2020 NBA Playoffs Podcaster Bracket Challenge


Congratulations to Sports on Tap – That Being Said Podcast – 2020 NBA Playoffs Podcast Bracket Challenge Champions!

Welcome to the inaugural NBA Playoffs Podcaster Bracket Challenge! We’ve partnered up with a few other podcasts to share series predictions throughout the 2020 NBA Playoffs.

Each podcast has collectively chosen series winners and series lengths for each round up until the Finals, where they have predicted their 2020 NBA Champions.

Follow along as each podcast team makes their picks, brings you some crossover content (and tons of trash talk) on upcoming episodes of the podcasts below!

*Each podcast has agreed to collectively pick teams for each round

Leaderboard

Current as of 10/12/20

PodcastScore
Sports on Tap2700
NRQ Podcast2400
The Dime2100
Shoot or Pass Podcast1500
Close up Magic1300

Scoring System

Game RoundPoints
First Round100 points for each correct Series prediction (800 total points possible)
Conference Semi-Finals Round200 points for each correct Series prediction (800 total points possible)
Conference Finals Round400 points for each correct Series prediction (800 total points possible)
NBA Finals Round800 points for a correct Series prediction (800 total points possible)
Series Length Prediction100 points for a correct Series Length prediction (1,500 total points possible)

NBA Finals 2020 Bonus Round

Each team will be presented an Over/Under total score amount to try and earn their way back into wining the challenge. Below is the scoring for each team who guesses the correct Over/Under per game!

Game RoundPoints
Game 1100 points for guessing correct Over/Under 217
Game 2200 points for guessing correct Over/Under 216.5
Game 3300 points for guessing correct Over/Under 219.5
Game 4400 points for guessing correct Over/Under 218.5
Game 5500 points for guessing correct Over/Under 215
Game 6600 points for guessing correct Over/Under 214.5

(Actual Combined Score: 214)

PodcastOver/Under 217 – Game 1 Total Score
Sports on TapUnder = 100 Points2200
NRQ PodcastUnder = 100 Points1700
Shoot or Pass PodcastOver = 0 Points1500
The Close Up MagicOver = 0 Points1100
The Dime Under – 100 Points1200

(Actual Combined Score: 238)

PodcastOver/Under 216.5 – Game 2 Total Score
Sports on TapUnder = 0 Points2200
NRQ PodcastOver = 200 Points1900
Shoot or Pass PodcastUnder = 0 Points1500
The Close Up MagicOver = 200 Points1300
The Dime Under = 0 Points1200

(Actual Combined Score: 219)

PodcastOver/Under 219.5 – Game 3 Total Score
Sports on TapOver = 0 Points2200
NRQ PodcastOver = 0 Points1900
Shoot or Pass PodcastOver = 0 Points1500
The Close Up MagicOver = 0 Points1300
The Dime Under = 300 Points1500

(Actual Combined Score: 198)

PodcastOver/Under 218.5 – Game 4 Total Score
Sports on TapOver = 0 Points2200
NRQ PodcastOver = 0 Points1900
Shoot or Pass PodcastOver = 0 Points1500
The Close Up MagicOver = 0 Points1300
The Dime Over = 0 Points1500

(Actual Combined Score: 219)

PodcastOver/Under 215 – Game 5 Total Score
Sports on TapOver = 500 Points2700
NRQ PodcastOver = 500 Points2400
Shoot or Pass PodcastUnder = 0 Points1500
The Close Up MagicUnder = 0 Points1300
The Dime Under = 0 Points1500
PodcastOver/Under 199 – Game 6 Total Score
Sports on TapOver = 0 Points2700
NRQ PodcastOver = 0 Points2400
Shoot or Pass PodcastOver = 0 Points1500
The Close Up MagicOver = 0 Points1300
The Dime Under = 600 Points2100

Podcaster’s Brackets

The Contestants (Listen and follow!)

