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Will The NBA Ever Return To Baltimore?

Will the NBA ever return to the Baltimore? It is a question that has been floated around several times over the years.

Here we look at how likely that move is with respect of both the immediate and longer-term views.

A battle of two former NBA cities

Firstly, let’s not ignore the fact that Baltimore did once have a NBA team. That was the Baltimore Bullets.

They were formed in 1944. The Bullets spent a few years in the ABL then flipped to the BAA, where they won a Championship, before spending their last few years existence in the NBA. They team folded in 1954 – just a decade after their formation.

In a world where elite basketball does return to Baltimore it will not be an easy route with plenty of roadblocks in the way. Most notably there is the issue of a sports arena, which is a) a long drawn-out process to develop and b) is something that has recently been overlooked by Mayor Brandon Scott.

The other factor to consider is that life isn’t as simple as ‘Baltimore want a NBA team, let’s get them in’. If the NBA was to be expanded, which at the moment looks unlikely, then there would be other cities keen to have their name in the mix.

The main opposition would come from Seattle. They previously boasted the Seattle SuperSonics, who were home to the likes of top defensive player Gary Payton and star center Jack Sikma, between 1967 and 2008.

That franchise is now based in Oklahoma aka the Oklahoma Thunder; it’s of little comfort to the fans who reside in Seattle. In fact, they’re known to feel rather disrespected by the league for taking their team away.

With protests having previously taken place it would be easy to assume noise of a NBA comeback is just fan unrest. It’s not. Players and coaches have been making waves about Seattle making a return and rumors have been on and off for a few years now.

The NBA view

If you look at Baltimore and Seattle, both cities have a strong case for having a NBA team. For starters, they’ve both been on the journey before but, more importantly, they’re known to have a passionate fan base who would immediately bring something to the league.

Unfortunately, the biggest of the roadblocks we touched on earlier is that the NBA have to want another team. So, the question is, do they want another team?

If you can trust the public words of commissioner Adam Silver, the answer is no. At least not imminently. The positive minded Baltimore fans might cling to his words that ‘expansion is inevitable’ but a deeper inspection of his interview would tell you that the NBA will be remaining a 30 team league for the foreseeable future.

Of course, there is the more positive spin of his statement – there will be expansion at some point be it in two, five or even 10 years’ time.

So, will we see Baltimore back in the NBA at some point?

Don’t quote us on it but it wouldn’t be the biggest shock in the world. A lot of the decision making will depend on how many teams they want to add to the league. Why is this important? Well, evidence would suggest that Seattle have first dibs on a spot.

Now, in all likelihood the NBA will expand by more than just one team. If they opted for a more even addition of two teams then you wonder how Baltimore would be seen.

As we’ve said, there is undoubtedly an appetite for a team to return whether that’s a rebirth of the Bullets or a new franchise but expanding the league only to delve into two previously used locations might not be the most popular move outside of Baltimore.

With places like Las Vegas and Mexico City also likely to be in the running it would be far from a foregone conclusion.

We fully expect NBA will be back in Baltimore at some point, but the reality is that it might not be for generations. Surely, we can’t wait to see Baltimore figure among the list of teams in NBA odds of edge.twinspires.com.

Ravens Expected to Try and Lock Up QB Jackson, Harbaugh Says It’s Just a Matter Of Time

The biggest offseason task for the Ravens will be to start trying to get their MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson under contract long term.

The 24-year-old finally got a playoff win in 2020, beating the Titans, and it’s a no-brainer that the Ravens want to keep him around for the future.

Jackson took home the MVP in 2019, and is still regarded as a star in the making, and in his three seasons he’s thrown 68 touchdowns with 18 picks, and carries a 102.6 quarterback rating in three years.

In three seasons as starter he’s led Baltimore to a 30-7 record, and despite being just 1-3 in the playoffs there’s no doubt the team is better with him under center.

Coach John Harbaugh said on Wednesday that it’s just a matter of time before a deal with the 24-year-old quarterback gets done.

It will be interesting what the Ravens will have to pay Jackson to keep him happy, but whatever it is expect them to ante up and pay it.

Ravens Overcome Early Deficit, Top Titans 20-13 in AFC Wild Card Game to Advance

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens can finally breathe again – the 2019 NFL MVP has finally won a playoff game.

Not that it was easy, as the Ravens fell behind the Titans early 10-0 in Nashville, but the Ravens rallied, outscoring the Titans 20-3 the rest of the way to win 20-13 to advance in the AFC playoffs.

If the favored Steelers beat the Browns it means the Ravens will play the Kansas City Chiefs, if Cleveland wins the Ravens will go to Buffalo to play Josh Allen and the Bills.

Jackson was the story, going over 100 yards rushing, and changing the game with the Ravens down 10-3 on a 48-yard touchdown run on a play when he could have been sacked.

It was the second-longest postseason touchdown run by a quarterback.

Baltimore allowed an early touchdown and field goal, but tightened up and allowed just a field goal to the Titans the remainder of the way.

They gave up just 40 yards to NFL leading rusher Derrick Henry on 18 carries, a 2.2 yards per carry average.

Jackson overcame a shaky start to play well, going He went 17-for-24 for 179 yards throwing with an interception. He ran for 136 yards on 16 carries including the long score to tie the game at 10.

The Titans had one last chance in the final minutes to tie the game, but Marcus Peters came up with an interception to seal the win.

With the pick, the Ravens exacted some revenge by dancing on the Titans logo at midfield, something the Titans did earlier in the season.

Ravens vs Jaguars – Keys to a Baltimore Victory in Week 15

It’s week 15 in the NFL and the Ravens are still in the AFC playoff race despite having a mid-season disaster when it seemed like over half the team tested positive for Covid-19.

