Ebs’ Hot Takes: Super Bowl LIII, Anthony Davis, Golden State Warriors

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FROM THE PRESS BOX – On a day with frigid temps throughout the northeast and midwest, what better way to spend part of your afternoon than by reading the latest set of Ebs’ Hot Takes.

There’s a lot to discuss.

The Super Bowl is just a few days away. The NBA is stealing headlines with Anthony Davis’ recent trade demands. Oh, and the NHL is back from its all-star break.

Here we go.

The New England Patriots are going to win a close one. I said it a couple of weeks ago, I’m done betting against the New England Patriots. They’re going to win the Super Bowl and I feel pretty confident about it.

However, the Los Angeles Rams have the talent to make this close. While the defense doesn’t always play up to it’s talent, it has the players to slow down Tom Brady and Co. And between a strong running game and some talented pass catchers on the outside, the Rams should be able to put up some points as well.

However, their efforts aren’t going to be enough. This Patriots team is on a mission and no one is going to stop them.

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Patriots win 27-24.

Anthony Davis will finish the season as a New Orleans Pelican. Anthony Davis’ dream scenario is to get traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The catch? The Lakers don’t have that much to offer. At least compared to teams like the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers.

New Orleans’ ideal trading partner is likely Boston – they have the prospects and picks to make quite the package – but there’s a problem with the Celtics. They can’t trade for Davis with Kyrie Irving on the roster with his contract constructed the way it currently is because of the Rose Rule.

It’s in the Pelicans’ best interests to hold on to Davis just like the San Antonio Spurs did with Kawhi Leonard and trade him to the Celtics in the offseason, because whatever package Boston offers will beat the one the Lakers offer right now.

It’s the Golden State Warriors’ world and we’re just living in it. The Golden State Warriors are so good. It’s almost not fair.

How did some team not take a chance on DeMarcus Cousins. Not to mention, if the Pelicans offered Cousins a deal, and he took it, we probably don’t hear about Davis asking for a trade. But that’s a story for another day.

With five true all-stars on the Warriors – Cousins, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green – we might as well fast forward to July. No one is beating this team in a best-of-seven series.

No. One.

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DJ Eberle: The youngest of our team, DJ is also the largest. Offensive Tackle Large. In fact, this Albany native used OT for Western New England University - until he graduated in May of 2014. Like Junoir Blaber, he's a regular on Rugby Wrap Up - his dad played rugby with The Matts. His cross to bear, however, is his love for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. As for baseball and basketball, it's the Yanks and Atlanta Hawks. Follow him on Twitter: @ByDJEberle.

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