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There were times it looked like the New Orleans Pelicans were overmatched against the Los Angeles Clippers, especially after trailing by 12 in the third quarter.
A fourth quarter surge from Trey Murphy, Brandon Ingram and company helped push the Pelicans past the Clippers, setting up a date with the Phoenix Suns in a seven game series in the first round of the playoffs.
Now, the Pelicans must face the betting favorite to win the NBA Finals, the Suns, who sit at +240 odds to win it all on Caesars Sportsbook, official odds partner of Bet.NOLA.com.
As it stands right now, the Suns open Game 1 of the series, set to tip off on Sunday night, as a 10.5-point favorite over the young Pelicans. That line is the largest of all Game 1’s in the NBA Playoffs.
In their four meetings this season, the Pelicans were able to scrape together one win, back on February 25, stunning the Suns 117-102 in Phoenix.
In their most recent meeting in the Smoothie King Center on March 15th, the Suns dominated in a 131-115 win, clinching the season series.
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The will be the first time these two teams meet in the postseason. The Suns lost in last year’s NBA Finals to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games.
The Pelicans win over the Clippers clinches their first playoff berth since 2018, where the Pelicans beat the Clippers back on April 9, 2018 to clinch a playoff berth that year too.
Caesars Sportsbook set the Pelicans odds to win the series at +1100, while the Suns chances are set at -2500.
Full betting line for Game 1:
Pelicans (+10.5, ML +450) at Suns (-650; O/U 226.5), Sunday, April 17 at 9 p.m. (TNT).
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The Philadelphia 76ers are 1-3 straight up and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games against the Toronto Raptors. The 76ers will try to turn their luck against the Raptors around this Saturday night when they start their first-round playoff series against them in Philadelphia. Here’s a betting breakdown and best bet for this Raptors vs 76ers series opener, courtesy of BetWay and powered by Dimers.com.
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Raptors vs 76ers betting guide
- When: April 16, 2022, 6:00 PM ET
- Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Spread: 76ers -4.5 (-110), Raptors +4.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: Raptors +166, 76ers -189
- Total: OVER/UNDER 216
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76ers news and betting trends
- 2021-22 Record: 51-31
- Against the Spread: 38-43-1
Philadelphia (-189 on the moneyline) closed out the regular season with a 118-106 win over the Detroit Raptors. The 76ers enter the postseason with a 5-1 SU record over their last six games and an underwhelming 2-7 ATS record over their last nine games.
76ers fans are hoping for revenge in this series after Philadelphia lost a heartbreaking seven-game series to the Raptors back in 2019. Joel Embiid averaged only 17.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in that series. It’s safe to assume Embiid will have a bigger impact on this series after finishing the 2021-22 season ranked fifth in rebounds with 11.7 per game and first in scoring with 30.6 points per game.
Raptors news and betting trends
- 2021-22 Record: 48-34
- Against the Spread: 46-35-1
Toronto (+166 on the moneyline) gave many of its starters the night off in the Raptors’ regular-season finale as the team lost to the New York Knicks 105-94. Prior to losing that meaningless game, the Raptors finished a red-hot 14-3 SU and 12-5 ATS over a 17-game stretch through March and early April. That run included two upset wins over the 76ers.
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Satoshi Nakamoto’s invention of Bitcoin, as highlighted in Bitcoin’s whitepaper published in 2009, had, but one compelling goal. To eliminate the need for a trusted third party and enable two willing parties to transact directly without having to suffer from the weaknesses of a trust-based model.
But why? The reason is that modern banks have flaws and disadvantages, the repercussions of which are ultimately felt by the consumer. Due to their centralized nature, they are subject to human intervention. They can be unreliable, vulnerable to security threats, charging crazy amounts of fees, and even be biased.
These exact problems and weaknesses of the current financial systems in the world are exactly the reason why cryptocurrencies will pave the way for a better banking and payments experience in the future.
Traditional centralized banks can be unreliable. If you use mobile banking and their servers are down, you can’t access your finances unless you go to a local ATM and withdraw money in paper cash. The issue here is that ATMs can be out-of-service as well, especially for people located in developing nations.
Just imagine the hassle you would have to go through. If you’re in a time-sensitive situation and you need money, but your bank’s mobile app is ‘on maintenance’. It’s unpredictable, but it worries a lot of people. It’s ironic that you entrust your money to banks and in return, they end up becoming gatekeepers of your finances.
On the other hand, cryptocurrencies never go out of service as they use automated systems since their software by nature does not require too many human interactions or interventions. Therefore, they are accessible every time of the day, including the weekend and holidays.
