Sampling the World Series Preview Previews

Sampling the World Series Preview Previews

Since the Phillies and Red Sox will be playing in the 2011 World Series in October, we thought we'd do a quick round up of the previews of the preview to the World Series.

"Although the calendar says it's June and more than half the games
remain, this week's Red Sox-Phillies series is being billed as a World Series preview." -Rob Maaddi, Associated Press

"As the Boston Red Sox begin a series with the Philadelphia Phillies, it’s hard to escape the thought that it just might be a World Series preview." -Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN

"How times have changed. Now Red Sox-Phillies is the marquee
Interleague matchup - a World Series preview to many." -PATRICK BERKERY, Philly Burbs

"John Kruk recently had a thought about streamlining the season. "Can we
just end this quick and put the Phillies and the Red Sox in the World
Series and get this thing over with so we can have a nice summer
vacation?" the ESPN analyst, and former Phillies first baseman, asked
facetiously." -Paul Hagen, Daily News

"Josh Beckett and the Red Sox take on Cliff Lee
and the Phillies in the first game of a three-game mid-week set. Did we
mention that it's a possible World Series preview? It doesn't get
better than this." -Gethin Coolbaugh, SBN Boston

"While some are dubbing this Red Sox vs. Phillies series as a World
Series preview, we need to see a little more consistency first." -Charlie Saponara, Fire Brand AL

"So it's not just Amaro's preseason prediction that has generated buzz
about the three-game set between the Phillies and Red Sox that begins
tonight at Citizens Bank Park. Virtually everyone is looking at it as a
potential World Series preview." -David Hale, Delaware Online

"'In the back of your head,' Ortiz said, 'you're like, 'I might be facing these guys in the playoffs.' Make that the World Series." -Michael Sanserino, Inquirer

"Amaro said he is not that interested in seeing how his club stacks up
against one of the AL’s top teams. He’s not into all that potential
World Series preview hype." -Jim Salisbury, CSNPhilly

We gave up searching after a while because there were simply too many.

Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.

While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end. 

Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.

Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-lowest odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-lowest odds at 3/1. 

Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off. 

Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets: 

  • Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
  • Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds
  • Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
  • Robert Covington: 12.5 points
  • Dario Saric: 5 rebounds

Flyers tickets cheapest on resale market since at least 2010

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Flyers tickets cheapest on resale market since at least 2010

After skating to their best record in four years, the Philadelphia Flyers quelled the notion that they would show the growing pains of a rebuilding franchise in 2016. A playoff berth in Dave Hakstol’s first year as head coach brought about the emergence of a new noisemaker in the crowded Metropolitan division, one that stretched the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Washington Capitals to six games in the Quarterfinals.

The Flyers will look to build on the success of last season by relying more on budding players Shane Gostisbehere and Ivan Provanov while veterans Claude Giroux, Mark Streit and Boyd Gordon all look to lead the team back to another postseason. And while excitement continues to build in Philadelphia, fans can find comfort in the fact that Flyers tickets on the secondary market are the least expensive they’ve been this decade.

On TicketIQ, a leading online aggregator that pools both primary and secondary market listings to give consumers the most transparent buying experience, Flyers tickets are averaging $108.32 across all 41 home games at Wells Fargo Center this season. That marks a 12.4 percent drop from the $123.64 average at the beginning of last season. It is the cheapest home average the Flyers have posted since 2010, when TicketIQ began tracking resale ticket data.

While Thursday’s home opener served as one of the NHL’s most expensive games this week, a March 15 matchup with the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins will be the most expensive Flyers home game this season. That game currently owns a $183.16 average, 69 percent over the season average, and the cheapest available tickets are priced for $73 each. Other top-priced games at Wells Fargo Center this season include January 4 against the New York Rangers ($163.62 avg./$57 get-in) and October 29 against the Penguins ($156.36 avg./$90 get-in).

For those looking for tickets to the cheapest Flyers games this season, an October 27 matchup with the Arizona Coyotes is the least expensive home game to attend. Tickets are averaging just $63.50, 41 percent below season average, and the get-in price is $16. Back-to-back games against the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets on November 15 and 17 follow, with tickets starting from just $20 each at both contests.

For the best deals on Flyers tickets this season, make sure to download the TicketIQ app. Fans can save up to 10 percent on all IQ Certified listings in the only engagement-based loyalty program in the marketplace. Download the TicketIQ app and start saving today!