By Tessa Jackson

We’re getting close to my favorite time of year, NBA playoffs! The season is wrapping up and standings are all but decided. Tuesday was a good day for all you LeBron James haters, the Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the play-in tournament by the Phoenix Suns while James sat on the sideline with an injury (although the Lakers weren’t doing great when James was playing either.) Tuesday also marked the Suns franchise record breaking 63rd win of the season, which gives them 11 more wins than the top ranked team in the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat. The NBA championship is the Suns to lose! Don’t forget to check out the play-in tournament which will take place from Tuesday, April 12th through the 15th.

The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments wrapped up last week. While South Carolina completely kicked UConn’s ass in the women’s tournament 64-49, becoming the first team to beat UConn in a final. The men’s finals between North Carolina and Kansas was a real nail biter. Kansas came back from being down 16 at one point in the first half to beat North Carolina 72-69. Thanks, Brad, for telling me to bet North Carolina +4.5!

Major League Baseball Opening Day is set for Thursday April 7. Should we already talk about who is going to win the World Series this year? It’s no surprise the Los Angeles Dodgers are everyone’s number one ranked team after adding All-Star first baseman and last year’s World Series winner, Freddie Freeman, in the offseason. The Toronto Blue Jays seem to be the consensus number two; keep your eye on first baseman, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who led the league in home runs last year. So where do the Bay Area teams sit? Well, if you bet $100 on the San Francisco Giants to win the World Series it would pay $2,000. and if you did the same for the Oakland Athletics it would pay a whopping $9,000. I guess for now, we just hope those numbers continue to go down!

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