No Sports BIT video today recapping the bad beats and bad for books results from around the sports world on Monday night, so we’ve provided SBR's readers with a story version.
This line opened with the Sooners as 2-point home favorites but was bet up to -4 as OU, behind freshman superstar Trae Young, had been unbeaten at home this season and had been averaging 97.5 points per game there. Young got his points with 32 but had some trouble with WVU’s pressure defense with just one assist (his previous season low was five) and six turnovers as the Mountaineers won for just the third time in their past eight games and swept the regular-season series with Oklahoma. Young said he was ill, but he still played 36 minutes.Los Angeles Clippers 104, Dallas Mavericks 101
The total here was bet from an opening of 211.5 to 214.5, and ‘over’ NBA bettors obviously were big losers with 205 total points scored in L.A.’s home victory. In the wake of the Blake Griffin trade to Detroit, Clippers coach Doc Rivers has a new starting lineup of holdovers Milos Teodosic, Danilo Gallinari and DeAndre Jordan along with former Pistons Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley. The Clippers are now 2-0 with that group starting and the ‘under’ has hit in both. Bradley is one of the NBA’s better perimeter defenders. It certainly helped ‘under’ bettors on Monday that Dallas held out leading scorer Harrison Barnes to due a sore left ankle.Washington Wizards 111, Indiana Pacers 102
Who needs John Wall? The Wizards have won five straight without their injured All-Star point guard out 8 weeks), and this result from Indianapolis was terrible for SBR's top-rated sportsbooks as Washington opened as a 2-point underdog but closed as a 3.5-point favorite thanks to heavy action. No doubt late money was flowing on the Wizards because Pacers All-Star guard Victor Oladipo was scratched due to illness. But the Wizards are simply a more unselfish team without the ball-hog Wall. They had eight different players score in double figures Monday and 10 guys had at least one assist. Wall’s two primary replacements, Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier, have been getting other guys much more involved and not looking to shoot much themselves.Utah Jazz 133, New Orleans Pelicans 109
The total opened at 213.5, rose to 217 and went miles ‘over’ in New Orleans, which hasn’t looked the same defensively since losing All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending torn Achilles’ tendon. The Pelicans are 1-4 straight-up and ATS without Cousins and have allowed at least 112 points in each loss. Utah made 14 of 21 3-point attempts and shot 58.4 percent (52 of 89) overall in its highest-scoring game this season.