Thursday’s Sports BIT Show: NBA Playoffs & Deep Dive On MLB Money Makers

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Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards
The Celtics head to D.C. leading the series 2-0 even though Washington led by double digits in each of the first two games in Beantown. The Celtics are now -600 on the series line and are 34-0 all-time in a series when taking a 2-0 lead. Usually when a team averages 115.0 ppg in the playoffs, it’s going to win. Alas, Washington allowed 123 in Game 1 to Boston and then 129 in the overtime Game 2 loss. The Wizards’ two stars, John Wall and Bradley Beal, both missed shots at the end of regulation to win it. Washington’s terrible defense had no answer for Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, who scored 53 points. That’s the second-most in a postseason game in the history of the NBA’s most storied franchise. While Washington’s starters are playing well enough to win, the bench – mainly Kelly Oubre, Bojan Bogdanovic and Brandon Jennings – has been dominated. The Wizards did win both regular-season games at home vs. Boston rather easily and are -5 on Sportsbooks Review’s top-rated gaming sites for Game 3.

Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors
Despite having a week off before taking the court in Monday’s Game 1 against Utah, the Warriors showed little rust in winning 106-94. All five Warriors scored in double figures, while Utah’s leading scorer, Rudy Gobert, had just 13 points. Utah just can’t matchup offensively. Golden State had a 29-6 edge in fast-break points and led 20-4 in points off turnovers even though the Jazz gave it away just 13 times. The Warriors had only seven turnovers and are now 28-0 this season when scoring at least 25 points on the break. Golden State became the first team to have five players with five or more assists in a playoff game since the Seattle SuperSonics against the Phoenix Suns in 1993. The Jazz didn't have a player reach five assists, marking this game as the first in NBA playoff history in which one team had at least five players with five assists while the other team had zero. The Warriors are -12.5 for Game 2.

Deep Dive On MLB Money Makers & Losers
Forget the actual baseball standings; which teams have been good to bettors consistently backing them this season and which haven’t? The Colorado Rockies have been one of the on-field surprises thus far and have generated the most betting profit of any MLB club. Their NL West rival Arizona Diamondbacks also are near the top of that list. The best AL money-making team? The Chicago White Sox, who were supposed to be tanking. The top four money-losing clubs are all teams that expected to contend for the playoffs but have hugely disappointed: Blue Jays and Royals in the AL and Giants and Mets in the NL. It’s no coincidence all four are last in their respective divisions.

 

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