Monday’s Sports BIT Show: Warriors-Spurs, Royals-Yankees & 2017 Bills

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Golden State Warriors At San Antonio Spurs

The Warriors look to stay unbeaten in these playoffs and finish off the Spurs in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday night. With Kawhi Leonard expected to be sidelined yet again, it’s quite likely that the Spurs’ season does come to an end as they haven’t been very competitive since Leonard went down with an ankle injury in the third quarter of Game 1. Leonard is officially listed as doubtful. The Warriors could then get plenty of rest and await most likely the Cleveland Cavaliers in a third straight NBA Finals matchup. This also could be the final game in the Hall of Fame career Manu Ginobili. The 39-year-old played better than any of his teammates in the Game 3 120-108 loss with 21 points in just 18 minutes off the bench. Ginobili has hinted he will retire after the season. His team is an 11.5-point underdog on NBA odds at Sportsbook Review’s top-rated betting sites.


Kansas City Royals At New York Yankees

The AL East-leading Yankees host the Royals in Game 1 of a series on Monday night. The Bombers are solidly favored behind Michael Pineda (4-2, 3.42).  The big right-hander won in Kansas City last week, allowing four runs (three earned) and six hits over six innings in the 11-7 victory. It’s lefty Jason Vargas for the Royals, and he has yet to beat the Yankees in his career. Vargas (5-2, 2.03) had been off to the best start of his career and hadn’t allowed more than three earned in an outing until last week opposite Pineda when Vargas gave up six runs and seven hits in four innings in taking the loss. Vargas carried a 1.01 ERA into the game but allowed as many runs in the fourth inning (five) as he had in his first seven starts combined.


Deep Dive On 2017 Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills haven’t made the playoffs in a century! OK, not 100 years but since 1999. That’s the longest postseason drought in the NFL. Ownership cleaned house following last season’s 7-9 record. The new head coach is Sean McDermott, formerly the defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. He also had interviewed with the Chargers and 49ers this offseason. Buffalo finished 16th in points surrendered and 19th in yards surrendered in 2016 so McDermott should at least help on that side of the ball. There was some consideration of the team moving on from quarterback Tyrod Taylor, but he did re-sign. It could just be a one-year deal, however, as Buffalo may have drafted its quarterback of the future in Pitt’s Nathan Peterman.  For now, Peterman will compete with Cardale Jones for the No. 2 spot behind Taylor. The Bills overhauled their wide receiving corps as Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and Justin Hunter departed in free agency while the team signed Philly Brown, Andre Holmes and Jeremy Butler while also trading in the second round of the draft to select East Carolina’s Zay Jones.

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