Let's rewind the tape and take a look at last night's selections, for both NCAA basketball & NBA. Join us inside to check as we call it the bad beats and bad bets.
The ‘Bad Beats & Bad Bets’ segment is one of the most popular part of the SportsBIT show already, and Tuesday Night brought a couple of real doozies for both categories. Bettors who took the Under in the Horizon League Final were burned badly. The two regular season meetings between Wright State and Wisconsin- Green Bay were lined at 155.5 and 149. But after both teams played three games in three days to reach the championship games, the betting markets expected a slower pace and plenty of brick laying in the ‘four games in four nights for both teams’ title tilt.
First the markets made an adjustment with an opener that was 9.5 points lower than the regular season total. Then bettors pounded the Under, turning a 146 into a 142 on the NCAA basketball odds board. Those bettors must have felt pretty comfortable with a 67-57 score (124 combined points) with 1:30 left on the clock. But those same bettors started sweating, then swearing profusely as 23 points hit the scoreboard over those final 90 seconds, turning a dead nuts Under into a tight Over cash, a pretty wicked beat.
And if you had a Washington Wizards ticket in your pocket to go along with that Horizon League Under, you’re probably still spitting and swearing the next day! The Wizards were bet up to +6 at Portland in the Blazers first game back from an extended East Coast road trip, something Teddy and Pauly discussed on Tuesday’s show – that first home game off a long trip is not necessarily a ‘good spot’.
Yet money came for the Blazers yesterday, but Portland was never in position at any point after halftime to cover the spread. Portland trailed by double digits for extended stretches of the second half, but a CJ McCollum jumper with five seconds left in regulation sent the game to OT. You already know what happened next – a two point Portland lead with 50 seconds left in OT stretched to four, then five. Following one last Wizards miss, with two seconds on the clock and trailing by five, Marcin Gortat was called for one last ‘meaningless’ foul. Damian Lillard hit both free throws, a five point deficit turned into a seven point final margin of victory, and Wizards bettors took a tough, tough beat.