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The highlight of Friday’s SportsBIT show is not Teddy wiping off blood from his nose (bad shaving, not a punch in the face), although it is amusing to watch him bleed. Nor is the highlight Friday’s Deep Dive into betting strategies for the final week of the regular season; as difficult to handicap as Week 17 in the NFL or September MLB with mangers using their AAA call-ups liberally. No, this show was highlighted in two areas – bad bets from last night and a Big Game Breakdown featuring Pacers vs. Raptors, Lakers vs. Pelicans and Giants vs. Dodgers.
There were plenty of bad bets yesterday, starting with Ernie Els at the Masters, who shot a ‘9’ on the very first hole, missing three foot putts. If you had Els to do anything except miss the cut, it was a bad bet – dead by the end of the first hole in the first round.
And the Rockets were another very bad bet. Money came in on Houston yesterday, driving the NBA odds line up from -11.5 to -12.5. James Harden played like a superstar once again, but his teammates did not, despite their 57% shooting for the evening. Dwight Howard got torched by Tyson Chandler; Phoenix owned the offensive glass; and the Suns hit their free throws while the Rockets did not. On a night with no true ‘bad beats’ it was a bad beat if you were a Houston fan and bought tickets to the game……
How about the Phillies’ Charlie Morton, a guy with truly dramatic day/night splits that have never been properly adjusted for in the betting markets. Morton is with a new team this year, but his results on Thursday were exactly the same as they have always been – a guy you CANNOT bet on during the day for any reason. His career splits in day starts are as ugly as it gets, with a 7-28 record and an ERA approaching 6.00 after another poor showing yesterday.
The Oakland A’s took money yesterday, as the MLB odds boards and betting markets looked to fade Mat Latos, for good reason! Latos was a #1 starter as recently as 2013, but three different teams gave up on him last year and he allowed 15 runs in 13 innings of work in the Cactus League; a disastrous spring training. So what did Latos do in his 2016 debut? How about six innings of one hit ball against an A’s team that looks primed for another last place finish.
Check out the whole show – especially those key Big Game Breakdowns for tonight – right here, right now.