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.
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, Kevin West is, and he’s happy to share his picks with you. Get ready for a whole lot of education on good teams win and bad teams cover!
Date: Week 2
Selections: Pittsburgh Steelers -3.5 (pending). Cincinnati Bengals -1 (pending), Denver Broncos +2 (pending).
For more predictions with analysis - Weekly NFL Picks
9/9/19 Houston Texans +6.5 (28-30 win)
9/8: Indianapolis Colts +6.5 (won 24-30), Carolina Panthers +1.5 (lost 27-30)
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 will be providing our college football predictions again this year. Last season he recorded a tidy profit for our visitors with his CFB plays and we expect him to be in the black again this season.
Date: Week 3 (9/14 through 9/15)
Selections: Iowa Hawkeyes/Iowa State Cyclones UNDER 42.5 - Iowa dominated Rutgers holding them to 125 total offensive yards in the 30-0 shutout. Iowa St. scored only 13 points in regulation and needed triple overtime to get by Northern Iowa in their season debut and only game this season. ISU has had two weeks to game plan for the Hawkeyes offense. In last season’s matchup, Iowa won 13-3. Other games - Pitt Panthers/Penn State Nitany Lions Under 53, E.Mich/Ill OVER 55.
For more predictions with analysis - Weekly College Football Picks
9/7/19: Rutgers +19 (lost 0-30), UNC +5 (won 28-25)
8/31/19: EMU/Coastal Carolina UNDER 53.5 (Won 30-23) and NW Wildcats +6 (Lost 7-17)
8/30/19: Nevada Wolfpack +10.5 (34-31)
8/24/19: Hawaii Warriors +11 (Won 45-38)
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. Please play all of our predictions whether you think they’re good or bad because we WILL be in the plus at the end of the season! 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.
For more predictions with analysis - Daily MLB Picks
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!
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
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
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.
Date: Off Season
Selection(s): See ya next season!
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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.
Date: Out of season.
Today’s Picks: No games scheduled.
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For more predictions with analysis - College Basketball Picks
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