The ideal destination for Victor Wenbanyama: Exploring why San Antonio is a perfect fit, and Nuggets outshine Lakers in a thrilling match.

The article version of the CBS Sports HQ AM newsletter is the ultimate guide to sports every day. You can sign up to receive it in your inbox every weekday morning. The San Antonio Spurs have won the NBA lottery, giving them the chance to take 7-foot-4 French sensation Victor Wenbanyama as No. 1 overall. Wenbanyama’s arrival marks the third time that the Spurs have taken the overall lead. Under the leadership of manager Gregg Popovich, the Spurs have developed franchise big men like David Robinson and Tim Duncan while also turning international players like Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili into stars.

Our own Brad Botkin writes that the Spurs and Wenbanyama are both the biggest lottery winners. Botkin states that San Antonio won gold and that it’s a big deal because they have done it before. Wenbanyama should feel lucky with this outcome in the long run.

While the Detroit Pistons had a 52.1% chance of being picked in the top 4, they ultimately fell short, making them the biggest losers in Tuesday’s game according to Botkin. Despite this, the Pistons were able to secure French sensation Victor Wenbanyama.

The Denver Nuggets beat the Lakers in Game 1 behind Nikola Jokic’s incredible triple-double, despite an equally impressive comeback from the Lakers. It was Jokic’s second career 30-point, 20-rebound triple-double in the playoffs. Denver has a lot of ways to win offensively, but during their comeback, the Lakers may have found something they can use going forward.

The UEFA Champions League final match between Manchester City and Real Madrid is also coming up soon. Despite losing seven of their last 10 UCL semifinal appearances, City manager Pep Guardiola insists he is “not overthinking” the match. The 76ers’ coach, Doc Rivers, has also been fired following their Game 7 loss to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

You can watch Manchester City v Real Madrid at 3 pm on CBS and Paramount+ and Celtics Heat at 8:30 pm on ESPN.

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