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Bookie Busters: Milking the bookie

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When you milk a cow, you must do it strategically. Going in full speed may not be the most efficient and pleasant way to get the best results.

If your're still reading this you're probably wondering why I'm talking about miking a cow? To be honest. I know nothing about it and I'm not sure how we got here, maybe I just liked the picture a little too much.

One thing we can agree on, we have been slowly milking wins out of the books this week. We picked some good spots and hit a ton of our big bets. Like you and I both know, the weekend dictates what the final results are for your week, so lets close out big.

Cheers to a big weekend.

New Plays

Champs League

Tottenham first half over 1 juiced but safe risk 10U










Monday

Mavs +5.5 3U







Sunday

Germany

Hannover/Stug

Over 2.5 2U

first half over 1 2U

UPDATE 430 CST

MLS

DC/ATL United

First half over 1 10U MAX


BTTS and over 2.5 5U










Previous Plays

Update 109 CST

Dortmund over 1 FH 10U

Dortmund TT Over 1.5 risk 10

Or

Over 2 +110 5U

UPDATE 224 CST

Dortmund +.5 10U

Barcelona first half over 1 risk 10U

Parlay 5U -124

Arsenal ML

Liverpool ML

Arsenal -1.5 5U

Game over 4.5 5U

UPDATE 554 CST

Tennessee first half TT over 35.5 5U MAX

Tenn game TT over 75 7U MAX

UPDATE 654 CST

Illinoise St 2nd half ML 7U MAX

Rockets game over 241.5 7U MAX

UPDATE 858 CST

Play at your own risk but Im riding Cinci -5 2nd half 7U

UPDATE 8 CST

Frankfurt/Hoff over 3 -180 risk 10U MAX BOMB

Goals in the first 15 min of Frankfurt games dont usually happen if you want to risk it and wait for live

or 5U on over 3.5

Update

Netherlands

PSV Over 3.5 10U MAX

UPDATE 829 CST

Manchester City at Bournemouth

Over 1.5 FH 3U

Over 3 game 3U

For any questions or comments reach me @JerryBoKnowz Twitter.

Be sure to check out my show MoneyLine with Josh Jordan on ESPN 97.5. We're on every Sunday from 10-noon, and we'll talk a lot of fantasy football and NFL gambling. Also, be sure to follow us @Moneyline975 on Twitter.

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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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