Today, cryptocurrencies are usually bought through crypto exchange platforms and stored in safe and secure crypto-wallets like Metamask or Ledger. These digital currencies are decentralized, and they operate in a very secure way. All you need is your computer or your mobile phone and an internet connection.
Banks make over $15 billion a year in overdraft fees, according to the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. That’s $15 billion of hard-earned money from people’s pocket to their pocket. Overdraft fees at this point should be illegal. With overdraft fees, a simple cup of coffee can go from $3 to $35.
That’s not the only fee to worry about; fees can take many different forms, including fees for late penalties, returns, using an out-of-network ATM, money transfers, inactivity, and international remittances fees.
When a person needs customer support, they may even be charged a fee just for seeking assistance from a real person. Cryptocurrencies, on the other hand, don’t charge you that many fees for transactions.
The most common fees for transacting in crypto are called gas fees, which are basically the reward given to miners for putting transactions on the blockchain or executing the said transactions.
Transactions can take an eternity
With centralized banks, transactions can take a long time depending on the type of transactions. For large amounts of cash or international payments, it can take a week or more. This might seem okay at first, but what if you’re in the middle of a situation like the Ukraine-Russia war. You don’t have a week, you have minutes.
Unlike traditional banking systems, which have queues and protocols to follow, cryptocurrency transactions are extremely fast. As a result, cryptocurrency can handle more transactions per day than traditional banking systems.
This capability elevates them above banks, as they would provide the economy with a better possibility of rapid expansion. Cryptocurrencies do not have business hours and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
As a result, cryptocurrencies are proving to be crucial in ushering in a post-banking, post-cash financial era.
Since bank transactions and financial services depend on account numbers and personal information, they are open to biases. In case of a feud with the officials of a certain bank, the financial service issuing officer can deliberately delay the transactions, or, worse, freeze your assets. Every month, thousands of people have their life savings frozen by banks and exchanges.
Modern centralized banks have your demographic data, background information, and spending habits. Believe it or not, their treatment of their customers can sometimes be influenced by their data. But it could be worse; banks could have their own customers arrested.
In late 2021, Joe Morrow, the 23-year-old man who claimed that U.S. Bank refused to cash his check after racially profiling him and alleging the paycheck was fake, was arrested. Of course, Joe Morrow got his justice and received a settlement, but that doesn’t change the fact that centralized banks can be influenced to make bad decisions by a simple human bias.
Cryptocurrencies are completely free of the control of third parties. This decentralized nature minimizes human interactions, which makes them free from biases. Cryptocurrencies don’t judge or profile you, centralized banks do.
A lot of platforms today do share your data with third parties. But it’s one thing for a social media platform to collect your data and another thing for a bank to collect your sensitive information like passport or ID information, residence address, SSN, and employment information.
For banks, these types of information are required because they operate on a trust-based model, or specialized mechanisms required to respond to a certain threat profile.
Instead of being upset with Tiktok or Facebook for mishandling or selling your data, the real evil-doers here are centralized banks. Purchases show where you are, what you like, and much more. Centralized banks can share your personal and sensitive data with their affiliates or partners or third-party buyers.
Not only do banks steal money from you, but they also make money off of you. How can you trust banks if you can’t even trust them to take care of your personal data or money?
Banks suffer an average of 85 attempted serious cyber attacks a year, and one-third are successful, according to a survey by Accenture. Skilled hackers and engineers can hack many web portals and mobile banking apps. As a result, some people end up losing large sums of cash from their accounts or getting scammed.
The systems are also prone to fraud and especially money embezzlement. As a result, a loss of hard-earned money. Now with crypto, threats like those are less likely to happen since there’s no central source of power due to its decentralized nature.
Instead of relying on one central source of power, crypto relies on a distributed network of computers all over the world. Crypto is more secure and reliable since they’re tamper-resistant because they use anonymous ID numbers in transactions.
There’s always some potential for fraud or security risk, whether it’s centralized or decentralized. However, when it comes to dealing with people’s finances, privacy, and data, people tend to choose machines more than humans any day.
With the power of cryptocurrencies, people don’t have to suffer from the flaws of the modern financial system. While crypto as a whole is still in its early stages, millions of people already benefit from the advantages of cryptocurrencies and blockchain. People deserve better
The FBI said on Thursday that the Lazarus Group, a prolific hacking team run by the North Korean government, is responsible for the March 2022 hack of a cryptocurrency platform called Ronin Network.
