Wednesday’s Sports BIT Show: NBA Playoffs & Deep Dive On NFL Win Totals

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Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers
The Raptors just can’t win a playoff game in Cleveland of late. Game 1 of this Eastern Conference semifinal was never in doubt for the Cavs, who rolled 116-105. Dating to last year’s East Finals, the Cavs have now beaten the Raptors by an average score of 114-89 in the past four postseason games in Cleveland. The Cavs made a concerted effort to slow Raptors leading scorer DeMar DeRozan in Game 1, and he struggled with 19 points and a team-worst rating of minus -32 in 35 minutes. The Cavs focused on him because they don’t fear any other Raptor offensively even though Kyle Lowry also was an All-Star. “We didn’t play with the force we needed to,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said after. “They were well-rested, flying around -- almost like a half a step quicker than we were all night. We’ve got to make adjustments as far as how we want to guard the paint and then get out to the 3.” It was Toronto’s 11th straight Game 1 playoff loss overall. Cleveland is -7.5 on NBA odds at Sportsbook Review’s top-rated betting sites for Game 2.

Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs
The most surprising game result of the 2017 playoffs was Houston going to San Antonio, the best defensive team in the NBA during the regular season, and blowing out the proud, veteran Spurs 126-99 in Game 1. The score could have been much worse if Houston hadn’t rested its key guys late. The Rockets’ 27-point win was tied for the second-largest by a road team in a playoff series opener in NBA history. Even though the Rockets eliminated Oklahoma City in five games in the first round, the NBA’s record-setting 3-point shooting team struggled from deep. Not in Game 1 vs. the Spurs, going 22-for-50. That was the most makes and attempts ever in a playoff game vs. San Antonio. “We need to repeat this three more times,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We were locked in and competed well. Our defense was good, and we hit some shots. We don't expect this to be like this always, but we needed to defend and rebound like we did (Monday)." The Spurs looked old, especially in the frontcourt with LaMarcus Aldridge, David Lee and Pau Gasol all playing subpar. The Spurs are -5.5 for Game 2.

NFL Deep Dive: 2017 Win Totals
Las Vegas released 2017 NFL regular-season win totals earlier this week and already there has been some movement – NFL bettors are always optimistic this time of year. The Browns, who have won four games total the past two years, opened at 4 wins but already have been bet up to 4.5. Cleveland should be better in 2017 and the schedule isn’t as tough. The Browns still don’t have a QB, though. Jacksonville has risen from 5.5 to 6. The Jags haven’t cashed a season wins ‘over’ bet or won more than five games in a season since 2010. But they have an identity now with rookie running back Leonard Fournette, the No. 4 overall pick out of LSU. New England opened at 11, the highest number in the NFL, but already is at 11.5. The Pats have won at least 12 games the past seven seasons.


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