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One of the original founders of StatFox, Dave racked up a 59% success rate on all picks (including a perfect 5-0 ATS in the NBA Finals) and an astounding 66% success rate on best bets during the 2012 NBA postseason.
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Dave pushed on the 49ers-Falcons but had the Under come in on Ravens-Patriots.
DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS: Dave split his four picks, all Best Bets, going 2-2 but missing out on a winning record because of the .5-point ATS loss by the Falcons.
WILD CARD WEEKEND: Dave went 3-1 overall ATS, splitting his two best bets (Indianapolis +6.5 and Seattle -3).
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Gary was unbeaten last week with his lone blemish being the 49ers Push at the Falcons. Gary was 2-0 in Best Bets -- 49ers-Falcons OVER and the Ravens +9.
DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS: Gary had another terrific week, going 3-1 overall ATS and nailing his lone Best Bet - Seattle +2.5. He also captured the OVER on both Baltimore-Denver and Green Bay/San Francisco.
WILD CARD WEEKEND: Gary went 3-1 overall ATS and nailed the Houston-Cincy game, his lone best bet, picking the Texans at -4 as well as the UNDER, which came in comfortably.
StatFox Brian has yet to suffer a losing season of Platinum Sheet Best Bets in either college football, NFL, college basketball or NBA since coming on board during the summer of 2010 -- that's an astounding 10 straight seasons without a losing mark.
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Brian was unbeaten overall on the weekend and 2-0 on his Best Bets, with the 49ers-Falcons OVER coming in and the Ravens at the Pats. "The Pats gambling defense is very turnover-reliant, and if the Ravens hold onto the football on Sunday, they will surely cover, and possibly win this one outright too," Brian wrote last week.
DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS: Brian nailed both of his Best Bets - Seattle and Baltimore both as road underdogs. Here was his breakdown of his Ravens-Broncos pick from last week's Best Bets: "Yes, the Broncos have won 11 straight, but only two of those 11 opponents finished the season with at least a .500 record, the Bengals and Ravens. And I think more important than the Ray Lewis factor, is the revenge aspect. In the past 10 seasons, underdogs of 3.5 to 10 points are 24-4 ATS (86%) when revenging a loss where the opponent scored 28+ points, with a winning record, in the second half of the year. Peyton Manning has faced the Ravens twice in the playoffs, both since 2007, and has led his team to a total of 35 points in those two wins, posting a paltry 68.3 passer rating with 5.6 YPA, 2 TD and 3 INT. We haven’t seen the best the Ravens have to offer, and I think they will win this game outright, making the +350 money line a strong wager."
WILD CARD WEEKEND: Brian nearly had a perfect Best Bets weekend, taking the Texans (-4) and the Seahawks (-3) to cover and the UNDER in the Houston-Cincinnati game. His only blemish was taking the OVER on Minnesota-Green Bay, a game in which the Vikings starting QB was a gameday scratch.
StatFox Scott had a 2011-12 college hoops season for the ages: He racked up a 156-99-1 (61%) record on featured matchups with a 56-23 record against the spread (71%) on best bets, closing the season with a 39-11 record for a mind-boggling 78% success rate from Dec. 23 through early March.
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Scott nailed both his Best Bets, with 49ers-Falcons going OVER and the underdog Ravens beating the Patriots outright. "This is a Patriots team that doesn't match up well with physical teams," Scott wrote last week, "and I find no reason to believe that they're finally going to find a way to beat the Ravens by more than one possession when they've been unable to do so in recent seasons."
DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS: Scott went 3-1 ATS for the second straight week. His lone Best Bet was a winner - Seattle +2.5.
WILD CARD WEEKEND: Scott was 3-1 overall on his picks. Scott's lone ATS Best Bet was a winner, with the Ravens covering over the Colts. Scott split on his totals, with Houston-Cincinnati UNDER coming in but the Seattle-Washington OVER not.
By weighing several key factors, including recent statistical averages, schedule strength and home-field advantage, the StatFox Forecaster has proven to be an extremely successful longterm handicapping tool. It’s most accurate once a season is underway, as evident by an ATS success rate of 61% (123-79-6) on all 2011 NFL regular-season games played between September 25 and the end of the calendar year.
The Forecaster is at 54 percent for the NFL this season and went 10-6 in Week 17 and is 5-4-1 so far in the NFL postseason. The StatFox Forecaster's game projections are available weekly in The Platinum Sheet and daily as part of a FoxSheets membership.