No Quick Hitters on the NBA Playoffs today, we're focusing all our time and effort on the Bulls/Celtics series. You're going to be shocked by this but my NBA and NHL Playoff predictions are not going well so far. What I have hit on though is the Bulls upsetting the Celtics so I'm going to gloat about that while I still can.
I predicted the Bulls would win this series in six games. That pick is looking pretty solid with the Bulls leaving Boston with a 2-0 heading back to the United Center. I thought the Bulls were a somewhat dangerous playoff team even as an 8 seed with Butler and Wade, and I also thought the Celtics had the potential to be a disappointing playoff team with Isaiah Thomas as the focal point of their offense and no other real threat to compliment him. They have many, many complimentary pieces but no real 2nd threat to go with Thomas, who I'm not sold on being a #1 guy. He's a great side-kick but I'm not sure he's there yet to be the man guy on a playoff team. Which is why I was really upset with my Pacers drew LeBron instead of Boston to play in the 2/7 matchup.
This series is far from over obviously but that's how this series has played out so far. Sometimes basketball is as easy as "which team has the best player on the court?" and right now that's Jimmy Butler and the Bulls in this series. If you don't have the best player on the court on your team you better have a couple guys who are close or a heck of a system in place to overcome that. And right now the Celtics don't have another guy to help Thomas enough to change that equation.
Sad news for Missouri border towns yesterday as Iowa legislators passed a bill that will allow fireworks to be sold in the state of Iowa. The bill was signed yesterday and is expected to be signed by Governor Branstad and made into law soon. Just made sense to allow fireworks to be sold in Iowa. They were readily sold in Missouri and I'm sure the state of Iowa was losing money that could have been made here in state to their southern border state. If money is going to be spent somewhere, may as well be spent in state.
What I really hope this logic leads us to is legalized sports betting in states someday. Under the same reasoning, there is money to be made by betting on sports in Iowa, why not legalize it and increase some state revenue? I shouldn't have to fly to Vegas or find a bookie to bet on these NBA Playoffs or any other sporting event. Hope this legalization of in house services is a trend here in Iowa.
No real hot take or in-depth analysis on this one, but it's just great to see that Des Moines won another bid yesterday to bring the NCAA Tournament back to Wells Fargo Arena and the Iowa Events Center. Big grabs like this are great for the city of Des Moines and the state of Iowa. I thought the first time hosting the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines went well and was largely considered a success. Hopefully the city and the Iowa Events Center can build and improve upon that to make this trip even better.
Another big key from this bid was that Drake University will be the host school. This means that both Iowa State and Iowa could play in that venue if chosen. Last year when it was hosted at Wells Fargo Arena it was the Cyclones that hosted the venue so they were ineligible to play there. Now they could potentially play their NCAA Tournament game 25 miles from home. What a scene Des Moines would be if that happened.
Iowa could also play in Des Moines for their NCAA Tournament game and while it's further from Des Moines, you can bet that it would still be a full city if the Hawkeyes were placed in the Des Moines region. Although, it's more likely that Iowa will be playing their postseason game that year closer to home. I would predict Iowa would have a good enough season to be able to host their NIT game at home that year.