Sports B.I.T. - Recap Of Kobe Bryant's Farewell Performance

Ted Sevransky

Thursday, April 14, 2016 7:37 PM GMT

On Thursday’s SportsBIT, Teddy and Pauly focus on a couple of brutal beats from Game 82 of the NBA regular season as well as a trio of MLB matchups today in their Big Game Breakdown.

Of course, the show had to start with what everybody is talking about today -- Kobe’s remarkable 60 point outing for the Lakers last night, scoring 13 straight down the stretch to send the Lakers home with a victory. 

But the mainstream pundits are missing the brutal beat that Jazz or Under bettors took in that ballgame.  LA took a ton of money yesterday, with money coming in against the Jazz throughout the course of the day, then pouring in against Utah once the Rockets were on their way to an easy blowout of Sacramento, eliminating the Jazz from the playoffs.  A line that opened as high as Utah -8 was bet all the way down to Utah -3.5 by tip-off. 

Meanwhile, the anti-Jazz money was coupled with Over $$; a natural correlation.  The Jazz have been a team that has lived and died by their defensive efforts all year.  After just getting eliminated, the markets did NOT expect an inspired defensive effort from the road favorite.  The total got bet up from 189.5 all the way to 196.5.

Utah led comfortably at halftime, taking a 15 point lead into the break.  They still had a ten point lead with just over two minutes to play in the fourth, despite Kobe jacking up shot after shot, including a seemingly endless barrage of missed three pointers.  But those final two minutes and fifteen seconds were vintage Kobe, as LA closed out the game on a 17-2 run.  All that Lakers money won.  All the Over money won – by a half point if you bet it late – thanks to Kobe’s last stand.  It was fun to watch as a fan, but as a bettor, the late game swing on both side and total were nothing short of remarkable.

Heat vs. Celtics Recap
But Jazz backers have nothing to complain about compared to Miami Heat backers from last night.  The Heat went into Boston like they owned the joint.  They led by 22 after one quarter, 24 at halftime.  As 4.5 point underdogs, Heat backers certainly felt pretty comfortable at that point.  But the much maligned Celtics defense – a hot topic on SportsBIT when Teddy and Pauly broke this game down yesterday – stepped up in a big way after halftime. 

Joe Johnson hit a three pointer with his first shot attempts of the third quarter.  The Heat then proceeded to make one basket for the entire rest of the quarter, as a 65-41 lead was whittled to 67-63.  By the end of the fourth, it was a ten point Boston victory; outscoring the Heat 60-26 after halftime.  Check out Pauly and Teddy’s full discussion of those two tough beats and so much more on SportsBIT today.