Bet on If Drake Will Have a Physical Altercation at the NBA Finals and Much More

Let’s face it. Whether we like it or not, Drake has become an integral part of the NBA Finals. Sitting courtside at every home game and being a paid ambassador for the Raptors has put him at the forefront of the international sports media. Not to mention that he curses all the teams he cheers for. We will see a lot of him in the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors so thankfully, the good folks over at Bovada has let us bet on his antics. Here are the 7 Drake related prop bets for the NBA Finals:

Will Drake be removed from any NBA Finals game by security? 

Yes + 1000
No -5000

I cannot see this happening, but I can definitely see him getting confined to just his chair like his time on DeGrassi. They only way I can see him getting thrown out is if there are repeated warnings and/or a physical altercation… which may happen.

Will Drake have an on-court physical altercation with a Warriors player?

Yes +2000
No -10000

After telling Draymond Green he was trash to his face, I am 99% certain that this is going to happen. Maybe it won’t be Draymond, but a guy who has made millions off diss tracks definitely has some clever lines up his sleeve. Just takes one diss.

Will Drake have his Durant or Curry tattoos removed ahead of the series?

Yes +1400
No -10000

When did he get those?

Will Drake respond to Smash Mouth on Twitter? 

Yes +200
No -300

Hard to believe that the Shrek band with 2 good songs manages to stay relevant by chirping athletes and people more famous than them, but I once also believe that love was only true in fairytales.

Will Drake wear Golden State Warriors clothes during the NBA Finals?

Yes +225
No -350

Take no on this one. The Drake curse is done in basketball. While it is very much still alive in every other sport, Paul Pierce has proven to be the one antidote.

Will Drake massage Nick Nurse during any game of the NBA Finals?

Yes +200
No -300

If he wants to keep his job as ambassador, then no.

Will the NBA publicly warn or ban Drake regarding his on-court behavior in the NBA Finals?

Yes +650
No -1400

Adam Silver has been a phenomenal commissioner for the NBA, I would hate to see his career ended by Drake. If he does warn him, it’ll be in private.

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Patrick Beverly Does a Perfect Troll Job of Kevin Durant… Gets Them Both Ejected

Patrick Beverly has been tasked with the incredibly difficult chore of having to guard Kevin Durant for the Clippers/Warriors series. Being almost a full nine inches shorter than the Warriors’ second best player, Beverly knows that he will be bested in any physical matchup. So, like every good defender, he knows that if he can’t win physically, he has to win mentally.

Beverly knows that the easily triggered Kevin Durant has plenty of real estate for sale in his head. As the game goes on, he makes bigger and bigger purchases. All the great players in the NBA flop. Some more than others, but they all do it. So, Bev went for the kill shot. The troll job that KD’s burner definitely would have responded to. An exact recreation of Durant’s exaggerations.

You may have been able to guess where the was going to end up. KD’s temper was boiling up and Beverly was obviously frustrated by having to guard Kevin Durant all game. It looks like the baited each other into a shoving match. Both having technical fouls from earlier in the game and being assessed a second meant a double ejection.

Can’t wait for the rest of the series.

Who Really Thought the Celtics Were in Trouble? Couldn’t Be Me

After going 3-7 in their last 10 games, the Celtics looked like their season was over. Everyone thought they were done, expect for me. I totally didn’t have three articles in my drafts with words like “Celtics” and “over” and “done” and “kill me” in the headline. I never once, for even a second, had doubts about our future, especially after last night.

The Celtics WORKED the “best team ever” Warriors 128-95. No, Klay Thompson did not play, but I have a hard time believing he would have had a 33 point impact on the game. Tatum was pinning KD on the backboard, Scary Terry wanted all the smoke from Boogie, Hayward played like he only does against the Timberwolves and most importantly, the Celtics won an important game with Kyrie in the lineup.

After the All-Star Break, Boston was doing significantly better without Kyrie in the lineup. It looked like he had already exercised his player option with 20 games remaining in the season. Players claimed there were “too many egos” and that the locker room was “toxic”, but all that has seemed too change. Before last night, I would have assumed that Kyrie was 30/70 staying to going. Now, it’s at 60/40. There is hope.

The biggest story though is definitely Gordon Hayward. He dropped 30 off the bench which is a beatdown he normally reserves just for the T-wolves. The Celtic’s biggest strength (and Warriors biggest weakness) is their bench and Hayward is the reason why. Versus the Golden State bench, the final score was 32-30. Hayward was only outscored by 2 points.

It is time for everyone to stop worrying about the Celtics… unless we hit another losing streak.

