Posts By: Bob Dunkel

The Dallas Mavericks (34-23) are holding on to the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoff standings, but are being hit with a rash of injuries at the moment. Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic both sat out Saturday’s game, while point guard Jalen Brunson dislocated his shoulder within the first minute. As a result, the Mavs coughed up a 14-point… Read more »

The addition of Zion Williamson to the New Orleans lineup has been everything the Pelicans had hoped for as they try to make a playoff run. The Pels (24-32) have won four of their last five and trail the Memphis Grizzlies by four games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West as they face the Golden State… Read more »

The Baylor Bears (24-1) have remained on course for their first Big 12 regular season title thanks to a conference-record 23-game winning streak. But the Bears haven’t been able to completely shake the Kansas Jayhawks (23-3), who trail Baylor by just a game heading into today’s matinee contest. Tip off is 12:00 p.m. EST at Ferrell Center. To get Dunkel’s… Read more »

The Indiana Pacers (32-23) were hoping the return of All-Star Victor Oladipo from a torn quad tendon would spark them toward a strong playoff run. But working Oladipo back into the lineup has proven to be a challenge for coach Nate McMillan, who watched as his Pacers dropped six of its last seven games heading into the All-Star break. A… Read more »

*Get Dunkel’s podcast for all of today’s NBA games by clicking HERE. The NBA returns to the court following its All-Star break with one of the surprise teams of the first half — the Memphis Grizzlies (28-26) — taking on the Sacramento Kings (21-33). The Grizz headed into the break having won 15 of 19 to move into the eighth… Read more »

In Bruce Weber’s eight years as head coach of Kansas State, he’s never had a stretch as bad as the current one during which the Wildcats (9-16) have lost five straight. The offense has had trouble generating points and ranks ninth in the Big 12 in scoring at just 64.6 points per game. The struggles were on full display on… Read more »

The West Virginia Moutaineers (18-7) missed an opportunity to shake up the Big 12 on Saturday when the couldn’t pull off the upset against Baylor. In fact, the Mountaineers never gave themselves a chance as they shot just 34.4 percent from the field and committed a whopping 22 turnovers in the 70-59 loss. It was symptomatic of Bob Huggins’ team… Read more »

The Kansas Jayhawks (22-3) are trying to keep pace with Baylor in the Big 12 standings and trail the Bears by just a game heading into tonight’s contest with Iowa State. Bill Self’s team has won 10 straight since losing to Baylor back on January 11 and are coming off an 87-70 thumping of Oklahoma on Saturday. It’s been a… Read more »

The Oregon Ducks (19-6) picked up a big win on Thursday over Colorado, 68-60, that moved them into a tie with the Buffaloes for the top spot in the Pac-12 standings. Trailing by 12 points early in the second half, the victory marked the fifth time this season that Dana Altman’s team had overcome a double-digit deficit. It also ended… Read more »

Even when the offense isn’t clicking, the Baylor Bears (22-1) have shown an ability to win games while relying on one of the nation’s best defenses. That was evident on Monday when the Bears shot just 34 percent from the field, but still managed to pull out a 52-45 victory at Texas. The victory extended the program’s historic winning streak… Read more »

While the NBA has the weekend off for its All-Star festivities, there’s still plenty of college hoops on tap starting with an important contest in the A-10 tonight between the Davidson Wildcats (12-11) and St. Bonaventure Bonnies (17-8). The Wildcats, who are tied with St. Louis for seventh in the conference, have alternated wins/losses in their last five games and… Read more »

The final two games before the NBA All-Star break take place tonight with the marquee matchup occurring in Boston where the Celtics (37-16) will host their former head coach, Doc Rivers, and the LA Clippers (37-17). Rivers’ team is 1-2 on its current four-game road trip and coming off a 110-103 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday despite Kawhi Leonard reaching… Read more »

The Portland Trail Blazers (25-30) have been trying to close the gap with the Memphis Grizzlies (27-26) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. But the Grizz haven’t been making it easy as they’ve won 14 of their last 18, including a 106-99 victory over Washington on Sunday that saw Ja Morant pick up the first… Read more »

