Last night was truly an epic night for NBA odds bettors, with both Toronto vs. Miami and Golden State vs. Portland going into overtime in their playoff showdowns.
On Tuesday’s SportsBIT, Teddy and Pauly give a fast paced recap of both contests from a NBA odds perspective while offering condolences to bettors who suffered a real moose (brutal bad beat) if they had either of the two underdogs.
The Raptors fell apart down the stretch (again) and failed to cover the spread in a game they controlled throughout. Miami was a 5 point favorite, but they trailed for all but 13 seconds of the fourth quarter. But after Kyle Lowry fouled out, the Raptors were outscored 15-6 the rest of the way. Lowry and DeRozan combined for another dismal shooting effort for Toronto, combining to miss 22 of their 28 shot attempts. DeRozan is clearly affected by his injured thumb, while Lowry’s Game 3 offensive explosion was nothing more than a one game blip after his no-show last night.
Trend bettors have been loving the Eastern Conference Playoffs, and Teddy explained one betting angle that is now 12-1 in the postseason. The road team on the second of back-2-back road games (in other words, Game 2’s and Game 4’s) are just 1-12 against the number. And the Raptors have certainly been making Under bettors happy, now 9-2 to the Under in the playoffs. Even overtime couldn’t send last night’s game Over the total. In fact, in regulation, the Raptors are 10-1 to the Under here in the postseason – one of their two Over cashes came in Game 1 of this series, a game that stayed Under the total by double digits before the overtime session.
The Warriors ‘moose’ against the Blazers was every bit as hard to swallow for Portland bettors. The betting markets stayed relatively calm once Steph Curry’s return to the lineup was announced – Golden State was only bet up from -4.5 to -6 on the ‘Curry will play’ news. Of course, the Warriors didn’t cover that spread for one second of the 48 minutes of regulation before Curry went nuts in OT and buried the Blazers (and their backers) by himself. Check out the full recaps, as well as our MLB picks & game breakdowns for tonight and a Deep Dive with Drew Martin on baseball surprises and disappointments right here, right now.