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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

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Correa could be on his way out. Composite image by Jack Brame.

It has not been the best of times to be a star athlete in Houston. In the last year, Jadeveon Clowney and DeAndre Hopkins were solid off for a warm bucket of spit. George Springer won't be back. James Harden and Russell Westbrook rumors are rampant. J.J. Watt might be moving on as well.

Now, reports are the Astros are listening to offers for Carlos Correa.

Predictably, Astros fans are livid. And if it's true, they should be concerned about the bigger picture.

Trading Correa makes sense - if you have no plans on keeping him after next season, as was clearly the case with Springer. If the Astros can get a haul and replenish the farm system, it would be the right move, especially considering Correa's injury history.

But in the long run, it does not bode well for the direction of the team. All recent indications are that the Astros are going cheap.

They would still be a competitive team without Correa, but it would be yet another indication their World Series window has closed. Alex Bregman could slide over to shortstop, but who would play third? And they only have one starting outfielder on the roster as it is. Putting together a competitive lineup around Bregman, Jose Altuve, Kyle Tucker, Yuli Gurriel and Yordan Alvarez would still be possible, but if the Astros aren't going to spend money, that could be problematic.

The writing was probably on the wall when the team hired James Click as GM from the notoriously frugal Tampa Bay organization. The good news is the Rays have been successful. But this is a new direction for a team that was not afraid to spend big money to make runs at the World Series.

If they lose Correa, they lose a team leader, one of the few players who embraced the villain role in the wake of the cheating controversy and was not afraid to speak out. But he has never lived up to his MVP potential, has battled injuries and will command big dollars on the open market. He is still young enough to become that kind of player, and someone will gamble big money that he will.

Sadly, if this rumor is true, it won't be the Astros.

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