Warriors Favored To Win Third Straight NBA Title
Golden State Now 5/7 Favorite To Win Third Straight NBA Championship And 4th In Five Years And Is Already 2-1 To Do It Again Next Season
Churchill Downs Stewards Double-Down On Worst Kentucky Derby Decision Ever In Brazen Act Of Intellectual Dishonesty - Suspend Jockey For 15 Days
By Kelso Sturgeon
The NBA Western Conference championship round begins tonight when top-seeded Golden State (65-29) begins its quest for a third-straight title - and fourth in the past five years - as it hosts the upstart 3rd-seeded Portland Trail Blazers (61-33). Golden State is the 5-7 favorite to again win it all. Portland has not been in the NBA conference title round since 2000 and is 13-1, the longest priced team of the four remaining finalists.
Joining the big show Wednesday night in the Eastern Conference championship melee will be #1-seeded Milwaukee (68-23) hosting #2-seeded Toronto (66-28). The Bucks, who have the home-court advantage throughout the playoffs are 2-1 to win it all, while the Raptors are 8-1.
Golden State and Portland met twice during the regular season and split 2-2 with each winning a game on one another's home court. The Warriors are 7.5-point favorites, with a total of 220.5 tonight. Milwaukee had a 3-1 edge over Toronto during the regular season and is -6 and 217 in tomorrow night's showdown. If you wish to bet on each best-of-seven series outcomes, you need to shop for the best price. Golden State is -510 and up, while Portland is +260 and up. The price on Milwaukee is -270 and up, while Toronto checks in at +260 and up.
Kevin Durant, Golden State's 6-9 superstar forward, averaging 34 points and 11 boards per game in the playoffs, is out for his second straight game with a calf injury. He will be day-to-day during the series.
How Many Games Will They Go?
Las Vegas bookmakers have posted odds on how man games each team will need to win.
GOLDEN STATE vs. PORTLAND
4 Games Warriors Win 17-4
5 Games Warriors Win 3-1
6 Games Warriors Win 4-1
7 Games Warriors Win 4-1
4 Games Trail Blazers Win 50-1
5 Games Trail Blazers Win 25-1
6 Games Trail Blazers Win 8-1
7 Games Trail Blazers Win 12-1
MILWAUKEE vs. TORONTO
4 Games Bucks Win 8-1
5 Games Bucks Win 3-1
6 Games Bucks Win 5-1
7 Games Bucks Win 7/2
4 Games Raptors Win 25-1
5 Games Raptors Win 15-1
6 Games Raptors Win 5-1
7 Games Raptors Win 8-1
I will be releasing all games each day they are played - a charge of $20 - and they will be available on this website and toll free at my office…1-800-755-2255. All major credit cards and Pay Pal accepted.
Kentucky Derby Stewards Keep Digging A Deeper Hole For Themselves Over The Disqualification
Two days after Maximum Security was disqualified after winning the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, I declared where I stood on the controversial matter, acknowledging a foul did occur at the 5/16th pole but it was not the horse's or the jockey's fault and that the foul needed to be overlooked in the best interest of this historic race and the Triple Crown that follows.
Of course, we all know the stewards quite unwisely did not see it that way and disqualified wire-to-wire winner Maximum Security and placed him 17th. It is my opinion it was the most ridiculous call the stewards could have made and in the processed left us with a bastard Derby winner and a Triple Crown that means little.
Today the Churchill Downs stewards, in a complete lack of intellectual dishonesty doubled down and suspended Maximum Security's rider, Luis Saez, 15 days (racing days and not calendar days) for "failure to control his mount and make the proper to maintain a straight course thereby causing interference with several rivals that resulted in the disqualification of his mount." Bullshit.
This action is a challenge to one's intelligence. Maximum Security shied from some at the 5/16th pole, was immediately corrected and went on to win the race. Jockey Jon Court, riding the maiden Long Range Toddy, a 54-1 shot that was going to get nothing, claimed foul and his actions got his horse moved up from 17th place to 16th.
No question Court, an excellent rider, had the right to claim foul but the stewards had the same right to disallow it
The stewards took this action to reinforce the dreadful deed they had done. Piling on, for sure, as the matter heads for the courtroom. The were wrong on Derby Day and doubly wrong today.
Saez knew what was coming and did not appear at the hearing but instead sent his lawyer. The lawyer immediately appealed the decision, which means Saez can continue to ride, pending the future outcome. See you in the hallowed halls of injustice.