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JoyOnBroad - October 19, 2018

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Today’s offerings include “Daily NBA Pick 5” and “MLB Postseason Pick-Em“.

Daily NBA Pick 5

Today’s “Daily NBA Pick 5” includes a slate of options. Charlotte is by no means a barn-burner of a team, but they should handle an oddly-assembled collection of long bigs and minimal guard depth that Orlando puts out. Pick: Charlotte

Despite dropping 126 points on Atlanta in their season opener, the Knicks are still without Kristaps Porzingis. Can we expect a huge game out of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke? I’m not so certain, but the line is so close it’s worth a shot. Pick: NY Knicks

The Pelicans are coming off an emotional high of demolishing the Rockets. Easy trap game, right? Wrong. Pick: New Orleans

The fourth game comes down to two teams I find absolutely fascinating. Cleveland played Toronto tough for the majority of their season opener, while a dysfunctional Minnesota side played a somewhat cohesive game in San Antonio. Kevin Love looks to get the upper hand on his former squad. Pick: Cleveland

The last game is a battle of two dreadful teams from last season. Atlanta is led by a the fifth overall pick from the 2018 NBA Draft, while the Grizzlies feature a lineup of a healthy Mike Conley Jr. and Marc Gasol. This one shouldn’t be as close as the scoreline would indicate. Pick: Memphis

MLB Postseason Pick-Em

Milwaukee is facing elimination and will send Wade Miley to the mound. Miley is looking to bounce back after dropping the decision in Game 2 against tonight’s starter for the Dodgers Hyun-Jin Ryu. The over/under is truly a tossup as the first five games have seen 11, 7, 4, 3, and 7 runs in each of the first five games respectively. Pick: Milwaukee, Over, Draw

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The Weal Deal

JoyOnBroad - October 17, 2018

Going into the 2018 offseason, Flyers forward Jordan Weal was considered by many to be a frontrunner for the vacant 3C position behind Sean Couturier and former #2 overall pick Nolan Patrick. As training camp unfolded, Weal found himself being supplanted by a somewhat surprisingly strong stretch of play by Mikhail Vorobyev. Fast forward to the regular season and Weal was a healthy scratch in three of the first five games, including two straight to start the season. It seemed inconceivable that coach Dave Hakstol would turn to Weal with the game on the line. That’s exactly what he did. Following a 6-5 shootout victory over the Florida Panthers – the team’s first home win – there were plenty of questions centered around the second line center, notably the decision to make Weal the third shooter:

Crossing Broad: When you make the decision to use [Weal] in the shootout, is that decision based on how the game is going, or is that something you’ve though out in advance?

Hakstol: A little bit of both. If you remember, Jordan had a great stretch for us last year where he was our first shooter. He was really effective, then he went cold. He struggled a little bit after that. He was a guy that coming into the game was in my top 4. As the game goes on, we made the final decision. I knew who 1 and 2 were gonna be coming into tonight. Like I said, I had a top 4, he was in that top 4. It seemed like an obvious decision to me as we got to that three spot.

So what was Weal thinking on that play? When asked if he had a pre-determined move, he said, “[It’s] Not every day you see the opposite hand goaltender there, so, I’ve always wanted to be lefty, so I thought I’d try something that only lefties can do on the regular guys and Jake’s move is so effective when he comes down with speed. Just sneaks it in under the stick there, so I thought I’d give it a try… I’ve done it in the past, but every time Jake does it, I love it. It only works when you’re coming down on the blocker side. I thought I’d give it a go.”

There was a belief that Weal’s confidence in the shootout could’ve had something to do with him netting his first goal of the season. Another reporter asked if the fist pump after his regulation goal was an expression of some relief. “Yeah,” he said, ” it was just a bunch of hard work again by our line. We’ve been on the same page getting pucks and going to work, playing below the the goalline.”

Confidence was a common theme in exchanges with his coach:

Reporter: Ron [Hextall] has talked about Jordan Weal as being a guy who gets in his own head. Did he need a game like tonight or do you think the confidence was there?

Hakstol: I think he had that game two nights ago where he felt good. He didn’t have the numbers to show for it like he did tonight. But that game came Saturday afternoon. He played very well, his line played very well. The challenge for him was to come out and do that again tonight. That line did exactly that. They went out and played a hell of a game. Jordan, give him alot of credit, I believe he played really well tonight. Not just offesnively because there’s some numbers behind his name. I thought he was good in the faceoff dot in our defensive zone. He knew what he was doing if he won a draw, lost a draw, and I thought through the game his coverage was good. Pretty complete game.

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Sports Betting Updates

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DraftKings Sportsbook Review

DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over two full months now and a lot has changed since launch. While they were the first out of the gate for legal US sports betting, they now face competition from many sites, including FanDuel Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, BetStars and others. How do they stack up and what promos does DraftKings Sportsbook offer? Let’s take a closer look. Bonus: First bet matched up to $200 Minimum

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NBA Over/Under Wins That You Might Want to Check Out

The NBA season is upon us and hope springs eternal for all most fan bases. The sportsbooks aren’t emotionally invested in your teams and don’t care if your first round draft pick is once again shelved to start the season. I, however, take the over/under numbers they set and cross-reference it with the human element: old faces in new places (Melo on the Rockets), moronic trades for watered-down stars (Trae Young isn’t even diet Steph Curry),

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The Best New Jersey Sportsbook Promos For Week 6

Week 6 is upon us, and there’s a diverse range of betting options in New Jersey. FanDuel Sportsbook and BetStars, in particular, are offering strong promos. A part of any betting strategy that often gets overlooked is the value being offered by the books, whether that’s straight price or promos and incentives that can be used to your advantage. Here’s a rundown of the best NJ online sportsbooks and most compelling offers for Week 6:

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NBA Over/Under Wins That You Might Want to Check Out

JoyOnBroad - October 16, 2018

The NBA season is upon us and hope springs eternal for all most fan bases. The sportsbooks aren’t emotionally invested in your teams and don’t care if your first round draft pick is once again shelved to start the season. I, however, take the over/under numbers they set and cross-reference it with the human element: old faces in new places (Melo on the Rockets), moronic trades for watered-down stars (Trae Young isn’t even diet Steph Curry), and guys who will do whatever it takes to get off their current teams (Jimmy Butler and the Wolves). The end result is a list of team win over/unders you can have some confidence in. I’m by no means endorsing wagering money on my musing, but if you decide to wager a couple of cheeseburgers on Atlanta getting under 23.5 wins, have at it, sport.