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Steve Kerr Fined $25,000

Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr has been fined $25,000 following the Golden State’s 129-107 loss to Portland. He is being disciplined for “verbally abusing and confronting” a referee after Draymond Green was called for yet another flagrant foul. Kerr was assessed two technical fouls and ejected for yelling and Gronk-spiking his clipboard.

When interviewed about the incident Kerr said, “We’ll obviously get an explanation from the league, but I just thought it was a good, hard foul. I guess I was wrong.”

Draymond Green has his own take on the situation. He thinks there is something called the “Draymond Rule” where he and only he is treated unfairly. Give me a break. Sure the dirtiest player in the NBA, behind Zaza Pa-cheapshot (creds: Skip Bayless), is being called for too many fouls.

Steve Kerr is normally a very even-tempered coach. He never has a reason to be upset since he is always winning. I am going to give him a pass on this one. He is allowed one freak out when his team is losing and on the verge of being dismantled this offseason. Probably just in survival mode.

MLK Day Basketball is Here

While many (myself included) will describe NBA Christmas as the best day for regular season basketball, MLK Day comes in at a close second. Multiple playoff teams play each other, and some always have a bigger picture at stake. For instance, a certain team playing early today should hope to lose to improve draft positioning, whereas the game right after will feature two teams vying for the 8 seed in the playoffs. There is so much to get into, and so little time, so we should probably go in order of TV air times right?

12:30pm = Thunder-Knicks

As stated earlier, the first game, while shaping to be a blowout, does have a lot of implications for the future. Paul George can slightly let off the pedal of his dual MVP/DPotY race since there is not a single talented players stepping on the court wearing a Knicks jersey. Russ can easily get his triple-double average he desperately craves. Most importantly, Enes Kanter will again enjoy the satisfaction of riding the bench and eating to put on size to rival future teammate Zion Williamson. However, much like football, this is a trap game. If the Thunder let off the pedal too much, the Knicks do have the firepower to score themselves back into the game. For the Knicks, while they may WISH they want to win, they should remember that they don’t WANT to win. It would be better for both teams if the Thunder won, which I predict they will do.

5:30pm = Pelicans-Grizzlies

As stated earlier, this is a fight for the 8th seed in the playoffs. While I fully expect Anthony Davis to dominate the aging Marc Gasol, I do not think Jrue will be able to best Mike Conley. With that push between the two stars, this means that the fight will occur with the rest of both team’s lineups. Both teams are defensive juggernauts, but which sideshow duo (Moore-Randle vs. Anderson-Jackson, Jr.) will be able to overpower the other to help secure the win?

Who knows, but it should be interesting to see. Both team’s fates are intertwined to the outcome of this game since the trade deadline is fast approaching. Maybe a loss convinces one team it is time to cut ties with an All-Star? Gimme the Pels though over the Griz in this one (sorry @soft7juice).

8:00pm = Rockets-76ers

This is the PPV (not to be confused with POV) of the night for sure. You cannot miss the culmination of Harden’s INSANE stretch be dethroned by the 76ers. While I do not believe the Rockets with Capela and Paul can topple an Embiid-Butler-Simmons 76ers, I do believe that Harden will shot/score enough to keep them in the picture. I can’t wait to watch all the iso ball that will go on in this game, and I will for sure LOVE the fact that Butler will be guarding Harden for the majority of this game. I might even make popcorn. I got the 76ers in this one.

10:30pm = Warriors-Lakers

For what looked like a marque matchup at the beginning of the season, a LeBron-less Lakers don’t fan my flames as much as it may for some. I will go ahead and get this out of the way now:

– the Warriors are gonna kill the Lakers

– Kuzma will be the best player to don the purple and gold tonight

– Ingram will suck

I can’t wait til LeBron is back because watching the Lakers without him is like watching a train go off the rails. Never forget Laker fans didn’t even want him, and they are now begging for him to return.

Pathetic.

The Warriors Will Not Make the Western Conference Finals

Yes sports fans, this take is hotter than the dish Curry was named after (probably). Any and all Warrior fans casually waved off the loss to the LeBron-less Lakers, chalking it up to a myriad of issues. Yes delusional “lifelong” fans, it is really easy to blame it on anything from the rotation of the Earth to the imbalance in the air from a clock being off. However, this loss, and the Warriors season/record in general, should be having all silent alarm bells go off.

I mean, I called this collapse in my preview of the Warriors before the season started.

