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UTAH (-5) vs. Portland

The Jazz, winners of six straight and eight of nine overall, started slowly this year, but are now showing the form that made them one of the surprises of the 2017-18 season. The key to their turnaround? Defense. That's what fueled their success last year, but early this season Utah's intensity and focus were lacking. Not the case lately as the Jazz lead the league this month with a 101.7 defensive rating as they're averaging seven steals and 6.3 blocks per game. They're also limiting opponents to an NBA-low 9.7 second-chance points and 10.8 fast-break points a game.

Utah swept the season's first two meetings back in December, winning in Portland on December 21, 120-90, and then rolling at home on Christmas Day, 117-96. The Trail Blazers shot a combined 39.8 percent in those losses and averaged 13 turnovers.

Portland arrives on a 6-2 run, but it's notable that both losses occurred in the Blazers' last two road games at Sacramento and Denver as they fell by eight and three, respectively, dropping their road record to 8-12 on the season.



11 of 16 Winning Football Seasons

(NFL & College Combined)


251-195-14 NFL Roll
past five years combined
(FYI - 99% of my plays are rated between 5 and 15 dimes)

with highest rated 30 Dime NFL releases
past 7 years combined

133-99-9 Run
with NFL 15 Dimers past seven seasons


Biggest NBA Plays Since 2009


15 Dime Releases


140-106-3 Record


Payment Types

Top-Rated 15 Dime Winner # 68 of 113

Golden State at Los Angeles

140-106-3 with Top-Rated 15 Dimers
in the NBA since 2009, including Friday's
winner on Golden State (-7) by
18 at LA over the Clippers

16-6 with College Hoops 15 Dimers This Season,
including Saturday's winner on Memphis (-3)
by 22 over SMU that you got for Half Price
- this play is just as strong

133-98-9 with 15 Dimers in the NFL
the past seven seasons
- this play is just as strong 

Winning Day # 114 of 193
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in August of 2015, commenting on whether the fallout of the Tom Brady "deflategate" scandal would in any way tarnish the game:

"The integrity of the game is the most important thing. The integrity of the game is something we will always protect."

Goodell in April of 2016, regarding the NFL being criticized about its player-discipline policy:

"I am not going to hand off the integrity of the NFL to somebody who does not understand our business. That is what we're going to maintain when it comes to the integrity of the game."

Goodell last January discussing the NFL's concern about the potential impact of the Supreme Court's decision to legal sports wagering outside of the state of Nevada:

"To me it it's very clear, which is about the integrity of the game, you don't want to do anything that's going to impact negatively on the integrity of our game."

Goodell last May in a statement released by the NFL after the Supreme Court's landmark decision to open states to legalize sports gambling, taking away Nevada's ridiculous long-held monopoly:"

"As it was for my predecessors, there is no greater priority for me as the Commission of the National Football League than protecting the integrity of our sport."

Different subjects, but the same damn word used repeatedly.

Where was the f&%king protection of the "integrity" of the game yesterday in New Orleans?

The wrong team is going to the Super Bowl.

Millions of dollars were won and lost because of a blatantly blown call.

The TV networks that are paying zillions of dollars for the rights to televise games have their own former officials in the booth or in-studio to analyze every big call. But the league - because its rules are so archaic - still can't challenge a pass-interference call that was so wrong?

Humans are going to make mistakes.Officials aren't infallible. But if you're going to have instant replay and reviews, be all in, not half-in. 

Don't talk about the "evils" of gambling and drone on about protecting the INTEGRITY of the game, and then allow MILLIONS of dollars to go the wrong way on a bad call.

Oh, and by the way, how many guys on TV and radio were talking about that angle yesterday? How many league officials are going to discuss that aspect of the no-call going forward?

Integrity my ass.

Now, I lost a 15 DImer on the Saints, but I had won 15 Dimers on Golden State on Friday in the NBA and Memphis in College Hoops on Saturday. They were all equally-weighted plays. So I went 2-1 and I can live with that. Would have been nicer to go 3-0, and it should have been a 3-0 sweep, but I believe I used my profanity quotient for the rest of January and most of February on the end of the game. Good thing I saved a little for March Madness.

I'm now 133-99-9 with Top-Rated 15 Dimers in the NFL the past seven seasons. And, to be honest, I could lose the upcoming Super Bowl 15 times over and I've still had a winning NFL season.

Today, however, it's all about bouncing back in hoops with Top-Rated 15 Dime Winner # 68 of 113 on Golden State at Los Angeles as I pursue Winning Day # 114 of 193 overall. 

Hit a 15 Dimer on Friday as Golden State (-7) rolled 112-94 in LA over the Clippers. Now 140-106-3 with Top-Rated 15 Dimers in the NBA since 2009, including 3-1 the past 10 days.

Top-Rated 15 Dimer in college on Saturday as Memphis (-3) beat SMU 83-61 at home, a winner you got as the Half Price Play of the Day. Now 16-6 with Top-Rated 15 Dimers in college hoops this season and this play is just as strong.
This play also equals my national championship winner on Clemson (+5') over Alabama 44-16. 

As for the comp plays, I'm on a 945-911-39 roll the past 1105 days despite losing with the Chiefs Sunday.

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How Do My New Packages Work?

In September of 2018, I decided to change my strategy for releasing plays. Since I created these sites some 15+ years ago, I've had a play every single day. But I changed the way I'm doing things because I feel it will only increase my winning percentage while boosting the value of your package over the short- and long-term.

Previously you purchased a 7, 30, 60 or 100-day package.

Now, however, you purchase 7 plays, 30 plays, 60 plays or 100 plays.

So let me rundown some quick bullet points for you:
  1. One thing that doesn't change: the only game you get is the game I'm playing.
  2. On those days where a card is weak and I just "like" a game, but don't really love it, I'm taking a pass and not issuing a release. In the past I would have released a lower-rated 5 dime play perhaps. Although I certainly won more than my share of them, I believe I can make even more money by avoiding games I like and instead focusing just on those that I love.
  3. So, what happens when I take a pass - which, fyi, will rarely, if ever, be on a Saturday or Sunday or any huge weeknight in hoops - if you have a package? Let me give you an example below:
  4. In the old style packages, you were buying a 30-day package, which meant you got 30 plays in 30 days. Now, however, you buy 30 plays which might be fulfilled over 35 days, or 38 days. You get ALL 30 plays, but it takes more than 30 days because I'm going to be even more selective while trying to boost my winning percentage.
  5. Bottom line: From this point forward when you buy a package from me you're buying 7 Plays, 30 Plays, 60 Plays or 100 Plays - not days - because I want to make every single play count and by being even more selective I believe I can win more with higher-rated selections along the way.
  6. One last thing: you don't have to do anything. The packages will be automatically adjusted whenever I take my first pass and the time will be reflected when you login.
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Al DeMarco's Rating System

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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