The San Antonio Spurs annual Rodeo Road Trip has been anything but a smooth ride so far as they’ve dropped the first five games of the eight-game marathon. Last night in Denver, the Spurs (22-31) lost DeMar DeRozan to a last-second pre-game scratch with back spasms, but still led the Nuggets by 23 points with 19 minutes remaining before falling… Read more »

Alex Ovechkin has a chance to join a rare club tonight as he attempts to become just the eighth player in NHL history to record 700 goals. Ovechkin failed in his last attempt to get past 698 as he was held without a point on Saturday during the Washington Capitals’ 7-2 loss to Philadelphia. Ovechkin and the Caps (36-14-5) will… Read more »

The Miami Heat were one of the more active participants at the trade deadline and acquired forward Andre Iguodala from the Memphis Grizzlies with the hope that the three-time champion can help lead the Heat (34-17) to the title. Miami should have Iguodala available for tonight’s contest against the Portland Trail Blazers (24-29), who continue to ride the hot shooting… Read more »

College hoops fans will get to watch as Duke (19-3) and North Carolina (10-12) celebrate 100 years of their heated rivalry tonight in Chapel Hill. And while the teams may not go down in history as among the schools’ best, especially from the Tar Heels standpoint, there should still be plenty of intensity when they take the floor. Tip off… Read more »

The Boston Celtics (35-15) haven’t experienced any slippage so far playing without All-Star Kemba Walker and key contributors Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis because of injuries. Jayson Tatum has raised his game in their absence and extended his streak of at least 20 points to seven straight when he collected 33 in the Celts’ 116-100 win over Orlando on Tuesday…. Read more »

After a sluggish stretch where the Lakers dropped four of seven games, LA has responded with back-to-back wins, the latter coming in a 129-102 thumping of San Antonio on Tuesday. LeBron James tied a season high with six three-pointers as the Lakers put up 78 points on the Spurs in the second half. James and the Lakers will try to… Read more »

The Minnesota Timberwolves (15-34) are mired in a 12-game losing streak, but have an opportunity to snap it tonight as they host one of only three teams to have fewer wins on the season in the Atlanta Hawks (13-38). Six of Atlanta’s 13 wins have come since the beginning of January, however, as Trae Young (29.2 ppg, 9.0 apg) continues… Read more »

Houston’s James Harden looks to be snapping out of a rare shooting slump after scoring 35 and 40 points in his last two games. More importantly for the Rockets (31-18), the scoring outburst led to wins against Dallas and New Orleans as Houston tries to move up from their current position at No. 5 in the Western Conference playoff standings…. Read more »

The Memphis Grizzlies (24-25) have ridden the production of super rookie Ja Morant (17.5 ppg, 7.1 apg) to the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff standings. Morant and the Grizz stumbled to a 139-111 loss in their most recent outing on Friday against New Orleans while leading scorer Jaren Jackson Jr. missed the game due to a one-game suspension…. Read more »

Super Bowl Sunday is finally here with the Kansas City Chiefs (15-3) seeking their first Super Bowl title since 1970, while the San Francisco 49ers (14-4) are just the third team in NFL history to reach the big game after winning four or fewer games the season before. Both teams looked dominant in the games leading up with the Chiefs… Read more »

Tonight’s Atlanta Hawks-Dallas Mavericks game was supposed to also be a matchup of two of the league’s rising stars in Trae Young and Luka Doncic. But only Young will be taking the court after Doncic twisted his ankle in practice earlier this week and is expected to miss at least the next six games. Without their young star last night,… Read more »

While Zion Williamson is getting all the attention since returning to the New Orleans lineup, the Pelicans have been getting solid contributions from others around him, including Brandon Ingram and Jrue Holiday. Ingram and Holiday combined to score 52 points on a night when Williamson had only 14 to lead the Pels to a 125-111 win at Cleveland on Tuesday…. Read more »