The hackers stole $620 million in the cryptocurrency Ethereum. That’s an eye-catching number in almost any context. But in the Wild West environment of crypto, the Ronin hack is just one of eight megaheists in the past year in which hackers have stolen more than $100 million in cryptocurrency.
“Things are going too fast for people to keep up with,” says Kim Grauer, director of research at the blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis. “People bake into their investment strategy a kind of acceptance of the risk that you might get hacked or it all might go to zero.”
In 2021, criminal hackers stole approximately $3.2 billion in cryptocurrency, six times more than they made off with in 2020, according to Chainalysis. That year included six hacks of at least $100 million stolen and dozens of smaller hacks involving tens of millions.
Now 2022 is off to its own headline-grabbing start. The year in heists began when Qubit Finance, a new decentralized finance protocol, lost $80 million to hackers in January. When the anonymous crypto blog rekt.news chronicled the incident, the writer captured the strange feeling around the blistering pace of these enormous hacks: “But will anyone remember this next week?”
It was a prescient question. Before that week was out, the cryptocurrency platform Wormhole was hacked for $325 million when attackers exploited an improperly applied security fix.
Why does this keep happening? In the cryptocurrency industry, businesses are spun up quickly, security is often an afterthought, scams are prevalent, and investors often don’t truly analyze the risk across a wide range of novel investments.
“This industry is growing so fast,” Grauer says. “There are so many opportunities for new businesses to come online that people are investing at unprecedented rates and are investing in platforms that are not super well structured or managed. It’s a common investment strategy to maybe invest in 50 different protocols and tokens and hope that one of them goes to the moon. But how are you going to do proper due diligence on all 50?”
The normal answer: You do not.
Poorly managed teams running open-source code are common in crypto (and elsewhere). Hackers know it, and they take advantage to the tune of enormous sums.
In February’s hack of Wormhole, a decentralized finance (known as “DeFi”) platform that provides a “bridge” between blockchains, a hacker struck after open-source code to fix a critical vulnerability was not applied to the main project. Weeks after it was initially written, the code was finally uploaded to the public GitHub page. But the project was not updated right away, and the hacker found the security code first. The vulnerability was exploited within hours.
The biggest crypto thefts used to involve funds stolen from centralized exchanges. That type of crime still totals approximately $500 million per year, according to Chainalysis, but pales in comparison to how much now gets stolen from DeFi platforms, which totaled nearly $2.5 billion last year.
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DeFi—an idea similar to smart contracts—is all about transparency and open-source code as an ideology. Unfortunately, in practice that too often means rickety multimillion-dollar projects held together with tape and gum.
“There are a few things that make DeFi more vulnerable to hacking,” Grauer explains. “The code is open. Anyone can go over it looking for bugs. This is a major problem we’ve seen that does not happen to centralized exchanges.”
Bug bounty programs—in which companies pay hackers to find and report security vulnerabilities—are one tool in the industry’s arsenal. There’s also a cottage industry of crypto audit firms that will swoop in and give your project a seal of approval. However, a cursory glance at the worst crypto hacks of all time shows that an audit is no silver bullet—and there is often little to no accountability for either the auditor or the projects when hacks happen. Wormhole had been audited by the security firm Neodyme just a few months before the theft.
Many of these hacks are organized. North Korea has long used hackers to steal money to fund a regime that is largely cut off from the world’s traditional economy. Cryptocurrency in particular has been a goldmine for Pyongyang. The country’s hackers have stolen billions in recent years.
Most hackers targeting cryptocurrency are not funding a rogue state, though. Instead, the already robust cybercriminal ecosystem is simply taking opportunistic shots at weak targets.
For the budding cybercrime kingpin, the more difficult challenge is successfully laundering all the stolen money and turning it from code into something useful—cash, for example, or in North Korea’s case, weapons. This is where law enforcement comes in. Over the last few years, police around the world have been investing heavily in blockchain analysis tools to track and, in some cases, even recover stolen funds.
The proof is the recent Ronin hack. Two weeks after the heist, the crypto wallet holding the stolen currency was added to a US sanctions list because the FBI was able to connect the wallet to North Korea. That will make it harder to make use of the bounty—but certainly not impossible. And while new tracing tools have started to shed light on some hacks, law enforcement’s ability to recover and return funds to investors is still limited.
“The laundering is more sophisticated than the hacks themselves,” Christopher Janczewski, who was formerly lead case agent at the IRS specializing in cryptocurrency cases, told MIT Technology Review.
