While Cutler is in his career against the Packers, this could very well be the week that he turns things around against the division rival.
Look for a strong performance here from the veteran in route to another big Bears victory. Carolina is coming off its worst overall performance in well over a year. As just over a field goal underdogs, the Panthers are going to have to rely on Cam Newton a bit more in this one, especially with Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert out of action. In reality, that could be good news against a defense that ranks in the bottom fourth of the NFL against the pass. Now with some balance on offense, Flacco has been able to manage the game and avoid turnovers through the air.
If Carolina can take that away, it will put the quarterback in position to have to beat a defense that ranks in the top eight of the NFL against the pass. With all the drama surrounding Miami, it was probably a good thing that the team was able to bolt for London. Bamba has the widest range of possibilities of any other potential lottery pick.
It would be no surprise if Bamba goes in the top three, but teams could also opt to go with a perimeter player. Bamba has been battling a toe injury, and the Longhorns are on the tournament bubble. Draft fans are hoping Texas makes it to the tournament as it would be nice to get a look at Bamba in March. Some have questioned his motor , and a couple Texas upset wins during March Madness could help his draft stock. It is interesting to look at the Sixers roster, and decide what to project the team will do moving forward.
It is full of young, talented players all over the depth chart. Walker would be a nice fit on the Sixers roster with little pressure to be the guy right away. Walker played high school ball just a short drive from Phialdelphia in Reading. We give the Sixers the local kid with a lot of upside.
Even when the Clippers were at their peak, they struggled finding a permanent fit at small forward. Bridges improved in nearly every statistical category this season. Villanova is one of a handful of teams that are legitimate title contenders. In a draft heavy with big men and forwards, he has a chance to be a lottery pick thanks to the limited backcourt competition. With Jamal Murray and Gary Harris, the guard position is not a weakness for the Nuggets, but Gilgeous-Alexander gives them another quality player to throw out on the peremeter.
In a draft full of hybrid big men, Carter is a bit of a throwback as the Duke big man does his best work on the blocks. Carter can also step out and hit the mid-range jumper as well.
The Jazz have their centerpiece in Rudy Gobert, but Carter gives them some depth at the position. He is also the the best player available at this point in the draft. Views 0 Shares 1 Comment.
Before the Spurs, the last time a 7th seed pulled the upset on a 2 seed was all the way back during the season when the Knicks defeated the Heat. This could mean good news for the current 8th seed in the West, the Houston Rockets. Breaking it down by seeding and conference, we see that the East 5th seed actually holds the best playoff winning percentage at.
As we progress through the lower seeds in each conference, we see the chances at pulling the upset continue to diminish. To that point, only four Eastern conference teams seeded 6th seed or lower over the last ten years won a playoff series, equating to The conclusion we can draw from all of these numbers is that it is extremely hard to even pull the first round upset in the NBA. In fact, crunching all the numbers together, we are left with the lower seeds no matter seed or conference holding a One final nail in the upset coffin: No lower seed since the 8 seeded New York Knicks in a lockout-shortened season, no less has even advanced past the second round they advanced to the NBA Finals that year.
And to do it, the Knicks needed a four point play in the closing seconds from Grandmama. So when you are making your NBA playoff predictions this year, chalk is probably the best bet. Upsets and the NBA Playoffs: By Matt Blitz on December 15, [Updated: