Predictions for NFL Super Wild Card Weekend, plus Novak Djokovic is facing deportation from Australia again

Happy Friday, sports fans! What a weekend of sports we have turning up.

Let’s solve to it.

Good early morning to everybody however particularly to…

NFL FANS ALL OVER

Rejoice! Super Wild Card Weekend is upon us! Of course, that implies Pete Prisco’s choices are here, too. There are 2 video games this weekend that stand apart to me, beginning with Patriots at Bills (Saturday, 8:15 p.m. on CBS and Paramount+). Here’s what Prisco believes:

  • Prisco:  “New England won the first meeting in a wind storm in early December, while the Bills dominated the Pats at their place in late December. The weather is expected to be cold, but not that windy. That means Josh Allen can have success throwing the football. The Patriots haven’t been the same team on the road, especially quarterback Mac Jones. Look for the Bills to take away the run and dare him to beat them. … He won’t. PickBills 30, Patriots 17

I concur with that choice. I’m likewise crazy about 49ers at Cowboys (Sunday, 4:30 p.m. on CBS and Paramount+). Here’s Prisco’s take:

  • Prisco:  “The 49ers are the team nobody wanted to see in the playoffs. They are built to make a run. … The Dallas offense got back on track against the Eagles’ JV team last week, but this is a much tougher challenge with the 49ers defensive line coming off a dominant performance last week against the Rams. … I think this is the upset of the week. Pick: 49ers 24, Cowboys 23

I have Dallas advancing here, however to each their own! We likewise have strong forecasts from NFL specialist Cody Benjamin and video game choices from Tyler Sullivan and John Breech to get you prepared for all of the action. Below is the whole NFL schedule for the weekend (and Monday):

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Honorable points out

  • The Bucks led the Warriors 77-38 at halftime — the Warriors’ biggest halftime deficit given that they relocated to California — en path to a 118-99 win. Giannis Antetokounmpo controlled.

And not such a great early morning for…

DAVID CULLEY

David Culley is out as the Texans’ head coach. The Texans went 4-13 in 2021, which was a considerable overachievement. Culley was tossed into the fire with a group doing not have skill at lots of positions and an extremely tight spot surrounding Deshaun Watson — a circumstance he managed effectively, I may include.

Above all else, the Texans did not stop, which’s what impressed me.

  • In Week 18, with absolutely nothing to bet, Houston took on the AFC No. 1 seed Titans to the end, ultimately falling 28-25.
  • Davis Mills, a third-round novice, tossed 3 goals and significantly outshined expectations throughout the season.
  • Culley plainly developed a excellent culture for a company that definitely required it, above all else. Listen to him speak after the season ended. It’s tough to think of that Culley would have been maintained even with a couple of more wins, however. He was established to stop working, and he should have much better, NFL expert Adam Schein stated on CBS Sports Network the other day.

The Texans are now among 8 groups trying to find a head coach this offseason, and NFL press reporter Tyler Sullivan has a list of possible prospects. The problem, as Houston might discover, is that it’s not an especially enticing task.

Houston is still years from contending, and Culley laid a structure that was sorely required for the downtrodden franchise. It’s regrettable he will not have the ability to continue to construct it.

Not so respectable points out

  • Novak Djokovic is dealing with deportation from Australia once again. The nation’s federal government has actually withdrawed his visa for a 2nd time and, while it is unclear if he will be deported, the tennis star’s legal group is going to challenge the choice. Djokovic’s status in the competition has actually been up in the air since the Australian federal government examined the factor organizers provided him an exemption from being immunized versus COVID-19. Now his possibilities to play are actually in danger due to the fact that his very first match is set up for Monday.

What are the Knicks getting with Cam Reddish? 🏀


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Four weeks prior to the NBA trade due date, we got our very first huge swap of the season. The Hawks are sending out Cam Reddish to the Knicks for Kevin Knox and a secured 2022 draft choice. Atlanta likewise consisted of Solomon Hill and a 2025 second-round choice in the offer.

Reddish is the centerpiece here. The 10th total choice in 2019 has actually been irregular in his profession, however he’s simply 22. Given the capacity we have actually seen sometimes, the Knicks made a strong B+ trade grade from our NBA specialist James Herbert:

  • Herbert:  There’s an argument this should be an A-plus. If you believe there’s a decent chance that Reddish turns into a star, then trading a ‘first-round pick’ that could very well turn into two second-round picks for him is robbery. … If you’re a Reddish optimist, you can point to his scoring outbursts. … Reddish went 8-for-13 from deep and scored 33 points against the Chicago Bulls a couple of days after Christmas. Five days before that, he dropped 34 in 42 minutes against the Orlando Magic.

It’s essential for Knicks fans to understand what they are getting — and likewise what they’re not getting — here. Reddish is a strong shooter who has actually made 42 percent of his catch-and-shoot 3s this season (an extremely decent number) and a capable protector. He is not a person who produces his own shot or produces for others. This season, Reddish has:

  • Shot 28 percent on pull-up threes
  • Shot 30 percent on pull-up twos
  • Shot 30 percent from midrange
  • Shot 57 percent at the rim
  • Averaged more turnovers per video game (1.3) than helps per video game (1.1)

Given that the Knicks have ball-dominant gamers in Julius Randle, Derrick Rose and Reddish’s previous Duke colleague R.J. Barrett, Reddish should not be asked to do excessive producing. If he is, that’s a bad indication.

The 2nd part of this trade — and the particularly fundamental part for the Hawks — is the long-lasting outlook, as our NBA scribe Brad Botkin discussed:

  • Botkin:  “Reddish will help this team right away. And he could help in the future a lot more. But could is the operative term here. Reddish is eligible for a rookie extension this summer, and if he doesn’t sign it, he becomes a restricted free agent in 2023. That’s a big part of the reason the Hawks made this deal. Yes, they have a stable of young wings and Reddish’s departure makes it less crowded, but this is more about leverage in another deal to come.”

Whether Reddish remains in the Big Apple long-lasting or not, this is a great relocation.

Here’s how the NFL playoffs are going to play out… 🤯

This appears like the most wide-open NFL playoffs we have actually had in a while. There was no dominant group in the AFC — the No. 1 seed Titans had the conference’s sixth-best point differential — and in the NFC, the top-seeded Packers completed fifth because classification. Six groups have 10-to-1 chances or much shorter to win everything, according to Caesars Sportsbook.

Lucky for us, we have NFL expert Jordan Dajani to arrange through everything and inform us how it will all play out. I will not provide it away, however I’ll inform you that I concur with his Super Bowl choice.

What we’re viewing this weekend 📺

Friday

🏀 Warriors at Bulls, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 Mavericks at Grizzlies, 10 p.m. on ESPN

Saturday

🏀 No. 22 Tennessee at No. 18 Kentucky, 1 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 NC State at No. 8 Duke, 2 p.m. on ABC
🏈 Raiders at Bengals, 4:30 p.m. on NBC
🏈 Patriots at Bills, 8:15 p.m. on CBS and Paramount+

Sunday

🏈 Eagles at Buccaneers, 1 p.m. on FOX
🏀 No. 19 Kentucky at No. 5 Tennessee, 3 p.m. on ESPN
🏈 49ers at Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. on CBS, Nickelodeon and Paramount+
🏀 No. 11 Michigan at No. 8 Maryland, 5 p.m. on ESPN
🏈 Steelers at Chiefs, 8:15 p.m. on NBC



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