The Breakfast Spread: Rockets Set NBA Record, National Championship Game Preview
The Houston Rockets set a new NBA single-game record, and Corey Conner won the Valero Texas Open as a +15000 longshot. Texas Tech and Virginia face off tonight to crown college basketball’s National Champion. Here’s a sports betting recap from Sunday and a lookahead to Monday’s championship game in Minneapolis.
Rockets Set Three Record, Blow Out Phoenix
The Houston Rockets set a new NBA recording, making 27 threes in a 149-113 blowout over the Phoenix Suns.
The threes helped the Rockets cover the 18.5-point spread by 17.5 points and the Over cashed with ease, exceeding the 223-point total by 39 points.
Eric Gordon led the Rockets with eight threes, followed by James Harden who went 5-for-6 from the arc.
The Suns were without star guard Devin Booker who was ruled out for the remainder of the season on Friday.
With just one game remaining for each team, the Rockets face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday and the Suns travel to Dallas.
Texas Tech and Virginia Battle in First-Ever Championship Appearances
The Texas Tech Red Raiders and Virginia Cavaliers face off in their first NCAA Tournament Championship appearances Monday night after a wild semifinals round in Minneapolis on Saturday.
Virginia opened as 1-point favorites against Texas Tech but the line moved a half-point to -1.5 by Sunday afternoon.
Featuring two of the best defenses in the nation, oddsmakers posted a low total of 119 — the lowest total in an NCAA Championship in 20 years — and it has already fallen to 117.5 at some shops
While Virginia ranks dead last in adjusted tempo in the nation, the Cavaliers still score efficiently. In fact, they rank 3rd in adjusted offense, per Ken Pom.
Their efficient offense will go up against the No. 1 adjusted defense in the nation. Texas Tech’s adjusted offense is just No. 28, but they have played as the most efficient offense over the last two months. The defenses will both come out on top in this one. Breakfast Pick: Under 118 (BetStars)
Texas Tech’s defensive leader Tariq Owens went down with an ankle injury early in second half of Saturday’s game, but returned with 8 minutes left. Owens only played briefly, though, finishing the game on the bench. Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard said to expect Owens to play Monday.
Sources say Owens has been receiving literally around-the-clock treatment. After the game, Owens slept in the trainer’s room Saturday night so he could wake up and receive treatment every two hours. On Sunday, Owens walked to practice in a boot. The grad transfer from St. John’s University averaged 2.5 blocks per game during the regular season and had 3 blocks against Michigan State in just 23 minutes of play. As Beard said, “if Tariq can play, he will,” but be sure to keep any eye on this one as we get closer to tip-off. Owens’ presence (or lack thereof) will play a key factor in both the the side and total of this one.
Prop Shop: De’Andre Hunter Over/Under 4.5 Rebounds (PointsBet)
If Owens is anything but himself Monday then Virginia will have big rebounding boost. He doesn’t average a ton of rebounds because of how slow Virginia’s pace is, but De’andre Hunter will be one of the biggest beneficiaries if Owens isn’t 100 percent. Breakfast Pick. Over 4.5 Rebounds (PointsBet).
+15000 Longshot Takes Down Valero Texas Open, Earns Masters Bid
Corey Conner shot consecutive rounds of 66 Saturday and Sunday at the Valero Texas Open to come out with his first PGA Tour victory.. Conner, who was +15000 heading into the tournament, beat runner-up Charley Hoffman by two strokes. The win sends Conner to his first Masters appearance, where the new Tour winner opens as +35000 to win the green jacket.
Jordan Spieth needs to play better at Augusta this week than he did in Texas if he wants to add to his historic Masters resume. Spieth, who has who has had one of his worst seasons to date, shot 1-over the final two rounds of the Texas Open after starting off the tournament just a couple of strokes behind the leader.Despite his poor play this season, at +1600 only three guys are more heavily favored to win the Masters than Spieth.
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