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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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Another tough loss for the Texans. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans started fast but faltered late as the New York Jets hand Houston their ninth loss of the season 21-14. Here are 11 observations from the game.

1. Starting safety Justin Reid was benched for the game. David Culley said after the game it was his decision as head coach and he would keep the matter internal with Reid.

2. This is the third defender benched for disciplinary reasons this season. Reid joins Zach Cunningham and Desmond King as players who missed time for discipline.

3. Justin Reid told Fox 26 he was benched because he had a disagreement with the coaching staff. He also said he was shocked the Texans benched him. You have to wonder if the “culture” the team is building is right when one of the more likable and personable players falls victim to their rules. Reid, who is a free agent this offseason, could leave the Texans.

4. Tyrod Taylor had a couple of nice plays early on for the Texans. His willingness to take some shots downfield was refreshing and led to a touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

5. Rookie tight end Brevin Jordan found the end zone. He has played well in recent weeks after finally getting on the field. Jordan is playing over Jordan Akins as Akins was a healthy scratch again this week.

6. Tytus Howard started at left tackle with mixed results. Howard has struggled to find his way at guard but could be a long-term option at tackle if given the chance.

7. The offensive line overall played poorly after some early success. The pass rush of the Jets got going and the run blocking was poor again. Lane Taylor played at left guard some, with Max Scharping also playing some at that spot.

8. The offense was horrendous after the two scoring drives. The Texans amassed 202 net yards with 91 yards coming on those two scoring drives. Houston gained just 49 net yards after their opening three drives.

9. After the game, I asked David Culley if he would be making a change with his play-caller. Culley stood behind offensive coordinator Tim Kelly and said he would remain the team’s play-caller.

10. Second-year defensive lineman Ross Blacklock had two horrible errors that handed the Jets a chance to turn three points into seven points. Blacklock got a personal foul on a field goal attempt giving the Jets a first down. The very next play his offsides penalty erased a sack. Each week Blacklock falls even more behind a bevy of players drafted after him who contribute positively on a regular basis.

11. The loss to another bottom-dweller has the Texans back in the second spot in the 2022 NFL Draft order. It also feels like the deflating nature of this loss erased some of the good feelings after the victory over the Titans. The Indianapolis Colts come to Houston next week to begin December’s portion of the schedule.

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