1. Dwyane Wade signs with the Cavaliers
After reaching a buyout agreement with the Bulls, Dwyane Wade has reportedly signed a one-year agreement with the Cleveland Cavaliers. This could sneak its way into being one of the most important moves of the offseason, as Wade adds an interesting dynamic to the Cavaliers that could help the team measure up to the Golden State Warriors. We know Wade works well with LeBron James, we saw him put up (an ugly, admittedly) 18 points per game last year in Chicago, and while Isaiah Thomas is injured, Wade can help fill some of that hole.
The Cavaliers are obviously trying whatever they can to beat the Warriors. Taking a chance on Wade is a clear example, maybe he falls off even more and isn’t a big help, or maybe he can capture some of his former glory and help the Cavs win one more championship.
Betting Tip: It’s a risky move, but definitely one that improves the Cavaliers’ win total odds (currently listed at O/U 53.5), especially with Thomas on the sideline, and certainly doesn’t hurt their championship odds (+450). The best value may be their odds to come out of the East … again.
2. Maryland is on their 4th-string quarterback
Maryland lost their starting quarterback, Tyrell Pigrome, midway through their Week 1 upset of Texas to an ACL tear. Their second stringer, Kasim Hill, joined Pigrome in the medical tent this weekend, tearing his ACL. Former starter Caleb Henderson has been injured since the preseason.
Now Maryland is starting sophomore Max Bortenschlager. He did okay in the one game he started last year, but he’s still the Terps’ fourth-string quarterback. Opponents can target an unready passer, and negate whatever other talent or schematics advantage Maryland has on the field.
Betting Tip: The Terps are a road ‘dog (+14) against Minnesota, a tough team by any definition. Going into that game with the backup’s backup is a recipe for disaster; consider betting on the Gophers to cover.