Legendary handicapper Hammerin' Hank Goldberg enters Conference Championship Sunday scorching hot: He's lost just two best bets over the past month! That's 8-2-2 (80 percent) against the spread, if you're counting. Last week, Hammer went 3-1 overall and 2-1 on best bets, cashing easily with the Patriots (-4) in their blowout of the Chargers and nailing the Rams (-7) over Dallas. In addition, Hammer was all over the Under (50.5) in Eagles-Saints, a rocking-chair cash as the teams combined for a paltry 34 points.
This is the same handicapper who enjoyed 15 winning seasons in his 17-year ESPN run. Last year, Hammer competed against 10 top handicappers in the Las Vegas Review-Journal's NFL Challenge and beat them all, finishing 50-29-6 in against-the-spread picks. Anyone who has followed him is WAY up.
Now, Hammer is releasing his strongest plays directly to SportsLine.
For the NFL Conference Championships, Hammer is getting down hard on three picks. If you parlay them, you'd be looking at a sweet 6-1 payout -- just like Hammer delivered in Week 17. We can tell you Hammer is going Over in Patriots-Chiefs despite an arctic blast that will make it below 10 degrees at kickoff.
"Even in that weather I think both teams will be able to score. And somebody very well could return a kick for a score," Hammer said, adding the Patriots' and Chiefs' defenses looked better than they really are because they faced worn-out teams in the Divisional Round. "The cold will be tougher on defensive players. Go Over."
Goldberg also has identified one team poised for a monster performance. The line on that game is way off, Goldberg says, so it's a must-play for any NFL parlay. You NEED to see it before locking in any picks this week.
What are Hammer's other two best bets? And which playoff line is WAY OFF? ... Join SportsLine here to see Hammerin' Hank Goldberg's NFL Conference Championship Best Bets, all from the legendary handicapper who's hitting 80 percent of his best bets over the past month!