Los Angeles Lakers Betting: Top Rookie Julius Randle Breaks Leg

julius-randle-injuryThe Los Angeles Lakers’ slim postseason chances may be over before the 2014-15 NBA season is even a week old. As we discussed last weekend, Steve Nash will miss the entire season with a chronic back injury. And just last night, rookie Julius Randle broke his leg in the Lakers’ season debut against Houston.

Randle, the 2014 NBA Draft’s seventh-overall pick, was driving to the basket midway through the fourth quarter of a 108-90 loss to the Houston Rockets. His right foot buckled and he went down to the floor. He had to be carried off the court and the diagnosis was a broken tibula. The 6’9″ power forward will likely miss the rest of the season with his broken leg.

“It is heartbreaking, because I saw him all summer,” said Lakers coach Byron Scott. “I saw the work that he was putting in. I saw the progression that he was making, the steps that he was taking to get better. And his first game, he goes down. I don’t think anybody in that locker room is happy about the way we played, but we’re even more saddened about the fact that we lost one of our young guys.”

julius-randle-injury-1The scene inside the Staples Center was very quiet as Randle lay on the floor for several minutes. Teammates said they heard a “pop,” and the worst was confirmed by team officials. The 19-year-old rookie had to be carried off the court on a stretcher after scoring 2 points on 1-of-3 shooting.

Nobody took the loss harder than long-time Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who shook his head in disbelief after seeing his teammate carried away. Bryant had the following to say about Randle’s devastating injury:

Even for myself, being a veteran and dealing with something like this, it’s tough. For him being a 19-year-old kid, it’s tough. That’s what we’re here for. We’re here to pick him up and take it day by day. It’s a fluke injury. There’s nothing you can do about that. He worked extremely hard, he trained extremely hard. Then something like this happens, so you’ve kind of got to give yourself up to that and control what you can control, and what happens, happens. And now it’s on him to control how he handles this.

I think what this franchise has always been good about doing is surrounding young players with players who have come before,” he said. “He has a great cast around him — myself and James (Worthy) and AC Green and Magic [Johnson]. We’re all here. We’ll help him through this. He’ll come back a basketball player. That’s the goal, is to try to find a silver lining within anything.

James Worthy is an interesting mention here because he also broke his leg in his rookie season. But Worthy rebounded by becoming a 7-time NBA All-Star, 3-time NBA champion and 1988 NBA Finals MVP. At just 19 years old, Randle still has a long career ahead of him. So he can look towards Worthy’s story as motivation to come back strong.

But this injury leaves Los Angeles without their promising rookie for an entire season. Carlos Boozer is the starting power forward while starting center Jordan Hill and backup Ed Davis can also man the position. However, Randle had the potential to develop into very good player, even in his first year. LA also lost some backcourt depth as well with the previously mentioned Nash injury.

This leaves Bryant, Boozer, Hill and PG Jeremy Hill having to carry more of the load. And in what figures to be another grueling season in the Western Conference, depth is key. So if you’re into Los Angeles Lakers betting, keep in mind that injuries are really piling up for this LA team.

NFL Power Rankings for Week 9 (Oct. 29, 2014)

Carson Palmer1. Denver Broncos (6-1); beat San Diego 35-21, retains same ranking – After dispatching San Diego, Peyton and company head to Foxborough in what should easily be a high-scoring affair.

2. Arizona Cardinals (6-1); beat Philadelphia 24-20, moves up three spots – Carson Palmer didn’t have to do a whole lot beyond putting the ball in his receivers’ hands; they racked up 193 yards after the catch.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (5-2); lost to Arizona 24-20, drops one spot – The Eagles lost a close one on the road in Arizona, and the toughest part of their schedule begins in Weeks 13 through 15 (Cowboys, Seahawks, Cowboys).

4. New England Patriots (5-2); beat Chicago 51-23, moves up four spots – After a devastating loss to KC, New England went 4-0 in October.

5. San Diego Chargers (5-3); lost to Denver 35-21, drops one spot – San Diego has one of the most-underrated pass defenses in the league, only allowing one QB to throw for over 300 yards (Carson Palmer, 304 yards).

demarco-murray6. Dallas Cowboys (6-2); lost to Washington 20-17 (OT), drops three spots – Despite another big game by DeMarco Murray (221 total yards), the Cowboys couldn’t overcome the Redskins at home. Now they wait to see if Tony Romo can play this week.

7. San Francisco 49ers (4-3); bye week, retains same ranking – Colin Kaepernick has been hit or miss this season, but he should definitely hit at home against a reeling Rams team.

8. Indianapolis Colts (5-3); lost to Pittsburgh 51-34, drops two spots – Indy’s defense was looking strong…but that was before Ben Roethlisberger threw for 522 yards and six TD’s against them.

9. Detroit Lions (6-2); beat Atlanta 22-21, moves up two spots – For the second straight week, Detroit came back to win. The Matt-Stafford-to-Golden -Tate connection proved to be the difference-maker in London.

