Buy or Sell: Champions League, NBA Finals, and NHL Finals
No, I’m not talking about the National Football League, but instead we’re talking about European football and this Saturday we are set to watch the Championships league final between Tottenham and Liverpool.
That is not all though, we get to watch the NBA and NHL tip off the finals as we have an NBA first. Thursday night was the first time ever that the NBA finals were played outside the United States. The NBA finals feature the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors as the Raptors were the home team.
The NHL is already two games into the Stanley Cup finals. But it’s an interesting tie after the two games. It also raises several questions for this week “Buy or Sell” as Joel, Aman, and I talk about these three sports.
Aman: Harry Kane will lead Tottenham to a maiden Champions League title?
Rahim: I’ll be selling this one! I mean that fact that it’s been six years and there will be a team from England winning the Champions League is just amazing in its own right! The last six years have been won by either Barcelona, Real Madrid (4), or Bayern Munich. Liverpool was last year’s runner up after losing to Real Madrid 3-1 and I believe that they want it more this year than last year.
Although, it would be nice to see Harry Kane, England native, to win the Champions League title for one of the best English Premier League teams. This would be the absolute best moment of both Kane and Tottenham as it will be the first ever Champions League title for Tottenham.
But like I said earlier, it’s going to be I’m selling Kane because I think that despite their loss last year to Real Madrid, Liverpool will do it.
I think Mohammed Salah will be the deciding factor as he plans to score a goal in the Champions League as it’s been a dream come true.
“I hope it becomes a reality and I score in the final, then win the African Cup of Nations too,” Salah said.
He also hopes that he could actually play the full game this time as he went down with an injury in last year’s title game. I think this will be a close match with both clubs fighting for possession and shots, but Salah’s play and not Kane’s will led his team to victory.
You can read more about Salah in Aman’s article about him here.
Joel: “If the final was tomorrow, I would be fit to play. I feel good. I’m back [training] with the team and there have been no problems so far. I’ve been in full training, doing everything. I’m at a place now where I’m ready to go for any game. The manager will assess it and decide. But so far I feel good and ready.”
Those are the words of Harry Kane. I think there is a lot of concern about his health right now, but from Kane’s perspective, he’s ready to go. I believe Kane will be ready to go and will come out playing great. I’ll buy his great play leading his team to the top.
Joel: DeMarcus Cousins will hurt the Warriors more than help them in the NBA Finals.
Aman: I sell DeMarcus Cousins hurting Golden State Warriors because even though he’s fit, don’t expect him to play a major role in this Finals series.
He’s worked hard to recover and will make the most of what he’s given, contributing to the team. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is aware that Cousins should play, but also knows since he’s just recently rehabilitated from a second injury, he can’t play too many minutes, nor should he. Therefore, even if Cousins plays, he won’t have a large enough impact to change games for Golden State.
Rahim: I will buy this! I am a strong believer in what the Toronto Raptors have done this season and if it wasn’t Giannis Antetokounmpo to be the one to beat the Golden State Warriors, then it’s got to be Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard.
I think Warriors big, DeMarcus Cousins will also help the cause. For a guy as talented as Cousins, he can’t stay healthy and it might cause him a lot of money next season when it’s time to resign. He took a one-year, $5 million deal with the Warriors to win a title, but he’s only played in a third of the team’s games.
Game one of the NBA Finals was his first game back since game three of the first round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. In his return, he played eight minutes with three points and two assists. He even made some costly fouls down the stretch of the game that may have helped Toronto.
Now I think if Cousins was comfortable on the court in Thursday’s game one, we might have seen a different result or maybe not as great of a game as we saw from Marc Gasol and Pascal Siakam. But the one thing we know about the Warriors it that’s even played seasons without Cousins and if they don’t figure it out with him, he could really hurt them in the NBA Finals even if Kevin Durant were to come back.
Rahim: The St. Louis Blues game 2 win without two key players (Robert Thomas and Vince Dunn) will propel them to win the Stanley Cup this year?
Joel: I’m going to sell the Blues being propelled by a win without two key players. It was a nice win for the Blues, but they did have to go into OT to get it done. Winning without key players is always a confidence builder, but how many times can they win if those key players remain out? It’s always that much tougher to win without some of your best guys.
Don’t get me wrong here. I think the Blues have a good chance at winning the series, but I don’t think that specific win will be what gets them there. Everything is different from game to game. One game they could play great without two key guys, and the next game they could play horribly with those guys back.
Every win is great, but it’ll take more than one key win to propel them to a title.
Aman: I could buy seeing St. Louis Blues winning the Stanley Cup Finals. It would be quite a shame for Boston Bruins, who have had a very strong run in the playoffs.
Although the Blues lost the first game and barely won the second, their next two games will be at home, giving them an advantage. Even those first two games, the Blues challenged the Bruins really well. In the first game, St. Louis lost 2-4.
Hockey isn’t like soccer. Hockey is a more high-scoring game and conceding four is acceptable. The problem was only putting two past Boston after an hour of play. If playing at home can fire up the St. Louis team and rally them to play their offensive battle on a front foot, they will appear much more threatening to Boston in these next two games.
There’s definitely a fair chance Blues could go 3-1 up in the series, but no, you can’t write off Boston just yet.
And there you have it! Now, what do you think?
- Can Harry Kane lead the Tottenham Spurs to a Champions League title?
- Will DeMarcus Cousins hurt Warriors more than help in the NBA Finals?
- Can the St. Louis Blues game two win propel them to win the Stanley Cup this year?
Let us know your thoughts in the comment!