On Monday’s SportsBIT, Teddy and Pauly do a rare opening segment ‘Deep Dive’ into what we just saw in the eight Game 1’s of the opening round of the NBA Playoffs over the weekend.
The goal? Produce at least one clear NBA Pick from each series that bettors can use moving forward! Here’s a brief recap of some of the key topics that Teddy and Pauly discussed from the four Eastern Conference series.
Cleveland vs. Detroit
The Cavs once again showed us that they are vulnerable favorites in the East. On a weekend where every other ‘elite’ team notched an easy blowout victory, the Cavs were in a battle from start to finish against the Pistons. Despite getting huge games from LeBron, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, the Cavs never even sniffed a pointspread cover on the NBA Odds; not a good sign moving forward.
Miami vs. Charlotte
The Heat are built to win in the playoffs. Miami is an older team, and the rigors of the full 82 game season clearly wore them down. But here in the playoffs, the Heat don’t have to worry about managing minutes, awkward travel spots or dealing with the second night of back-2-backs. And when this team is rested and ready, they’re capable of competing – and beating – any team in the East in a seven game series. Let’s not forget that Eric Spoelstra is one of only two active coaches with more than one championship ring on his finger. Greg Popovich is the other. In fact, among active NBA coaches, only Spoelstra, Popovich, Rick Carlisle, Doc Rivers and Steve Kerr have won titles.
Toronto vs. Indiana
The Raptors SU and ATS futility in the playoffs is hanging over the team like an anvil. Their Game 1 loss to the Pacers was their seventh consecutive postseason defeat, with four of those SU and ATS losses coming as a favorite. Point guard Kyle Lowry is all banged up, coming off a dismal showing: 3-13 from the floor, 4-9 from the free throw line with six turnovers. And after the loss, Lowry is now 3-9 SU, 2-9-1 ATS as a starting point guard in the playoffs, not exactly a track record of success.
Atlanta vs. Boston
The Hawks blew a huge lead against the Celtics, but they made big shots when it counted down the stretch to escape with the Game 1 victory. The good news for Atlanta is that they were able to notch the win despite getting next to nothing from their bench (Mike Scott was the only reserve to make a shot). And the Hawks were able to win despite a terrible shooting performance from three point range, connecting on just 5-27 shots from beyond the arc. The Celtics hit two late three’s to get the Game 1 pointspread cover, but signs point towards future Hawks success in this series.