NBA Trade Deadline Recap

  1. Bucks get PJ Tucker, Rodions Kurucs, and their 2022 first round pick. Rockets get D.J. Augustin, D.J. Wilson, 2021 first-round pick (pick swap, Top 9 protected) & 2023 first-round pick. Rockets just had to get something for PJ Tucker, but I don’t think this was enough. The Bucks get a decent 3 point shooter and a defender that can guard 3 different positions. Milwaukee won this trade.
  2. Nuggets get JaVale McGee. Cavs get Isaiah Hartenstein & 2 future 2nd-Round Picks. Nuggets get an expiring athletic center. Solid trade for both teams. Cavs get picks to play with and Nuggets get another piece to push for the title.
  3. Bulls get Nikola Vucevic and Aminu. Magic get Otto Porter Jr, Wendell Carter Jr, and 2 future first rounders. Orlando are blowing it up. Bulls get a great center in Vucevic. Bulls are currently the 10 seed and want to push for the playoffs. Otto is an expiring contract to make salaries match. Wendell Carter might be good, might not. This frees up a lot of space for Mo Bamba to get more minutes.
  4. Magic get Jeff Teague & 2 Second Round Picks. Celtics get Evan Fournier. Celtics get some much needed wing depth and another 3-point shooter. Magic get more picks and another expiring contract.
  5. Magic get Gary Harris, RJ Hampton & a 1st Round Pick. Nuggets get Aaron Gordon & Gary Clark. Nuggets starting lineup gets better at the cost of some young talent. Denver clearly believe they can win the title this season. Time will tell, but I like their moves. Got to go for a ring at some point. The Joker, Murray, and Aaron Gordon are a strong threesome. RJ Hampton might be a stud one day, but Gordon is better.
  6. Trailblazers get Norman Powell. Raptors get Gary Trent Jr & Rodney Hood. This trade is kind of a wash to me. I like Gary Trent Jr a lot so I’d say the Raptors win this trade, but I’m biased.
  7. Heat get Victor Oladipo. Rockets get Kelly Olynyk, Avery Bradley and a draft pick swap. Houston just had to get something for Oladipo. Maybe Victor will get healthy and help Miami in the playoffs.

There were other trades like JJ Reddick goin to the Mavs for James Johnson. Rajon Rondo going back to LA to play for the Clippers for Lou Williams. Lou gets to eat his lemon pepper wings in Atlanta again. He’s already broken quarantine for them once! Shoutout Jack Harklow. My Hornets got their man – BRAD WANAMAKER.

The Magic basically sold out for draft picks and so they can play their young talent more minutes. Their roster wasn’t working so I like what they did. Time will tell if it will make them better. Denver are clearly pushing for a title and can’t hate on that. Bulls get a lot better in their starting lineup to try and win a playoff series. It wasn’t the craziest deadline with Kyle Lowry and others not moving, but it still could change the NBA playoffs this year. Bulls and Nuggets are the big winners for this season. Magic are winners for the future if they can draft correctly, as well as RJ Hampton and others panning out.

March Madness 3/12

70-62-2 on NCAAB in 2018/19 up 8.95 units

46-38-1 last season 19/20 up 13.96 units

2-1 this season up 2.41 units

Michigan -9 for 3 units.

Michigan/Maryland over 132.5 for 3 units. Michigan should prove why they are a top-10 team today. Maryland does not have the talent Michigan has. Wiggins and Ayala looked solid for Maryland in a good win against MSU. Maryland just has too many droughts on offense for them to keep up with Michigan. I like the over because Michigan can score at will.

Alabama -8 for 6 units. Mississippi State’s win over Kentucky doesn’t impress me much, although at least Kentucky played unlike Dook. Bama can get just as hot as anybody in college basketball from 3. Makes them fun to bet on. They should win this game by double digits. Maybe bet Miss St 1H as a hedge, but I ain’t scared enough to do that.

North Texas +1 for 3 units. Javion Hamlett and the Mean Green are only a slight underdog against the 1 seed for a reason. North Texas can limit their turnovers and make 3s. A combo I like in March.

Florida St ML -140 for 3 units. FSU should get revenge on UNC today. I hope the Heels win. I think the Noles win.

Texas -1 for 3 units. Kansas doesn’t impress me. They do play great defense, but Texas is the more athletic team. Goin with former VCU coach Shaka Smart’s squad here.

Thursday Night Football – Jets Broncos Predictions

69-58-5 on the NFL season (2018/19) up 26.36 units

46-49 on the NFL 2019/20 season up 27.97 units

3-2 on the NFL this season up 15.88 units

Won my big Buccaneers play and both my parlays last week to go up big units. Let’s keep it rolling.

Jets pk at -110 for 4 units.

Jets -4 at +170 for 3 units. Broncos and Jets both suck, but NYJ is healthier. The Jets, Darnold, and Gase have to win this game. Gase and Darnold could lose their jobs if they lose badly. Jets put together enough big plays on offense to get the win. Frank Gore is still playing. Herndon and Crowder have to have big games for these bets to hit and I think they will against the hurt Denver defense. Brett Rypien don’t scare me.

