Thursday’s Sports BIT Show: Cavs-Celtics & Deep Dive On 2017 Patriots

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Cleveland Cavaliers At Boston Celtics
The Cavaliers can reach their third straight NBA Finals with a win Thursday night at TD Garden as they are up 3-1 in the series – not to mention 10-point favorites on NBA odds at Sportsbook Review’s top-rated gaming sites. The Cavaliers crushed Boston in Games 1-2 there, but the C’s had star Isaiah Thomas then. Boston somehow has played better without Thomas in splitting the past two in Cleveland. Expect a defensive adjustment on Kyrie Irving for Game 5 as he torched the Celtics for a career playoff-high 42 points in Game 4. "In the back of my mind, I was like, I'm saying to myself, 'We cannot -- they cannot tie up this series,’ They cannot. We cannot go to Boston 2-2 and then it becomes almost an even series," Irving said after. He led a comeback from a 16-point deficit as Boston built a big lead in the first half with LeBron James in foul trouble. Irving scored 36 of his points following James' fourth foul with just less than seven minutes remaining in the first half. Over the last 6 minutes, 46 seconds of the second quarter, Irving put in 12 points to help the Cavs play the Celtics even with James on the bench. The Celtics are a better defensive team without Thomas on the court, but they simply don’t have a go-to scorer in the clutch without him. That showed in the fourth quarter of Game 4. 

Deep Dive On 2017 New England Patriots
What else can you say about Tom Brady & Co? They were 17-2 last year in winning another Super Bowl. Their 16 covered spreads tied an NFL record. Only three of New England’s games were decided by less than a touchdown – including the Super Bowl comeback win over the Falcons. In reality, Super Bowl winners aren’t supposed to have better rosters the following season in the salary-cap era. The Patriots might with the additions of receiver Brandin Cooks, tight end Dwayne Allen, running backs Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead, defensive end Kony Ealy, and cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Plus the Pats were able to re-sign top linebacker Don't Hightower and chose not to trade top cornerback Malcolm Butler. Sportsbooks opened the 2017 Patriots at 11 wins but that’s already up to 12.5. The Pats have won 14, 12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 14, 10, 11, 16, 12, 10, 14 and 14 games the last 14 years. Teddy & Pauly believe under 12.5 is the smart call – although another AFC East title is surely in the cards.

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