To recap for all that didn’t get to witness my genius at work (okay, too far, I’ll dial it back a tad), I said that the Warriors would not be the best team in the West for a few reasons. Chief among them being locker room issues and a weak bench. Sure enough, those issues reared their ugly heads. Uncertainty about the future has sure plagued Klay and Dray this season, since they are both having their worst years. This of course also isn’t accounting for the fact that Shawn Livingston and Andre Iguodala are finally showing their respective ages and have dropped off considerably. This also isn’t mentioning how they now do not have a single player on their roster that is a true and instinctive center. Sure, Dray and Jordan Bell can play center, but they do not have the size to go up against a true center like Rudy Gobert or Clint Capela, and they cannot deal with the new era of stretch bigs like Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic. The only players that aren’t having a rough year are Curry and Durant, but one of those two will be leaving (as he always does) and going to a “better” team.

The Warriors, as they are constructed right now, are entirely dependent on Cousins coming back and proving that he is still an All-Star center. I do not recall a Warriors team being this desperate for a player. Even when they rotate injuries, they never truly needed a player. Sure they are a better team when Steph is on the court, but they still won games with Durant at the helm. Now? They lost to the LeBron-less Lakers and the Trailblazers in back-to-back games.

The Warriors also do not have the best offense and defense in the NBA. Hell, the West has multiple teams with better compositions in both categories. I would honestly say that the Nuggets are the team to beat in the West come playoff time, and they haven’t even played in one. Paul Millsap at 200 years old has the most playoff experience, and he used to be on the Hawks. Yeah, I’d rather take that team over the Warriors in the playoffs. Just like I trust the Thunder’s injuries to fix themselves come playoff time, and have that amazing defense work wonders on them. Of course, these all sidetracks from the main point:

Your time in the sun is over Warriors. Prepare to pack your bandwagons, “true fans”.

Buck’s Wild Wednesday (11/28/18) – Let’s Predict Where the Ultimate Snake (aka – KD) Migrates This Offseason

So I have been working on this one ever since the first rumors broke out about KD being unhappy in good ol’ San Fran.  Of course, the argument between Dray and KD only helped fuel this article.  With all the reports since?  Well, let’s just say it all but solidified my opinion that he shall be leaving this offseason.

Multiple teams will have cap space, but that is not what KD wants.  KD wants a contender.  He wants to win a ring on his own AND be “the dude” on that team.  Tough bill to front, I know, but the surprising thing is…he can find those teams.  He will be the 2nd biggest (behind Anthony Davis, sorry Pels’ fans) to hit the free agency.  He took a paycut to chase rings, and he won’t do it again.  He wants the big paycheck that he passed on to betray Russ, and form the superteam that even the NBA Front Office despised being formed.

So, on that note, let see where his aspirations take him…

Washington Wizards
Odds – Soft 2

I have to put his hometown team down solely because of the fire sale incoming from their organization (expect a nice BWW next week breaking down my predictions on said trades).  The Wizards could quite easily eliminate $40-$55 mil off their books by dealing 2 players.  If they were able to pull off a full sale, they’d be ale to wipe about $75-$80 mil off their books.  That would leave enough (going off the smallest $40 mil estimate not including the waiving/declining of Dwight Howard’s option) to pursue KD and a nice roleplayer or two.  It is nice to know he could go back home to play in front of his hometown with a semi-decent team, but that isn’t what he wants.  He needs/wants a contender or a team a piece away from being a contender.  Pretty tough ask, and it is a bill that the Wizards cannot foot to say the least.  Best case scenario the Wiz are able to keep their best players on their roster right now and pick up KD.  Know what their starting lineup is sans bench? Satoransky, Beal, Oubre, KD, and Morris.  Not exactly a winning lineup, and that’s with them being able to move the other 6 players in the 10 man rotation they have now.

Brooklyn Nets
Odds – Hard 4, maybe even Soft 5

So the Nets are thankfully in the same city that KD said he wants to play in (FYI – KD about a month ago said he could see himself playing in New York because he loves the city).  Unfortunately, they are not the pinnacle of primetime basketball right now.  The Nets would definitely solve all of their problems at the 3 spot (and small ball 4) by signing him, but would KD want to be there?  The Nets have a ton of great young guards, and Jarrett Allen is going to be a good center in the league.

…but they got nothing else besides that.  They have 4 good guards, a good center, and that’s it.  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Demarre Carroll are serviceable, but not good.  Even then, I am considering my main man D-Lo (D’Angelo Russell) a good guard, even though Spencer Dinwiddie (the backup) is better.  Also, the Nets market is A LOT smaller than the Knicks market.  Even though the Nets will have more available money this offseason to pursue other rotation players, I don’t expect them to make too big of a splash.  Don’t expect it, but I still could see him going there over Washington.

