If you are looking for a brief summary of what you need to know today to make informed betting choices, you’ve come to the right place!
1. Peterson signs with the Saints
The long saga of where Adrian Peterson will end up is finally over, agreeing to a deal with the highest (and only) bidder, the New Orleans Saints. Peterson signed a two-year, $7 million deal, with half the money guaranteed. The contract was purposefully less than current starter Mark Ingram to avoid disrespecting all that he’s done for the Saints. But if Peterson isn’t going to pass Ingram in salary, he’s probably not going to pass him on the depth chart either.
At 32 years old and coming off a torn meniscus, there’s clearly not a ton of belief that Peterson can find his old gear, given how few teams were vying for his services. It appears he’ll be the change-of-pace back for Ingram, even though both operate at the same speed.
This move is fun for headlines — especially with New Orleans and Minnesota meeting in Week 1 — but it doesn’t change much for the Saints in terms of projections. They finished last season third in rush offense DVOA and second in points per game: offense has never been their problem. New Orleans will still be the longest odds to win the NFC South unless they can land an impressive haul on defense in this week’s draft.
2. Westbrook’s back against the wall
It’s a pivitol night of action in the NBA’s Western Conference. Someone will take control in two deadlocked series — Spurs vs Grizzlies and Clippers vs Jazz — while the year’s top story will try to stave off elimination on the road.
Russell Westbrook was already frustrated with the questions he’s been facing this series; now how pissed will he be after the Rockets stole a game on the road in which James Harden was hobbled by a bad ankle? Oklahoma City doesn’t have a lot of adjustments left to make to extend this series, other than tightening up an already short bench. If Billy Donovan doesn’t allow Norris Cole on the court, and pushes Westbrook and Oladipo’s minutes to the max, perhaps they can extend the series one more night, but the overall result is not in question. Take the Thunder to cover tonight (+7).
As for the other two games, obviously San Antonio should rebound at home, while the Jazz look capable of stealing another game on the road as L.A. continues to adjust to life without Blake Griffin.
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