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We are almost a week removed from the trade deadline, but James and I are still sorting through the mess. While Daniel Coughlin provided a detailed analysis of all the trades, the two of us picked our winners from last week. With the recent trades in mind, we then predicted which teams from each conference would finish 9th and 10th--in other words, top of the lottery, but out of the playoffs. While the West was fairly straight forward to predict, it'll be a miracle of either us of get our predictions right in the East.

In addition, there's talk about who will end up as the bottom three teams in the NBA, and then in light of Kevin Garnett's return to Minnesota, we discussed which NBA "homecomings" we would love to see happen.

As always, subscribe on iTunes, and as always, we appreciate your continued support of the podcast.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Winners of the trade deadline - 8:30
  • Predicting the bottom three teams of the NBA - 28:00
  • Last two lottery teams in each conference - 39:00
  • NBA "homecomings" - 55:00
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Feb 17th, 2015 by lotterymafia at 9:00 am

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, so to get ready, James Plowright and I devoted the latest podcast to discussing which teams could be active, and which players could get moved.

We focused on the Denver Nuggets, a team that could potentially be the most active in looking to move players, before moving on to five players that could impact lottery teams if they were to be moved.

We also briefly discussed Larry Sanders' potential buyout from Milwaukee.

Check the estimated time stamps below for the topic(s) that interest you, and be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Larry Sanders' buyout - 3:00
  • Denver Nuggets trade activity - 5:00
  • Start of our discussion over the five players that could be moved - 19:30
    • Terrence Jones - 20:15
    • Tim Hardaway Jr. - 30:30
    • Reggie Jackson - 36:30
    • Enes Kanter - 43:00
    • Ricky Ledo - 50:00
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After a terrible start, the Charlotte Hornets are now in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, after going 10-4 in the month of January. What's more impressive is that they've found a way to win despite injuries to Al Jefferson and Lance Stephenson, and more recently, Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo. To discuss the Hornets, James and I were joined by Frank Berndt of At The Hive, the SB Nation blog of the Charlotte Hornets (yes, the same one I also write for).

Frank was kind enough to join us last minute, and the three of us talked about many of the current topics surrounding the team, including Kemba's injury, the development of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Noah Vonleh's rookie season. We also make a quick prediction of who the Hornets could pursue in free agency this summer.

Below are the estimated time stamps. Enjoy your week everyone!

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Effects of Kemba Walker's injury, & Gary Neal/Lance Stephenson as the backup PGs - 4:00
  • Lance Stephenson's best role; point guard? - 12:00
  • The development of MKG - 15:30
  • Which wing players should get minutes in the rotation? - 23:00
  • Noah Vonleh's rookie season, and what to expect of him long-term - 35:00
  • James gives Frank and I an advanced stats quiz (spoiler, we fail) - 40:00
  • An early look at the 2015 off season - 51:00
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We have reached the historic 50th episode of The Lottery Mafia Podcast. I know, we're just as surprised as you are. To mark the occasion, James Plowright and I dedicated the first 27 minutes of the episode to reflecting back on all the fun we've had, and the terrible predictions we've made. We also thanked every guest that has ever appeared on the podcast, so if you've been on, your name was called.

The rest of the episode was dedicated to discussing the Brooklyn Nets, a team that suddenly finds themselves outside of the playoffs. The team might be up for sale, its star players could be traded away, and they don't have full control of a 1st round draft pick until 2019. They are, as our guest Reed Wallach of Nets Daily and Vantage Sports put it, "a team in flux." Reed was kind enough to join us on this historic episode, and provided a lot of insight into the major stories covering this team. James and Reed also bonded over their love of Jerome Jordan. We thank Reed for coming on, and we thank all you listeners old and new, for tuning in.

As always, we can be found on iTunes.

So here's the deal. If you want to listen to James and I reminisce and make fun of ourselves, tune in from the beginning. If you're only here for the Nets talk, or you get bored of reminiscing, jump to the 27:15 mark. However, we do have a new NBA player introducing the podcast, and new intro music, so I'd recommend at least listening to that before jumping ahead. Anyways, here are the estimated time stamps:

  • Celebrating 50 episodes - Start to 27:15 mark
  • The potential sale of the Nets - 31:30
  • What direction will the team take? - 37:00
  • Billy King's future - 48:00
  • Lionel Hollins' job so far - 53:00
  • Potential trades for Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson - 1:00:00
  • Mason Plumlee's development - 1:11:00
  • Karasev's emergence - 1:13:00
  • Corey Jefferson's role - 1:18:00
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In our first podcast of 2015, James and I discussed two topics; the Dion Waiters trade, and the Detroit Piston's recent winning streak since Josh Smith was waived. 

A disclaimer; we had some not so minor technical difficulties while recording, so a bit of editing had to be done in order to get things right. We recorded last Thursday, and unfortunately the podcast is only going up today. But fear not! The material is still (mostly) relevant. 

