By Marc Lawrence — Entering the week of seeding games in the NBA restart, some have only a few more opportunities to improve their place in the standings. There are still four teams pushing for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs, and it’s now guaranteed that there will be a play-in series. There won’t be a play-in series in the East, but seeding and matchups are still up for grabs. With it ESPN has highlighted the eight most important games that will decide the playoff picture this week inside the bubble in Orlando. One such game is tonight’s Mavericks and Trail Blazers battle. The Mavs are all but locked into the West’s seventh seed, so the outcome of this game won’t matter as much to them. However, Dallas does want to build momentum off of Saturday’s win over the league’s top team, Milwaukee. To see each of the critical games on tap this week click here.
President Donald Trump joined the #WeWantToPlay movement yesterday by voicing his support for college football players, coaches and fans around the country who are trying to persuade university presidents and conference commissioners to salvage the upcoming season. Yesterday Trump tweeted: “The student-athletes have been working too hard for their season to be cancelled. #WeWantToPlay.” In another tweet, Trump said: “Play College Football!” Earlier Monday U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, wrote a letter to Big Ten Conference presidents and chancellors urging them not to cancel the season. “Life is about tradeoffs,” Sasse declared. “There are no guarantees that college football will be completely safe. But the structure and discipline of football programs is very likely safer than what the lived experience of 18-to-22-year-olds will be if there isn’t a season. Canceling the fall season would mean closing down socially-distanced, structured programs for these athletes. Young men will be pushed away from universities that are uniquely positioned to provide them with testing and health care.” That leaves the burning question: What about the lives of the coaches, personnel, fans and students?
Grinding Out The Profits
From the PLAYBOOK ADVANTAGE for August – Free to all Coffee Club members: The Washington Redskins were egged in division play last season, once of three NFL teams to suffer such a plight (along with the Chargers and Lions). It’s worth noting NFL teams that went 0-6 in division games the previous season are a trustworthy 100-69-3 ATS in division games the following year since 1999.