The MLB season started with a bang yesterday in Los Angeles. In fact, there were eight of them as the Dodgers set a record for most home runs in an opening-day game. The eight bombs also tied a franchise record set back in 2002 when Shawn Green hit four of them. The outburst was all part of a 12-5 rout for the Dodgers over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Those two teams will take the field again tonight in Dodger Stadium and you can get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full MLB schedule by clicking HERE.
Four teams (Gonzaga, Texas Tech, Purdue and Virginia) punched their tickets last night to the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament. They’ll be joined by four more this evening as the tournament continues starting with LSU (28-6; No. 19 in Dunkel’s power rankings) facing Michigan State (30-6; No. 4) at 7:09 pm EST and finishing with Houston (33-3; No. 10) taking on Kentucky (29-6; No. 8) at 9:59 pm EST. To get all of today’s NCAA Tournament picks as well as contests in the CIT, click HERE.
In the NBA, the Denver Nuggets certainly expected problems in handling James Harden (38 points), but probably didn’t anticipate being shut down by a tough Rockets defense. Houston may have played its most complete game of the season last night in beating Denver, 112-85. It was not the kind of effort the Nuggets wanted as they pursue the Golden State Warriors for the No. 1 seed in the West. They’ll have a chance to turn it around tonight as the Nuggets (50-24; No. 4 in Dunkel’s power rankings) visit the Oklahoma City Thunder (44-31; No. 11). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE.
After missing the playoffs last year, the St. Louis Blues (41-27-8; No. 13 in Dunkel’s power rankings) can clinch a postseason spot tonight as they travel to New York to face the Rangers (29-34-13; No. 27). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NHL schedule, click HERE.
And Matchweek 32 of the English Premier League kicks off Saturday with seven matches on the schedule starting with Manchester City (24-4-2; No. 2 in Dunkel’s power rankings) facing Fulham (4-22-5; No. 19) at Craven Cottage. To get Dunkel’s pick for this match and the full Premier League schedule, click HERE.