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If only relegation existed

Let’s talk about the aforementioned Atlanta Hawks. They completed a mind-boggling set of moves this off-season. In addition to trading away the #3 overall pick Luca Doncic for #5 overall pick Trae Young and a top-five protected first round pick in 2019, Atlanta sent away former starting PG Dennis Schröder and to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a three-way deal with OKC and Philly that also netted the Hawks Justin Anderson and an immediately-waived Carmelo Anthony. As part of that deal, they also gave away Mike Muscala to the Sixers. The Hawks will trot out a starting lineup of Young, overpaid Kent Bazemore, promising Taurean Prince, John Collins, and former Process Sixer Dewayne Dedmon. Jeremy Lin, Villanova’s Omari Spellman, the aforementioned Anderson, and 41-year-old Vince Carter will try to spark a thin bench.

Over/Under:

SugarHouse and DraftKings: 24.5 (Over: +100/Under: -125)

FanDuel: 23.5 (Over: -116/Under: -102)

BetStars: 23.5 (Over: -125/ Under: +100)

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Crossing Broadcast: Sixers and NBA Preview Show

JoyOnBroad - October 16, 2018

Crossing Broad’s Sixers beat writer Kevin Kinkead joins Russ to break down the biggest NBA storylines, MVP odds, predict the Eastern and Western conference playoff teams, and assess the Sixers’ chances ahead of their season opener against the Boston Celtics.

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Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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“He Stole It. He Flat Out Stole It.”

JoyOnBroad - October 13, 2018

Every once in a while, you’re faced with a former adversary. The teams change, the colors change, but the fire remains.

In the immediate aftermath of a 1-0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights, the Flyers were left searching for answers. Perhaps the best answer was a simple one from Vegas GM George McPhee who, in speaking directly to Crossing Broad, stated of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, “He stole it. He flat out stole it.”

Fleury has a history of going back-and-forth with Philadelphia from his days in Pittsburgh. The five goals he gave up in season opener was the most he’d given up to the Flyers in at least five years. When I told him his GM said on the elevator that it was a case of him stealing the game, he lit up. I asked how it felt to hear from his GM and whether it was important to him to bounce back like he did in this game coming into an arena where he’s had so many battles:

Marc-Andre Fleury: It’s a fun place to play. It’s always loud and the atmosphere is good. People are on you a bit.

Crossing Broad: Does winning a game against a former division rival, even though you’re in the Western Conference now, is there anything that stills sticks in your mind about being back in Philadelphia and going up against an old rival or does that kind of stuff go to the side once you switch teams and conferences?

Fleury: No, I mean, it’s still in my head a bit, right? For so many years they were the rival, always a big battle with them, like the Pennsylvania battle. I see fans that I saw when I was playing with Pittsburgh and they still yell at me. It’s fun. It’s a fun place to play.

Crossing Broad: It’s gotta feel good to rob Giroux, right? Is there anything special knowing the game was on his stick at the end there and you came up with another great save?

Fleury: He had a couple of chances, that breakaway and one at the end, he caught me leaning. You know, he’s got plenty of goals and assists on me throughout the years. It’s good I could give it back a bit.

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CNN Confuses Michael Barkann and Gubernatorial Candidate Scott Wagner

JoyOnBroad - October 13, 2018

On Friday, GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner released a since-deleted Facebook video warning PA Governor Tom Wolf that “[he] better put a catcher’s mask on [his] face, because I’m gonna stomp all over [his] face with golf spikes.” That didn’t go over well with many, so Wagner offered a retraction and reiteration of his commitment to the people of Pennsylvania in a quasi-apology video on Facebook.

Anyway, what does this have to do with Philly sports and Michael Barkann? CNN, whose banner header reads “#FactsFirst” used Barkann’s image in a tweet in place of Wagner.

The tweet has since been deleted. Was this a maliciously-created tweet meant to slander the NBCSN Philadelphia anchor? Doubtful. Humorous? Possibly. We report, you decide.

Gritty Descends from the Wells Fargo Center and My Heart is Full

JoyOnBroad - October 9, 2018

BAH GAWD, KING! THAT’S GRITTY’S MUSIC!!!

Just when you thought you couldn’t love our city’s foremost treasure, Gritty descended from the rafters of Wells Fargo Center in a way not seen since Sting was dropping down to smack some fools in WCW.

Gritty’s not the hero we deserve, but he’s the hero we need.

Crossing Broadcast: The Vikings Game, Touring China, Legal Problems, Clinching a Playoff Berth

JoyOnBroad - October 9, 2018

Russ, Kevin, and Bob recap the Eagles’ loss to the Vikings, explore trade possibilities for Jay Ajayi’s replacement, O-line comments, and a drop in confidence. Plus, the Sixers’ games in China, what to make of Markelle Fultz, JVR’s injury, Gabe Kapler’s potential legal issues, and the Union clinching a playoff spot.

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Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies Podcast,Snow the Goalie: A Flyers Podcast,It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, andCrossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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