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Red hot Bookie Busters: NFL Draft picks, NBA and Champions League

The NFL Draft offers some betting opportunities. Brett Deering/Getty Images

Bookie Busters went 5-2 last week, and we look to keep the streak going. Soccer plays are on an outrageous 19-1 Run (all Documented through Houstonsportsmap.com/ sportsgamblingpodcast.com and Twitter)

2018 Draft Bets

Overall First Pick

Sam Darnold      -260

Josh Allen           +250

Baker Mayfield    +535

Saquon Barkley   +975

Josh Rosen      +5000

Bradley Chubb  +10000


QB's drafted in the 1st round over/under 5½?

Over    +180

Under  -260

RB's drafted in the 1st round over/under 1½?

Over     -245

Under   +175

WR's drafted in the 1st round over/under 2½?

Over    +110

Under  -150

How many wide receivers drafted in the 1st round over/under 2½?

Under 2.5 Wide receivers drafted in the first

C.Ridley draft position over/ under 19½?

Under 19.5

Top 3 picks of the draft are all QB's        +130

Any other result -180

Any other result

NBA

Raptors vs. Wizards

The Toronto Raptors return home after letting Game 4 slip thru their hands. When Bradley Beal fouled out in the fourth on a phantom call, the Raptors were in position to steal the road game and come home comfortable. Instead, they blew the opportunity and now return home with the pressure now on them. Toronto was the second-best home team in the NBA where they won 83 percent of their games sitting at 36-7 straight up and 45-40-1 ATS. Toronto was the third best scoring team in the opening halves of contests averaging 57 per the first 24 minutes. Thier average margin in first halves is +4.5, and in the last three, that number has risen to 7. The Wizards are an average team in terms of first-half scoring and only hold a+.1 point margin. Look for the Raptors to come out hot and take control of this game early.

Raptors -4 1st half

Thunder vs. Jazz

Thunder home games went under 55 percent of the time while Utah loves to slow the pace. In a must-win for the home team, expect spurts in this game where both teams struggle to score.

Under 207.5

Soccer Champions League Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

The Allianz Arena is a venue that takes your breath away, and that's what the Germans have done to visiting clubs going undefeated this season playing at home. The Germans haven't tasted defeat at the Allianz in 21 instances, and in 14 of those matches, they netted at least three goals.

There have been a total of 384 goals in the 121 matches in this year's Champions League, thus far breaking last year's record.

Both of these clubs thrive on scoring with Madrid averaging 2.6 goals per match and Bayern 2.3.

When these two clubs have faced off, Real Madrid has beaten the Germans four out of the last five times. Picking a side will be tough. Instead, I'll sit back and wait for goals to happen in a matchup that guarantees to see chances from both sides.

Over 3

Bayern Team Total Over 1.5

For any questions or comments reach me @JerryBoknowz on Twitter

 

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Houston drops the game to Arizona

D-backs outslug Greinke and Astros to take series opener

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With the series win over the Rangers by taking two of three games in the middle of the week, the Astros welcomed the Diamondbacks to Minute Maid Park for a three-game weekend series, Houston's final three regular-season home games. Here is how the opener unfolded:

Final Score: Diamondbacks 6, Astros 3.

Record: 25-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Zac Gallen (2-2, 3.00 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luis Garcia (0-1, 2.53 ERA).

Houston scores first, but Arizona grabs a lead against Greinke

Houston would get on the board first on Friday night, with George Springer reaching base in the bottom of the first on an error, moving to second on a walk, then to third on a single, as the Astros loaded the bases with no out to threaten a big inning. Instead, they would come away with just one run, with Springer taking home on a wild pitch, grabbing the 1-0 lead, but leaving runs on the table.

They doubled their lead in the bottom of the third, getting a two-out RBI-double by Kyle Tucker to make it a 2-0 Houston lead. The D-backs responded in the top of the fourth, getting back-to-back singles to lead off the inning before a three-run homer by Kole Calhoun off of Zack Greinke would put Arizona in front, 3-2. Greinke would finish one more inning before Houston would move to their bullpen, striking out the side to bring his total to nine on the night, making the bad fourth inning the one blemish on his night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 89 P.

Astros tie it, but D-backs take the opener

George Springer would get Greinke off the hook in the bottom of the fifth, leading off the half-inning with a solo bomb to tie the game at 3-3. Luis Garcia was first out of Houston's bullpen and retired Arizona in order for a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the sixth. He returned for the top of the seventh but would allow a leadoff single, RBI-triple, and wild pitch to bring in two runs. He would face two more batters, allowing a double and getting a strikeout, before Dusty Baker would come out to get him, now down 5-3.

Blake Taylor would make his return from the IL after Garcia, getting back-to-back outs to finish the inning. He continued on in the 5-3 game in the top of the eighth, but allowed a one-out solo homer to Calhoun, his second of the night and fourth RBI. That made it a 6-3 D-backs lead, which would go final as Houston would go scoreless after Springer's home run back in the fifth.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will start Saturday at 6:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Luke Weaver (1-7, 6.70 ERA) for Arizona and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.22 ERA) for Houston.

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