Welcome to Predictem’s main free picks page. Here you’ll find our daily top plays and links to game previews with analysis for each sport that we cover. What you won’t find here are screaming touts with false claims of easy money, LOCKS, sure bets or any other BS that you see on 90% of the sports handicapping sites on the web. Our Expert Handicappers provide daily predictions ATS for NFL Football, College Football, NBA Basketball, NCAA Basketball, Major League Baseball, Horse Racing, MMA Fights, Boxing, NASCAR and PGA Golf. We do not sell our picks. These are not second rate free plays. These are EXPERT PICKS! The same ones we bet ourselves. New to sports betting? Check out our article on how to bet on football!
Football betting is why bookies drive Cadillacs, and you probably don't. The oddsmaker knows who the betting public (squares) are going to bet before they even see the lines. Hardly seems fair! That doesn't stop droves of gamblers from partaking in the euphoric event known as NFL betting. Beating the NFL spread over the course of the season is darn near impossible. But not anymore! We'll take you from being a guy who regular pays his bookie, to an astute advantage bettor who will show a profit by season's end!
Do you know which offensive linemen are banged up or not playing this week? Probably not. Have you studied which wide receivers run a 4.4 40 yard dash and which cornerbacks covering them are a half-second slower? Probably not. Do you check weather reports to see if the teams will be forced to run it or pass it a lot? Not likely. Are you plugged into some of the most astute sabermetrics nerds on the planet and a handful of others who are so deep into studying football games that they don't have time to run a website or market their craft? No. Luckily for you, our team is and we're happy to share our picks with you. Get ready for a whole lot of education on good teams win and bad teams cover!
Handicapper: Kevin West Pick: Houston Texans +4.5 (lost 21-28): Desean Watson and company are getting very little respect here after getting beat by two really good teams in the Chiefs/Ravens. The Steelers barely got by the lowly Giants and Denver Broncos. Lots of value here. I make this line a pick'em. Both 3/4 are key numbers (common final score margins) in the NFL and we're getting them both here. I'm paying an extra $10 to buy the half point to make our bet +4.5.
Handicapper: Kevin West Pick: Miami Dolphins +3 (Won 31-13) I'm not sold on this Jaguars squad and Miami is trending in the right direction. Their ability to stay within 3 of the Bills, who are a REALLY good football team tells us they're headed in the right direction as a football team.
For more predictions with analysis - Weekly NFL Picks
College Football Picks
Like MLB betting, college football wagering is BEAUTIFUL, but not for the same reasons. College football betting is one of the easiest sports to beat because it presents us with situations in which you can find a lot of “bug meets windshield” matchups. This doesn’t mean that you automatically go out and jump on Bama playing a small college. It’s more of a “Senior offensive lineman is out, and his backup is a freshman" type of thing. There's also some very low hanging fruit in the smaller college matchups because the sportsbooks know most are going to bet SEC/Big Ten/Pac 12 matchups. They then put more of their resources into those high profile matchups leaving us to snipe some tasty lesser known conference spreads that often times have final score margins not even close to the proposed point spread.
Rich Crew (65.96% 2019 regular season on 47 plays) returns as part of our CFB handicapping team in 2020. Get his plays and insight plus additional free plays from our Staff and Guests here!
Handicapper: Rich Crew
Pick: NCST/VT UNDER 57 (lost 45-24): The NC State offensive line was key in the team amassing 270 yards on the ground and while this is a top quality unit it’s a step up IMO to VT’s unit who has an experienced front to keep the gains down. The Hokies will be playing their first game of the season and may need a game or two to hit their stride on offense.
Handicapper: Rich Crew
Pick: Kentucky +7.5 (lost 29-13): The Wildcats closed the season strong winning and covering their last four games. They return 15 starters which should give them a big edge in this COVID season. Auburn brings just five starters on each side of the ball and while their LB unit is deep, it has taken some hits going into their season opener.
For more predictions with analysis - Weekly College Football Picks
MLB betting is beautiful because one can literally hit 50% or less and turn a profit due to money lines and no point spreads being involved. This frequently results in us backing the underdog, which can create some cold feet among our readers. We ask that you trust the process as we know what we're doing. The 162 game season is a LONG grind in which we’ll have both winning and losing streaks. Picks are provided by Predictem’s Chief Handicapper, Kevin West. Kevin’s favorite variables include stats, hot/cold streaks and some things you can’t find in the box scores such as good/bad pitching and hitting mechanics.
Today's MLB Picks: No games scheduled.