Crowder over 51.5 receiving yards at -135 for 3 units.

Crowder over 4.5 receptions at -130 for 3 units. Crowder has had two weeks off. He got double digit targets in the only game he played this season. I think he gets about 6 for 70 if not better in this game. Darnold will look his way early and often.

Lonnie Walker IV is a Real One For This

This young man showed a lot of maturity in this IG Post below. It is amazing what some people can overcome. We are all blessed. Spurs have a gem.. yet again.

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The real truth as to why i started doing this early 5th grade, it was a cloaking device for me. During the summer of my 5th grade year I was around more family. Some that names will be left alone I was around more. I was sexually harassed, raped, abused, I even got accustomed to it because being at that age you don’t know what is what. I was a gullible curious kid that didn’t know what the real world was. I had a mindset that my hair was something that I can control. My hair was what I can make and create and be mine. And it gave my confidence. As of recently I wasn’t at my best. Previous History popping up in my head and it sucked mentally “demons”….. because of this virus, I began to truly look at myself in the mirror and see who I truly was even behind closed doors. Long story short I have found peace and internal happiness through this journey god willingly. I forgave everyone even the people that don’t deserve it why? Because it’s dead weight. Time doesn’t wait on anyone so why should I waste my time on it ? Me cutting my hair was more than a cut. My hair was a mask of me hiding the insecurity’s that I felt the world wasn’t ready for. But now better then ever. Out with old. In with the new. I have shed my skin mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Life will always be hard. Gotta play with the cards your dealt with and try and make a winning hand. And if you lose. It’s never a lost. It’s a lesson 🙏🏾. I’m gonna be off this for awhile still growing through this. Just know I love each and everyone one of y’all. Peace love and happiness 💕🙏🏾

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“””The real truth as to why i started doing this early 5th grade, it was a cloaking device for me. During the summer of my 5th grade year I was around more family. Some that names will be left alone I was around more. I was sexually harassed, raped, abused, I even got accustomed to it because being at that age you don’t know what is what. I was a gullible curious kid that didn’t know what the real world was. I had a mindset that my hair was something that I can control. My hair was what I can make and create and be mine. And it gave my confidence. As of recently I wasn’t at my best. Previous History popping up in my head and it sucked mentally “demons”….. because of this virus, I began to truly look at myself in the mirror and see who I truly was even behind closed doors. Long story short I have found peace and internal happiness through this journey god willingly. I forgave everyone even the people that don’t deserve it why? Because it’s dead weight. Time doesn’t wait on anyone so why should I waste my time on it ? Me cutting my hair was more than a cut. My hair was a mask of me hiding the insecurity’s that I felt the world wasn’t ready for. But now better then ever. Out with old. In with the new. I have shed my skin mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Life will always be hard. Gotta play with the cards your dealt with and try and make a winning hand. And if you lose. It’s never a lost. It’s a lesson 🙏🏾. I’m gonna be off this for awhile still growing through this. Just know I love each and everyone one of y’all. Peace love and happiness 💕🙏🏾”””

 

CS:GO DreamHack – Natus Vincere vs FaZe Prediction

3-2 on eSports in 2019 up 3.53 units

14-7 in 2020 up 11.30 units

Natus Vincere at -175 for 8 units. It’s simple, one team has s1mple. Nah but really, Navi beat FaZe 2-1 and that was with them picking Vertigo for the showcase. Vertigo won’t be played today. This is the lower bracket final, I feel confident in the number 1 team making the real final. FaZe had a weird win against NIP that was the least competitive 2-1 I have seen in a while. FaZe got dominated on one map and dominated the other. That inconsistency does not bode well for them. Overpass and Dust2 should be auto wins for Navi. Electronic and s1mple are playing at a level that few are. I envision some Perfecto clutches in this one. Niko is obviously filthy at CS, but I don’t think even he can carry FaZe to a win today against a motivated Natus Vincere team.

CS:GO DreamHack Masters – G2 vs BIG Prediction

3-2 on eSports in 2019 up 3.53 units

13-7 in 2020 up 9.38 units 

BiG +1.5 at -260 for 5 units. BIG will win Overpass, Nuke, or Vertigo. G2 can’t veto them all. I think this line should be around -380 honestly. SyrsoN hasn’t been messing around of late. BIG haven’t lost Nuke since a Nuke was used in WW2 it seems. France can’t beat the Germans in war, nor will they sweep the Germans today. Take the German team that has a little Turkish Delight in there. I enjoy watching these teams a lot. Looking forward to some solid CS.

Miss You Kobe

I haven’t wrote an article in about 8 days. I have been having a silly good year gambling wise, but was traveling for a couple days and then the Kobe news broke. Every time I would get on to write, I would watch Kobe videos/highlights/interviews instead. The ones of Shaq and Jerry West talking about Kobe on Inside the NBA last night was incredibly sad.

I will do a full Kobe write-up after the Super Bowl. I think it is the saddest death in sports history. Nothing really comes close to me. Kobe dominated being a great father like he did the NBA basketball court. I know he would have done phenomenal things post-basketball. I would have bet the house on it. He was already well on his way.

RIP Kobe, Gianna, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, and Ara Zobayan.