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I have to pull for Atlanta here, a team that nobody expected to do anything in the postseason — and with the fewest wins in the regular season of any playoff team — but by executing better they have defeated all comers.
This is the ultimate beauty of tournaments and why I always watch them in any sport — nothing matters but execution.
Reputation doesn’t matter, media attention doesn’t matter, having high-priced free agents and crazy levels of homegrown talent doesn’t matter — only execution matters. I’m speaking about the Dodgers here ... and for me, nothing is sweeter than watching such teams check out early. Buh-bye! Have fun writing those giant checks!
Also, I still haven’t moved on from Houston’s cheating scandal from 2019. Most likely never will.
Game 1 & 2 in Houston the 26th and 27th, travel day the 28th.
Game 3, 4, & 5 in Atlanta the 29th, 30th, 31st, travel day Nov 1st.
Game 6 & 7 in Houston Nov 2nd and 3rd.
All games start 7:00 CT.