Sports BIT: NBA Playoffs Bettors Feeling The Heat

Teddy Covers

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 5:16 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 4, 2016 5:16 PM UTC

A string of bad bets in the NBA playoffs can make even the most experienced bettor start to lose his mind. Teddy expresses his fustrations today & Pauly recaps how he did on his NBA picks. 

On Wednesday’s SportsBIT, Teddy expresses some of his frustration with an impassioned rant about what’s happened to his personal bets over the last few days. Teddy had a ticket on Toronto on Sunday, when the Raptors blew a 16 point fourth quarter lead, only winning by five as 5.5 point favorites.
He had a ticket in his pocket on the Hawks Monday Night, a game where the Hawks led with four minutes to play before a late game collapse doomed their cover at +8. But neither of those beats can hold a candle to what bettors—Teddy included – suffered last night!

Pauly and Teddy open the show with a thorough discussion of the two NBA Playoff Games from last night. Which was the bigger moose – the bad beat that was truly brutal? The answer is, of course, both!

If you had the Under in last night’s Heat – Raptors Game 1, you’re walking around feeling like you are cursed today. That total took heavy Over money, bet up from as low as 189 to as high as 192.5. But the game was a ‘dead nuts’ Under all the way. With nine seconds left, the Heat were up six, with the ball. A ‘veteran, playoff tested’ team like Miami is supposed to close out that game with relative ease, and Under bettors are supposed to cash their winning bets by 20 points, with an 89-83 score at that point.

Instead, the Heat turned it over twice, Hassan Whiteside missed a free throw, Terrance Ross hit a triple and then Kyle Lowry hit a halfcourt heave at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. In OT, the two teams combined for 18 points, sending Under bettors home crying.

The Blazers are +10 on the NBA odds boards (bet down to +9 by tip-off) was another real moose. Golden State had struggled to build margins in every Game 2 they’ve played over the past two seasons, consistently unable to maintain their momentum from Game 1 victories. And that was exactly the case again last night as the Blazers led outright from the opening tip, and held a nine point lead with nine minutes to play. Then everything fell apart as the Warriors went on a 28-6 run down the stretch to not only notch the win but the pointspread cover as well.

Teddy and Pauly break down what happened to Portland in their collapse, and what Golden State did right. They also break down tonight’s Cavs – Hawks Game 2 showdown, a pair of MLB picks for Wednesday. And you certainly don’t want to miss today’s Deep Dive, as Pauly and Teddy discuss the key takeaways from the first month of the MLB season in the National League.  

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