The Breakfast Spread: Wade, Nowitzki Say Goodbye, Thunder Look To Extend Streak
NBA legends Dwayne Wade and Dirk Nowitzki said goodbye to their home fans Tuesday. The Nationals try to get above .500 with a win over the Phillies. Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder hope to clinch the No. 6 seed with a win over the East’s No. 1 team tonight. Here’s a sports betting recap from Tuesday and a lookahead to Wednesday
Wade, Nowitzki Say Goodbye with 30 points
Dwyane Wade said goodbye Wednesday by helping the Miami Heat beat the Philadelphia 76ers 122-99 and going Over his 17.5 points prop in his final game in front of Heat fans.
Wade started off hot, dunking to score the first basket of the game. By the third quarter, it was official that Miami would miss the playoffs and Wade was given the go-ahead to put on a show in front of the hometown fans.
Wade shot 10 for 23 to score 30 points and the Heat covered the 6.5-point spread by 16.5 points over the Sixers, who were playing without big man Joel Embiid.
Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, Shawn Kemp and Larry Bird were all in attendance as Dirk Nowitizki gave a similar farewell to Dallas Mavericks fans in the Mavericks 120-109 win over the Phoenix Suns.
Nowitzki played the most minutes he has all season, scoring 30 points in 34 minutes on the court. The greatest European player of all time started the game by scoring the Mavericks’ first 10 points. His 30 points wasn’t the most impressive performance of the night, though.
The Suns’ Jamal Crawford dropped a career-high 51 points off the bench. Crawford shot over 50 percent, going 18-for-20 from the field. Seven of his field goals were three pointers, two more than Nowitzki made from the arc Tuesday.
Despite Crawford’s performance, the Suns still couldn’t cover the 8.5 points the Mavericks were laying. Finishing last in the Western Conference, Phoenix was 36-46 ATS and the Under hit 44 times for the season.
Wade and Nowitzki play their final games tonight as two of three active players who have scored more than 20,000 points with one team.
Nowitzki will stay in Texas making the short trip to San Antonio where the Spurs are favored by 13.5 points (Over/Under 218) while Wade travels to Brooklyn to play his last game as a 5.5-point underdog (Over/Under 218.5).
Oklahoma City Closes Season in Milwaukee
The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to extend their win streak against the Milwaukee Bucks after beating the Houston Rockets 112-111. The Thunder have now won four straight heading into the final game of the season and are 5-point underdogs in Milwaukee.
Russell Westbrook has led the Thunder, recording four triple-doubles in their last five games.
Oklahoma City’s streak comes at the right time, as the Thunder have had to fight to avoid playing Golden State in the first round of the playoffs. The Thunder are now set up for the sixth seed in the West with a win tonight.
The Bucks clinched No. 1 seed in the East last week and just hope to stay healthy after their first 60-win season since 1981. I’m taking the hungry team here. The Thunder can use the win for better seeding, and Billy Donavon knows a win against the No. 1 seed in the East will give his team confidence before facing the Denver Nuggets or the Houston Rockets in a first round playoff series. Breakfast Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder +5.
Injury Report: MLB and NBA Stars Go Down
Steph Curry sprained his ankle in the first quarter of the Pelicans game last night. Curry will miss tonight’s regular season finale but should be back for the playoffs this weekend
Another star went down Tuesday night, but this time it was on the diamond. Mike Trout suffered a groin strain while sliding into second against the Milwaukee Brewers in the bottom of the fourth. Trout is currently listed as day-to-day.
Stat of the Day
Mike Trout’s .592 ob-base percentage leads the MLB this. His OPS (On-base plus slugging) is even more impressive. At 1.592, Trout’s OPS is the highest through 12 games by any player since 2006.
Nats, Phillies Rivalry Continues
The Washington Nationals (+130) used a three-run homerun from Juan Soto in the top of the 10th to beat beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-6.
Center fielder Victor Robles came to the rescue for the Nats, who needed a run heading into the ninth. Robles hit a solo homerun to tie the game, and pitcher Sean Doolittle came in with one out in the bottom of the ninth leaving an inherited runner stranded on second base to force extra innings. Doolittle closed the game striking out two of five batters, earning his third win of the season.
The division rivals play again tonight, making it the fifth time the two teams have met this season. So far the series is split, but Nationals’ right-hander Jeremy Hellickson hopes to bounce back from a poor performance in his season debut to give the Nationals the edge.
In his first meeting with the Phillies, Hellickson gave up three hits and a bomb to Bryce Harper in a short two-inning appearance.
The Phillies will start a right-hander of their own, Nick Pivetta. Pivetta is 1-0 despite giving up a 6.52 era.
Opponents have already taken Pivetta yard three times this season. Pivetta struggled against the Nationals last year, and Soto and Ryan Zimmerman have both seen success against the righty. In total, current Nationals players hit .392 against Pivetta. Philadelphia may be the team to beat in the NL East but there’s value on the underdog Wednesday. Breakfast Pick: Washington Nationals +140.
Prop Shop: Beware of Yesses in the Masters
The Masters starts tomorrow and there are plenty of props to bet on. A lot of markets just give you one option of betting ‘Yes’. For example, DraftKings Sportsbook and PointsBet each give +2000 to bet on whether a player will score an Albatross (-3 on a hole) during the Masters, but there’s no option to be ‘no.’ Avoid these markets at all costs. There’s rarely, if ever, value in a market where oddsmakers are begging for action. They’re begging for a reason, afterall.
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