10. Seattle Seahawks (4-3); beat Carolina 13-9, retains same ranking – It wasn’t pretty – especially Russell Wilson’s early play – but Seattle snapped their two-game losing streak.

11. Green Bay Packers (5-3); lost to New Orleans 44-23, drops two spots – Eddie Lacy truly broke out of his funk with a career-high 182 total yards. However, a missed 4-and-1 run really turned the tide of this game.

12. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2-1); beat Baltimore 27-24, moves up one spot – A huge win for Cincinnati as they move into a friendly stretch that includes Jacksonville, Cleveland, New Orleans, Houston and Tampa Bay.

13. Baltimore Ravens (5-3); lost to Cincinnati 27-24, drops one spot – Following a tough loss against Cincy, Baltimore sees their NFC North lead shrink to half a game.

alex-smith-kansas-city14. Kansas City Chiefs (4-3); beat St. Louis 34-7, retains same ranking – KC continues their winning formula of rushing the ball, playing defense, and having Alex Smith complete as short of throws as possible.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3); beat Indianapolis 51-34, moves up one spot – Just over two halves after looking like one of the NFL’s worst teams against Houston, the Steelers hang 51 points on one of the league’s best teams.

16. Miami Dolphins (4-3); beat Jacksonville 27-13, drops one spot – The Dolphins keep pace with the AFC East pack by winning this fairly easy road game.

17. Buffalo Bills (5-3); beat NY Jets 43-23, retains same ranking – Despite getting just 44 yards on 22 carries from Anthony Dixon, Buffalo’s pass offense dominated the hapless Jets.

18. Cleveland Browns (4-3); beat Oakland 23-13, moves up two spots – The Raiders kept blitzing, but Brian Hoyer kept completing passes. He finished 9-for-12 for 101 yards and a TD on plays where he was blitzed.

19. New Orleans Saints (3-4); beat Green Bay 44-23, NR – Don’t play the Saints in New Orleans! They have now won 11 straight in the Superdome.

20. Houston Texans (4-4); beat Tennessee 30-16, NR – JJ Watt domination continues as the mammoth D-end racked up two more sacks and mocked rookie Zach Mettenberger with a selfie pose.

2014 World Series Game 7 Betting – Royals vs Giants

royals-vs-giants-game-7The San Francisco Giants were within one victory of becoming just the second MLB team in the last 40 years to win three World Series in a five-year span, with the Yankees being the other. But it was pretty apparent early on in Game 6 of the 2014 World Series that this wasn’t going to happen.

Yordano Ventura, the Kansas City Royals’ 23-year-old rookie starter, completely stifled the Giants by allowing just three hits over seven innings. And the Kansas City bats broke things wide open in the second inning, scoring seven runs in what would be a decisive 10-0 rout of the Giants.

Lorenzo Cain’s two-run single and Eric Hosmer’s two-run double really stood out during the second-inning outpouring. “This is what we all prepared for, this is why we play the game,” Hosmer said after the big victory.

With the momentum that KC gained from last night’s win, they’ll definitely have an edge heading into Game 7 tonight (Wednesday) at Kauffman Stadium. Assuming you’re looking to do some 2014 World Series Game 7 betting, keep in mind that the final game starts at 8:00pm ET.

Game 7 Preview

tim-hudson-world-seriesJeremy Guthrie will take the mound for Kansas City while Tim Hudson will start for San Francisco in a rematch of KC’s 3-2 victory in Game 3. At 39 years of age, Hudson will be the oldest-ever starter in a World Series Game 7. Backing him up will be Madison Bumgarner, who might see a relief appearance after dominating the Royals in Games 1 and 5. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy has chosen not to send his ace out on just two days’ rest.

”This guy is human. I mean, you can’t push him that much,” Bochy explained. ”He’ll be available if we need him, but to start him, I think that’s asking a lot.”

While the Giants definitely have some good pitching left in the tank, Kansas City has history and home-field advantage on their side. Home teams have won the last nine Game 7’s, including the Royals’ own 11-0 dismantling of St. Louis in 1985. Furthermore, the home team has won 23 of the last 28 World Series, including five straight. Meanwhile, San Francisco has lost all four World Series Game 7’s that they’ve competed in.

”I had a very, very strong feeling that whoever won Game 6 was going to win Game 7,” Royals manager Ned Yost optimistically said. ”We have to wait until tomorrow to see if my theory’s correct.”

If the Giants are facing the pressure of being on the road again after getting blanked 10-0, they certainly aren’t showing it. “I can’t wait to get out there tomorrow and have some fun,” said Hudson.

We at GTBets.eu predicted that the series would end in a 4-games-to-3 triumph for Kansas City. Well, the series has gone seven games as we expected, however, the big question is if it’ll be the Giants or Royals winning the title. Find out tonight, and don’t forget to place your bets before Game 7 begins at 8:00pm ET. Also keep in mind that GTBets offers World Series live wagering just in case you don’t get a regular bet in on time.