The Dime with Josh Rodriguez
Podcast Links: iTunes Spotify
Twitter: @TheDimeNBA
Instagram: @TheDimeNBA

The Close Up Magic
Podcast Links: iTunes Spotify
Twitter: @TheCloseUpMagic
Website: www.TheCloseUpMagic.com

Sports on Tap – That Being Said Podcast
Podcast Links: iTunes Spotify
Twitter: @TheSportsonTap
Website: www.theSportsONTap.com

NRQ Podcast
Podcast Links: iTunes Spotify
Twitter: @NRQ_Podcast
Website: www.NRQPodcast.com


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NBA announces Nick Nurse wins 2019-2020 Coach of the Year

Raptors Nurse wins 2019-2020 Coach of the Year

The Toronto Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse is the recipient of the 2019-2020 Coach of the Year award. He led the Raptors to a 53-19 regular-season record in the shortened season due to the pandemic.

Nurse comes in a year after winning the NBA Championship last summer and dealing with losing arguably one of the top players in the NBA in Kawhi Leonard.

While the Coach of the Year award is well deserving the Raptors can celebrate by closing out the Brooklyn Nets in Game 4 on Sunday, August 23rd.

NBA.com announcement


Breaking down the race for the NBA play-in tournament out west

The NBA is set for a play-in tournament out west

The first play-in tournament game will be played Saturday, August 15 at 2:30pm ET. If the 9th seed gets the victory, a second play-in game will take place on Sunday, August 16 at 4:30pm ET.

What does a path to the playoffs look like for the four teams in the race for the 8th or 9th spots? Let’s take a look.

Stay up-to-date with our latest NBA Bubble Standings

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

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To secure the 8th seed:

WIN vs. Brooklyn Nets

OR

Lose vs. Brooklyn Nets + Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs all lose their final game

To secure the 9th seed:

Lose vs. Brooklyn Nets + two of the following teams lose a game (Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs)

SAN ANTONIO SPURS

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To secure the 8th seed:

WIN vs. Utah Jazz + Portland Trail Blazers/Memphis Grizzlies/Phoenix Suns all lose their final game

To secure the 9th seed:

WIN vs. Utah Jazz + 2 of the following teams lose their final game (Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns)

PHOENIX SUNS

Booker breaks Twitter - Bright Side Of The Sun

To secure the 8th seed:

WIN vs. Dallas Mavericks + Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies lose their final game

To secure the 9th seed:

WIN vs. Dallas Mavericks + one of the following teams loses their final game (Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies)

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

Memphis Grizzlies: Brutal remaining schedule looming large

To secure the 8th seed:

WIN vs. Milwaukee Bucks + Portland Trail Blazers lose their final game

To secure the 9th seed:

WIN vs. Milwaukee Bucks + Portland Trail Blazers win their final game

OR

Lose vs. Milwaukee Bucks + the following teams lose their final game (Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs)

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Big 10, Pac-12 Punt On Fall Football

Over the last few weeks, it has become inevitable that the college football season was in jeopardy.

Although players, coaches and, of course, fans have been loud and outspoken about wanting to play, on Tuesday, a major domino would fall.

Two of the most prestigious conferences in the NCAA pulled the plug on playing football this fall as both the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they would not be playing fall sports including football this year.

Many had the feeling that these would be the first two conferences to say no to playing this fall. The Big Ten was intentionally the first team to release a 2020 altered schedule leading to believe they were set to play this season.

Mentioning concerns with the pandemic and safety of the players, first-year Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren made the Big Ten the first of the Power Five conferences to pull the plug.

The Pac-12 followed meaning at this point, 40% of the major college football teams have now decided to not play football this fall.

Top tier teams now such as Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Oregon, USC, Arizona State and countless others will now attempt to put together a plan for football in the spring.

As of today, the SEC, ACC and Big 12 of the Power Five plus the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA and Sun Belt have made no immediate moves. The three remaining Power Five conferences have made their intentions known they still have plans to play this fall.

While the pandemic is a great concern of every team and conference in the nation, one thing that should be addressed as soon as possible is that college football in the spring in not feasible.

Playing a sport as grueling as college football, especially for positions like linemen and running backs, is just not possible twice in one calendar year.

