There are two main themes on today's Weekend Preview Edition of SportsBIT: NBA Playoff Previews and NFL Draft first round recap. Here's an excerpt of what Teddy and Pauly discussed on today's show.
It's easy to look at the Clippers Game 5 fourth quarter meltdown and assume that their series with the Portland Trail Blazers is essentially over. Playing without Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, Doc Rivers squad hung tough for three quarters, but a 74-74 fourth quarter tie quickly turned into a 90-77 deficit for LA, a Blazers run that the Clips just couldn't overcome.
The NBA Odds are assuming that the Clippers are done, installing Portland as a double digit favorite on Friday Night in their potential closeout game at home. But before Teddy and Pauly wrote off the Clippers completely, they made sure to thoroughly examine how Portland plays in this big favorite's role - exactly the type of key pointspread info that mainstream media outlets leave out of their analysis.
The Blazers were -8 or higher on five different occasions over the final three week of the regular season. They were big chalk against the likes of Denver, Sacramento sitting starters, Philly, Minnesota and OKC on the second night of back-2-backs, sitting starters. Portland did not cover a single pointspread in any of those games. Are these Clippers the moral equivalent of the 76ers or the Kings sitting Cousins, Gay and Rondo? That's what this pointspread says they are. It's surely worth noting that Portland has covered only one pointspread of -10 or higher ALL SEASON, an 18 point win over the Lakers back on January 23rd. Wha't the NBA Pick here?
Teddy and Pauly also did their Deep Dive into the first round of the NFL Draft. And Jerry Jones - the Dallas Cowboys owner and their GM, a billionaire blowhard who routinely ignores the draft day recommendations of his scouts and staff - went for the sexy running back pick at the top of the first round, drafting Ezekiel Elliott out of Ohio State. That was an easy pick to rip, especially given the recent history of first round NFL running backs in recent years. The jury is still out on Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon; the two first rounders last year.
But prior to Gurley and Gordon, NFL first round running backs have been among the worst picks to make. Trent Richardson, David Wilson, Mark Ingram, CJ Spiller, Ryan Matthews, Jahvid Best, Knowshon Moreno, Donald Brown and Beanie Wells - 10 of the last 11 first round RB's before Gurley and Gordon - can only be considered busts. That's not the only pick that goes under the microscope for some serious SportsBIT criticism. Check out the full show right here, and find out if Pauly ever did gas mask bong hits like Laremy Tunsil....