NBA Playoffs: Division by Division Breakdown

NBA Playoffs price per head predictionsThe excitement is growing as we near the NBA playoffs and we now know most of the teams going to the playoffs.

In the Atlantic division the Toronto Raptors have clinched a playoff berth, but have yet to clinch the division. They still need a few more wins, and with only 10 games left to play, this team needs most of them.

The Boston Celtics are 11 games behind Toronto, and have 11 games left, so if the Raptors completely flop then Boston could tie. Highly unlikely of course, but must keep this in mind.

In the Central Division both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls have a playoff berth. The Bulls have only 9 games left to play and trail the Cavs by 3 wins. The Cavaliers also have 9 games left.

Friday the Cavs are at the Brooklyn Nets, and this should be an easy win for the Cavs as they already beat the Nets the first 3 earlier in the season. With no injuries and a day of rest they look to add another to their 47 wins.

English Premier League: Man City 3-0 over West Ham

Man City 3-0 over West HamSay good-bye to a 6 point lead Chelsea. Saturday’s English Premier League game between West Bromwich and Manchester City gave City 3 more points, shortening the gap to first place.

The easy win came as West Brom had the wrong punter dismissed for a foul, leaving them with 10 players and giving the extra chance for Man City to take the lead.

The error by referee Neil Swarbick will likely be the talk of the West Brom side for a while as it was Defender Craig Dawson who fouled Wilfried Bony, not Gareth McAuley, and live betting services were temporarily suspended to adjust for the error.

West Bromwich coach Tony Pulis talked to Swarbick at the half, but it was unclear what was said.

A commentator from the BBC instantly had words for the mixup.

“I’m sorry but that is just a horrendous decision. One player has got Dawson on his back, and the other has McAuley” said Danny Mills.

2022 World Cup Date announced for December 18th

FIFA announced the 2022 World CupIt’s official. FIFA announced Thursday that the 2022 World Cup will be in Qatar December 18th, 2022, a switch from the usual June to July tournament dates. The tournament will last for 28 days, and the change of dates was made to avoid the scorching temperatures of summer in the Middle Eastern country, which can easily reach 47 degrees centigrade or 116 degrees Fahrenheit.

A start date has not been confirmed, but a 28 day schedule would have the tournament starting the weekend of November 19-20.

Many had cried foul when the country got the 2022 World Cup nod after allegations were made about bribes to the selection committee. 2 members of the Executive Committee were singled out by a whistleblower and suspended.

Qatar has denied any part in wrong doing in achieving the World Cup, and has received the blessing from FIFA to keep the achievement for 2022.