Hayden’s March Madness Bracket Prediction

I’ll admit this year I haven’t watched as much NCAA Basketball as years past, last year I watched as much Lonzo as I could, this year was kinda an off year for UCLA who didn’t make the tournament and the league as a whole, which has been desperate for dominant team all season. That being said here are my predictions.

East: Purdue

Thanks to a 11 seed upset Purdue won’t face a single digit opponent until the elite 8 where they will be well rested and ready to beat a well coached but under talented Villanova. Purdue is a quick team that when they’re playing their game are easily good enough to make the final four, unfortunately they won’t be able to compete with Michigan State, and they will lose by at least 9 in that game.  

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West: Xavier

Xavier drew one of the easiest routes to the final four, even without a through and through superstar their team play should be enough to carry them through. The early game against Missouri and Gonzaga should go relatively smooth, I don’t see them winning by any less than 8 points. The game against Michigan will be their first real test and lucky for them Michigan will be coming off a crazy game will UNC that will have drained all energy reserves they had. The final four is the furthest I see Xavier going.

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South: Arizona

There is a reason Sean Miller allegedly wanted to pay Deandre Ayton one hundred thousand dollars; he’s a beast. And he is gonna have to be, Arizona has a path to the final four so hard that I just can’t see them finishing it off in the final. UVA, Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Xavier; now that’s just plain awful. Kentucky seems to be a mess but if the freshman gel they will really challenge Arizona and next up would be UVA which will take Arizona to the brink. Luckily I don’t think Cincinnati will be much of a challenge and Xavier won’t be much better. By the end of the gauntlet I don’t think Ayton will have enough left in the tank to beat Michigan State.  

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Midwest: Michigan State

With one of the most grueling routes to the final four, it won’t be easy for Michigan State. That being said playing in Detroit will give them the energy needed late in their early games, and with all the off court controversy surrounding Izzo and Michigan State University I believe this team is closer than almost any other in the tournament. The game against Duke will be their greatest challenge prior to the final four due to Duke’s superstars in a NCAA season that has very few, if they can survive Duke they will beat Kansas. They are strong on defense, can shoot the three well, have a veteran coach, and they are my pick to win it all

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Damian Lillard has a legitimate shot at MVP

As a Portland Trail Blazers fan, it has been a blast to watch the team lately. After last night’s win, they’ve won 10 straight games, 12 of their last 13, and 15 of their last 16 at home. Simply put, the Blazers are on fire. The big reason for that is Damian Lillard. He’s the heart and soul of the team, and really the team’s success lies on his shoulders. As of today, Lillard is averaging 26.9 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game, all to go along with a 44.6% shooting percentage, very high given the amount of shots that Lillard puts up a game. He’s had the highest scoring 10 game stretch in franchise history, passing Clyde Drexler, and has looked unstoppable in this latest Blazers run. It’s time for Lillard to be a legitimate MVP candidate.

As of right now, the Blazers sit in 3rd in the Western Conference, with a respectable record of 41-26. They’re still 10 games behind the Warriors, but if they finish in 3rd in the stacked Western Conference, that’s an achievement in itself. The only problem being that the West is so incredibly tight right now, only 4 games separate 3rd and 10th place (!) with San Antonio currently sitting in that 10th spot (!!!). So even if the Trail Blazers do finish 3rd, they’ve still got a tough test ahead of them in the first round. It wasn’t too long ago that the Blazers and Phoenix Suns had very comparable records, and now the Blazers are only behind the absolute powerhouses in their conference.

Of course, Lillard hasn’t done this alone. C.J. McCollum has also been very efficient in this recent run, Ed Davis has been a defensive anchor, and Zach Collins is really starting to turn a corner in his rookie season. Shabazz Napier has been terrific when Lillard is off the floor, and he’s been the one that’s made sure Portland isn’t being outscored when their bench is on the floor.

As of right now, there are 3-4 guys that are probably are ahead of Lillard in the MVP race. James Harden is obviously #1 right now, Anthony Davis has been on fire since DeMarcus Cousins went out with an injury. LeBron is LeBron, he’s probably in the conversation. Then there’s the fringe guys, Giannis, DeRozan, and that’s probably where Lillard sits right about now too. However, if the Blazers can keep up this streak, and finish 3rd in the West, there’s no reason why Dame shouldn’t win MVP.

How To Lose Money 3

By: Hayden Trupish

Alright folks, that was rough, we’re now down about 40$ for the year. This is my make money week tho, no more wasting money on million to one shots, no more betting on the jets, this week I give the Hayden stamp of approval (patent pending) I’ll make money, and if not we can all be sad together.

Bet the house

10$ Broncos -3 (EVEN)

As bad as the Broncos are, the colts are much worse

5$ Eagles -7.5 (-105)

Nick Foles is gonna take this well balanced team to the playoffs

10$ Packers +3 (-115)

Rogers smells the playoffs and he’s gonna get the Packers there

15$ Chiefs +1.5 (-110)

A recently embarrassed Marcus Peters isn’t good for Keenan Allen

30$ Cowboys -3 (-125)

The Raiders are just plain garbage

5$ Bears MONEYLINE (+200)

The Lions are due for their annual end of the year choke job to miss the playoffs

10$ Rams +3 (-120)

The Rams have a chance to seize the division and they will

Points scored

5$ CHI vs DET u44 (-110)

5$ LAC vS KC o46 (-110)

5$ GB vs CAR o47 (-110)

5$ BAL vs CLE u40 (-110)

5$ ARI vs WAS u43.5 (-115)

Parlay avec moi

5$ Broncos -3, Chiefs +1.5, Eagles -7.5, 49ers -2

5$ Falcons -6, Packers +3, Eagles -7.5, Chiefs +1.5

5$ Bears, Vikings, Cowboys, Eagles

Tease time

5$ Bears +13, Cowboys +4, Chiefs +8.5, Eagles -0.5, 49ers +5

5$ Seahawks +5.5, Texans +18.5, Cowboys +4, 49ers +5, Chiefs +9, Bears +13 (+450)

5$ Patriots +3.5, Vikings -4.5, Eagles -1, Chiefs +8, Cowboys +3.5, Packers +9.5 (+500)

5$ Chargers +5.5, Panthers +4, Browns +14, Giants +14.5 (+200)

Lottery tickets

1$ GB vs CAR o47, LAC vs KC o46, DEN vs IND o40.5, PHI vs NYG o40, CIN vs MIN u42, BAL vs CLE u40, HOU vs JAX u39, LAR vs SEA u48, NEW vs PIT o53, TEN vs SAN u44, DAL vs OAK o46, ATL vs TAM u48 (+224675)

1$ Broncos, Bears +6, Chiefs +1.5, Packers, Eagles, Vikings, Ravens, Rams, Patriots, 49ers, Cowboys, Falcons (+38611)

Blowout bets

1$ Cowboys win by 10-13  (no odds yet)

1$ Cowboys win  by 14-17 (no odds yet)

1$ Cowboys win by 18-22 (no odds yet)