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Bookie Busters: Hoping to continue an epic win streak with Europa League Final, NBA and NHL playoffs

The Rockets are in must-win mode. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

An epic run, some would say, as Bookie Busters stayed hot by going undefeated at 8-0-1. We are now on a 37-12 run over the last five weeks. 75.5%. Remember to Practice Bankroll management, that is the key! Let's keep streaking....

8-0-1 SWEEP

Celtics +1   WIN

Soccer

Dynamo vs. Whitecaps

Over 2.5  WIN

RB Leipzig vs. Hertha Berlin

Over 3 WIN

Levante vs. Barcelona

Over 3.5 WIN

Both Teams to score WIN

Liverpool first Half  WIN

Arsenal -1 PUSH

Tottenham Over 3.5  WIN

Colorado Rapids vs. New York Red Bulls

Over 2.5  WIN

Europa League Final

Atletico Madrid vs. Marseille

Marseille come into this match off a disappointing 3-3 draw vs. Guingamp this weekend. The squad leans heavily on the skills of French international Dimitri Payet who has seven assists and three goals in this tournament. Also having a breakthrough season is winger Florian Thauvin, who has netted 21 goals in Ligue 1.  The French side will need every bit of their contributions after being held scoreless in five matches in this competition, something that doesn't bode well facing one of Europe's elite defenses. Atletico Madrid has allowed only 20 goals in the last 37 matches; credit to goalkeeper Jan Oblak who is making a case for one of the worlds best keepers after keeping 26 clean sheets this season. Attempting to recreate the magic of 2010 and 2012, Diego Simeone's team enter this match as 3-1 favorites to claim the Europa title.

The Pick

The French side hasn't had much luck in EL finals, tasting defeat the last two times they made it to a final,  losing to Parma in 1999 and Valencia in 2004. I expect Los Rojiblancos to play a conservative gameplan limiting what Marseille will be able to do on the offensive side of the field. Look for a marginal victory here from a team that is battle tested in big games and their experience, will conclusively lead them to a narrow victory.

Atletico -118

Atletico to nil

Antoine Griezmann to score

Match Result and Both Teams to Score

Madrid and No   +150

Predicted lineups

Marseille starting XI: Mandanda; Sarr, Rami, Luiz Gustavo, Amavi; Sanson, Lopez; Thauvin, Payet, Ocampos; Germain

Atletico Madrid starting XI: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Godin, Lucas; Koke, Saul Niguez, Gabi, Correa; Griezmann, Costa

Other sports

Rockets vs. Warriors Game 2

Rockets -1

Not much to this play, Houston in a must-win situation after losing home court. I believe MDA makes the right adjustments on defense and gets his offense going earlier in the shot clock.

Winnipeg Jets at Vegas Golden Knights - Game 3

Vegas-140 Moneyline

Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers -  Game 3

Over 205

For any questions or comments reach me @JerryBoknowz on Twitter


 

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This week the NASCAR cup series heads to the world center of racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for the inaugural fourth of July version of the Brickyard 400. This is unprecedented for NASCAR considering over the course of 50 years they are usually in Daytona around this time. While this move was met with a lot of criticism from fans, there is a positive to come from this move though, as the sport will hold their first doubleheader with Indycar. This has been talked about for many years and now it has finally come to fruition. Another new facet of this weekend will be the Xfinity Series running on the road course configuration. This could very well lead to the cup series transitioning from the oval to the road course next season should everything go well when the Xfinity series does it. It will definitely be an interesting weekend.

Last week, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin dominated the first-ever doubleheader at Pocono. The two drivers finished first and second in both races with Harvick taking race one and Hamlin winning race two. Both of these races came down to pit-road strategy as Harvick was able to eke out a victory by taking two tires and fuel while his teammate Aric Almirola took four. The next day Denny Hamlin pretty much had the whole field covered as he went on to claim his fourth victory of the season. Overall, the idea of two races in a weekend went over well but for the racing itself, it was hard to watch. One of the main issues I had was how the drivers didn't have to shift this week. In my opinion, that was what made this track so unique. It was an oval that had road course characteristics and it usually produced some pretty good finishes. Hopefully this will be addressed when the new car makes its debut in 2022.

One of the big stories going into this week is the announcement a couple of weeks ago that NASCAR will be moving their all-star event to Bristol Motor Speedway. Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a whirlwind of news from the Bubba Wallace story at Talladega, to the doubleheader races last week. A lot of this has put this announcement on the back burner but this is a huge story. The race will be held on Wednesday, July 15th as NASCAR continues with midweek races. This is the first time since 1986 that the race will not be run at NASCAR's home track in Charlotte back when it took place at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The format will be pretty much the same as all the winners from 2019 and 2020 will all have an automatic birth into the race while the rest of the field will run in the open event the day before. The main event will feature four stages including a 15 lap closer around one of NASCAR's most popular race tracks. I think this move was long overdue and I hope that they continue with it in the future. Don't get me wrong, there isn't anything wrong with the race at Charlotte but I think a change of pace would be welcomed. I look forward to seeing how this turns out.

As we move on to Indy this weekend, the driver I have winning is Kurt Busch. This weekend will be the 2004 Cup Series champion's 700th career start, and he's won just about every race that there is to be won except this one here at the Brickyard. This week, that is going to change. It hasn't been the most consistent season for the Vegas native, but he still sits tenth in points and right in the thick of the playoff battle. This track isn't his best as he currently has a 19.42 average finish, including a dismal 30th place finish last year. But this week, I think he gets back on track with a victory as he starts second. The veteran has flown under the radar this year, but he has definitely shown spurts where we think he is going to break-out. He also has runs where it seems like him and his team are mid-pack, but there aren't many drivers out there that have the experience he has. And a talented driver like him always finds a way to bounce back. Look for Kurt Busch to take the #1 Monster Energy Camaro to victory lane.

All stats and information used in this article are brought to you by the good folks at driveraverages.com and Racing-Reference.com, the best websites for all NASCAR stats.

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