Sports BIT: NBA Playoffs Scenario & Cubs vs. Pirates Betting Value

SBR Staff

Monday, May 2, 2016 1:00 PM GMT

Quality is the main focus of Vegas veterans Teddy & Pauly, so follow them as they bring only the best in MLB & NBA picks to their loyal viewers this Monday.

You can find game breakdowns all over the internet. There are previews to read, videos to watch and stats to peruse. The SBR Posting Forum is chock full of game breakdowns and betting opinions, some with legitimately sharp analysis behind them. Some of the previews are tilted towards fans and casual observers. Some are tilted towards recreational (square) bettors. Not many provide much useful information for bettors looking to make positive expectation wagering decisions on a daily basis, and based only on odds offered by top rated sportsbooks such as Bovada.

SportsBIT aims to change that. On Monday’s edition, Teddy and Pauly show you what a ‘meaningful’ game breakdown actually looks like. As always, their goal is to get you quality information that you just can’t find anywhere else, and you get it quickly and efficiently – you’re not going to find these two Vegas veterans going off script and rambling on some boring, unrelated topic. The show takes hours to put together every morning, but the end result is a quality product that is already attracting a very loyal following less than three months since it’s inception.

In the ‘Big Game Breakdown’ portion of Monday’s show, Teddy and Pauly shine their microscope on three games – the two NBA Playoff tilts for tonight, as well as the Cubs – Pirates ‘playoff revenge showdown’ in Pittsburgh tonight. That game gets ‘Play of the Day’ status at the end of the show, but this write-up is all about the Cavs – Hawks Game 1 battle, looking to get you every edge available against the NBA Odds for tonight’s game as well as the full series.

Teddy and Pauly have been talking about Atlanta’s defense for months, the #1 defense in the NBA since the All Star Break, holding foes to 96.8 points per 100 possessions during that span. Against Boston in the first round, that D was truly elite, holding the Celtics to 91.3 points per 100 possessions. Head coach Mike Budenholzer demonstrated very clearly that his team can defend offenses that are based on running plays, like Boston’s was. 

But the Cavs aren’t a ‘play’ based offense, they are a ‘player’ based offense, with LeBron and Kyrie Irving facilitating for their teammates. In two late season meetings against the Cavs, Atlanta’s defense allowed 104.2 points per 100 possessions, losing both games SU and ATS. LeBron was truly impressive in both games: 63 points on 25-42 shooting. In their sweep over Atlanta in the Eastern Conference Finals last year, James averaged 30.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 9.3 assists per game.

What can Atlanta do differently this time to counter LeBron and the Cavs? What should we expect, pointspread wise, in this series? Watch today’s SportsBIT to find get the NBA Picks!