Tuesday’s Sports BIT Show: Celtics-Cavaliers, Giants-Cubs & Deep Dive On Soccer

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Boston Celtics At Cleveland Cavaliers

Everyone expected Cleveland to be going for the sweep here after the Cavs crushed the Celtics in the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston, and the Celtics lost superstar guard Isaiah Thomas to a season-ending him injury. Alas, the Celtics pulled one of the biggest playoff upsets in NBA history in Game 3 with a 111-108 victory on Avery Bradley’s last-second 3-pointer. The Cavs led by as many as 21 points. LeBron James had one of the worst games of his career with just 11 points, of which only three came in the second half as he went 1-of-9 shooting. James’ teams had been 49-0 when leading a playoff game by 20 points or more. Did the Cavs just take their foot off the gas? The Celtics were a much better team defensively without Thomas, who isn’t good in that regard. The Cavs had been scoring 135.2 points per 100 possessions in this series with Thomas on the court. It was 118.9 in Game 3. Cleveland is -15 on NBA odds at Sportsbook Review’s top-rated sites for Game 4. 

 

San Francisco Giants At Chicago Cubs

In Game 1 of last year’s NL Division Series at Wrigley Field, the Giants’ Johnny Cueto and Cubs’ Jon Lester had a spectacular pitching duel. Lester didn’t allow a run in his eight innings and Cueto gave up just one: on a Javier Baez solo shot in the bottom of the eighth. The Cubs won the game 1-0 and would eventually beat the Giants in four games. Cueto and Lester are on the mound Tuesday at Wrigley as the Giants and Cubs play Game 2 of their series on ESPN. Cueto was a Cy Young candidate last year at 18-5 with a 2.79 ERA. He hasn’t been as strong in 2017 with a 4-3 record and 4.50 ERA. Walks are up, ground balls are done. Lester has won 11 straight regular-season decisions at Wrigley. Since Sept. 25, 2015, he's given up three or fewer earned runs in all 21 of his starts there. The Cubs are solid betting favorites behind the lefty.

 

Deep Dive With Nigel Seeley

Noted United Kingdom soccer tipster Nigel Seeley joins the guys to talk world football. The Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Juventus – who each won their domestic titles as well – is right around the corner. The 2017 final is a repeat of the 1998 title game, with holders Real Madrid aiming to be the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League title and Juventus seeking a third European crown. Madrid and Juve will both be competing in their sixth Champions League final, equaling AC Milan's record. Seeley also will look at this week’s Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax Amsterdam.

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