Sports B.I.T. - Breaking Down This Weekend's NBA Playoffs Games

Ted Sevransky

Friday, April 22, 2016 5:13 PM GMT

Friday, Apr. 22, 2016 5:13 PM GMT

Some SportsBIT shows are heavy on betting theory and strategies, as Teddy and Pauly do their best to explain the prevailing thought processes behind the curtain of the betting markets.

Today’s Weekend Preview Edition is not one of those shows!  Instead, Teddy and Pauly give you Big Game Breakdown after Big Game Breakdown, focusing on the NBA Playoff schedule over the next two days.

One of the first games that Teddy and Pauly discuss is tackling the Pistons – Cavs matchup tonight.  Detroit has faltered late in each of the first two games.  The Pistons have won the first two first halves by a 111-108 score, but they’ve been outscored 105-80 after the break while going 0-2 SU, 1-1 ATS. 

Detroit’s defense has been unable to solve the Cavs at all, allowing a whopping 20 three pointers in Game 2 while allowing an equally whopping 117.5 points per 100 possessions through the first two games.  To put that number in perspective, the best offense in the NBA this year (Golden State) averaged 112.5 points per 100 possessions for the season.  The worst defensive team in the league (the LA Lakers) allowed 109.3 points per 100 possessions.  So basically, the Pistons defense has been ‘off the charts’ bad in this series, with the Cavs getting at least three players to score 20 points or more in each of those first two contests.

Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy is certainly more seasoned than his counterpart on the Cavs sideline, Tyronn Lue.  Van Gundy knows what he’s up against: “That’s what happens with the great players; any time you delude yourself into thinking you’ve got the answer and you’re a brilliant coach and you’ve got this scenario – no…..You’re not locking those guys down. Those guys don’t have holes in their game - there is no answer. We have our plan but those guys render plans useless so many times that you’d better be ready with Plan A, Plan B, Plan C … and all the way down.”

This will be the first home playoff game for the Pistons since 2009, and they’re coming off a bad second half in their Game 2 defeat – we can expect an inspired effort from the home underdog.  But make no mistake about it – the Pistons are a long, long way from matching up well with Cleveland, not a home dog that Teddy or Pauly is interested in betting on tonight.

For five more Big Game Breakdowns, as well as a thorough discussion of bad beats and bad bets from last night, check out the full show right here.

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