Tuesday’s Sports BIT Show: Rockets-Spurs, MLB Game Of Night & NFL Week 1

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Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs, Game 5

This has been a series lacking much drama with no close games. The Rockets took Game 1 by 27. The Spurs won the next two by 25 and 11, and Houston tied it up with a 21-ponit win Sunday. That victory was costly for the Rockets as they saw big man Nene leave early with an injury. His season is over with a torn left adductor. Nene had averaged 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in 19.9 minutes during the playoffs before Sunday's injury. It has been a pretty simple formula for Houston to win: hit 3-pointers. The Rockets made 19 of them in Game 1 and 22 in Game 4. In Games 2-3, the Spurs began planting a rim protector under high screens, threatening to block James Harden if he drove, while keeping everyone else close to their men on the perimeter to discourage the drive-and-kick 3-pointers. It just didn’t work in Game 4. “We got caught in the middle trying to find guys and not really talking,” LaMarcus Aldridge said after Sunday’s loss. You just have to try to control the ball more, control the drives to the basket, have weakside rotation. We have to rotate on the back side and find the shooters." Another trend has been Harden’s supporting cast stepping up in wins but not in losses. For example, Eric Gordon, Lou Williams and Ryan Anderson combined for 48 points in Game 4 after just 11 in Game 3. The Spurs are -5.5 on NBA odds at Sportsbook Review’s top-rated betting sites. 


Detroit Tigers at Arizona Diamondbacks

The Motor City Kitties start a quick interleague series in the desert on Tuesday. It’s former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander on the mound for Detroit. He was a Cy Young contender last year again in finishing 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA but has opened 2017 at 2-2 with a 4.21 ERA. Verlander’s numbers are off in nearly every major category and, at 34, his best days might be behind him. The Tigers might have a new closer as well because Francisco Rodriguez has an ERA over 8.00 and blew save chances in losses to Oakland on Saturday and Sunday. He has four blown saves already. Arizona starts former Tigers lefty Robbie Ray on the mound. Ray has great stuff and is among the MLB leaders in strikeout percentage but also still walks too many guys. Paul Goldschmidt is off to a strong start for the Diamondbacks offensively. The “play of the day” by Teddy & Pauly is over 8.5 runs in this one. 


Deep Dive On NFL Week 1 Lines

The lines for the first week of the 2017 NFL regular season have been out for a short while but already some numbers have shifted. The Buffalo Bills have moved to a touchdown favorite over the division-rival New York Jets, who are a mess at quarterback. Miami opened at -3 against Tampa Bay, but that line is dropping as the Bucs are considered a hot team entering 2017 with some intriguing talent around Jameis Winston after another strong draft. The Colts have jumped from -3 to -3.5 at the Rams. With new head coach Sean McVay and new assistants across the board, it may take the Rams as long as any team to build a chemistry. Carolina opened at -3 vs. the 49ers and is now as high as -5. It seems bettors are running scared from backing any likely bad teams in Week 1.

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