1. Masters gets underway
News broke late yesterday that the participation of tournament favorite Dustin Johnson was in jeopardy after he fell down some stairs. Reports seem more optimistic this morning, helped by the fact that Johnson has the last tee-off time on Thursday. But it certainly makes the golfer who was 5/1 odds to win at the beginning of the week look vulnerable. Hopefully you sprinkled money on a few of the longer shots because this tournament looks wide open again. Much like when Danny Willett won last year at 50/1, anyone could surprise now that the world number one is on the mend. I like Mark Leishman at around 65/1 if you can still get it.
2. Cavs aren’t ready to give up East
In a crucial game between Cleveland and Boston for top spot in the Eastern Conference, only one team showed up. Yes, it was the one with LeBron.
Even without iron man Tristan Thompson in the lineup, the Cavaliers still stomped the Celtics on the road, 114-91. James led the way with a 36-10-6 night in 39 minutes, while Isiah Thomas couldn’t find a rhythm, going 9 of 19 from the field including 1 for 8 from three. This game just served as a reminder, no matter how bad Cleveland looks, they can hit another level which Boston, Washington and Toronto can’t. Given a choice between the Cavs and the field in the Eastern Conference, there’s still no compelling reason to side with the field.
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