It’s another busy week for basketball, both in the college ranks and the pros, as NCAA March Madness rolls on and the NBA trade deadline will come and go. Here is what’s on tap this week in TheLines Lookahead.
NBA Trade Deadline – Thursday
This year’s trade rumor mill in the NBA has been relatively quiet – though names like Kevin Love, Lonzo Ball, and Andre Drummond have been frequently brought up. Teams have until Thursday to complete trades in a push at the NBA Playoffs. Other players like Kelly Oubre and even Kyle Lowry have been mentioned, though the latter seems unlikely to be moved. The last trade deadline moved the likes of D’Angelo Russell to the Timberwolves, the Warriors acquired Andrew Wiggins, and a few other mid-level deals were completed. Worth noting: Drummond was acquired by the Cavs at the 2020 trade deadline, as well.
Sweet 16 – Saturday and Sunday
Bracket busted? You aren’t alone. This year has had certified “madness.” Fifteen seed Oral Roberts, No. 12 Oregon State, No. 11 Syracuse, No. 8 Loyola Chicago – the list goes on for upset teams that blazed their way into the regional semifinal round of the NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga (+150 at BetMGM) remains the favorite to win the tournament and one could say all these upsets have thinned their competition getting there. However, given the trends of this year, their next game could be their last. Baylor (+400), Houston (+900), and Michigan (+900) round out the top four on the odds board.
UFC 260: Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou – Saturday
UFC 260 brings a highly-contested heavyweight title bout to the spotlight with fan-favorite Stipe Miocic taking on Francis Ngannou. Miocic (+100) puts his belt on the line as a slight underdog, a position he’s all-too familiar with. He was an underdog in the first fight between these two and comes into this one as an underdog again. Ngannou (-130) has won his last four bouts, all via knockouts, giving him the slight edge in the eyes of sportsbooks. It’s a fight that’s sure to bring fireworks this Saturday.