Plus, if there is a chance that the SEC, ACC, Big 12 or any mix of those figure out a way to play in the fall, it will make it even more likely that there could be no spring football season for just the Big Ten and/or Pac-12.

Especially if the NFL Draft chooses to not move the NFL Draft which is scheduled for April 2021. Even if they were to postpone or move it to the summer, top tier prospects would not play and put themselves at risk of getting injured that close to becoming a pro.

If spring college football some how did happen, it wouldn’t be anything like you would watch in the fall. Key players would be missing, rankings would be skewed and would we even have a Playoff or bowl games?

Flying under the radar in all of this is the Pac-12 is now the first to make a statement about basketball as well. Just like football players, coaches and fans held on hope during the college basketball shut down earlier in the year about playing, the roles have now switched.

Unfortunately, unless some-how college basketball can figure out a modified “bubble” style similar to what the NBA and WNBA is using very successfully, we’re about to enter another sports season with a massive gap.

At this point, if we can’t play college football, we’re not playing college basketball either.

Pac-12 not only called off fall football, but they also said there will be NO sports until at least January 2021 cutting out the first half of the basketball season on the west coast.

It’s time to get real about all this. You’re either playing football this fall or you’re not until fall of 2021.

Will there be any teams start to rebel? I mean, Ohio State was without question going to be a National Contender this year. Michigan’s head coach Jim Harbaugh has been one of the most outspoken about wanting to play this fall.

What happens if they reach out to the SEC or ACC about playing some games? The AAC is on the outside-looking-in when it comes to the Power Five, so what if they reach out to Ohio State and Michigan while Nebraska wants to play some SEC teams and Oregon reaches out to the Big 12?

How can the NCAA say no to them? Will players transfer? Will coaches like Harbaugh, David Shaw, Scott Frost and Chris Petersen start looking at NFL jobs?

Without question, there will be severe repercussions if the Big Ten and Pac-12 don’t play, but the other Power Five conferences do play in the fall. It’s safe to bet that the landscape of college football would never be the same following a year that has changed the lives of millions.

I’m anxious for the next couple of weeks because I expect much more changes and announcements from the teams that have now cancelled their season plus there is without question a possibility more conferences could also pull the plug on their season soon as well.

As we said in March when this reared its ugly head, when it comes to looking forward to anything in 2020, don’t hold your breath…especially when it comes to college athletics this years.

Mountain West Pulls Plug On Fall Sports

Add the Mountain West conference to the list of conferences not playing football this fall.

In an announcement on Monday, the Mountain West joined the MAC as the FBS teams to pull the plug on Fall sports this year due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Although the postponement is “indefinite,” the league will work towards looking into playing in the Spring if the option is available.

No Power 5 conference has postponed it’s Fall sports’ season as of Tuesday morning, but the Big Ten could make a decision as early as Tuesday regarding their playing status this season.

NBA Studs and Duds from the first weekend of the season restart

One weekend down and many to go. Our Shoot or Pass Podcast Co-Hosts will be sharing their Studs and Duds right here. Who impressed and who disappointed? Find out below!

STUDS

Chevy – Damian Lillard

While we’ve witnessed a win and a loss from the Blazers, Dame is making NBA headlines. Dame means business in the bubble. He’s not here to play just 2 weeks and 8 games of basketball, he plans on sticking around for a deep run. He’s playing playoff minutes (45 vs. the Grizzlies, 44 vs. the Celtics) and is averaging about 30 points each game (29 vs. the Grizzlies, 30 vs. the Celtics). Unfortunately, the Blazers lost yesterday after a big on Friday, but the goal here is to get within 4 games of the 8th seed to force a play-in. I think Dame can keep them hanging around for it.

Rhoby – Kyle Lowry

KYLEFORNIA knows how to party! Lebronto is no more, as Lebron and the Lakers were bullied around by Kyle Lowry Friday night. NBA players are supposed to be breaking down by their mid-30s and undersized guards aren’t supposed to be hitting threes with a 7-footer in their face or making an impact as a rim protector, however, Kyle Lowry isn’t getting the memo. He scored a game-high 33 points, nabbed a career-high 14 rebounds, and has 6 assists. I am sold. The Raptors are a force to be reckoned with in this NBA Restart.

