Game 3 of the NBA Finals is upon us and it looks like we are going to see a tug-of-war for the Larry O'Brien trophy from hereon out. From what transpired in Game 2, Toronto have played well enough to give them a shot but Golden State simply used one quarter of immaculate basketball and then hold on the rest of the way. That said, adjustments will be made from both sides to increase their chances of wrangling the series away from the other. We will probably see more of what worked in Game 2 Read More
The Toronto Raptors look to take a stranglehold 2-0 series lead against the Golden State Warriors, who will be missing Kevin Durant (again) for Game #2. Interestingly the Warriors are 7-7 in the NBA Finals without Kevin Durant, and are 8-1 with him. Therefore, the Warriors will rely heavily on the Splash Brothers to carry the load on offense as the rest of their lineup doesn't scare anybody - Green, Iguodala, Bell, Looney, Livingston - all usually struggle to create their own shots. Although Read More
1.) This... via Imgur 2.) The Warriors are basically trash without Steph Curry. https://twitter.com/bzcohen/status/1133815398263066624 If you can't read graphs or have problems reading them, the Warriors are +4131 with Steph Curry on the court in the last five years while a -447 with him riding the bench. 3.) Steph Making History... Again https://streamable.com/iggi0 With 5 minutes and 16 seconds left in the first quarter, Steph Curry hit a three-pointer to mark his 100th Read More
Golden State Warriors may be one of the greatest teams ever assembled, and there starting five consist of All-Stars including Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins. Warriors are looking to join NBA's elite three-peat championship company, and cement themselves as one of the best dynasty's ever. However, as a sports bettor, I often find myself looking for "value" bets. And in this particular NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors' led by Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Read More
Basketball statistics, especially the advanced variety, is currently all the rage so we're not going to swerve off the highway now that we're in the NBA Finals. This is going to be a two-part series and we are going to start with the Toronto Raptors. First of all, how did the Raptors got here? If there's one word to describe it, Raptors are here because of their RESILIENCE. They have all seen some type of adversity in the postseason, down 0-1 against Orlando, a possession or two away from going Read More
1.) Fred VanVleet Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports FVV was pretty much unplayable in the Philly series and the first three games of the Eastern Conference Finals but he came alive at just the right time. He shot 14-of-17 from the three point area in Games 4 to 6, the highest three-point shooting percentage of any player in a three-game span with at least 15 deep attempts in the post-season. 2.) Kyle Lowry Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports If you trust analytics, Lowry may even Read More
1.) Sixers knocking down their free throws. Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports Philly stole one in Toronto in Game 2, 94-89, the first time the team won up north since 2012. One way they did it is by making their free throws, making 24 out of 26 from there. 2.) Raptors still played D. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Even with the loss, it was the fifth consecutive time that the Raptors held their opponents under 100 points and 42% shooting. Only 11 other teams have done that in the Read More
Well, my Round 1 predictions are pretty much spot on except for the Thunder-Blazers series where everyone, including me, picked OKC to win. My reason was that Jusuf Nurkic is too big a piece to lose in the playoffs and Enes Kanter is light years away defensively compared to Nurk. However, I did not know Damian Lillard can do this. Or this. In Portland's case, I have never been happier to be proven wrong. OK, so let's move to the next round and let's see what's going on. Here are my NBA Playoffs Read More
The 82-game marathon is over and now the real basketball begins.
Sixteen teams will advance into the playoffs and we will try to predict how every series will go in the first round. In a seven-game series, the best teams always win so don't expect a lot of upsets here.
Golden State Warriors (1) vs Los Angeles Clippers (8)
The Warriors delivered a message to their Round 1 counterparts earlier in the week and expect nothing to be different once that ball goes up in the air. Read More
Happy New Year everyone. The start of the 2017-18 NBA season was for me, hoping to continue the trend as the calendar rolls over into 2018. Here are some must plays for Monday night.
Elfrid Payton, $7,100
Elfrid Payton has been playing very well the past couple of games. His FPPG is 29.8, however, in the last 5 games that average is up to 40.6. He is matched up tonight against Spencer Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie has done a great job filling in for the injured D'Angelo Russell, but is a Read More