9/27/20: Texas +115 (won 8-4)
9/26/20: MIL/STL UNDER 7.5 +115 (won 3-0)
9/25/20: BOS/ATL OVER 10.5 (won 8-7)
9/24/20: CWS/CLE UNDER 7.5 -120 (lost 5-4)
9/23/20: Atl -165 (won)
9/22/20: Phi -206 (lost 1-5)
9/20/20 NYY/BOS UNDER 9.5 (lost 2-10)
9/19/20: San Francisco +135 (lost 0-6)
9/18/20: STL/PIT OVER 6.5 (won 6-5)
9/17/20: Baltimore +178 (Lost 1-3)
9/16/20: Oakland +105 (won 3-1)
9/15/20: Kansas City -103 (lost 0-5)
9/14/20: Chicago White Sox +130 (won 3-1)
For more baseball predictions with analysis - Daily MLB Picks
Pro Hoops is TOUGH to beat. Players sit without notice, check out mentally and can be downright unpredictable. We have a solid history with the sport, but please understand that there will be a bunch of passes during the season because value bets can be hard to come by. We never force the action as there is always another game. Another frustrating facet of betting on NBA basketball is our need to release plays late in the day, due to the best information not coming out until a couple of hours before game time. Often, we don't post our best NBA plays until 5 PM ET. Plays are made using a combination of variables from Kevin West, anti-consensus, a handful of sharps from a database that we're blessed to be able to tap into and some fades of lousy basketball bettors who have consistently hit 43% or less.
Selection(s): L.A. Lakers -5.
Bos ML -125 (lost 114-117)
Boston Celtics ML -170 (loss 122-125)
Miami Heat ML -170 (103-94)
9/4/20: Houston Rockets +6.5 (won 112-97)
9/3/20: L.A. Clippers -9 (won 120-97)
9/2/20: Miami Heat +5 (won straight up 116-114)
9/1/20: Denver Nuggets pick'em (won 80-78)
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For more predictions with analysis - Daily NBA Picks
College Basketball Picks
Expect more multi-unit BEST BET opportunities here than any other sport as college hoops present some fantastic wagering opportunities! It's not uncommon to see college hoops lines off by 10+ points. Especially with small colleges. Kevin West digs through the sizable daily card to sniff out the needle in a haystack value. West is a huge believer in backing teams that shoot the ball well and play good defense vs. teams that have a poor field goal percentage and are lazy on D. That variable mixed with the belief that there's more chemistry in Junior/Senior heavy teams vs. younger teams can make for a gold mine when these opportunities present themselves. West had a horrible 2017/2018 season at 51-56-3. The two prior seasons were golden at 90-63-5 and 75-55-5. Why the drop off? "I tried to be good at too many things," says West. "Spent way too much time watching and trying to figure out the NBA, most of which was a complete waste." Kevin is back to spending his regular time following college hoops which will surely make a difference. Note: College hoops takes a few weeks to figure out so don't expect many plays early on.
Selections: No games scheduled.
Why are our losses only scored as -1.05? Because we bet at reduced vigorish! Bet smart! Wagering is cheaper at 5Dimes! Making the switch from -110 to -105 will save you a TON!
Recent Documented Results:
3/11/20: Appalachian State Mountaineers +7 (lost 68-85)
3/10/20: Gonzaga Bulldogs -9 (blowout winner 84-66)
3/9/20: Miami Ohio Redhawks +9 (won SU 85-79)
3/8/20: Michigan Wolverines +4 (lost 70-83)
Horse Racing Picks
One of the most astute horse racing brains on the planet, Kenneth Strong, gives his daily race predictions for all the major tracks and writes an award-winning analysis for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes races. Ken has done it all. Cleaned stables, trained horses, trained trainers, written for the DRF and even acted as an agent for jockeys. This-guy-knows-horse-racing! Horse betting can be confusing to newbies. Ken is happy to answer any and all questions you may have astutely and always at no cost to our readers.
Check out Ken's daily take - Daily Racing Selections
Big Scotty L wanted to play baseball, basketball, and football as a kid but his dad forced his hand at boxing because he grew up in the barrio where if you weren’t tough, you had no chance to survive. This led Scott to follow MMA/Boxing closely throughout his childhood and college years in which he went to school in Northern California for journalism. The guy is a walking-talking encyclopedia of fighting, and you will quickly see that in his writing. He’s a guy that listens and watches, which allows him to learn and understand the deep inner workings of the sport. To top it off, he’s eloquent and classy to boot. I love this guy!
PGA Golf Picks
Matty Evergreen brings us his weekly take on the PGA circuit, providing a few predictions for the golfer to win the tournament and a few "head to head" matchup picks. One needs to be extremely patient and have a long-term approach when betting on a golfer to win the tournament. You could literally win 2 or 3 times during a season 50 events and show a profit. In all candidness, this type of wagering should be reserved for those looking for four days of entertainment each week. One could use their bankroll to follow our college football, and college basketball picks and has a much better return on their investment. Not a fan of either? You don't have to be a fan to make free cheese! We do all the work for ya!
Check out Evergreen’s analysis (Posted by Wed.) - Weekly Golf Picks
When we placed an ad looking for somebody to write NASCAR for us, we expected a “Crazy Cooter” or wrench monkey to catch our attention. To our surprise, an itty bitty gal from Virginia took the checkers, and we all lived happily ever after. As most of us know, women have a different perspective on things than men. They notice things we don't and are more analytical. This goes hand in hand with watching and reporting on auto racing. We couldn't be happier with our Virginia Vroom!
Check out V's analysis (Posted by Wed.) - This Week's NASCAR Predictions