DUDS

Chevy – Zion Williamson

I know I have to tread carefully here because this is the NBA’s new poster boy, but if I’m Adam Silver you want him to be seen and on the floor. What is his deal? A month or two ago, a picture of Zion surfaced on social media and he looked like he was in great shape and ready to lead the Pelicans to the playoffs. Needless to say, I don’t understand the way Alvin Gentry is restricting his minutes. In the loss to the Jazz, Zion was on the bench for a crucial 4th quarter. Wouldn’t you want the best player on your team to be playing in those scenarios? Definitely a concern for a rising star on a team fighting for playoff spot.

Rhoby – Shake Milton

To begin with, this stat line says it all – 0 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists. NOT a good look for the new starting PG of a Sixers. This team appears to be failing expectations. What’s new? He appeared to have no command of the ball, only took one shot in the game in the 4th quarter, made some bad turnovers, and found himself in foul trouble. He focused on racial injustice in post-game comments, which is great, but I hope he’s also focusing on his game going forward because the Sixers need him to show up if they want to make noise in the playoffs!

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ACC Sets 11-Game Football Schedule, Adds Notre Dame for 2020

While the fate of college football is still very uncertain, conferences continue to make changes to accommodate travel and other concerns during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced that it has reworked it’s football scheduling to allow each team to play a total of 11 games and will incorporate Notre Dame to the ACC for the 2020 football season.

Notre Dame, which competes in the conference for each sport except football, has lost many opponents already this season with conferences moving for conference-only schedules. With that in mind, Notre Dame will give up it’s independent status this year in hopes to have a full schedule of opponents.

The ACC also announced that it will eliminate the traditional divisional format for the 2020 season. The two teams with the best winning percentage will meet for the ACC Championship.

Notre Dame, as part of the deal, will equally share TV revenue among the 15 schools. Specific game dates and broadcast details will be released in the coming days.

Joey Bosa and Chargers reach extension agreement reportedly $135M

The Chargers and defensive end Joey Bosa reached an agreement on an extension Tuesday, with league sources telling ESPN’s Adam Schefter it’s a five-year, $135 million deal that will keep Bosa in Los Angeles for the next six seasons.

The deal is also to include $78M guaranteed and is the first contract to reach $100 in franchise history.

Two weeks ago Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett signed a then-record-setting extension that included $100 million in guarantees. Bosa’s deal comes in competition for a defensive player and tops also Chicago Bears Khalil Mack and Los Angeles Rams tackle Aaron Donald.

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Dodgers’ Joe Kelly throws behind Astros’ Alex Bregman, taunts Carlos Correa

The inevitable has finally happened in the MLB. During last night’s Dodgers and Astros game, Joe Kelly threw a 96 mph fastball behind the head of Alex Bregman in the sixth inning during Tuesday night’s game.

This caused benches to clear after a few pitches later a few more brush-back pitches, Kelly mocked Carlos Correa with a pouty face as he walked off the mound after striking Correa out and shared some pretty words, prompting both benches to clear and offering a brief snapshot of the tension that still lingers between these teams.

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Kyrie Irving generates $1.5M for WNBA players sitting out their season

The WNBA has a successful reboot this par weekend at their season campus at the IMG Academy in Brandenton, Florida. Some WNBA players including Elena Delle Donne would not be participating due to health concerns caused by COVID-19. Delle Donne also a part of a controversial situation in which the WNBA did not grant her immunity of receiving pay while sitting out.

Kyrie Irving announces Monday that WNBA players can sit out the season and still receive pay.

The Brooklyn Nets guard is committing $1.5 million to supplement the income of players who choose not to play this season, whether it be because of coronavirus concerns or social justice reasons.

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The funds will come from the KAI Empowerment Initiative that Irving launched Monday.