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Bookie busters: Fatten your bankroll with some midweek games

You can make some cash on Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. New Orleans Pelicans/Facebook

Our bookie busters went 2-2 for the weekend, but let's examine a specific sequence from one of our plays that prohibited us from the sweep.

NBA
Friday 3/2/2018 6:35 pm
Warriors at Hawks
Warriors -13  Over/Under 227

The Picks were:
Warriors-13
Warriors Team Total over 120

Our thoughts were that the game would be high scoring due to not only the obvious in the Warrior's prolific offense but in the new-found pace, the Hawks have been playing at in the last month. Golden State played its part and scored 62 in the first half, and with less than five minutes left in the 4th quarter, the Warriors held a double-digit lead needing to cover -13. What happened in the last 2 minutes is inexcusable. Following a pair of Kevin Durant free throws to put the Thunder up 111-100 and put the spread at a baskets distance, the Warriors allowed Atlanta to go on a 9-0 run in 1:40 killing the bet.  A key to being successful betting is to learn from every wager you make whether it's a win or a loss. Go back and look at what exactly happened and did the game play at the pace you expected.

Cris Cyborg Under 1.5 rounds was easy cash as the Champion scored a first-round TKO.

Michigan State vs. Wisconsin under 132 was also easy cash as the game ended 63-60, with the number never in doubt.


NBA 3/7 9:00 PM
New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings
The Pelicans travel to Sacramento to finish a four-game round trip. (This is being written before the Clippers game) During this road trip, the Pelicans have been involved in shootouts, with all of their games seeing over 235 point totals. Not just on this road trip but going back to February 9th, all of New Orleans contest have seen their totals go over 221 points. In the past 15 games, the Pelicans rank 1st in pace in the NBA (105.7). New Orleans' Over/Under record sits at 38-23-1 on the year, the best in the NBA, with their games cashing over tickets 62.3% of the time. Their opponents, also have seen success with totals this season, and they are ranked top 5 in the league seeing the game go over in 54% of their contest while holding a 34-29-1 overall record. With the Pelicans coming off back-to-backs to finish off the road trip, I fully expect them to keep playing at the pace that has given them success on the current eight-game win streak.

Plays
Pelicans -5
Pelicans Team Total over 114.5
Over 224

More Action

ACC Tournament 3/7 1:00 PM
NC State vs. Boston College
NC State-3    Over/Under 158

NC State on a 5-1 run, scoring 74+ in the last six contest. BC 2-4 in last six games allowing 84,82,79 and 85 points in those losses.
Pick: NC State-3

Big East Tournament
St John's vs. Georgetown
St John's -4.5    Over/Under 145.5

The Red Storm averaged 73 points per game this season, and in their last five wins, they have surpassed 75+ points. They will be looking to continue that remedy. Georgetown on a four-game losing streak, allowing the opponent to score 89,74,90, and 97 on that streak. Look for an extremely fast-paced game.

Picks:
Over 145.5
St John's Team Total Over 74.5



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The media has mixed feelings about the James Harden trade. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

James Harden was 100-percent exactly right earlier this week when he said the Houston Rockets were "just not good enough."

How could they be? Not when their moody superstar scorer, who makes about half a million dollars per game, shows up chubby, looking like a kielbasa about to explode in the microwave. Hey, some people eat when they're unhappy, it's a defense mechanism. In Harden's case, the only defense he's exhibited this season. At least he had a good excuse for missing pre-season training camp and alienating his teammates - he was busy partying with Cinnamon and Cherish in Atlanta and Vegas without a mask. Worst of all, he went into the tank his last four games in a Rockets uniform, standing around, arms folded, scoring fewer than 20 points each time, all Rockets losses. Fans in the front row were asking him to move, he was blocking their view of players who cared about winning. James Harden sabotaged his own team, a team that offered him $50 million a year to stay. Something that crazy could only happen in professional sports these days.

There's a saying that drives the American labor movement: "a fair day's wage for a fair day's work." It's the motto of the American Federation of Labor. The National Basketball Players Association is not a member. Harden's sulking on the court, cheating the Rockets and their fans, was unforgivable.

Harden, sitting out games while somehow being on the court, forced the Rockets to trade him - and quick - to Brooklyn. The trade, when you ignore the fine print and unindicted co-conspirators Cleveland and Indiana, sent Harden to Brooklyn in exchange for Caris LeVert (immediately flipped for Victor Oladipo), Jarrett Allen, three first-round draft picks and four swapped first-rounders. It's true, when you trade a superstar, you never get back equal value. The other team wins.

If it makes Rockets fans feel any better, the media in New York already has problems with their new problem child. I should say newest problem child. Kyrie Irving plays for the Nets.

"They (the Nets) gave up everybody! There's nothing left now. I just want to cry, It's awful," weeped WFAN Radio talk host Evan Roberts. For those who don't subscribe to weekly Arbitron ratings reports, WFAN is the most powerful, top-rated sports talk station in the Apple.

"You're leading down the road of doom. Harden and Durant could be gone in a year and a half. I'm not convinced this gives them a better chance to win a title. I'm living a nightmare again. They better freaking win."

Circle March 3 on your Rockets schedule. That's when the Brooklyn Nets, with their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and possibly Kyrie Irving visit Toyota Center. I hear talk radio salivating over the record jeers that will cascade over Harden's name, although I'm not buying it. Fans don't think like the media does. I'm thinking that Rockets fans will welcome Harden back - one night only - with cheers.

Toyota Center public address announcer Matt Thomas: "Usually when former Rockets come to town for the first time since leaving, I give them a positive introduction. It's up to the fans how to react."

James Harden spent eight seasons with the Rockets. He is a spectacular player who watched other NBA players engineer trades so they could compete for a title. Harden didn't think the Rockets were good enough, and he's right. So he wanted out. We've all been there, a job we didn't like for a company we didn't like, for a boss we didn't respect. Harden wanting to be traded is understandable. How he went about it was deplorable. He hurt his co-workers.

Houston will make Harden pay for his disrespectful departure. He has an upscale restaurant set to open here. The name of the steakhouse will be "13." Harden's business partners may want to change that number ... before the restaurant's telephone number is disconnected. There are plenty of other restaurants in Houston. Rich people who can afford steakhouse prices hold grudges.

Rockets fans searching for a silver lining say, "We got two decent players and a whole bunch of precious first-round picks" for a malcontent who would rather be anywhere (except maybe Sacramento) than Houston." Yes, a bunch of first-round picks does bode well for the future. Anywhere, except maybe Houston.

Houston's draft war room isn't the most successful operation in the NBA. Over the past decade prior to 2000, under the direction of general manager Daryl Morey, the Rockets made 16 draft picks. Not one of them is still in a Rockets uniform, many of them have sought employment outside of America, some outside of basketball. Among their first-round whiffs: Nikola Mirotic, Terrence Jones, Sam Dekker - all out of the league. Best of all, Royce White, who played three whole games in his NBA career and finished with a scoring average of 0.00 points per game.

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