It’s hard to envision the NBA playoffs without LeBron James in them, but such would be the case if the regular season ended today. James and the LA Lakers (30-33; No. 21 in Dunkel’s latest power rankings) currently trail the Spurs by 4 1/2 games for the final playoff spot in the West with 19 games remaining. One of those contests takes place tonight at Staples Center as the Lakers host the LA Clippers (36-29; No. 12). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE.

In college hoops, the Virginia Cavaliers (26-2, 14-2 in ACC; No. 3 in Dunkel’s power rankings) are in the driver’s seat for their fourth regular-season ACC title in the last six years. But they face a tricky environment tonight as the Cavaliers travel to Syracuse to take on Jim Boeheim’s Orange (19-10, 10-6; No. 33). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NCAA Basketball slate, click HERE.

And on the ice, the Edmonton Oilers (28-30-7; No. 23 in Dunkel’s power rankings) are making a late surge to get into the Western Conference playoff picture. They’ll be in Buffalo tonight to face the Sabres (30-27-8; No. 20) in the last of Edmonton’s five-game road trip. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NHL schedule, click HERE.

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