By Marc Lawrence — According to NFL.com, August really only means one thing … It’s officially prediction season. With it, the league’s official site has released its projected stat leaders for the 2020 season. The key being: “projections” not “predictions”. For instance, to nobody’s surprise QB Patrick Mahomes projects on top of all quarterbacks in passing yards (4,790) and TDs (37). Rounding out the top five, Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady ends up on top in 16.5 percent of simulations (with more than 4,200 passing yards in 63 percent of simulations), and Dallas’ Dak Prescott takes the cake in 16 percent. New Orleans’ Drew Brees is fourth at 15.5 percent. As far as receptions, when it comes to Tampa Bay’s dynamic duo, Chris Godwin’s 91 projected catches are more than Mike Evans’ 82. Christian McCaffrey’s 116 receptions ranked second in the NFL last season; this season the Panthers running back ranks No. 6 with just 92 projected receptions. For a complete take on player projections for every position click here.
The NBA’s last play-in series for a playoff spot was in 1956 when the Syracuse Nationals beat the New York Knicks. The final spot in the Western Conference playoffs will come down to a weekend play-in, where the No. 9 seed will have to win two games against the No. 8 seed – Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on ABC and, if necessary, Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET on ABC – to make the postseason and set up a first-round meeting with the No. 1-seeded Los Angeles Lakers. Most importantly Portland, Memphis, Phoenix, and San Antonio are all still alive to the West play-in. Today’s results decide everything. According to ESPN here’s what needs to happen: PORTLAND gets the No. 8 seed with a win, or losses by the Grizzlies, Suns and Spurs. Gets the No. 9 seed with a combined two losses from the Suns, Spurs or Grizzlies … MEMPHIS gets the No. 8 seed with a win, combined with a Grizzlies loss and a Trail Blazers loss. Gets the No. 9 seed if the Grizzlies, Spurs, and Suns lose …. PHOENIX gets the No. 8 seed with a Grizzlies Suns and Spurs. Gets the No.9 seed with a win combined with a Grizzlies or a Trail Blazers loss … SAN ANTONIO gets the No. 8 seed with a win, combined with a Grizzlies loss, a Suns loss and a Trail Blazers loss. Gets the No.9 seed with a win, plus a combined two losses from the Suns, Trail Blazers of Grizzlies. That’s it in a nutshell. Now go crack a nut.