HANDICAPPER : Doug Knudson
To say that sports betting is in my blood is a gross understatement. As long as I can remember, I’ve always been interested in sports statistics and the process of predicting winners.
In grade school, I remember staying up all night figuring what situations worked and didn’t in predicting winners. I was given the name Jimmy the Greek Jr. for hitting a 4-team parlay cards – all before high school!
Reading books on sports betting never stopped. In high school, I developed my own Power Ratings for each team in the NFL and college football. I discovered what factors worked best for developing my Power Ratings then started to translate those Power Ratings to basketball teams.
I went to college in the Bay Area Majoring in Business – emphasizing in statistics and probability. I added several factors to my personal power ratings and also developed accuraye math models. The main reason you want to rely on numbers is to avoid being emotional – using instincts and recency bias lead sports handicappers to overreact.
During my junior year in college, I started a handicapping service and went public. I earned several Top 10 rankings at The Sports Monitor, including a few #1’s – all against some of the biggest names in the Industry.
I moved to Las Vegas in 1992 and continued to run my sports service. I was also affiliated with some of the biggest handicapper “Stables” in the country and made several radio appearances along the way.
I was offered a position at a prominent Sports Book on the Strip and soon became involved in creating and moving sports betting odds. Using my love and background with the mixture of statistics, probabilities and sports – I found a new love and decided to put my Sports Service on hold. During the two-plus decades of working for the biggest sports books and bookmakers in the industry, I have gotten to know several professional sports bettors. There was ONE common factor they all used – their own numbers. Some couldn’t name a player on most college basketball teams but labeled each team with a solid number and developed powerful lines to compare with.
Then the pandemic hit. After grinding numbers for the sports betting industry for 29 years, I decided to step aside and spend more time with family. I returned to my passion of handicapping sporting events. With the unparalleled experience I’ve gained on both sides of the counter – studying and tweaking my math models with weighting the factors that matter most – I decided to go public once more and share the wealth!
Awards & Highlights
|League||WLP||Win %||Net Profit*|
|ALL LEAGUES||38 - 37 - 1||50.67%||-$3,140|
|NFL||5 - 4 - 0||55.56%||$550|
|NBA||15 - 15 - 0||50%||-$2,170|
|NCAAB||18 - 18 - 1||50%||-$1,520|
*All games are graded at $1,000
|NON-CONF GAME OF THE MONTH (11-4 GOM RUN)!||NBA||Chicago Bulls vs Memphis Grizzlies||2023-02-07||Memphis Grizzlies -8 (-110)||89 - 104||Win||$1,000|
|BIG TEN GAME OF THE WEEK (73-57 RUN)!||NCAAB||Maryland vs Michigan State||2023-02-07||Michigan State -175||58 - 63||Win||$1,000|
|NON CONF GAME OF THE WEEK (62-51 RUN)!||NBA||San Antonio Spurs vs Chicago Bulls||2023-02-06||San Antonio Spurs +10.5 (-110)||104 - 128||Loss||-$1,100|
|NBA BLOODSHED (62-51 RUN)!||NBA||Oklahoma City Thunder vs Golden State Warriors||2023-02-06||Golden State Warriors -170||114 - 141||Win||$1,000|
|ATLANTIC 10 GAME OF THE MONTH (10-4 GOM RUN)||NCAAB||Fordham vs Richmond||2023-02-05||Richmond -180||58 - 68||Win||$1,000|
|EASTERN CONF GAME OF THE WEEK!||NBA||Orlando Magic vs Charlotte Hornets||2023-02-05||Charlotte Hornets -120||119 - 113||Loss||-$1,200|
|NBA BLOODSHED!||NBA||Toronto Raptors vs Memphis Grizzlies||2023-02-05||Toronto Raptors +4 (-110)||106 - 103||Win||$1,000|
|EARLY ACTION ASSAULT (69-56 NCAAB RUN)||NCAAB||La Salle vs St. Josephs||2023-02-05||La Salle +6.5 (-110)||73 - 65||Win||$1,000|
|Western Conf Game of the Month (9-3 GOM||NBA||Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Pelicans||2023-02-04||New Orleans Pelicans +1 (-110)||126 - 131||Win||$1,000|
|HORIZON GAME OF THE MONTH (9-3 GOM RUN)!||NCAAB||Wisc Green Bay vs IUPUI||2023-02-04||Wisc Green Bay +3.5 (-110)||53 - 68||Loss||-$1,100|