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'Meaningless' Magic FTs save bets

The fans were able to turn off the TV with one second left in Tuesday’s Game 3 108-104 win by the Magic over the Lakers.

The bettors sweated out the final second, watched the ‘meaningless’ final free throws and either rejoiced or cursed.

If you had bet the Magic at -3, the final second was a roller coaster ride. Orlando was leading by four and the Lakers threw up a few desperate heaves, the final one landing in Kobe Bryant’s hands for a lay-in with .5 seconds left.

At this stage, Magic bettors are screaming as the score is 106-104 and their bet is lost. Lakers bettors are giggling. Then Kobe Bryant fouls the in-bounds pass with .2 seconds left.

Because time has not expired, Rashard Lewis has to shoot a pair of ‘meaningless’ free throws. Magic bettors need one hoop for a push and two hoops to win their bet. He cans both of them, 108-104 final – Magic bettors join the Magic fans in heading off to sleep.

Who says betting sports odds doesn’t make life more interesting? Who says a point spread doesn’t add more spice and excitement to a game?

Baseball underdog winners

Game 2 of the Tigers-White Sox had a similar anxious moment for baseball underdog bettors. The Tigers were on their way to victory as a +160 underdog, when Fernando Rodney came in to close out the game. All he did was set the table for three Chicago runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game.

Fast forward to the 10th inning and Miguel Cabrera saved the underdog money for bettors with a solo homer.
Wednesday, there are two big underdogs on the MLB moneyline list. The Pirates are +210 road pups at Atlanta, while the Padres are +185 underdogs at LA.

Jair Jurrjens goes for the Braves and he got no run support in his last outing. Righty Charlie Morton throws for the Pirates, who have won his previous two starts.

In LA, Clayton Kershaw was also a hard-luck loser in his last start, but has thrown reliably the past month. Converted reliever Kevin Correia goes for the Padres. Neither pitcher is comfortable with high pitch counts, so looking for bullpen angles can be profitable today.