*Get Dunkel’s latest podcast for today’s NBA and NCAA Basketball games by clicking HERE Tonight’s Big Ten matchup between Iowa (15-5) and Maryland (16-4) also features two of the best big men in the conference with the Hawkeyes’ Luka Garza facing the Terrapins’ Jalen Smith. Garza posted his 12th double-double of the season with 21 points and 18 rebounds in… Read more »

Ironically, the Houston Rockets (29-17) played one of their best games of the season with both James Harden (thigh) and Russell Westbrook (rest) out of the lineup during a 126-117 win at Utah on Monday. The absence of the two stars may have enabled Eric Gordon to get back on track following mid-November knee surgery as he poured in a career-high… Read more »

The New Orleans Pelicans (18-29) picked up their first victory with Zion Williamson in the lineup when they beat Boston, 123-108, at home on Sunday. For his part, Williamson continued his impressive play since returning from a knee injury as he tallied 21 points and 11 rebounds to record the first double-double of his NBA career. The Pels will look… Read more »

A five-game winning streak has the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-19) moving up the standings in the Western Conference and they currently sit just one game behind Dallas and Houston for the fifth spot as they take on the Mavericks (28-17) tonight in OKC. The Thunder took both games of a back-to-back against Atlanta and Minnesota on Friday and Saturday, while… Read more »

Zion Williamson has been impressive in his two games since returning from a knee injury, but the New Orleans Pelicans have nothing to show for it as a team. Williamson has averaged 18.5 points on 75 percent shooting while playing an average of only 19.5 minutes. The Pels, though, have dropped both games to San Antonio and Denver following a… Read more »

LeBron James has a chance to pass Kobe Bryant tonight on the all-time scoring list, needing just 18 points to move into the third spot, as the LA Lakers (36-9) head to Philadelphia to face the 76ers (29-17). Both teams have had to deal with injuries recently, but the Lakers are getting healthier after the return of Anthony Davis, while… Read more »

Nothing underscores the importance of Khawi Leonard to the LA Clippers (31-14) like a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Leonard sat out the second of a back-to-back on Wednesday and the Clips blew a 19-point halftime lead against the Hawks in a 102-95 loss. The good news for LA is that Leonard is expected back in the lineup tonight. But… Read more »

*Get Dunkel’s latest podcast for today’s NBA and NCAA Basketball games by clicking HERE. Damian Lillard has had no shortage of highlight moments with the Portland Trail Blazers and he added another one on Monday when he scored 61 points to lead the Blazers to a 129-124 win in OT over the Golden State Warriors. Lillard became just the sixth… Read more »

The long-awaited regular season debut of Zion Williamson takes place tonight in New Orleans as the Pelicans (17-27) host the San Antonio Spurs (19-23). The Pelicans struggled initially after Williamson was sidelined in the preseason with a knee injury, but have been hot of late and come in having won 10 of their last 14. The Spurs are also starting… Read more »

The LA Clippers (30-13) and Dallas Mavericks (27-15) have the NBA stage all to themselves tonight as the playoff contenders meet for the second time this season. The Clips won the first contest, 114-99, back on November 26 as Khawi Leonard led the way with 28 points. Leonard looks to be hot again after coming off a 39-point performance in… Read more »

The LA Lakers and Boston Celtics have both been beset by injuries with the Lakers playing without Anthony Davis (back) for the last five games, while the Celtics played without both Kemba Walker (knee) and Jaylen Brown (thumb) in their most recent game. The difference has been that the Lakers (34-8) continue winning, going 4-1 without Davis, while the Celtics… Read more »

The final leg of the road to Super Bowl LIV takes place today as the AFC and NFC hold their championship games. The day opens with the biggest surprise of the postseason, the Tennessee Titans, facing Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Kick off is 3:05 p.m. EST at Arrowhead Stadium. That will be followed by Aaron Rodgers and… Read more »

The absence of Anthony Davis finally looked to have had an impact on the LA Lakers as they had their nine-game winning streak snapped by Orlando, 119-118, at home on Wednesday. Still, the Lakers are a league-best 33-8 at the season midpoint as they head to Houston tonight to face the Rockets (26-14), who have had struggles of their own… Read more »

