5 Things You Need to Know Today
1: MLB Spring Training Begins
Welcome to the beginning of a long MLB season. Pitchers and catchers arrived in Arizona/Florida yesterday, with camps officially getting underway today. The rest of the rosters are expected to arrive Friday. Camp is all about getting back into form and finding who fits where, but it’s also a chance to see the new and exciting talent on the team. Monitor who’s healthy and who’s not now so you don’t make a bad futures bet.
2: Sidney Crosby Goes for 1,000th Point, Again
When Crosby notched 998 points against Calgary, it seemed obvious he’d reach the 1,000 mark over the next few games. A week later, he still hasn’t reached the milestone, making it the first time in nearly a year Sid the Kid has been held pointless in two consecutive games. Tonight, he’ll try to bust out of his (mini) slump against the Canucks, and the hockey world will be watching. Bank on Crosby to register at least one.
3: Raptors Trade for Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka is now a Raptor. The Magic traded the power forward to Toronto in exchange for Terrence Ross and a first-round pick in this year’s draft. Ibaka is set to be a free agent this summer, and with the Raptors recent woes (a 4-10 record in their last 14), it was a win-win for both sides. The Raptors 2017 odds, which have been sliding lately, should steady.
4: Kevin Love to Undergo Knee Surgery
It was a hit the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t need. Now the team will need to find a way to fill the void left by Love, as he undergoes surgery on his left knee. He’s expected to miss six weeks, meaning if everything goes as planned, he could be back in the lineup as early as the last week of March. That would give him a few regular season games to get back into form before heading into the playoffs. Now may be the time to jump on the Cavs’ futures line, if the public overreacts.
5: Knicks Lift Ban on Oakley
It took a meeting with NBA commissioner Adam Silver to end the ugly and public dispute between Charles Oakley and James Dolan – kind of. The Knicks have lifted the ban on Oakley, but the former player says he still wants an apology. When asked but a radio station if he’d return to the Garden as a guest of Dolan’s, Oakley replied with “right now, no”. I guess we’ll see who breaks first. What impact does this have on betting the Knicks? None, really. But they still suck and you probably shouldn’t take them straight up very often.
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