Yesterday is already in the books, but let's analyze the biggest games of the night. Join us inside as we also take a look at exhibition baseball, as we warm up for our sharp sport picks.
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On SportsBIT today, Teddy and Pauly do a deep dive into why betting exhibition baseball is an exercise in futility. The betting markets react to starters getting shuttled in and out of the lineup, but it’s often the veterans who couldn’t care less about playing well in the Grapefruit League or the Cactus League, while the ‘no-name’ youngsters are the guys who play ‘balls to the wall’ in March. Some pitchers are working on developing new pitches, other guys are working on how they pitch out of jams. The stats are meaningless, the results are meaningless and neither Teddy nor Pauly knows of a single bettor who has consistently beaten preseason baseball. NFL Preseason is a legitimate moneymaker – when you do your homework and understand ‘coach speak’, you’ll find a handful of positive expectation wagers every week. MLB? Not so much!
On every show, Pauly and Teddy break down some of the biggest betting decisions from the previous night in a segment called ‘Bad Beats and Bad Bets’. There were a couple of real doozies last night. Rutgers hung tough with Michigan State for a half trialing by only two at the break, but all that did was fire the Spartans up. Michigan State won the second half 54-25 and covered the -25 full game spread thanks to a record setting performance from three point range by Bryn Forbes, hitting a Big 10 record 11 three pointers against the Scarlet Knights. Sparty is now 10-0 ATS in their last ten ballgames, making big money for their backers. But that success here in the regular season could very well cost Sparty backers down the road – the betting markets are going to force bettors to lay a premium if they want to back Tom Izzo’s squad moving forward.
Oklahoma City blew another double digit fourth quarter lead in LA against the Clippers last night; a very tough beat for anyone with a Thunder bet in their pocket. OKC was up 17 in the fourth quarter, but the Clips closed out the game on a 26-4 run to get the win and the cover. In Big Game Breakdown, Teddy and Pauly discuss the Thunder’s dominance on the glass and their struggles to close out games, previewing the OKC- Golden State NBA on TNT matchup tonight!