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Bookie Busters: Some midweek plays on the NBA and soccer

Bookie Busters: Some midweek plays on the NBA and soccer
Ronaldo and Real Madrid should be money makers. Photo by Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Although the Astros had an abysmal performance Friday night, Bookie Busters still found a way to profit for the weekend

5-3-1

MLB 0-2

Astros-1.5 LOSS

Astros Total Runs over 5  lOSS

NBA 3-0

New Orleans Team Total Over 115  WIN

New Orleans 1st half -6  WIN

New Orleans  First quarter -3  WIN

UFC 0-1

Joanna Jedrzejczyk -112  LOSS

Soccer 2-0-1

Manchester Utd vs. Manchester City

Over 2.5 goals  WIN

Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid

Under 3  WIN

Roma vs. Barcelona

Over 3 -118 PUSH

NBA

Denver Nuggets at Minnesota Timberwolves

Wednesday night gives NBA enthusiast everything you want out of a season finale, one game for postseason life, an NBA scheduler 's dream!

Both teams come into this matchup with familiarity as they faced off less than a week ago in a Denver 100-96 victory. On that night, the Timberwolves played a sound first half going into the intermission with a 54-51 lead. In the closing half, they only put up 42 points while ending the night shooting 25% from 3-point range. Denver is finishing strong down the stretch, having reeled off eight wins in the last ten games. On this steak they have ranked top ten in both offensive efficiency (7th) and defensive efficiency (8th). Denver, is a team known for its offensive pace and the way the team runs out in transition. But on this streak, they have slowed down the pace considerably, ranking 20th on the five-game run. Slowing the pace down has allowed the Denver interior players to be in optimal positions to rebound and this had translated to the third best offensive rebound percentage in the NBA in the small time frame.

The Pick

In the matchup on April 4 in Denver, the Nuggets were favored by 4.5 points. Now the line has changed 7.5  points with home court flipping, and I don't know if it's justified with the current form of these two teams. Yes, Minnesota has won its last two games but the competition was subpar vs. teams in offseason mode (Lakers, Grizzlies). Before that, they lost to a couple of potential playoff teams in the Nuggets and Jazz. Dating back to March 11, the Timberwolves have been on an odd streak off winning two games and losing two games consecutively. As mentioned earlier, they just won their last two games, so I guess we know what comes next. Denver, welcome to the postseason.

Denver +3

Thunder vs. Grizzlies

Oklahoma City needs to better its seeding with a win as their playoff spot is already clinched. In their path, a poor Memphis team that is gasping for air to make it to the finish line of the NBA season. Memphis is bottom 5 in the NBA in first-half points (51) while owning a -4.1 point margin in opening halves. The Thunder, average 54.7 points in the first-halves and carry a top 5 margin of +2.8 in the opening 24 minutes of games.  Look for the Thunder to come out fast and make a statement at home, this game gets out of hand, quickly.

The Pick

Thunder First Half -7

Thunder Team Total Over

*Projected line

Soccer

Champions League

Real Madrid vs. Juventus

The deciding leg in a two-way tie that sits at 3-0, the home team has the benefit of playing against a team that will be desperate and will be missing their best player Dybala. With 20 goals in their last seven matches attached to the space they will have in this game will be enough to get them on the score sheet a few times. Real Madrid, with a comfortable win.

The Pick

Real Madrid Money line

Real Madrid -1

Real Madrid Team Total Over 2

Ronaldo to score a goal anytime

For any questions or comments reach me  @JerryBoknowz on twitter

 

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