Phil has been covering various sporting events at BookMaker for a year. Although his writing talents have lead him to other endeavors as a sports writer and editor, when he's not announcing, writing or publishing stats, he's handicapping professional and college football and basketball, plus NBA, NCAA hoops, Major League Baseball and NHL.
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The table is set for the NBA’s first-ever play-in tournament. Thanks to Damian Lillard, who exploded inside the bubble – not literally, just on the scoring sheet – the Portland Trail Blazers earned the No. 8 seed and will face the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. Portland was 3.5-games out of the eighth spot when the season shut down, but the Blazers went 6-2 inside the bubble, including wins in their last three games with Lillard totaling 154 points. They edged Brooklyn by a point on Thursday in ...