NBA Playoffs Thursday Nite Sked Plus NFL Draft Goodies

 

HERE ARE THURSDAY’S NBA QUICK-HITTER

PLAYOFF PREVIEWS FROM INDY, MILWAUKEE

AND MEMPHIS – BUT WILL THE DOGS KEEP BARKING?…

MORE NFL DRAFT NEWS:

TODAY WE EXAMINE THE BEST OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

 

Now, who would have thunk it?

The fact of the matter is through the first handful of days/nights of these NBA Playoffs, there’s been more intrigue surrounding the Eastern Conference games than the superior Western Conference what with #1 seed Boston down two games-to-love against #8 seed Chicago and with this ongoing #6 Milwaukee versus #3 Toronto best-of-seven set really heatin’ up.

We’ll get to a Raptors-Bucks Game 3 Preview in just a moment along with the other two Thursday night post-season games but first an update:

NBA Playoff Betting Favorites exited Tuesday’s action at 4-9-0 ATS (against the spread) for a crummy .308 winning rate … don’t look now but heading into last night’s play the Eastern Conference Favs were a fateful 1-6 versus the vig with the lone chalk cover occurring in Washington’s 114-107 triumph over 5.5-point pup Atlanta in last Sunday’s Game 1 tilt. Hmmm.

Maybe some of the league’s heavyweight teams have taken the “lightweights” for granted or – perhaps – maybe there’s a little more parity in this year’s NBA than any of us realized as underdog sides generally have been the “way to go” so far.

 

Note that …

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers/Bloggers are geared up for a big run in these NBA Playoffs that continue to roll on this week/this month/this spring – so just go online right here at www.jimhurley.com or call our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 each/every day during these NBA Playoffs and we’ll send you straight into the winner’s circle.

Plus, there’s Major-League Baseball on tap every day too and make sure you’re aboard as we’ve hit some nice dog plays lately!

 

NBA PLAYOFFS

Here’s what is on tap for this Thursday night:

 

CLEVELAND at INDIANA – Cavaliers lead series 2-0; Game 3 at 7 p.m. on TNT

Here’s a pro-Indiana Pacers argument, if you will, for making this a longer-than-expected series:

Cleveland’s big three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love poured in a combined 89 points in Monday’s Game 2 win and that still was not enough to get the pointspread “W”!

Just wish Pacers’ G Paul George (32 points, 8 boards in Game 2) would stop complaining and trust his young teammates – Indy’s a 2-point home dog here but better believe the Cavs’ defense is leaky.

 

Note that all home teams are in CAPS below in our accompanying playoff series charts:

 

DATE      WINNER         SPREAD          LOSER             SCORE

4-15        CLEVELAND           - 9           Indiana           109-108

4-17        CLEVELAND           - 9           Indiana           117-111

 

 

TORONTO at MILWAUKEE – Series tied 1-1; Game 3 at 8 p.m. ET on NBA-TV

This one has the feel of a major tug-of-war series that could well go the distance … but should host Milwaukee be worrying that superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo (24 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists in Game 2) is piling up too many minutes as the “Greek Freak” was on the floor for 42 minutes on Tuesday night!

 

DATE      WINNER         SPREAD          LOSER             SCORE

4-15        Milwaukee    + 7.5               TORONTO     97-83

4-18        TORONTO     - 8                   Milwaukee    106-100

 

 

SAN ANTONIO at MEMPHIS – Spurs lead series 2-0; Game 3 at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Best part of this series thus far was the post-Game 2 rant by Grizzlies’ boss man David Fizdale but the man had a point ‘cause San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard (19-of-19 from the free-throw line in that bash) attempted one more foul shot than the whole Memphis team.

Advice to the home dog Grizz here:

Make sure fossil Vince Carter (a minus 21 points when on the floor in Game 2) doesn’t bury you with bad shots/bad defense, okay?

 

DATE      WINNER         SPREAD          LOSER             SCORE

4-15        SAN ANT        - 9.5                        Memphis       111-82

4-17        SAN ANT        - 10.5              Memphis       96-82

 

THE NFL DRAFT REPORT

Our extensive Jim Sez NFL Draft coverage rolls on with a look at the top incoming Offensive Linemen – it’s the best Offensive Tackles, Guards and Centers:

 

GARETT BOLLES, OT, Utah – Gotta believe he’s atop the heap of high-quality O-linemen available here even though former Utes’ star is still rough around the edges after just one full season of major-college ball. Physical force at 6-feet-6, 297 pounds with major hand strength. Let’s tentatively plug ‘em in at #14 to Philadelphia.

 

RYAN RAMCZYK, OT, Wisconsin – This 6-foot-6, 310-pounder is a major road-grader but there are some questions about his pass-blocking techniques and his overall intensity. Still, likely to be gobbled up somewhere between pick #13-to-pick #20 (maybe Indianapolis at #15).

 

FORREST LAMP, G, Western Kentucky – A four-year starter at left tackle in his college career, this 6-foot-4, 310-pounder is slated to play guard in the pros and should get snapped up at either #22 with Miami or just one slot later with the New York Giants.

 

CAM ROBINSON, OT, Alabama – Last year’s Outland Trophy winner might actually be underrated in this draft as most “experts” believe he’ll fall into the #20-to-#25 pick range. Won’t be surprised if someone snaps up this 6-foot-6, 325-pounder somewhere inside the top 20 (maybe Tampa Bay at pick #19?).

 

DAN FEENEY, G, Indiana – A four-year starter at the right guard position, this uber-agile 6-foot-4, 305-pounder likely is an early-to-mid second-round draftee but some NFL folks believe his presence in a fast-paced offense means he’s in tip-top shape and so he could go higher.

 

PAT ELFLEIN, C, Ohio State – Last year’s Rimington Award winner didn’t have a good game in the national semifinal playoff loss to Clemson and so his stock dropped to late second-round, top of third round.

 

 

NOTE: Catch our NBA Playoff Update plus more NFL Draft Notes in tomorrow’s edition of Jim Sez.

 

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