Open Thread: Kings Try Again to Hoist the Cup

Open Thread: Kings Try Again to Hoist the Cup

Just a couple of days ago the prospect of seeing Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, and the L.A. Kings hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup seemed all but a formality. After two-straight Devils victories, New Jersey is only a win away from pushing the Stanley Cup Finals to the absolutely last game of the NHL season, a decisive game 7.

With the Phillies getting a much needed day off today, Stanley Cup Finals hockey is your best sporting TV option. It's playoff hockey with one team a win away from the greatest achievement in the sport. What's not to love. If the Devils pull off another victory tonight on the Kings' home ice, you'd have to think the Devils would become the favorite to take it all. Feel free to chat about the action in the comments.

8:00 start time on NBCSN. Keep an eye out for your intermission stat sheet showing up late.

Photo Caption: June 6, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA;
Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (10) and center Jeff Carter (77)
battle for the puck along the boards with New Jersey Devils defenseman
Bryce Salvador (24) and defenseman Marek Zidlicky (2) during the second
period in game four of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals at the Staples
Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica. 

Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain. 

While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.

No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.

Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.

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

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel 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-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best 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, 8.0 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, 7.5 rebounds
  • Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
  • Robert Covington: 12.5 points
  • Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds