By Marc Lawrence — With major league sports still on hold and looking to get back in play, the odds at BetOnline.com are -140 against the NBA and NHL playing a game by August 1. But the consensus opinion of 10 Las Vegas oddsmakers is that the NBA will be the first major American sports league to return to action, with the NHL and MLB close behind. When they do, however, it will most likely be without fans in attendance. To which avid Coffee Club regular Stormin’ Norman says, “Why not also put 45,000 mannequins dressed as fans in the seats? There could also be fake beer and hot dog vendors. Have piped in cheering, booing, and groaning, and laughter. Or better yet, do something really radical, yet sane, like having baseball wait until there is full testing and a vaccine to be sure all of humanity is safe.”
Speaking of getting back in play, here’s how the playoffs would look if the NBA decides to move into the postseason with the current seeds: Western Conference: (1) Lakers vs. (8) Grizzlies … (2) Clippers vs. (7) Mavericks … (3) Nuggets vs. (6) Rockets … (4) Jazz vs. (5) Thunder … Eastern Conference: (1) Bucks vs. (8) Magic … (2) Raptors vs. (7) Nets … (3) Celtics vs. (6) 76ers … (4) Heat vs. (5) Pacers. Let’s see when and if it happens.
Grinding Out The Profits
Sample from the all-new 2020 PLAYBOOK NFL Draft Complete Recap: Dallas was one of the biggest winners of the first round, and it’s all because a few teams ahead of them made mistakes and handed them CeeDee Lamb at the 17th overall pick. He’s a refined route-runner, has great ball skills and is lethal after the catch. Lamb is coming off a season in which he broke 26 tackles on 62 catches and averaged an incredible 11.0 yards after the catch per reception. The Cowboys’ steals didn’t stop with just Lamb – they continued to thrive on Day 2 with their 51st and 82nd overall picks. “The Cowboys are ripping the doorknob off this draft. Every pick they’ve made was much higher on the PFF (Pro Football Focus) Draft Board.” Cowboys Steal Of The Draft: Tyler Biadasz … Draft Grades: Playbook A … ESPN B+ … PFF A+ … Composite: A.