The NBA playoffs continue, but they might not go on for much longer for two underdogs that blew golden opportunities for an upset.

Underdogs Rue Missed Opportunities

Both the Raptors and Trail Blazers had chances to steal a game on the road early in the series.

Both blew those chances.

Kawhi Leonard was outstanding for his 31 points in Game 1 against the Bucks. Going in as +6.5 underdogs, the Raptors led for most of the game. Ahead by 13 at one point, an upset was on the cards – until it wasn’t. Brook Lopez caught fire to score 29 points on 12-21 shooting to complete the comeback victory. Then going on to lose Game 2 without taking the lead once, the Raptors may look back on Game 1 as where it all went wrong.

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Meanwhile, the Blazers took a similar approach in Game 2 of their series against the Warriors.

Like the Raptors, they led for most of the game. Portland managed to get ahead by as many as 17 points either side of halftime. However, going cold late in the piece when CJ McCollum isolations became the flavour of the quarter cost them a monumentally important road win that was only made worse in going 3-0 down after losing Game 3 at home 110-99.

NBA Draft

The results of the NBA Draft Lottery are in:

1. New Orleans
2. Memphis
3. New York
4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. Cleveland
6. Phoenix
7. Chicago
8. Atlanta
9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Minnesota
12. Charlotte
13. Miami
14. Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)

The first talking point is the number one pick in the draft going to the Pelicans. At $1.03 to have his name called first, Zion Williamson is expected to end up in New Orleans for the 2019-20 NBA season. How will this impact Anthony Davis and his well-publicised intentions to leave the franchise as soon as possible?

Next is the Knicks. Stephen A. Smith can cover the feelings of that fanbase:

The Lakers are big winners in getting the 4th pick in the Draft.

Those in Cleveland won’t be laughing, but the hilarity at the Cavaliers losing LeBron James and ending up with a worse pick can’t be denied.

Will Jarrett Culver ($26 to go 1st), Darius Garland ($34) or Cam Reddish ($46) be enough to please James and the Lakers?

Will they parlay the pick into another offer for Davis?

The NBA Draft is still a month away, so the speculation has a long time to run yet.

Injury Updates

The Warriors look mighty fine without Kevin Durant at the moment. Steve Kerr said Durant’s calf strain is “a little more serious than we thought at the very beginning.” He’s already missed the first three games and won’t feature in Game 4.

Do the Warriors need him, though?

Durant’s injury has coincided with Draymond Green’s revelation that carrying on like a pork chop is detrimental to the team.

Meanwhile, Damian Lillard is nursing a rib injury which goes a long way to explaining his drop in form. He’s not looked himself over the last two games.

With the Warriors’ uptick in play and Lillard’s injury, the Golden State are at $1.53 to go into Portland on Tuesday with the broom.

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