The Breakfast Spread: Virginia Wins First National Title In Overtime, Rockets-Thunder Tonight

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The Virginia Cavaliers won their first-ever national title in a surprisingly high scoring game Monday night. Today the Cleveland Indians try to extend their four-game win streak and the Rockets and the Thunder each vie for better seeding in the Western Conference Playoffs. Here’s a sports betting recap from Monday and a lookahead to Tuesday.

Virginia Cavaliers Win First National Title

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It took overtime, but the Virginia Cavaliers put the dagger into the Texas Tech Red Raiders to win their first National Title 85-77 Monday night in Minneapolis.

The game started off slow with Texas Tech trailing 7-15 at the 10 minute mark in the first half, but picked up pace thanks to both teams getting hot from the three

The pace continued throughout the second half to go Over 119.5, the lowest point total in a national championship game in 20 years.

Projected lottery pick Jarrett Culver struggled throughout the night scoring only 15 points on 5-22 shooting — two-in-a-half point shy of his 17.5 points prop. On the other side, De’Andre Hunter led the Cavaliers with 27 points and Kyle Guy shot 4-for-9 from three.

The biggest shot of the night came from Hunter, who hit a game-tying three-pointer with just one second left in regulation.

FanDuel Sportsbook released their 2020 NCAA Tournament Champions odds, opening Virginia as favorites at +700 and Texas Tech +2500.

Rockets-Thunder Line Flips

There’s only two nights of regular season NBA action left, and Tuesday is headlined by a big game between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Both teams are already locked into the playoffs, but each team has plenty to play for as they vie for better seeding in the Western Conference playoffs.

The Rockets currently sit a half-game back from the Denver Nuggets for the No. 2 seed while the Thunder could end up anywhere from the No. 6 seed to the No. 8 seed.

Oddsmakers opened Oklahoma City 1-point favorites (Over/Under 225.5) but by Tuesday morning the line had flipped, making the Rockets 1-point favorites.

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A long list  of players will be sit out Tuesday as the NBA regular season winds down. Among those is Joel Embiid, Blake Griffin, Kyrie Irving, Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker.

Temperature Meter: Indians on Four-Game Win Streak

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The Cleveland Indians are on a four-game win streak after holding the Toronto Blue Jays to no more than two runs in a four-game series.

Cleveland looks to extend the streak today against the Detroit Tigers at 1:10 pm ET with the help of Cy Young Award winner Cory Kluber. The Indians are -155 on the moneyline and the Over/Under opened 7.5 runs.

The former Cy Young winner isn’t having the greatest start to the 2019 season, losing each of his first two games and posting a 5.23 era.

Jordan Zimmerman gets the start for the Detroit Tigers after shutting out the Blue Jays through seven innings. Zimmerman followed the shutout by holding the Yankees to one run in 6 ⅔ innings. Expect Kluber to get back on track in this one and Zimmerman should continue his stellar start to the season. Breakfast Pick: Under 7.5 runs.

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  • Matt Schmitto (schmitto)

  • Matt Schmitto is a staff writer for RotoGrinders Sports Betting. He grew up in Texas, graduating from Texas Tech University. He has played high stakes DFS since 2013, and enjoys betting on golf, basketball and football – and whatever else is put in front of him. Schmitto is an advocate of The Bettor’s Oath.