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Dec 19th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 10:55 am

In what was the most quickly put together episode in the history of the TLM Podcast, James and I recorded Tuesday night on the subjects of Mike Malone, the Kings future, and potential trade scenarios for Ben McLemore, Nik Stauskas, Greg Monroe, Jeff Green, Wilson Chandler, and Lance Stephenson. Rajon Rondo is mentioned, but note that he had not been traded just yet. I also discovered a new ingredient to put in coffee, which has been met with overwhelming opposition.

Episode 48 may be our last podcast of 2014. We will try to seek one in the days following Christmas, but if not, we'd like to thank everyone who has listened to the podcast this year. You are the reason we do this (also, James and I like recording ourselves talking about basketball).

Subscribe on iTunes, and follow on Podbean. Enjoy your weekend, and the holidays.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Mike Malone, the Kings ownership, and the future of the team - 8:00
  • Ben McLemore, Nik Stauskas - 21:00
  • Trades scenarios!
    • Greg Monroe - 29:00
    • Jeff Green - 34:00
    • Wilson Chandler - 44:00
    • Lance Stephenson - 49:00
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Dec 12th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 10:37 am

This week's edition of The Lottery Mafia podcast features the return of AllThatAmar of SB Nation's SLC Dunk, to discuss the Utah Jazz's season so far.

The Jazz just snapped a nine game losing streak on Wednesday with their win over the San Antonio Spurs. They are now 6-16, but despite their record, there have been encouraging signs, particularly from key players Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors. We talk about their progress, along with a handful of other Jazz related topics (see below).

We'd like to thank Amar for coming back on the podcast once again. Always fun to talk to, Amar gave us more information on D-League call-up Patrick Christopher than even Christopher himself probably knows. He also revealed his love of Queen Elizabeth II, which extends to buying stamps with her face on it (you're going to have to listen to get the full context here). 

As always, subscribe on iTunes, and follow us on Podbean. I say it with every episode, but you all rock.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Dante Exum's rookie season - 4:00
  • Rodney Hood's rookie season - 12:30
  • Gordon Hayward, and Derrick Favors' improvement - 16:00
  • Enes Kanter (is he in their long-term plans?) - 20:00
  • Rudy Gobert, Year Two - 27:30
  • Quin Snyder's job performance so far - 35:30
  • Joe Ingles role (mentor for Exum, etc) - 40:00
  • The low down on Patrick Christopher - 44:30
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Dec 12th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 10:37 am

This week's edition of The Lottery Mafia podcast features the return of AllThatAmar of SB Nation's SLC Dunk, to discuss the Utah Jazz's season so far.

The Jazz just snapped a nine game losing streak on Wednesday with their win over the San Antonio Spurs. They are now 6-16, but despite their record, there have been encouraging signs, particularly from key players Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors. We talk about their progress, along with a handful of other Jazz related topics (see below).

We'd like to thank Amar for coming back on the podcast once again. Always fun to talk to, Amar gave us more information on D-League call-up Patrick Christopher than even Christopher himself probably knows. He also revealed his love of Queen Elizabeth II, which extends to buying stamps with her face on it (you're going to have to listen to get the full context here). 

As always, subscribe on iTunes, and follow us on Podbean. I say it with every episode, but you all rock.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Dante Exum's rookie season - 4:00
  • Rodney Hood's rookie season - 12:30
  • Gordon Hayward, and Derrick Favors' improvement - 16:00
  • Enes Kanter (is he in their long-term plans?) - 20:00
  • Rudy Gobert, Year Two - 27:30
  • Quin Snyder's job performance so far - 35:30
  • Joe Ingles role (mentor for Exum, etc) - 40:00
  • The low down on Patrick Christopher - 44:30

After a long hiatus, the podcast has returned, and we've got a good one for you. James and I discussed the Philadelphia 76ers first win, and played a little game of "Real NBA Player or Not?" which is exactly what it sounds like.

We also discussed the Milwaukee Bucks surprising start, along with why the Charlotte Hornets have been the most disappointing team in the NBA so far.

Whether you're a first time listener or returner, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or follow us on Podbean.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Philadelphia 76ers talk - Start of the Podcast
  • Milwaukee Bucks talk - 15:30
  • Charlotte Hornets talk - 33:00
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The NBA season is roughly a week old, already the NBA's lottery teams have given us plenty to talk about. James and I had plenty to discuss, so check out the topics and time stamps below.

  • Tyrus Thomas wants to return to the NBA and discusses his "guard-like" skills - 5:00
  • The Sacramento Kings surprising start 14:30
  • The New York Knicks, and whether they are running the triangle or not - 24:30
  • Ricky Rubio's extension - 30:00
  • Derrick Favors is on FIRE - 38:30
  • Alec Burks' extension (worth it?) - 43:30
  • Detroit's poor start - 48:30
  • 76ers talk - 51:00
  • Los Angeles Lakers talk -  58:00
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