Bad Beats & Bad for Books Recap from Wednesday

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SBR Staff

Thursday, February 8, 2018 5:33 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 5:33 PM UTC

Wednesday was a busy night around the NBA and NCAA basketball. A few games stood out as bad beats or bad for the books in the hoops world for sportsbooks.

Utah Jazz 92, Memphis Grizzlies 88

Utah was a 7-point favorite, and that looked like an easy cover with the team up 10 points, 92-82, with 30 seconds left in Memphis. Then Grizzlies rookie Dillon Brooks hit a 3-pointer to make it 92-85. The Jazz didn’t want to rub in the score so they dribbled out the clock – why didn’t Memphis foul? There were about five seconds left when the shot clock expired. The Grizzlies’ Mario Chalmers heaved up a half-court shot with 0.2 seconds left to make the final 92-88 and leave Jazz backers incredulous.

San Antonio Spurs 129, Phoenix Suns 81

This total opened as high as 208 but was bet down to 202, no doubt because the Suns were without injured leading scorer Devin Booker – plus the Spurs are a great defensive team. This game was out of hand early as San Antonio led 28-9 after the first quarter, by 38 points at the half and it was a scrimmage the rest of the way with little defense. The 48-point blowout matched the most one-sided loss in Suns history and was the third-largest margin of victory for San Antonio.

Cleveland Cavaliers 140, Minnesota Timberwolves 138 (OT)

This was the game of the night Wednesday as LeBron James hit a buzzer-beater for the win to end Cleveland's eight-game losing streak on national television. James finished with 37 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in 48 minutes. The Wolves were bet up to 4-point favorites entering the game and the total rose from 221.5 to 225.5. So, those betting on Minnesota to play enough defense to win and cover lost, and those betting on no defense by anyone won.

St. John’s 79, Villanova 75

This was the biggest upset of the season as SJU had been 0-11 in Big East play but stunned the top-ranked Wildcats in Philadelphia. It was the Red Storm’s first win over a No. 1 team since 1985. The total on this one was 151. The ‘under’ looked like a lock with 126 total points having been scored with two minutes left and 136 with a minute to go. But the Cats were playing with major urgency and kept putting St. John’s on the line, resulting in 18 points scored in the final minute to push the game ‘over.’

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