Thursday’s Sports BIT Show: Spurs-Rockets, MLB & 2017 LA Rams

San Antonio Spurs vs Houston Rockets

The Golden State Warriors await the winner of this series in the Western Conference Finals, and it’s likely the Warriors would prefer the Rockets win this one to force a Game 7 and tire both teams out even further. There was finally a close result in this series in Game 5 as the Spurs won 110-107 in overtime. That’s one the Rockets could be kicking themselves about should they lose this series because Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard, the league’s best two-way player, sat out much of the fourth quarter and didn't take the court for overtime due to an ankle injury. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wasn't sure how Leonard's injury might affect the team going into Game 6. Leonard, who had 22 points and 15 rebounds in Game 5, has vowed to play, but he likely won’t be 100 percent. The Rockets opened at -7 on NBA odds at Sportsbook Review’s top-rated sites for Thursday’s game but that line would certainly move should Leonard not play. 

 

Houston Astros vs New York Yankees

The Astros and Yankees met in the 2015 postseason, with Houston ace Dallas Keuchel throwing six shutout innings at Yankee Stadium to win the AL wild-card game. It’s quite possible these two play October baseball again later this year as Houston is running away with the AL West Division and the Yankees are battling for the AL East lead. Keuchel won the AL Cy Young Award two years ago but regressed in 2016. He’s back in Cy form with a 5-0 record and 1.88 ERA. Keuchel, who was the AL Pitcher of the Month for April, is 4-2 with a 1.41 ERA in six starts against the Yankees in his career, including the postseason. The Bombers counter with big right-hander Michael Pineda (3-1, 3.12). The Yankees have won Pineda's last five starts, although he has taken a no-decision in two of those.

 

Deep Dive On 2017 Rams

Arguably no team was harder to watch from an offensive perspective in the NFL last season than the Los Angeles Rams. On Thursday’s show, Teddy & Pauly give their thoughts on what to expect from this team in 2017. The Rams are given a win total of 5.5 at sportsbooks following last year’s 4-12 disaster. QB Jared Goff looked totally overwhelmed in his rookie year. The Rams hired Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay as the NFL’s youngest head coach to fix Goff and the putrid offense. That group was held to 10 points or less nine times in 2016 & scored more than 21 only twice.  The Rams didn’t cover the spread once in the 12 games they didn’t win – all four covers came in their four SU victories. The LA defense was very solid a year ago and welcomes noted defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, the master of the one-year turnaround.

 
 

 


 

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