The NBA draft is around the corner and the excitement grows the closer we get. The No. 1 pick in the draft in the minds of many is pretty much locked for DeAndre Ayton. There are other things to take into consideration pending the Suns trading away that No. 1 pick. As of now, here is our mock draft over at the Utility Man.
Yesterday, there were plenty of reports that Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio. He reportedly wants to go to LA. With the NBA draft around the corner, there are plenty of teams that can make a play for Leonard. The team with the No. 1 pick in the draft, the Phoenix Suns are looking to make an offer to the Spurs.
For the fourth straight year and for the first time in major professional sports history, the NBA Finals will include the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the match up that was always going to happen.
The Champions League quarterfinals are finally over after some nail-biting matchups. Roma completed the upset of defeating Barcelona 3-0 and advanced on away goals resulting in one of the comebacks of the season. The following match was Juventus vs Real Madrid. Juventus came back after being down by 3 away goals but ultimately lost with the last kick of the fixture, which was a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty. Then Bayern Munich faced off against Sevilla. A classic “David vs. Goliath” match saw Bayern take the win by just one goal. Finally, Liverpool squared off against Manchester City and there was no shortage of goals in this fixture. Following herculean performances from Liverpool’s attack, they obliterated City with a 5-1 aggregate. Now, with Roma, Bayern, Liverpool and Real Madrid in the semifinals, let’s take a look and the draw.
Liverpool vs. Roma
The first match to be played will be Liverpool vs. Roma. Liverpool stands 3rd in the Premier League and has one of the hottest players of the season in Mohamed Salah. We know that offensively they are a force to be reckoned with but following their matchup against Manchester City we saw a side of Liverpool that we had not seen all season long. They managed to keep a clean sheet against the highest scoring team in the Premier League. Roma, on the other hand, stands 4th in the Serie A and possess great defensive players like Radja Naingolan in midfield and Kostas Manolas in the back line among others. This promises to be an exciting match up between 2 underdog stories that will have fans on the edge of their seats.
Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich
The 2nd semifinal will showcase Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich. Two European giants that have faced off 24 times in the Champions League and this will be their 25th and 26th time doing so. Bayern has already secured the Bundesliga title and show no signs of fatigue heading into this match. While Bayern is in cruise control Real Madrid has had, up to this point, a stellar 2018. While they still sit in 4th place and 15 points back off the top in La Liga their performances in the Champions league contrast from their domestic struggles. They have won 3 of the last 4 Champions League’s and they look to be on their way to make it 4 out of 5. Cristiano Ronaldo has shrugged off last years struggles in front of goal and has been on fire since the beginning of 2018.
Which teams will feature in the final? Who will lift the most coveted trophy in Europe? Let us know over at The Utility Man!
The last five years, the Los Angeles Dodgers have played for and won the National West division titles. Expect that streak to continue again in 2018. The National League West division is considered to be the strongest in the National League and perhaps, all of baseball. Four teams out of the five in the NL West could easily compete for the division title or both of the two wildcard spots. That’s how strong and deep this division have in talent. Let’s take a look at why this division is the strongest in all of baseball.
The Chicago Cubs were sluggish in 2017, despite finishing in first place and making it to the NLCS, after winning the World Series vs the Cleveland Indians in 2016. The 2016 Cubs team was very special, they had young players breakout as superstars in Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras. These players will look to bounce back and play more smoothly like how they did in 2016. Let’s look at the team predictions for the NL Central division here at The Utility Man!
As we transition to the National League, the East Division is pretty much should be all but wrapped up by the Washington Nationals, considering this division is the weakest in the NL. Let’s take a look at what the NL East division teams’ strengths are and whether they can compete for a playoff spot this season.
Before I go into my predictions for the American League West division, the Houston Astros have one of the best all-around teams that I have seen in a long time. I have already chosen that the Astros as the favorites to win the American West, but with a twist. This division, in my opinion, is the toughest because, after the Astros, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland A’s, the Seattle Mariners, and the Texas Rangers all can make it close with the Astros for first place. Here are my predictions on why I think this division is the toughest.