No. 3 Toronto Raptors at No. 6 Milwaukee Bucks
The Cleveland Cavaliers await the winner of this series, and it will be the Raptors is they can win in Milwaukee as 1.5-point underdogs on SBR’s top-rated online betting sites. Toronto was in trouble down 2-1 in the series at one point and having trouble with the Bucks’ athleticism. So Coach Dwane Casey started seldom-used swingman Norman Powell in Game 4 and benched center Jonas Valanciunas. It has worked wonders. Powell has played 89 minutes in this series, and in that span, the Raptors have outscored the Bucks by 39 points. In the 151 minutes he has been on the bench, the Raptors have been outscored by 38 points. The Toronto bench has gotten a boost with Valanciunas as he has totaled 20 points and 12 rebounds in 43:44 the last two games combined, and the Raptors are plus-26 with him on the court. Now it’s up to the Bucks to adjust to Toronto’s adjustment.
No. 2 San Antonio Spurs at No. 7 Memphis Grizzlies
The Houston Rockets await the winner of this series, and it will be the Spurs if they can win in Memphis as 4-point favorites. However, the home team has won every game between these two dating to the regular season. The big difference in San Antonio’s 116-103 Game 5 win, other than another spectacular effort from Kawhi Leonard, was great point guard play from Tony Parker and backup Patty Mills. They combined for 36 points and Coach Gregg Popovich played them a bit together in the fourth quarter, which is unusual. Might we see more of that? The Grizzlies got another huge game from point guard Mike Conley in Game 5 and Marc Gasol was OK, but that duo is getting a little help. The Grizzlies played a terrific overall offensive game in shooting better than 50 percent and committing only nine turnovers, but: "We did not play defense at all,” Coach David Fizdale said.
NFL Draft Round 1 Quarterbacks
There isn’t considered to be a sure-thing franchise quarterback the draft Class of 2017, but as usual, it’s the QBs who are the big story of Round 1, which begins in Philadelphia at 7 p.m. ET. Two quarterbacks are considered first-round locks despite not having first-round grades: North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. When and where either of those guys goes is a total mystery. Late rumors have the Browns considering Trubisky at No. 1 overall. Guys like Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer also could be first-round picks. All four guys have warts in one respect or the other. The last time a QB wasn’t taken in the Top 10 was 2013. It could happen again.