Posts By: Bob Dunkel

With the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament, the Gonzaga Bulldogs finished the college basketball season with the top rating in the final Dunkel Index rankings. The Bulldogs finished with a rating of 84.375 following their 84-66 win over St. Mary’s in the West Coast Conference Tournament final. The Kansas Jayhawks, who did not get to compete in the Big 12… Read more »

The Duke Blue Devils (25-6) and North Carolina State Wolfpack (20-12) will meet for the third time this season as the ACC Tournament begins quarterfinal play in Greensboro. The Wolfpack routed Duke, 88-66, in Raleigh on February 19 behind Markell Johnson’s 25 points. But the Blue Devils exacted some revenge on their home court in an 88-69 win earlier this… Read more »

It should feel like an early playoff game tonight in Sacramento as the Kings (28-36) and New Orleans Pelicans (28-36) each try to gain ground on the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Both teams trail the Grizz by four games in the standings and have been playing solid basketball. New Orleans has… Read more »

The LA Lakers (49-13) had little trouble last week handling two of their expected rivals for this year’s NBA title as they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks and LA Clippers in back-to-back games. In doing so, LeBron James also showed that he deserves serious MVP consideration as he outplayed both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard. James and the Lakers won’t face… Read more »

The Utah Jazz (41-22) completed a successful eastern road trip by sweeping all four games, the last coming on Saturday at Deroit, 111-105. The Jazz return home to face another Eastern Conference team tonight in the Toronto Raptors (45-18), who are coming off a 118-113 win at Sacramento last night to run their record to 3-1 on their current five-game… Read more »

When the calendar flips to March, Tom Izzo’s teams seem to ratchet up their games and this year’s Michigan State squad looks to be no different. The Spartans (21-9) have won four straight and have a chance to earn a share of the regular-season Big Ten title this afternoon as they host the Ohio State Buckeyes (21-8). OSU is also… Read more »

The Denver Nuggets (42-20) are fighting for the second spot in the NBA’s Western Conference playoff standings, but have let their guard down recently against some lower-rated teams. The Nuggets fell at home to last-place Golden State on Tuesday and then needed to overcome an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to nip the Charlotte Hornets, 114-112, on Thursday. Michael Malone’s group will… Read more »

*Check out the latest episode of the Dunkel Index Podcast HERE* The Utah Jazz (39-22) are enjoying their current three-game winning streak, but mindful of the fact that the victories have come against teams with a combined record of 58-127. Quin Snyder’s team will get a chance to put that winning streak up against one of the best teams in… Read more »

Even when healthy, the Philadelphia 76ers (37-25) have struggled on the road this year. So without All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in the lineup, it’s no surprise that the Sixers have dropped the first two games of their four-game road trip to the Lakers and Clippers. Tonight’s opponent — the Sacramento Kings (27-34) — appears to offer a little… Read more »

The Miami Heat are coming off their best performance of the season after shutting down the high-octane Milwaukee Bucks, 105-89, on Monday. Erik Spoelstra’s defense held the Bucks to just 7-of-34 from beyond the arc and kept Giannis Antetokounmpo to a relatively quiet 6-of-18 from the field. The Heat (39-22) will try to avoid a letdown tonight as they host… Read more »

The top two teams in the NHL’s Atlantic Division will meet tonight as the Boston Bruins (41-13-12) visit the Tampa Bay Lightning (41-19-5). Boston has been on a tear, posting a 17-5-1 record since early January to move seven points ahead of the Lightning for the division lead. Tampa Bay has won just once in its last five games —… Read more »

Not surprisingly, the Portland Trail Blazers have had trouble finding ways to win without All-Star guard Damian Lillard. The Blazers (26-35) are just 1-4 while Lillard recovers from a groin injury, the latest defeat coming on Saturday in Atlanta, 129-117. One bright spot has been the play of CJ McCollum, who is averaging 31.8 points and nine assists since the… Read more »

The LeBron-Zion Show Part II takes place tonight as the LA Lakers (45-13) head to New Orleans to face the streaking Pelicans (26-33). LeBron James and the Lakers got the best of Zion Williamson and Pelicans, 118-109, in the first meeting in LA on Tuesday. It was a rare slip for the Pels, who have won 20 of 31 after… Read more »

Small ball has led to some big wins for the Houston Rockets. Mike D’Antoni’s team has won five straight since going with a full-time small lineup and is coming off a 140-112 pasting of Memphis on Wednesday that saw James Harden and Russell Westbrook combine for 63 points on 24-of-40 shooting. The new-look Rockets (38-20) will get a tough test… Read more »

Despite winning 17 of 18 games coming in, the Toronto Raptors were outclassed by the Milwaukee Bucks at home on Tuesday night. The Raptors shot just 35.2 percent from the floor and committed 17 turnovers in the 108-97 defeat. Nick Nurse’s team will try to get that bitter taste out of their mouth tonight as the Raptors (42-16) host the… Read more »

*Get Dunkel’s podcast for all of today’s NBA games by clicking HERE. In the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers match up against the Indiana Pacers. Portland comes into today’s contests with a Dunkel road rating of 114.945. The Blazers are 6-2 ATS in its last eight games versus a team with a winning record. The Indiana Pacers come in with… Read more »

The road woes for the Miami Heat (36-21) continued on Monday when they squandered a 22-point lead before falling to Cleveland, 125-119, in overtime for their sixth consecutive road loss. Fortunately for Erik Spoelstra’s team, the Heat return home tonight where they are 23-3 on the season. They also face an opponent in the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-40) who have lost… Read more »

If Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors was a measuring stick for how competitive the Indiana Pacers can be in the postseason this year, they came away very disappointed as the Raptors dominated from the outset in a 127-81 thrashing. The Pacers (33-24) will try to pick up the pieces tonight and look to have some fortunate scheduling in their… Read more »

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 »