The Daily Sports Beat 1-26-2013
The Beantown Blues Part II
I mentioned on Wednesday that the Celtics were unbettable until they start to move in the right direction. On Friday, they were able to do just that as they built a 27-point lead through a quarter and a half and the seemingly endless corner had been turned. Or so they thought. That lead vanished 12 minutes later but a nine-point lead with under four minutes left had them back in control. Or so they thought.
Overtime came and with a chance to build another lead in the first extra session, Boston folded again. Eventually the Celtics ran out of gas and were run out of Atlanta in the second overtime, getting outscored 16-4. For those bettors that took Boston, the roller coaster ride ended as bad as it could have as it failed to cover and by a wide margin at that.
What's next for this team? Fire Doc Rivers? Trade Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo or Kevin Garnett? Changes need to come and quickly. For you Lakers fans thinking you have it bad, just be thankful you aren't a Celtics fan.
Props to Kaepernicking
The "Har-Bowl" is certainly getting a lot of press leading up the Super Bowl but one player is getting a lot of attention and no, it isn't Ray Lewis. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick is making headlines and not because of his recent play on the field in leading the 49ers to the NFC Championship victory.
He has picked, or at least his agents have, this week to go out and trademark "Kaepernicking", the move where one flexes a tattooed arm and kisses the bicep. Something says this fad will take hold more than "Tebowing" did last season. His popularity is being seen in the Las Vegas sportsbooks as well as his prop bets are being played at a record pace.
Jimmy Vaccaro of William Hill said, "We put 10 props on him last week and generated more than $100,000 in bets. To put that in perspective, a good prop is when you can draw $2,500 to $5,000 in bets." He expects Kaepernick prop bets to exceed $300,000 when it's all said and done. Let's Te-Bow to that.
Questions of the Day
Are the Capitals and Kings done already? Neither team has a win yet but it's not time to panic yet. In the last shortened season where 48 games were played, 1995, the Devils did not win their first game until five games in and they went on to win the Stanley Cup.
Will the Jets really trade Darrelle Revis? They are concerned they will not be able to resign him next year so a trade may make sense as some teams will be interested. However, new GM John Idzik should have talked to Revis before letting it out to the media that anything is possible.
Is Toronto making a move as a major sports city? The Blue Jays overhauled the roster and are now American League favorites. The Leafs have looked decent in the early part of the season and the Raptors are playing much better after a slow start. Oh, and the Argos are reigning Grey Cup Champions. If this keeps up, Poutine may become an American delicacy.
- Bryan Power
- April 1, 2015 - 7:00 PM
- Offered at:
- top bet @ 9.5 -110 Orlando
1* Orlando (7:05 ET): We have two teams at the opposite ends of the spectrum here, but getting the Spurs w/o rest, I think that the Magic are worth a shot plus the points here. The Spurs did win again yday, in convincing fashion, 95-81 over Miami. But this spot reeks of a letdown while Orlando has had four days off to prepare.
San Antonio has now won four straight, all by double digits, as well as seven of their last eight. They're still only sixth in a loaded Western Conference, but I don't think there's a single person right now who feels the defending NBA champs are the sixth best team in their own conference right now. That being said, the Miami to Orlando road trip historically can be a challenge, no different than the Texas road trip that other teams face and the Spurs benefit from. The win streak has SA overvalued coming into this one.
Following last night's win, San Antonio is still only 19-18 SU on the road this season. Meanwhile, Orlando is 3-0 ATS when playing w/ 3+ days rest. Things may not have gone well for the Magic lately (lost 9 of 10), but having lost three straight at home & w/ ample rest they should be ready to compete here. It may not be a "pretty" play, but take advantage of a generous number and go w/ the underdog. 1* Orlando
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