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We are entering the final few days before the most wonderful time of the year. In less than a week the college conferences will start their conference tournaments in the lead-up to March Madness. The tournament is always a highlight of the sports calendar and this year should be no different. We have a full schedule of all the events in our March calendar so check that out.
This weekend saw the Lakers playoff chance take a major hit with losses to the Bucks and the Suns. The Milwaukee loss seemed to really take a lot of them as by the time they got to Phoenix they were defeated. They play the Clippers tonight and with two games left against them they need to win both to even have a chance of sneaking in as the Clips are ahead of them in the standings. It came out today that the Lakers are no longer pursuing Carmelo Anthony so maybe they are just calling it. We’ll see tonight.
The playoffs without LeBron James will suck, especially when you consider that the Lakers still have a better record than whoever takes the 8th seed in the East. Still, it’ll be nice to see a fresh match-up in the Finals and for the commentators on television to find something else to talk about.
NHL Betting Tips:
Toronto Maple Leafs at Calgary Flames: The Leafs have been one of my favorite offenses this season and I love the way they play. They play the Flames here who currently sit atop the Western Conference standings, and this one has the potential to be a wild one. Both of these offenses can do damage and I expect the Leafs to set the pace early and the Flames to follow them. I think this game could easily exceed seven goals.
NBA Betting Tips:
Dallas Mavericks at Brooklyn Nets: The Nets are in need of a win here after dropping three straight and lucky for them, they are at home and they are playing on of the worst road teams in the league tonight. The Mavericks are 6-24 on the road this season and have a 3-21 record (straight up) as a road underdog, they stink away from home. The Porzingis trade is definitely good for the future, but for this season it has been a disaster as the team has skidded down the standings. I expect the Nets to bounce back here and continue their road to the playoffs.
Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat: Another team that I have been impressed with of late is the Hawks. Trae Young has been absolutely going off and is the only non-Stephen Curry in this league who can hit the kind of deep threes that make you undefendable. The team got the win last night when he only played 18 minutes and he should be raring to go here. Miami is not a good home team with a terrible 6-15 against the spread as a home favorite this season. Give me Trae and the big points.