Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE NBA PLAYOFFS - CHECKIN' IN ON THE BUCKS, ROCKETS AS THEY LOOK FOR SERIES SWEEPS...
OUR NFL DRAFT REPORT: IT'S THE QB CLASS OF '19
NBA road teams registered a perfect 8-and-oh SU (straight-up) record this past Saturday / Sunday - okay, so they "only" went 7-1 ATS (against the spread) - and now we're getting closer and closer to a batch of teams bringing down the curtain on their first-round series.
In fact, by the time the clock strikes 1am in the East come early Wednesday morning, there conceivably could be six opening-round series in these NBA Playoffs that'll be over and done with providing tonight's Milwaukee vs. Detroit and Houston vs. Utah sets are clean sweeps (to go along with Boston's four-games-to-love series sweep against Indiana) plus Orlando vs. Toronto / Brooklyn vs. Philadelphia / Oklahoma City vs. Portland could be "finito" come those Game 5s.
Tonight, it's ...MILWAUKEE at DETROIT - 8 p.m. ET, TNT / Bucks lead series 3-0
Spell it with a capital "D" as in ... Domination. Hey, the Bucks have won by 35, 21 and 16 points (see chart below) and Milwaukee's super-duper Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging "only" 21.3 ppg but even with the Game 3 return of Motown's Blake Griffin these Pistons have shot sub-.400 in each of these three playoff tilts.
Here's the game-by-game results this first-round playoff series between the Bucks and the Pistons (home teams in CAPS below):
HOUSTON at UTAH - approximately 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT / Rockets lead series 3-0
Count us among the folks somewhat shocked that this series could be over before it ever really got started - the Rockets' overall firepower has been a killer even though it's taken a gazillion shots for lefty James Harden to average 27.7 points a game ... think maybe Utah's Donovan Mitchell can shoot it better than 33 percent here? Keep an eye on Houston PG Chris Paul who owns just 14 assists against 12 turnovers in this series - maybe we're due for a breakout assist game here.
Here's the game-by-game results this first-round playoff series between the Rockets and the Jazz (home teams in CAPS below):
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NFL DRAFT REPORT
The 2019 NFL Draft is set for April 25-thru-27 and today we highlight the top Quarterbacks:
KYLER MURRAY, QB, Oklahoma - Not sure we agree with the assessment that the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner is the seventh-best prospect in this man's draft (we'd have 'em anywhere from the high teens to the low 20s. okay?) but the projections say Mr. Murray will be the numero uno slinger selected here despite "generous" measurement of 5-feet-10, 207 pounds. Threw for 4,361 yards with 42 TDs and 7 INTs for last year's Boomer Sooners and insiders claim he has a "bigger arm" that Oklahoma predecessor Bake Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns. Appears set to go #1 with the Arizona Cardinals, but it's not yet written in cement.
DWAYNE HASKINS, QB, Ohio State - Its somewhat ironic that while the pro scouts "measured up" Murray who no way is 5-feet-10, hey likely "measured down" Haskins who is allegedly 6-foot-3, 232 pounds (we say he's taller by at least an inch and another 20 pounds heavier). Fact of the matter is the Buckeyes' slinger completed 70 percent of his passes and threw 50 TDs last year and he's intelligent plus has a good football IQ. When the dust settles, Haskins could be headed to Cincinnati providing the woeful Bengals trade up a few spots from #11.
DREW LOCK, QB, Missouri - All the "experts" say this 6-foot-4, 230-pounder will be a top 15 pick even though the draft boards we've seen claim he should be drafted somewhere between 20-to-26. Lock's 3,498 yards passing with 28 TDs and only 8 INTs was overlooked for much of last year as the Tigers didn't beat anyone of significance save for Florida but quarterback gurus say he misses too many open receivers and sometimes shows "happy feet" in the pocket. Something tells us the Washington Redskins at #15 could snatch 'em here but it won't shock us if he drops to low teens.
DANIEL JONES, QB, Duke - The teams that love this 6-foot-5, 222-pounder say he's "coachable" and extremely smart while learning the craft under super-QB guru David Cutcliffe but Jones does take far too many body blows in the pocket and he was hurt a lot in college. Last year Jones produced a 2,674-yard / 22-TD / 9-INT stat line and that included a five-TD show in the bowl game against Temple. Why do we think the New York Giants at #17 are gonna make him Eli Manning's heir apparent?
RYAN FINLEY, QB, N.C. State - At 6-foot-4 and a four-year starter for the Wolf Pack, he's got it all plus he can really lay it in there but he shows a "soft" side at times. A likely third-round pick who could be a nice security blanket for Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.
WILL GRIER, QB, West Virginia - Could be more of a "system QB" who makes too many errors in judgment and likely overrates his own talent. Let's have Grier going late in Round III to the Los Angeles Chargers.