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Inside The Cleveland Cavaliers Slow ATS Playoff Start
The Cleveland Cavaliers are winning basketball games in the playoffs, but it isn’t pretty and it certainly isn’t profitable. The Cavs have been installed as (-9) home favorites for each of their first two games against the Indiana Pacers. Both times the result has been a non-cover win. Cleveland barely escaped the opener 109-108 and then won 117-111 on Monday night.
There are worse things than winning unimpressively—one need only ask the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors, two favorites that lost home openers outright. But it is fair to ask if Cleveland is going to continue to be a moneyburner in the Eastern Conference playoffs and if they have any shot at beating whichever powerhouse emerges from the West in the NBA Finals.
To help answer that question, let’s look at some common threads from Games 1 & 2 with Indiana…
Can The Toronto Blue Jays Turn It Around
The Toronto Blue Jays have made the ALCS in each of the last two years and were widely perceived as a solid contender in a competitive American League East again this year. They may still end up that way, but right now the Blue Jays are losing games hand over fist and costing their backers major money.
Toronto is 2-11 after losing last night at home to Boston—a game where the Red Sox were forced into calling up a minor leaguer Brian Johnson for an emergency start and he faced Blue Jay ace Marco Stroman. As bad as that record is, it’s even worse for bettors—because the Jays have been favored in 10 of 13 games, they’re (-995) betting units before the season is even a month old.
Now we come to the next logical question which is this—is now the time to invest in Toronto, to buy a stock when its value is at its lowest? Toronto’s odds to win the AL East have dropped to 10-1, as the market shifts them closer to the mediocre Tampa Bay Rays, rather than the trio of contenders in Boston, New York and Baltimore. Even if you don’t want to buy on the Blue Jays to win the division, that change in the market is going to show up in moneylines on a night-to-night basis.
Last year, Toronto had the best pitching in the American League. This year, it’s a train wreck. We have to face the reality that the Blue Jays’ staff likely did catch lightning in a bottle a year ago. J.A. Happ, at the age of 33 and never more than a low-end starter, won 20 games. It’s safe to say that isn’t going to happen again.
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Dodgers, Giants look to rebound from slow starts
SAN FRANCISCO -- Two teams off to slow starts will look to rebound at the other's expense when the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants open a four-game series Monday night at AT&T Park.