For now, at least, the big risk remains part of the crypto game.
Changpeng Zhao, founder and CEO of Binance, speaks at the Blockchain Week Summit in Paris, France, on April 13, 2022.
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PARIS — The crypto world may have turned a corner when it comes to regulation.
The bosses of several major crypto companies told CNBC regulators are beginning to take a more positive approach to digital currencies, following a numerous crackdowns targeting the space.
Whereas China has banned crypto outright, countries like the U.S. and Britain have announced moves to bring regulatory oversight to the nascent market.
“The tide is definitely turning,” Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, CEO of Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, told CNBC on the sidelines of Paris Blockchain Week Summit.
Last year, U.K. regulators barred Binance from undertaking any regulated activity in the country, while in Singapore, Binance limited its services after the central bank warned it may be in violation of local regulation.
In a speech kicking off the event Wednesday, Zhao said regulatory discussions around crypto have shifted from “negative” to “positive.”
Before Zhao was introduced, the MC for the event referenced the crypto slang term “wagmi,” which stands for “we’re all gonna make it.”
“To be honest, I feel we kind of did make it,” he said, adding crypto serves as a lifeline for some in Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion.
But the crypto world still has some way to go before reaching widespread acceptance. And the fate of the industry largely hinges on the approaches that will be taken by different global regulators.
Governments taking action
“The regulatory landscape around the world is coming up to speed quickly,” Nicolas Cary, co-founder of crypto wallet maker Blockchain.com, told CNBC.
The U.K. government last week announced it would bring stablecoins — digital assets that track the prices of existing currencies like the U.S. dollar — into the local payments regime.
British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak has also asked the Royal Mint, which is responsible for producing the country’s coins, to create a non-fungible token, or NFT, the crypto world’s answer to rare collectible items.
“The U.K. could be a dark horse in this whole situation,” Cary told CNBC.
“Post-Brexit, they sort of have a policy decision to make and a strategy decision to make,” he added. “Do they rebuild Brussels in London, or do they become the Singapore of the West, invite all this innovation, all this technology and all this wealth generation and really own the future of the Web?”
Governments want to foster innovation around financial markets and the next possible generation of the internet, known as “Web3,” crypto execs told CNBC.
But they’re also cautious about the dark side of the industry, including money laundering and other illegal transactions, and the impact of energy-intensive bitcoin mining on the environment.
In the U.S., President Joe Biden recently signed an executive order urging government-wide coordination on digital assets. A key concern for Western regulators, industry insiders say, is the use of digital assets for Russian sanctions evasion.
“I think they’re starting to take it seriously [but] I don’t think they’re getting a warm and fuzzy feeling about it,” Arthur Breitman, a co-founder of Tezos, a blockchain protocol rivalling Ethereum, told CNBC.
“Naturally, they are going to have a conservative bias,” Breitman said. However, only a “tiny fraction” of crypto payments is related to criminal activity, he added.
Illegal activity accounted for less than 0.2% of digital currency transactions in 2021, according to data from blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis.
France is “very progressive and very welcoming towards cryptocurrencies,” Binance’s Zhao told CNBC. “They are far more advanced in their understanding.”
Binance turned on the charm in Paris this week, announcing a “Web3 and crypto” start-up accelerator program in partnership with the business incubator Station F.
It comes as the company, which has previously boasted about having no official headquarters, is now on the hunt for a global main office.
“We will definitely have our regional headquarters for Europe in Paris,” Zhao said. “We will establish a number of regional headquarters first before going global.”
Binance now has licenses in Bahrain and Dubai, and provisional approval in Abu Dhabi. In Europe, it is supervised by Lithuanian anti-money laundering regulators and is seeking registration with Sweden’s financial services watchdog.
The U.S. falling behind?
Not all regulators are on board with the rapid growth of crypto, according to Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of blockchain firm Ripple.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has taken Ripple, Garlinghouse and co-founder Chris Larsen to court over allegations they illegally sold over $1 billion worth of the cryptocurrency XRP.
The SEC contends XRP should be considered a security, a claim that Ripple disputes.
“When I give advice to entrepreneurs that are thinking about building a crypto or blockchain company, I tell them do not incorporate in the United States,” Garlinghouse said. “The lack of clarity and a lack of certainty means that you are at risk for the exact kind of lawsuit the SEC brought against us.”
Ripple is even considering moving its headquarters abroad, with London and Singapore among the potential candidates.
“Ripple will hire north of 300 people this year, and more than half of them will be outside the United States,” Garlinghouse said.