Sports BIT: MLB Overview & NBA Conference Finals Start This Monday

Teddy Covers

Monday, May 16, 2016 3:00 PM GMT

The real focus of today’s show is on the NBA’s Western Conference Finals, one of the most anticipated series in recent memory. Pauly and Teddy break the NBA Odds down twice!

The Monday edition of SportsBIT has a particular focus. Yes, Pauly and Teddy break down the bad beats and bad bets across the betting world on Sunday, focusing on the key information to help you make informed betting decisions moving forward. And yes, Pauly and Teddy spend some time breaking down the first ‘Games of the Year’ lines for college football, posted at the South Point Casino here in Vegas, with longtime friend of SBR Chris Andrews now the head oddsmaker for the race and sports book. And, of course, there’s some MLB discussion, including game previews of the Red Sox – Royals and Jays vs. Rays battles tonight, one of which produced the ‘Play of the Day’ for Monday.

But the real focus of today’s show is on the NBA’s Western Conference Finals, one of the most anticipated series in recent memory. Pauly and Teddy break the NBA Odds down twice; giving a thorough analysis and NBA Pick for Game 1 in the Big Game Breakdown segment, then taking a Deep Dive into the series as a whole. The Cavs – Raptors Eastern Conference Finals series will get the same treatment tonight: a thorough Game 1 breakdown, focusing on the key pointspread (and totals) related info that you’re just not going to find from mainstream sources.

Bettors probably remember that the Warriors won all three regular season meetings between these two teams. They also probably remember Steph Curry’s iconic half court buzzer beating shot in OT to knock off OKC in OKC just after the All Star Break. But bettors might not remember that the Thunder were tied or had the lead in the fourth quarter of all three of those regular season meetings – Golden State just played the better end game. And bettors probably don’t remember that the Thunder were +40 on the boards such as Bovada's in those three regular season meetings, consistently dominating the glass.

Does the rebounding battle really matter that much, considering the Warriors were able to sweep during the regular season despite their rebounding deficit? Can Steve Kerr afford to play ‘small ball’ if banged up center Andrew Bogut ineffective in the low post now that the OKC center Steven Adams has developed into an impact player in the paint? And will the Thunder try to slow down the pace -- a successful strategy for them in their series win against the Spurs – or are they likely to try and run with Golden State? These questions and more will be answered with a click right here, right now.