Portland Trail Blazers
Odds – Hard 6

So the Trail Blazers, for the history of their organization, have struggled to try and pick up a 3rd All-Star.  As is the case with most small market teams, they can get two, but not over the hump and get three.  However, that may change this year.  The Trail Blazers could afford to sign KD, and they would be stacked if they did.  They are one of the best teams in the West right now, and have a top five guard duo in the league.  Their 3-5 is currently defensive/rebound focused, but their bench is strong.  Incredibly strong in fact.  So strong, that their hair would make Mitch jealous (shout-out Will Ferrell in “The Campaign”).

In all seriousness though, multiple things would have to happen.  In order for them to clear enough space to even get KD to listen to their low contract offer, they would have to trade 3-4 players AND not take on any additional salary.  This, coupled with the fact they would have to not draft anyone in this year’s class, would put them in a sticky situation to say the least.  I personally can’t think of many teams that want Evan Turner or Meyers Leonard.  But stay tuned, maybe they decide to make a splash this year and go to big-time contender status.

Phoenix Suns
Odds – Soft 7 in my heart, soft 2 in reality

So I decided to include Phoenix in this because of an interesting trend I have started to observe with the Denver Nuggets.  The Nuggets sold out defense for offense, and have been rewarded in kind by being the #1 offense in the NBA this year.  I’ll do a Nuggets article in the future (maybe even this week, stay tuned) on why this is the case, but look  at the Suns roster.  Despite having almost no point guards and horrible defensive bigs, they are winning games.  Why?  Well, shockingly it’s because of D Book running point (finally) and the rookie Mikal Bridges.  Kind of seems like another young UK guard and awesome 3 and D guard to me (a la the aforementioned Nuggets)

Now, the only reason I have included the Suns is solely for these two reasons:
1) They will have a crap-ton of money this FA, and can have even more if they trade players away.
2) Their star (Devin Booker) is a legit star.  He also said that he wants to make his own super team.
3) They are young, which means that they will only get better (hopefully)

Do I think the Suns will actually be smart this off season?  No.  Do I think they will have the same GM at that point?  No.  Do I think people even want to go there?  Who knows.  The Suns are a question mark to me with the only things I know for certain being threefold:
1) Their coach and D Book are awesome.
2) Their owner sucks.
3) They should have drafted Luka.

Let’s see what happens, but color me intrigued.

Dallas Mavericks
Odds – Soft 7 in actuality

So I actually really want this to happen.  Even though it means that I would have to forsake my love of the Mavs, they are poised to make a splash and compete sooner than people anticipated.  Luka, Kleber, and Smith are legit young stars.  Also, their bench is pretty good.  Let’s not forget that they could potentially have (if Harrison Barnes turns down his option) $40 mil heading into this off season.  More than enough to get their high draft pick AND secure a top tier free agent.  It doesn’t get KD out of the West, sure, but it’s a good place to win.  Big contract in a big market?  Everything is bigger in Texas, and what’s not to like about that?  I’m keeping this one short and sweet because, logically, it makes a lot of sense.  Too much sense to actually happen, but hey, who knows!  Weirder things have happened

New York Knicks
Odds – High enough that Wiz Khalifa would tap out of the rotation, let’s give it a hard 420

The Knicks might easily become the next super team of the NBA next season.  The 2019 free agent class will be one of the most talented ever in NBA history.  If the Knicks can shed one or two (best case three) more contracts, they could easily, and comfortably, sign three All-Stars with a rotation player or two.  That is bewildering to think about.  They could easily go from lottery to championship.  Why?  Well, lets dive in.

The Knicks have been the talk of the town for all hitting the market this year.  Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, and KD have all talked about making the Big Apple their new home.  This isn’t including other big stars like Kemba Walker, Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, and DeMarcus Cousins.  Hell those are just the household names.  There will be about 100 players expected to sign new deals, and over 30 will be players that have made an All-NBA list in the last 4 years.

…wow.

I’ve heard talk that a Kemba, Thompson, KD, Knox, and Prozing-God could be in the mix as a starting lineup next year for this team, and even if one of the three doesn’t sign, that lineup is still ridiculous.  Hell, you could put Delante West out there with two of those four All-Stars and you could make the conference finals.

While I don’t believe the Knicks will be a big player to sign three All-Stars this free agency, I do believe they will be able to snag two.  One of which should be KD.  If they don’t get KD, then they well and truly fumbled the bag.