The Michigan State Spartans (13-4) suffered their first conference loss last Sunday at Purdue, 71-42, that saw a rare off-game for guard Cassius Winston, who finished with just 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting including 0-for-5 from beyond the arc. Winston and the Spartans will look for a better performance tonight back at home as they host the Wisconsin Badgers (11-6)…. Read more »

The Milwaukee Bucks (36-6) are off to a franchise-best start, but suffered one of their six losses at the hands of the Boston Celtics back in October. The Bucks will try for a little payback tonight against the Celtics (27-12) as the two meet in Milwaukee. Tip off is 8:00 p.m. EST at Fiserv Forum. To get Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

The defending national champion Virginia Cavaliers (11-4) find themselves in unfamiliar territory after dropping back-to-back games for the first time since 2017. Tony Bennett’s team will try to snap out of its funk tonight as the Cavs travel to Florida State to face the Seminoles (14-2). Tip off is 7:00 p.m. EST at Donald L. Tucker Center. To get Dunkel’s… Read more »

The Maryland Terrapins (13-3) are coming off their worst offensive performance of the season in a 67-49 loss to Iowa on Friday. It doesn’t look to get much easier for Mark Turgeon’s team tonight as they head to Wisconsin to face the Badgers (10-6), who held Penn State to just 32.7 percent shooting from the field in a 58-49 road… Read more »

The final two college football teams standing will take the field tonight as the Clemson Tigers (14-0) face the LSU Tigers (14-0) in the CFP Championship game. Clemson advanced following a 29-23 win over Ohio State and will be playing in its fourth national championship game in the last five years. This will be LSU’s first CFP title game following… Read more »

The Seattle Seahawks have been especially tough on the road this year with an 8-1 record that includes last weekend’s 17-9 win at Philadelphia in the wildcard round. But the Seahawks have not had much luck at Lambeau Field where they have lost eight straight to the Packers. Peter Carroll’s team will see if it can break through today as… Read more »

The divisional matchups of the NFL playoffs are set with the Dunkel’s top-ranked team in the regular season — the Baltimore Ravens — taking the field on Saturday to host the surprising Tennessee Titans, who are coming off an upset win over New England in the wildcard round. Kick off is 8:15 p.m. EST at M&T Bank Stadium. To get… Read more »

The LA Lakers (30-7) may be without star center Anthony Davis tonight as he is listed as questionable with a backside contusion. But they could still have enough firepower with LeBron James to get past the Dallas Mavericks (23-14), who have lost four of their last six games, including a 107-106 decision to Denver at home on Wednesday. Tip off… Read more »

Russell Westbrook makes his first trip back to Oklahoma City tonight as the Houston Rockets (25-11) take on the Thunder (21-16). The game also marks the first time that Chris Paul will face his old teammates after the mega-trade last year. Both teams have been playing well with their new lineups as the Rockets have won three straight, while the… Read more »

The basketball version of the Red River rivalry takes place tonight as the Oklahoma Sooners (10-3) face the Texas Longhorns (10-3) in Austin. Shaka Smart has yet to lose to the Sooners at home, but will need a better effort from his Longhorns than he got in Saturday’s 59-44 loss to Baylor. Oklahoma started off its Big 12 schedule in… Read more »

The Maryland Terrapins (12-2) and Ohio State Buckeyes (11-3) are headed in opposite directions coming into tonight’s Big Ten showdown. The Terps have won two straight following the Christmas break and are coming off a 73-59 win over Indiana, while the Buckeyes have dropped two in a row following their 61-57 home loss to Wisconsin. Tip off is 7:00 p.m…. Read more »

The Philadelphia 76ers (23-14) wrapped up a miserable road trip with their fourth straight loss at Houston, 118-108, on Friday. Returning home tonight, the Sixers will try to snap the skid against the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-15), who have won five straight. Tip off is 7:00 p.m. EST at Well Fargo Center. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and… Read more »