Football took a week off, but bad luck didn’t.
Here are the worst bad beats of sports betting week:
3. Missouri State + 3½ and +4
The Bears made two solid cracks when they gave Drake his first loss of the season (straight and against the spread) but didn’t even get away with coverage.
On January 26, Missouri State scored a 41-26 home lead at halftime. Drake fought back to tie the game midway through the second half and then made his free throws to take the win and cover -3½ in a 68-61 win.
The teams played again the next day, part of the two-game series that multiple conferences use to reduce travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. This was the opposite of the first when Drake took a nine-point lead at halftime, which slowly melted away. Missouri State led by about five minutes and only two minutes from time, but the Bulldogs again won the final to take a 78-73 win.
Drake remains undefeated, although the Bulldogs failed to record a 78-76 win in extra time against Illinois State (+ 18½) on Sunday.
2. Bulls -140 ML
The Portland Trail Blazers built an 11 point lead over Chicago at halftime on Saturday, but the Bulls broke off in the second half.
Chicago finally seemed to settle matters by a five point lead at 122-117, and 11.5 seconds ahead. However, Damian Lillard, the guardian of Star Blazers, never says he was going to die and started a 37-foot machine that cut the deficit to two 8.2 seconds before the end.
The Bulls only had to throw in the ball and do a couple of free throws to end the win, but the Blazers forced a jump ball 6.2 seconds ahead. Lillard won a fight for the ball, launching a 27-foot fade-away 3-pointer while getting out of hand on the buzzer.
Nothing but a network. Blazers win 123-122.
1. LSU + 3½
Not only did the Tigers give up a 12-0 run to end Saturday’s game against Texas Tech, they gave it all up in the last minute.
LSU led 71-64 after a basket with 1:10 left. Mac McClung made two 3-points for the Red Raiders, then Terrence Shannon Jr took over. After a steal, he hung up to give Texas Tech the lead by 27.7 seconds at 72-71, then hit two free throws to expand the lead of 16.9 to three.
LSU missed a 3 for a draw but had just enough time to smudge Shannon 1.5 seconds ahead. He pocketed both free throws for a 76-71 win and cover.
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