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!
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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