Cokin’s Corner, Monday 5/13/19
The opening round of the NBA playoffs was pretty much a dud. That wasn’t especially surprising as there were some clear mismatches in the first set of postseason hookups. But the second round was pretty spectacular and that means loads of anticipation as we head to the NBA’s version of the Final Four.
The Golden State Warriors are big chalk to eliminate Portland, and it’s really tough to see the Blazers being good enough to beat the Golden State dynasty four times. There’s no such thing as a moral victory when it comes to playoff action. But mist observers would likely agree that if Portland is even able to extend the Warriors and make this an exciting series, they’ll have plenty to feel good about.
The Eastern Conference final matchup is more compelling. The Bucks are not at all cheap as the chalk against the Raptors. I can’t argue against Milwaukee being the definite favorite but I also can’t say I’d be even remotely shocked if this is a lengthy series that provides loads of excitement. I’m also thinking that the role of underdog might just suit the Raptors well. The pressure in this series is now on the Bucks and a matchup of this magnitude can be tough on franchises unaccustomed to being good sized favorites.
This is the time of the year where I actually begin watching NBA games from start to finish. I don’t care about the regular season, which I find to be a glorified exhibition slate. Ditto for the opening round of the playoffs. But now it’s getting really good and it’s time for me to get tuned in!
My only Sunday play was the one I posted here as the daily comp, and that worked out nicely as the Nationals and Dodgers F5 Under won. The baseball is very good right now, so not a bad time to get a subscription and join me for what could be a very healthy summer on the diamond. Use the menu to the right of the page or email me at email@example.com for all the pertinent info.
Monday’s free play is on the ice. This has not yet gone out as a play, so call it a lean for now. But there’s a good chance I’ll get involved for at least a half unit during the day.
BLUES at SHARKS, GAME TWO
Take: BLUES +120