -5
143
-5½
 
 
 
-5½
 
-5
143
-5
139
7:00 PM 869 Yale
870 Harvard
    141
-5½
 
-5½
 
 
 
-5½
141
-5½
138
-5
7:30 PM 871 Illinois Chicago
872 Northern Kentucky
    152½
-8½

-8½
 
 
 
-8
152½
-8½
152½
-8
7:30 PM 873 Valparaiso
874 Wright State
    -1½-15
146½
-2
 
 
 
-2½
-1½-15
146½
-2
147
8:00 PM 875 Detroit
876 Wisc Milwaukee
    150½
-4½-05

-4½
 
 

-5-05
150½
-4½-05
153
-4½
9:00 PM 877 Dayton
878 Davidson
    -2-15
142½
-2
 
 
-2½
-2-15
142½
-2
142½
10:00 PM 879 Oregon State
880 California
    124
-18
 
-17½
 
 
 
-18
124
-18
123
-18
9:00 PM 881 Manhattan
882 Iona
    159½
-11½

-11
 
 

-11
159½
-11½
159½
-11
7:00 PM 883 Siena
884 Monmouth
    156u15
-8½-05

-9½
 
 
 
-9½
156u15
-8½-14
155½
-9
7:00 PM 885 Fairfield
886 Canisius
    157
-5½-05

-5½
 
 
 
-6
157
-5½-05
157
-6½
7:00 PM 887 St. Peter's
888 Niagara
    -5½
132
-6
 
 
 
 
 
-5½
132
-5½
132
College Basketball - Write In Games - Friday, February 24, 2017
6:00 PM 889 Central Michigan
890 Toledo
    175
-7½
 
-8½
 
 
 
-8-15
175
-7½
174
-7½
8:00 PM 891 Akron
892 Buffalo
    151½u15
-2

-2
 
 
 
-2
151½u15
-2
151
-2
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