VEGAS SPORTSBOOKS TAKE ANOTHER BEATDOWN AS FAVORITES NOW 6 STRAIGHT WINNERS IN NBA PLAYOFFS!
Well it was another tough night for the Vegas Sportsbooks as for a second straight night the Favorites swept the board (3-0), making it two very long nights for the Bookmakers. This makes the Favorites so far in the NBA Playoffs (15-7). Good for Joe Public as they put some nice cash in their pockets for a change.
Really none of the 3 results were shocking, and that includes the Cavs losing at Indiana. The Pacers have been the better team in this Series, and the Cavs continue to find help for Lebron, but not much being found. The Wizards, who we had as our first “Best Bet” of the NBA Playoffs season so far, did exactly what we felt and what they needed to stop a very solid Raptors team. The Bucks simply couldn’t miss and the Celtics couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, and that outcome was over early on as the Bucks brought energy and more ball movement for the first time in that Series.
INDIANA 92 – CLEVELAND 90 (FINAL GAME 3)
Early on it look like the Cavs had finally meshed and were just putting it all to the Pacers who simply looked like a bottom feeder team. The Cavs took a gigantic 17 point Halftime lead and looked like this one would be a cake walk. But then the Bojan Bogdanovich “Game of his Life” second half happened, and the Cavs simply could not answer him. Bog hit (7-9) on the money balls, and scored 30 points overall, including two big 3’s late to push the Pacers up just enough to be able to hold on from a final Cavs surge late. The Cavs two mad bombers J R Smith and Kyle Korver combined for (1-10) from 3 land. I feel Lebron again got too much into a passer then taking the ball hard to the hole. His gamble of praying his mates would hit shots has backfired. The Cavs lost with Pacers star Oladipo playing his worst game (1-8 on deep balls), yet the Pacers found a way to steal back a sure fire loss. This has all the makings of a really bad Off season divorce between Lebron and the Cavs. Pacers now up (2-1) in this Series.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS 122 – TORONTO RAPTORS 103 (FINAL GAME 3)
With their backs to the Wall, the Wizards John Wall came thru with a huge 28 point game, but more important his energy was sky high in front of the home folks, and yes we had a Bradley Beal sighting too. Beal was ice cold in the Series, but he also got 28 points, finding his shot again, and hitting 4 nice long 3’s in the process. That surely will help his confidence going forward. The Wizards may be an 8 seed, but they aren’t really an 8 seed type team. Injuries killed what was at one time a solid season. Wiz Center Gortat is a beast and had a great game too inside, going (8-10) and the Wiz got double digits from 5 players as they overcame a very rocky early start. Once they took the lead though, they never were in any danger the rest of the way. The Wizards really play well at home and feed off the crowd, playing much faster and the Defense forced (18) Raptors turnovers. This is what the Raptors do year in and year out. They’ve never won a Series without losing at least 2 games. They likely will lose at least 2 in this Series as well. This has makings of a long and hard fought topsy turvy 7 game series. Raptors now up (2-1) in this Series.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS 116 – BOSTON CELTICS 92 (FINAL GAME 3)
Well as a longtime Celtics fan, this one was hard to watch. The Bucks really came out with energy and a good flow for first time in this Series. And they simply couldn’t miss shots, especially some really long 3’s. It was their night and the Celtics really were so far behind there was really never a run that even remotely had you thinking they could come back. The star of the night was one few expected, as C Thon Maker, a bench sitter for most part in Games 1 and 2, was possessed with 5 of the teams incredible 13 blocks overall, and he also hit 3 big 3’s, when the game was still in somewhat of a reach, finishing with 14 points. Jabari Parker also got some big minutes in place of injured Bucks big man Henson, and he showed why he is a talent. In the NBA, when one team shoots (16-33) from the money ball stripe, it’s very tough to come away with a victory.
With 4 games on tap for Saturday, the Sportsbooks will look to stop the bleeding with some Dogs finally covering the point spread. They likely will be counting on the Spurs to finally at least cover vs. one of the two most bet teams, the Defending Champs Warriors. At this point though the Spurs, who were already not a good team. and now weathering the passing of HC Popovich’s wife, hard to see them coming out to win one for the Gipper type. That game to do that was Game 3, and they played with no energy at all.
Las Vegas Handicapper Gary Greene
*Gary Greene is a longtime Professional Sports Bettor and Sports Handicapping Expert with over 30 years experience. He has appeared in more Casino Radio Shows then any other Handicapper and has more Casino Contest cashes then anyone else.