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Bookie Busters: Let the games begin

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Well, if madness is what you were waiting for, the suspense is over. Some of the smaller conference tournaments tipped off this week, and we also learned which teams were advancing in the Champions League Knockouts.

A few surprises for sure, in the gambling world we call them upsets. We also defer to the word variance here as that's what this is. There will be ups and downs, but it's about having the ammo to be able to fire again and some people don't give themselves that.

The term "all in" is more for the poker player and is something you don't want to catch yourself doing in sports wagering. Yes, I know small bets sometimes don't get you pumped as you want to be, but in the long run they add up and put less stress on your bankroll. Good luck this weekend!

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Tuesday

Man City TT over 2.5 risk 8U


UPDATE 240 CST

Juventus ML 10U MAX


UPDATE 817 CST

Wolves/Nuggets

over 117 FH 2U










Previous Plays

N Kentucky/ Oakland

Over 152 8U MAX

Germany

Dortmund game over 3 8U

Dortmund TT over 2 Risk 8U


England

Tottenham game over 2.5 10U MAX

Netherlands: Soccer Play of Day

Dan Haag vs Heerenveen

Over 3 10U MAX

First half over 1 risk 10U


UPDATE

810 CST

Wolves/Wizards Over 118 2nd half 8U MAX


UPDATE 323 CST

MLS

ATL United first half ML 8U MAX

UPDATE 349

Wofford 2nd H TT over 38 10U MAX


UPDATE 613 CST

Pelicans/Hawks 2nd half over 116 5U


UPDATE

Oral Roberts/N. Dakota ST 2nd Half over 78 10U MAX







Previous plays

3/7 1130 CST

Inter Milan at Eintracht Frankfurt Over 2.5 3U

Benfica vs Dinamo Zagreb Over 2 1U

1147 CST

Parlay 1U

Inter Milan at Eintracht Frankfurt Over 2.5

Chelsea -1 -230

Napoli ML -190

Parlay

5U +103

Chelsea ML -345

Napoli ML -172

Previous Pays

Porto/Roma Over 2.5 5U

UPDATE

Northern Kentucky TT Over 83 8U Max bomb

FH TT Over 39.5 3U

FH-7.5 1U

UPDATE 709 CST

Twolves/Pistons 2nd half over 109.5 5U

Wolves over 52.5 3U

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ROCKETS BEAT THUNDER

Rockets blast Thunder in home opener, 124-91

Rockets take care of business in home opener. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images.

The Houston Rockets had an impressive outing versus the Oklahoma City Thunder after an embarrassing loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night. They took care of business at home on Friday night, which was a surprising blowout. The Rockets didn't have to worry about Karl-Anthony Towns screaming at Alperen Sengun or Anthony Edwards telling Coach Silas to call a timeout. Instead, they took their frustrations out on the Thunder (another younger core).

"We responded and bounced back from that game 1," Silas said. "I wouldn't say it was taking anything out. It was just learning and applying to what you learn and that's going to be us this year. Applying to what you learn and getting better and having some games like we had the other day. Veteran teams have some games when they don't play as well they want."

Christian Wood led the way, as he controlled the paint on all aspects with rebounding and putbacks. He played an incredible game after having a poor performance versus the Timberwolves. Silas showed complete trust in allowing Wood to open sets, as he walked the ball down the court several times, and in transition too. Wood became aggressive on the perimeter with open shooting and tough shots, and long strides towards the rim. He finished the night with 31 points and 13 rebounds off 66 percent shooting from the field.

The young core for the Thunder had a tough night defending Wood from every aspect. Hopefully, he keeps this play up. Silas loved the space that was created throughout the game for Wood, which included the help from Eric Gordon, as he continued to play better. Wood continues to develop underneath the Silas umbrella. He had a great feel for off-the-dribble shooting a few times. Wood becomes more dangerous when space is created on the court.

"It allows me to show what I can do. It allows the floor to be open and I can create for other guys and create for myself," Wood said.

As Gordon continues to impress, his teammate Kevin Porter Jr was amazed with his performance.

Gordon looked marvelous inside and outside of the paint, as it looked like a time ripple. The younger guards of the Thunder had a tough time staying in front of Gordon. His size and strength gave the Thunder a huge problem. Gordon is shooting the ball better too, as he is shooting the three-ball at 70 percent this season. Although it's a small sample size, Gordon is trying to overcome his shooting struggles from last year. Gordon finished with 22 points on 66 percent shooting versus the Thunder.

"EG is the biggest part of this squad," Porter said. He comes in and just scores. We need somebody off the bench to do that. He is our guy when me and J come out, it's EG time and he knows that, and comes in aggressive. So much energy on the bench, and we need that every night from him if we want a chance to win."

As I recently mentioned Porter, his facilitation did look better versus the Thunder than the Timberwolves. Porter had nine turnovers in his first game but managed to have two Friday night. He made great slip passes and found open teammates in the open corner. Porter forced a good number of passes versus the Timberwolves but looked more relaxed Friday night. The hardest position in the NBA is the point guard position, but Silas will not allow Porter to fail. Instead of nine turnovers, Porter dished out nine assists. Silas said:

"Bounce back right, going from nine turnovers to nine assists… I think he had two turnovers tonight, which is great. He is making plays for his teammates, and he was really focused."

Porter's shiftiness and creative ability allowed his teammates to get open looks near the rim. He had 18 points because of his step-back threes and first step going towards the basket. Thankfully, Porter is a great ball handler, which confuses defenders on different spots on the court. It's almost like watching a ballerina skate on ice in the Olympics. Hopefully, his confidence continues to get better throughout the year. Porter shot the three-ball at 50 percent tonight. Efficiency is key for Porter this year.

"I'm just trying to let the game slow down," Porter said. "I had a lot of turnovers last game and I just wanted to piggyback and learn from them and learn from some of my forced passes and reads. And sometimes I still force it a little bit. My guys hate that, and sometimes I'm still passive and I'm working on that. When to pass and score and bounce it out, and tonight I felt like I did a good job of that."

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