Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL UPDATE –
WHO’S LOOKING TO MOVE UP
(OR ELSE TRADE DOWN) IN THURSDAY’S DRAFT …
NBA NEWS / NOTES:
WE CHECK IN ON TONIGHT’S SPURS-NUGGETS TILT
Okay, so we’ll admit:
When it comes to the NFL Draft – and this goes for each and every year – we pray for absolute chaos.
Lots of first-round trades, lots of names both rising and falling on the big draft board and such.
The thing is this year – come Thursday night – we believe there’s a real good chance that chaos might well reign supreme. Nope, we agree with the general premise that Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray of Oklahoma will wind up being the first pick in this man’s draft and go to the Arizona Cardinals but there figures to be a dizzying array of deals in Round I and beyond and a reminder that we’ll present our 2019 NFL Mock Draft on Thursday morning … yes, chock full of surprises.
And remember that most online wagering web sites allow for NFL Draft action: Whether it’s the over/under on how many quarterbacks get drafted in Round 1 or how many players from the SEC or the Big 10 get selected in the first round. You know, things of that nature so study up! Once again, we’ll offer up our opinions in the Thursday Jim Sez column, so make sure to check it out.
And how hear this …
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The Oakland Raiders have three picks lined up for the first round in this week’s NFL Draft – at #4, #24 and #27;
The New York Giants (#6 and #17) and the Green Bay Packers (#12 and #30) each currently own two draft picks apiece in Round One of this draft.
And guess what? We see all three of these teams getting uber-active in the draft and one “rumor” we’ve been hearing has the Raiders dealing the #24 and #27 picks to Green Bay for that #12 overall pick and a third-round pick … keep your eyes on that. Plus, the aforementioned Giants are interested in getting a couple of top 10 picks and so it’s possible second-year GM Dave Gettleman will swap that 17th selection plus a future high draft pick to get another primo pick to go with #6 – could Buffalo at #9 be an “active partner” and thus allow the G-men a shot to land a high-profile edge rusher to go with a monster O-lineman?
Plus, there remains a distinct possibility that the quarterback you might want – Missouri’s Drew Lock, Duke’s Daniel Jones – could still be sitting there when we get to the 19th or 20th pick and we’re hearing that there could be a couple of “early risers” with Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown and/or Arizona State WR K’Keal Harry both scooting their way up the draft boards … how does Brown to Oakland (via Green Bay) at #12 sound as a sidekick to free-agent signee Antonio Brown and perhaps the speedy Harry could be a fit at #16 with Carolina?
When the dust settles, we believe there could be six or seven trades involving first-round picks with the New York Jets at #3 overall said to be very willing / able to deal away that choice to snag a few draft picks including at least one second-rounder? Could NYJ deal #3 to Pittsburgh at #20 plus land a 2019 or 2020 second-rounder too? The Jets could come away with picks #20 and #52 this year (and maybe even one of the Steelers’ three sixth-round picks too) in exchange for that third overall choice in which Pittsburgh where edge rusher Josh Allen (Kentucky) could be available.
THE NBA PLAYOFFS
There’s three games on this Tuesday night menu that could be closeouts – Toronto and Philadelphia are both up three games-to-one in their respective series against Orlando and Brooklyn (and sorry for that bad non-foul call at the end of Game #4, Nets!) while Portland’s looking to put the hammer down on Oklahoma City while also sporting a three games-to-one advantage.
So, let’s take a few moments to concentrate on the one-and-only series that’s tied after its four games:
Tonight, it’s …
SAN ANTONIO at DENVER – approximately 9:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV / Series tied 2-2
Now that the Nuggets – a near 3-to-1 betting favorite to win this series in the first place – have nabbed a long-lost win in San Antonio, it’s time to see if Denver can finally inch ahead in this best-of-seven set (see chart below). No doubt that Will Barton gave Denver a major lift while coming off the bench while new starter Torrey Craig proved to be a defensive force against Spurs’ star guard DeMar DeRozan (ejected!) but the adjustments continue here and one item to watch will be whether or not San Ant boss Gregg Popovich allows G Derrick White to fire up more jumpers – the cat was MIA in Game 4 following a 36-point showing in Game 3.
Here’s the game-by-game results this first-round playoff series between the Bucks and the Pistons (home teams in CAPS below):
DATE WINNER SPREAD LOSER RESULT
4-13 San Antonio + 6 DENVER 101-96
4-16 DENVER - 7 San Antonio 114-105
4-18 SAN ANTONIO - 4.5 Denver 118-108
4-20 Denver + 3.5 SAN ANTONIO 117-103
NOTE: Finally, it’s here – our NFL Mock Draft comes your way Thursday morning.