Tuesday’s Sports BIT Show: Spurs-Warriors, Reds-Cubs & Betting Strategy

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San Antonio Spurs vs Golden State Warriors

The tenor of the Western Conference Finals completely changed when Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard aggravated an ankle injury in the third quarter of Game 1. The Spurs were dominating the Warriors until that point but then imploded in losing a 25-point lead and falling 113-111. Leonard is currently listed as doubtful for Game 2 and thus the Dubs are 13.5-point favorites on NBA odds at Sportsbook Review’s online gaming sites. Once Leonard left the game, Warriors star Kevin Durant went to work. He went 7-of-10 from the field and scored 20 points in the last 19:53. The Warriors also outscored the Spurs 20-2 in fast-break points after Leonard’s injury. San Antonio had been 316-0 all-time under Gregg Popovich in games it led by at least 25 points (regular season & playoffs). The Spurs don’t just lose the NBA’s best perimeter defender but now have to find offensive chemistry without their leading scorer and injured point guard Tony Parker.


Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs

What a difference a season makes. Last year on the way to the World Series, the Cubs won an MLB-best 103 games and finished 35.5 games of the last place Reds in the NL Central. Yet entering Tuesday’s series opener, the Reds are slightly ahead of Chicago in the division. What has gone wrong for the Cubbies? Plenty. The defense and pitching are nowhere near as good as a season ago. Last season, the Cubs converted 93 percent of fly balls into outs, the best rate in MLB. This season, they rank 27th (89%). Meanwhile, Kyle Schwarber is struggling defensively in left field and at the plate, hitting just .179. Should the Cubs move him out of the leadoff spot? Veteran John Lackey is on the mound Tuesday and he has been solid at 3-3 with a 4.29 ERA. The Reds go with 40-year-old Bronson Arroyo, who is 3-2 with 5.94 ERA. Arroyo beat the Cubs on April 23 in allowing two runs over six innings. 


Deep Dive On Betting Strategy

Betting skills are every bit as important as handicapping skills. Worry about half points and be aware of line moves. Set up multiple accounts. When you are winning and pushing on games that others lose, it makes a huge difference long term for your bankroll. That old adage about it a sports season being a marathon, not a sprint, is very true. Betting is a grind, not a get rich quick scheme. Even the best bettors in the world will go to bed 100 days a year with less money in their bankroll than when they started the day. And never, never chase games whether you are on a hot streak or looking to end a cold one.

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