The Breakfast Spread: Lakers Cash As Big Underdogs, NCAA Addresses Bad Beats

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Editor’s note: Welcome to a new morning segment, “The Breakfast Spread,” for daily sports betting notes and insights to help build your bankroll.

It was another wild night in the NBA Thursday highlighted by the Los Angeles Lakers upsetting the Boston Celtics 129-128 as a 10-point underdog to cash +330 on the moneyline. We look at some of the top stories in the sports betting to get your morning started.

Lakers Upset Celtics Hours After Trade Deadline

After coming off a 42-point loss to Indiana, the worst of Lebron James’ career, the Lakers not only covered a spread that moved from -7 to -10, but moneyline bettors cash +330 tickets as the Lakers win outright 129-128 thanks to Rajon Rondo’s first career buzzer beater. The Lakers are now 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games, making them 24-29-2 ATS for the season.

The Prop Shop

Russell Westbrook might have recorded his eighth-straight triple-double Thursday night, but he failed to go over his point totals (20.5) for the seventh straight game. Westbrook is having a terrible shooting season and has recently shown willingness to cut back his shot volume. The Under on Westbrook’s point totals is 7-1 during his current triple-double streak.

What to Watch Tonight: Will Philly Unveil New Look?

The Denver Nuggets travel to take on the Philadelphia 76ers (-4.5). Something to keep an eye on: Following the 76ers’ six-player trade to acquire Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott from the Clippers, Philadelphia will either debut their new players or be playing short-handed Friday night.

The Bucks take on the Mavericks with Dallas opening up as 7-point home dogs. The line has already moved a point to +8. Grant Neiffer pointed out earlier this week in his daily breakdown that the Mavs are the league’s most profitable ATS team this season. They are also exceptional at home, going 18-7 ATS and straight up. Will Luka and Co. continue their ATS dominance or will Giannis be too much for the Mavericks?

Check out Grant Neiffer’s breakdown, and download the SharpSide app to track your bets and move your way up SharpSide’s leaderboard.

NCAA Addresses Bad Beats

The NCAA issued a statement that referees will review last-second baskets during the NCAA tournament, even when the basket does not affect the outcome of the game. This comes during a week when consecutive late shots were counted, resulting in bad beats for Iowa State and Villanova bettors. Better late than never, right?

Tonight’s college basketball scene is relatively quiet, the calm before the storm if you will, before No. 2 Duke faces off against No. 3 Virginia in Charlottesville.

Stat of the Day

Top 25 teams stay hot, going 9-1 ATS (10-0 SU) Wednesday and Thursday.

The Octagon Travels to Australia

Anderson Silva (34-8) has the chance to become the oldest UFC champion tomorrow night. It won’t come easy as the 44-year-old takes on undefeated Israel Adesanya (15-0). Adesanya is a heavy favorite at -650 (Silva +460).

Saturday night will end with Australian Robert Whittaker -230 (20-4) fighting Kelvin Gastelum +200 (15-3) for the Middleweight Championship.

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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.