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Bookie Busters midweek power plays

Messi and Barcelona are in action today. Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images

Bookie Busters started off hot and cooled down towards the back end. I really like the new system we have now with me updating plays on the articles. When football starts, it will be most useful with live and halftime wagers. For now, let's keep chasing angles.

Wed. 8/15 2 PM CST
UEFA Super Cup - Final

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid

Atletico TT over 1 MAX -115  WINNER
BTTS MAX 5U-120    WINNER

Real Madrid has owned Atletico as of last going back to 2016/17 Champions league semis. I have a sneaky suspicion that Atletico scores a few times.

Wed. 8/15 11:15 AM CST

International Club

Boca vs Barcelona

Barca TT over 2.5   2U +115  WINNER

Wed 8/15    9 PM CST
MLS

Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles FC

Over 3 MAX  -155   LOSS

 

Europa

Leipzig vs Craiova

Leipzig -1 MAX 5U

Leipzig first half ML  2U

Over 2.5  1U

Midtjylland  vs New Saints

Over 3/3.5 Asian -105    2U

Hibernian vs Molde

Molde -1 2U

England

Sheffield/Sunderland   

Over 2.5    2U 

Parlay 1U

Leipzig -1

Botafogo -1

Molde ML

 

South America

Botafogo vs Nacional

Botafogo -1  MAX

Botafogo First Half  MAX

Over 2 MAX

Botafogo seemed like the better team the first match. They will be out for blood early, and I see them scoring 2-3. 

Tread at your own risk, pick and follow your favorite plays. I have Max confidence in all 3 

UPDATED  8/16 4:45 PM CST

Eagles/Pats

Over 42   1U

Steelers/Packers

over 43  1U

Packers First half -3 1U

 


Good Luck!



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The Houston Rockets are in the midst of a rebuild. Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr are studs. KPJ just signed a four-year extension with the team. Other guys like Jabari Smith Jr, Kenyon Martin Jr, Alperen Sengun, Josh Christopher, Tari Eason, and Jae'Sean Tate are really good pieces to surround Green and KPJ with. The only issue with this group: they're REALLY young! Tate is the elder statesman at 27 of the young nucleus. Most are barely old enough to buy a drink. Some still aren't old enough! They're a bunch of green bananas waiting to turn yellow to slightly brown and be ripe enough for consumption.

We need to give it time. Just like bananas, they take time to ripen. Coach Stephen Silas is known for developing young players. His most prized student is the star player for that team in South Oklahoma up 45. Number 77 for that team credited Silas with helping him realize his All-Pro potential while Silas was a part of the coaching staff there. To a man, all his former players credit him with being a positive influence on their careers. So why are fans in a rush to get rid of him?

When you look at the Rockets' record over the last few years, it's gross. Sure, they've been a lottery team the last couple of seasons, but that was by design. As part of the Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook trades, they gave away pick swap rights. Had they not been that bad, they wouldn't have been able to draft Green or Smith Jr. Those two guys are building blocks for the future, along with KPJ. Giving those picks away would've put this team further down the totem pole of developing themselves into a contender. Losing pays off when you can hit on high lottery picks.

If you give a chef dirt, bread, ham, molded cheese, and spoiled mayo, can you expect anything else but a nasty ham sandwich? How about if the chef was given a steak that is almost rotten, potatoes with root growth, and spoiled butter? Could you expect a better meal than the sandwich? Yes! However, that meal may still cause a stomachache. Now, give said chef a full complement of gourmet groceries and guess what you'll get?

This is why I say let Silas cook. He's the perfect coach for this group of kids. He can teach them all the fundamentals of the game at this level and help them grow into their full potential. If there's a change to be made on the sidelines, move Silas into a front office role, but DO NOT get rid of him! Guys like him are too valuable. Why do you think Mark Cuban hated losing him, but knew he couldn't retain him because he had a head coach already? Cuban knew what he had in Silas and what Silas did for Luka Doncic. He can do something similar for the Rockets if given the time to work his magic.

Should Tilman Fertita find the need to move on, I'd look for a more experienced coach who can guide them from bottom of the playoff ladder into top four in the West and real contenders. For now, Silas is the head chef. Continue giving him the groceries he needs, and he'll continue giving these kids the lessons they need to develop. Changing the coach now could stunt their growth. Let him cook!

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