Baltimore showed a ton of heart this past Monday night, as the team traveled to Cleveland and it seemed like against all odds were five points better than the Browns, beating Cleveland with a Justin Tucker 55-yard field goal in the final seconds to win 47-42.

This week the competition is a lot easier, as the team is at home to play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team that won in week one and has not won since, losing 12 in a row and entering action this week at 1-12.

The Ravens are favorites by 13 points according to Sports Betting Dime, and many think with Lamar Jackson playing at the level he did on Monday night that the birds are going to run away with a win.

Here’s a couple quick keys to making sure that things will go Baltimore’s way on Sunday to get the team to 9-5, keeping them in the AFC Wild Card race with a couple other teams as the 2020 season gets close to the end.

1. Jackson Needs to Keep Playing at a High Level

Coming back from a positive Covid-19 test, Lamar Jackson looked fantastic against the Browns on Monday night, going 11 of 17 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown after he came back into the game from leg cramps.

Jackson didn’t throw a pick which was great, as the team could not afford any turnovers against a Browns team that was playing with everything on their side.

The reigning NFL MVP’s legs were just as impressive as his arm, as he rushed for a season-high 124 yards and two touchdowns. The game came down to the final minutes, in which Jackson was at his best, throwing a touchdown to Marquise Brown on a 4th down play.

He and the offense cannot afford to give the Jaguars life Sunday, and if he can play at the same level he did against Cleveland, the Ravens will come out with a win.

2. Calais Campbell’s Impact on the Ravens D is Huge

The Ravens defense is just that much better when both Calais Campbell is in the lineup, and that came out again on Monday against the Browns.

Right now entering Sunday Campbell is tied for the team lead with four sacks and has five tackles for a loss and 10 quarterback hits.

The Ravens are just a different team when he plays, and the team is siked to have him in the lineup, as the defense is just that much better.

Consider the fact that Baltimore lost all three games when he Campbell was sidelined with a calf injury.
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Look for the Ravens defense to feast off of the Jags, and once again for Campbell to play at a high level.

Pick: The Ravens can’t afford to have a letdown even against a team that has lost a dozen in a row and has not won a game since a 27-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts on September 13th.

Look for Jackson to have a huge game on the ground along with the big two of J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, and look for the D to have a big game as well with some turnovers and halting the Jags tepid offense.

In the end, an easy win for the Ravens.

Baltimore 37 Jacksonville 17

Ravens at Browns NFL Week 14 Inactives

The Browns and Ravens are set for a huge week 14 battle to end this week in the NFL.

Here are tonight’s inactives for both teams as they set for action:

Here’s the Browns Inactives:

TE Austin Hooper
WR Marvin Hall
WR KhaDarel Hodge
CB Denzel Ward
S Tedric Thompson
DE Joe Jackson

The Ravens inactives:

Ravens WR Bryant Claims He Has Tested Negative for COVID-19

Ravens wide out Dez Bryant has taken to social media to announce that he’s tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday, two days after he tested positive in a move that kept him out of the game against the Dallas Cowboys.

“He’s doing as well as can be expected,” Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh said about Bryant.

“He’s a guy that cares. He sacrificed a lot to leave home and leave family behind. He’s a family man and has kids. I think he’s pretty hurt by it. He’s not mad at anybody. But just the circumstances, I think he’s a little stunned by it, surprised that it came up. I think he’s trying to work his way through it right now.”

The little-used wide out produced a positive just a half-hour before Tuesday’s kickoff against his former team after his tests that morning were inconclusive.

He was not placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Ravens, said Thursday on Twitter that it could have been a false positive.

“I tested negative back to back for covid and I’m not excited about it,” Bryant posted.

The Covid-19 List Grows for the Ravens as Now QB Lamar Jackson Has a Positive Test

It’s already been a tough week for the 6-4 Ravens and they haven’t even taken the field yet as they get ready to head to Pittsburgh to take on the 10-0 AFC North leading Steelers.

The team has a large handful of players already on the covid-19/reserve list – and now it’s being reported that 2019 NFL MVP Ravens QB Lamar Jackson has tested positive for the covid-19 virus, meaning that he won’t be able to play IF there’s a game at 1:15pm Sunday at Heinz Field.

Among now those that have tested positive include:

QB Lamar Jackson
RB J.K. Dobbins
RB Mark Ingram
DE Jihad Ward
LB Pernell McPhee
QB Trace McSorley
C Matt Skura
OG Patrick Mekari
DE Calais Campbell

NT Brandon Williams is on the covid-19/reserve list due to being a high-risk close contact.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter says now that it’s becoming more and more unlikely that Sunday’s game between the Steelers and Ravens will be played at all.

Ravens to Be Minus RB’s Dobbins and Ingram for Showdown with Steelers

The Ravens are already in a must-win situation for Thursday’s game against the Steelers on the road, and now they are going to have to do it minus two of their best best running backs.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins have BOTH tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, and both will miss Thursday’s huge showdown.

The absence of both those running backs leaves the team having to go with Gus Edwards as the club’s featured back for the game.

You can bet that quarterback Lamar Jackson will get plenty of designed runs as well.

Dobbins this season has 483 yards from scrimmage, and Ingram this season has 232 yards with two scores.

The Ravens amassed 457 total yards in the first game between the two teams, a Steelers 28-24 win. In that game the Ravens rushed for 265 yards, with an average of 5.6 yards per carry.

In that game Dobbins rushed for a game-high 113 yards on 15 carries, but will be watching on Thanksgiving night.