Armored Athlete vs. Power of the Paw - 7/5/20 TBT Basketball Picks and Prediction

Armored Athlete vs. Power of the Paw - 7/5/20 TBT Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

First Round

Sunday, July 5th, 9:00 PM EST

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Armored Athlete and Power of the Paw will meet in the first round of TBT. Armored Athlete is 15th seed in the tournament, while Power of the Paw is the 18th seed. The game is scheduled on Sunday, July 5th at 9:00 PM EST. The game will be televised on ESPN 2, and the winner of this game will play Overseas Elite in the second round. 

Armored Athlete is a team that is comprised of players that have some kind of background with team GM AJ Mahar. Some notable names featured on this roster include former NBA talent in Dominique Jones and Courtney Fortson. The team also has former NBA second-rounder Cady Lalanne on the roster as well. Armored Athlete has had great success in recent TBTs, as although they were bounced in the second round of last year's tournament, they did have a streak of four straight Sweet-16 Appearances under their belt. This team will be a tough first-round matchup for Power of the Paw, as they have a ton of experience in this tournament. 

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Power of the Paw is a team-based on Clemson University Alumni, as this will be the second year for Power of the Paw in TBT. GM Nick Isabella thinks his team has a great chance of doing some damage in TBT 2020, and the roster backs up his statement. Players featured in the historic 2018 Sweet-16 run for Clemson, Marquise Reed and Gabe DeVoe will be back in Orange for Power of the Paw. These two can score the basketball at great rates, but they are not the only ones that can. This team also features players like Elijah Thomas, who also had a great career at Clemson. Thomas earned 176 blocks during his time with Clemson, so look for him to be key on defense for Power of the Paw. 

This should be a great matchup between two teams that are nearly even. Armored Athlete has a ton of experience in both basketball in general and TBT. Power of the Paw is fresh and exciting, with new members of the team looking to show the sports world what they are made of after graduating from Clemson, a tough ACC school. I am going to have to lean and side with the experience in this game, as Armored Athlete just has too much NBA talent for me to pass them up. The deciding factor for me is that most of the players on the roster know what this tournament is about and how to play with an Elam Ending. 

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Ronald’s Pick Armored Athlete +3 (-110)

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