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Expert Picks From The First and Only Network in the Sports Handicapping Industry
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NBA Playoffs -- Game 7 in LA
NBA PLAYOFF WEEKEND - CHECKIN' OUT THE SUNDAY ACTION WITH A GAME 7 AT STAPLES CENTER
Maybe you happened to catch the moments after the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 in Hollywood the other night - Clips' head coach Doc Rivers was "miked up" and busy telling his players that "we'll be back here, don't worry" for a Game 7.
Darned if he turned out to be correct!
The Clippers indeed have forced a Game 7 - the only Game 7 among the opening-round playoff series in the NBA - slated for Sunday following Friday's hang-on-for-dear-life 98-93…
HOW TO EVALUATE INJURY IMPACT THROUGHOUT THE NBA PLAYOFFS
We've already seen some very prominent injuries in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Rajon Rondo's thumb fracture turned the Chicago/Boston series around. Blake Griffin's foot injury has had a huge impact on the LA Clippers/Utah series. But, Kevin Durant missed a couple of games for the Warriors, and they barely lost a step.
How do you evaluate injuries in the NBA playoffs? You NEED to have a plan of attack because the physical nature of the game virtually guarantees that more starters will miss time from NEW injuries over the next several weeks.
The worst thing you can do is…
Churchill Meet Tips
CHURCHILL MEET OPENING TIPS THROUGH DERBY DAY & BEYOND
The 2017 Churchill Downs Spring/Summer Meet begins on Saturday, April 29. What follows after opening Night is one of the best weeks of racing of the year, Tuesday through Saturday of Kentucky Derby week at Churchill Downs. After that, the meet continues through the beginning of July as one of the best early summer race meets in the country. Read onward for some inside tips on how to make money opening week at Churchill and build bankroll for horseracing's biggest day, and beyond.
The centerpiece of the Churchill Spring/Summer Meet, of course, will…
NBA Note - Atlanta Hawks Millsap, Paul
Four-time All-Star F Paul Millsap said Saturday that he "probably will opt out" of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, one day after the Atlanta Hawks were bounced from the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Millsap has a $21.4 million option for next season, but likely will make more in a new long-term deal should he become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. "I think we all know the answer to do that," Millsap told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution when asked directly about his intention. "... Eventually I probably will opt out, yes. But I want to be here. I think talks have been pretty good, so we'll see what happens." Hawks principal owner Tony Ressler told the newspaper last week that team will make "every effort imaginable" to keep the 32-year-old Millsap, who averaged a team-leading 18.1 points and 34.0 minutes to go along with 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.30 steals and 0.9 blocks. Mike Budenholzer, the coach and head of basketball operations, echoed that sentiment. "You always want to hope for the best," Budenholzer said. "Without a doubt what is best for us is to keep Paul. We've got to do everything we can to make that happen. I think that is our intention. Free agency is not an easy thing for the player or for the organization. There are a lot of things that go into it. We are incredibly optimistic and incredibly committed to Paul."
Phillies RHP Pivetta makes major-league debut vs. Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- A childhood dream will become a reality Sunday for Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta.