The ESPN Daily: The odds on the Iron Throne

WINTER IS HERE

Who’s taking the Iron Throne? Unless you live under a rock, you know HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is back on Sunday. Right now, there are seemingly infinite potential outcomes for who will end up on the throne — and bettors have taken notice. Legal U.S. sportsbooks haven’t really ever offered betting on TV shows (because of spoilers), but that hasn’t stopped anyone in the U.K., where there’s a significant amount of action on this series. So significant, that there’s an overwhelming favorite to rule Westeros at the end of the final season. Spoiler: It’s not Cersei. Things look sort of bleak for her right now. Read More


THINGS TO CARE ABOUT

They’re baaaaack ….
After 177 days and 82 games per team, the NBA playoffs are finally here. We have the full rundown on everything you need to know for the opening round, from the Clippers’ chances of upsetting the Warriors to the unheralded players who could make a splash. Read More

How’d Tiger do it? … Tiger Woods continues his quest for another green jacket and an attempt to resume his chase for Jack Nicklaus’ majors record. He was near the top of the leaderboards as Day 1 came to a close … and here’s a shot-by-shot analysis of how he got there. Read More

“Jeopardy!” history … A professional sports bettor is currently on a ridiculous streak in “Jeopardy!” James Holzhauer has already set the show’s single-game prize-money record, and he looks unstoppable. Keep up with his chase for the all-time record right here. Read More


THINGS TO WATCH

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E:60 profiles Hafthor Bjornsson and his journey to land the role of Ser Gregor Clegane, known as the Mountain, on Game of Thrones. Watch the full feature Sunday at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.

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A documentary crew captured the moment Derrick Rose found out he was traded from the Chicago Bulls to the New York Knicks.


OVERHEARD

“I’m a lifer like you, man. We don’t leave.”
— Dirk Nowitzki’s response when Kobe Bryant tried to recruit him to the Lakers during free agency. We all know how this one ends. Read More


REMEMBER WHEN?

On this date in 2013, Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles tendon in Game 80 against the Warriors. Most players would immediately exit the game. Kobe being Kobe, of course, hit two free throws before leaving. Read More


WHAT’S ON TONIGHT?

Masters Round 2 coverage (3 p.m. ET, ESPN): Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka are tied atop the leaderboards at the end of Day 1, but Phil Mickelson is right behind them … and Tiger Woods is only four strokes off the lead.

Los Angeles Valiant vs. Atlanta Reign (7 p.m. ET, ESPN3): After finishing Overwatch League Season 1 as one of the top teams, the Valiant are winless so far in Season 2. They’ll look to turn things around against an Atlanta Reign team that is playing Stage 2 in the wake of star player Daniel “dafran” Francesca’s surprise retirement.

Rays vs. Blue Jays (7:07 p.m. ET, ESPN+): The Rays are off to an absolutely scorching hot start — they’re 10-3 behind Austin Meadow’s 1.079 OPS. They’re coming off a sweep of the White Sox and will be facing a Blue Jays team that just split a series with the struggling Red Sox.

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