1. “Fire and Ice” finally get a win
Two weeks after shocking the basketball world by trading for Demarcus Cousins, the Pelicans finally notched their inaugural win with their new, giant frontcourt. (New Orleans actually won earlier in the week, but Cousins was sitting for yet another technical foul.) Sunday’s 105-97 win over the Lakers was the first with both Boogie and Anthony Davis in the lineup, and while the individual numbers were strong once again – Davis had 31 points and nine rebounds while Cousins had 26 points and 15 boards – it’s clear this team still doesn’t have enough talent outside of their bigs to consistently win.
The Pelicans were a popular pick to surge into the no. 8 seed in the West when they made the deal, but now they’re 3.5 games back of Denver with four teams in between. Nawlins is not a value pick for a postseason appearance.
2. DJ keeps winning
In his first tournament as world no. 1, Dustin Johnson reminded everyone why he has that status, winning the World Golf Championships in Mexico by shooting a four-round -14. Bettors will want to take advantage of DJ while he’s riding his hot streak, but like many golfers, he’s not looking to overdo it before the Masters. He’ll be taking some time off before the WGC Match Play and Houston Open at the end of the month.
3. John Ross is really fast
Setting an NFL Combine record with a blazing 4.22 40-yard-dash, the Washington receiver has raised his profile in the blink of an eye. Mike Williams is still the favorite to be the first WR selected in 2017, since Williams is built more like the typical outside man, but we’ve seen teams lose their heads over impressive combine results before. (It’s too bad Al Davis isn’t still alive, he’d trade his whole draft to get Ross.) So there’s certainly value in taking Ross to be the first receiver off the board.
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