Wednesday’s Sports BIT Show: Cavs-Celtics, Red Sox-Cardinals & NFL Division Odds

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Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics

It will be the old rest vs. rust argument for Cleveland as it hasn’t played since May 7 – that’s the longest stretch between playoff games in LeBron James’ Cavs career. So while the team is very healthy, will it be rusty in Game 1 in Boston? Oddsmakers at Sportsbook Review’s top-rated betting sites don’t think so as Cleveland is a 4-point favorite. The Celtics, meanwhile, play 48 hours or so after eliminating the Washington Wizards in the conference semifinals in Game 7. It’s the first time in the East Finals since 2012 for the Celtics when they lost to James’ Miami Heat. The Cavs won three of four regular-season meetings with the Celtics, including a blowout in Boston 114-91 late in the season that appeared to lock up the top seed in the East for Cleveland. Except it lost its final four regular-season games and Boston grabbed the East’s top spot. One big mismatch here appears to be in rebounding, a strength for Cleveland and problem area for the Celtics all season.

 

Boston Red Sox at St. Louis Cardinals

It’s the finale of a two-game interleague series and will be shown on ESPN on Wednesday, although the game likely won’t see many viewers in Boston as they watch the Celtics vs. the Cavs. It’s a good pitching matchup here between 2016 AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello and the Cardinals’ surprising Mike Leake. Porcello is just 2-5 with a 4.01 ERA but some of numbers are better than last year. The big change has been BABIP rising from .269 to .327. The Red Sox defense hasn’t been good behind him. Leake (4-2, 1.94) was just 9-12 with a 4.69 ERA last year but currently leads the NL in ERA. Leake has always been an innings eater and is averaging 6.2 IP in 2017. 

 

NFL Division Odds

NFL teams will be at training camps in less than two months, so Teddy & Pauly take a look at some early division odds. To nor surprise, the New England Patriots are the biggest favorites on the boards to win the AFC East, which they have done every season but one since 2003. The Pats are also taking the most money so far to win Super Bowl LII in Las Vegas, but the Oakland Raiders are taking the most bets.

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