6/6 Notes & Nuggets

Quin Snyder resigned as the Utah Jazz HC on June 5 after eight seasons at the helm.

Let’s jump around and hit on a variety of topics on this Monday afternoon…

–Golden St. evened up the NBA Finals with last night’s 107-88 win over Boston as a 4.5-point home favorite in Game 2. The Warriors exploded in the third quarter with a 35-14 run to put the game on ice. The 195 combined points dropped ‘under’ the 213.5-point total. Steph Curry was the catalyst with 29 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. The series shifts to Beantown for Wednesday’s Game 3. Most spots have the Celtics listed as 3.5-point home favorites.

–The updated series price is a pick ’em at most spots.

–After an eight-year run with the Utah Jazz, Quin Snyder stepped down as head coach yesterday. Snyder compiled a 372-264 (58.5%) record during his tenure, taking Utah to the postseason in each of the last six years. Snyder’s 62.3% winning percentage in the last six seasons was good for third-best in the NBA. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Utah All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell is “unsettled, unnerved and wondering what it means for the franchise’s future.” He inked a five-year contract extension in 2020.

–Snyder released the following statement announcing his resignation, “At the core, and what drives me every day is our players and their passion for the game, their desire to constantly work to improve and their dedication to the team and the Jazz. I strongly feel they need a new voice to continue to evolve. That’s it. No philosophical differences, no other reason. After eight years, I just feel it is time to move onward,” Snyder said in a statement. “I needed to take time to detach after the season and make sure this was the right decision.”

–The South Point released college football Games of the Year on Friday. Chris Andrews and his staff had the following numbers for openers:

–Brad Powers informs us of some line moves here:

–Andrews told Patrick Everson of Props.com, “I know some other books had some numbers up. We totally ignored them; didn’t look at them at all,” Andrews said. “We believed in our numbers and didn’t want to be influenced by others at all.”

Indeed, Tennessee has been a 13.5-point home underdog vs. Alabama at FanDuel for several weeks. Nevertheless, Andrews made the Crimson Tide just a 6.5-point road ‘chalk’ initially. When the South Point started taking action on Friday, it alllowed bettors to wager a maximum of $2,000. Also, each player was allowed to make only two bets before going to the back of the line.

–A 24th civil suit has now been filed against Deshaun Watson.

–Michael Jordan is reportedly set to meet with former NBA head coach Mike D’Antoni about Charlotte’s HC vacancy. D’Antoni, 71, last coached for Houston from 2016-20, taking the Rockets to four consecutive postseason appearances.

–According to long-time NBA reporter Marc Stein, the Lakers’ preference was to hire Michigan’s Juwan Howard before picking Darvin Ham to replace Frank Vogel. Per Stein, “the job was [Howard’s] if he wanted it. Howard decided not to even interview with the Lakers.

–DraftKings opened Brian ‘T-City’ Ortega as a -160 favorite for his main event bout vs. Yair Rodriguez on July 16. ‘El Pantera’ is a +140 underdog.

–I didn’t have any problem with referee Herb Dean’s stoppage in Saturday’s UFC Vegas 56 main event. Alexander Volkov scored a first-round KO win over Jairzinho Rozenstruik, who protested the stoppage and released a statement afterward dubbing it “troubling.”

–Leonard Hamilton has scored another elite prospect in 6-foot-11 Baba Miller, who been playing for Real Madrid since the age of 12. The 18-year-old from Spain chose the Seminoles over Gonzaga. FSU missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016 when it finished 17-14 overall this past season.

–CJ Carr, the grandson of former Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr, is a five-star QB in the 2024 class. He’s going to announce his verbal commitment on Thursday. The finalists include LSU, Wisconsin, Michigan, Notre Dame and Michigan St., but the Wolverines and Fighting Irish are considered the favorites.

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