Posts By: Bob Dunkel

The drama surrounding Kevin Durant’s injury and the Golden State Warriors almost overshadows the fact that there’s still an NBA championship series going on and the Toronto Raptors currently have a 3-2 lead. The Raptors blew a chance to claim their first title at home when they let a late lead slip away in Game 5. Now Toronto has to… Read more »

The St. Louis Blues missed an opportunity to capture their first Stanley Cup championship in front of the home town fans when they fell to the Boston Bruins in Game 6, 5-1. Now to accomplish the feat, the Blues have to go on the road and play in front of a hostile Boston crowd in a Game 7 tonight. To… Read more »

The Kansas City Royals‘ season continues to spiral downward as the team extended its streak of not winning a series to 16 after dropping two of three against the White Sox over the weekend. Despite that negative run, Vegas has KC a favorite tonight as the Royals (20-45) open a series against the Detroit Tigers (24-38). Jakob Junis (4-6, 5.63)… Read more »

Despite being battered and bruised throughout the postseason, the Golden State Warriors managed to get back to the NBA Finals in their quest for a third straight championship. But against the Toronto Raptors, the short-handed Warriors have come up short so far. Down 3-1 in the series and facing a hostile home court in Toronto, Golden State will try to… Read more »

The St. Louis Blues have come back from a 2-1 series deficit and sit one game away from clinching their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. They’ll try to accomplish that feat tonight as the Blues host the Boston Bruins in Game 6 at Enterprise Center. To get Dunkel’s pick, click HERE. The Washington Nationals (29-35) are also trying… Read more »

After exceeding expectations, the NY Yankees (39-23) have all of a sudden hit a rough patch. New York has dropped four of its last five, including last night’s 5-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians (32-31) in the series opener. The two teams will be back on the field today for Game 2 with the Yankees sending CC Sabathia (3-2, 3.61)… Read more »

The Toronto Raptors took advantage of a short-handed Golden State team to take Game 3 of the NBA Finals, 123-109, and go up 2-1 in the series. While the Warriors will continue to be without Kevin Durant (strained calf) for tonight’s Game 4, they are expecting the return of Klay Thompson (hamstring) to the starting lineup. To get Dunkel’s pick,… Read more »

Each time the Boston Bruins looked like they were in control of the Stanley Cup Finals, the St. Louis Blues have found a way to respond. After being blown out at home in Game 3, the Blues rebounded with a solid 4-2 win in Game 4 that tied the series at 2-2. The loss was doubly costly for the Bruins… Read more »

The Golden State Warriors came out of Toronto with a hard-earned split of the first two games of the NBA Finals, but also added to their injured list. Gone for the remainder of the series is valuable back-up Kevon Looney (fracture cartilage) while Splash Brother Klay Thompson was also hobbled with a strained hamstring, although Thompson has been given the… Read more »

Despite having to put slugger Joey Gallo on the 10-day IL with a strained oblique, the Texas Rangers (30-27) have been playing their best ball of the season. Winners of 13 of their last 18 games, the Rangers open up a three-game set tonight at home against the Baltimore Orioles (18-41), who start a road trip after being outscored 16-3… Read more »

St. Louis’ excitement over having its first Stanley Cup game in 49 years quickly turned into disappointment as the Boston Bruins routed the Blues, 7-2, on Saturday night. Boston’s victory, which included an impressive 4-for-4 on the power play, put the Bruins up 2-1 in the series. Game 4 is set for tonight at the Blues’ Enterprise Center and you… Read more »

There haven’t been many times in Golden State’s recent postseason history where the Warriors have faced adversity. But after dropping Game 1 of the NBA Finals to Toronto, 118-109, questions have arisen whether Golden State has enough firepower without Kevin Durant to get past Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors. Durant (calf strain) will be sidelined again tonight as the Warriors… Read more »

The St. Louis Blues managed to get out of Boston with a split of their first two games in the Stanley Cup after taking Game 2, 3-2, in overtime. Now it’s the Bruins turn to see if they can win on the road, something they’ve shown they can do so far in the postseason. Boston has won six of its… Read more »

Add Carlos Correa to the list of bizarre injuries after he attributed his broken rib to a massage he was getting. It’s the latest in a string of injuries that have hit the Houston Astros. Despite the misfortune, the Astros have managed to keep a sizable lead in the AL West and come into tonight’s game with a 7 1/2… Read more »

While the Toronto Raptors are new to the NBA Finals, they are led by a familiar face as Kawhi Leonard makes his return to the championship round after winning a title with San Antonio back in 2014. Leonard powered the Raptors in two tough series against Philadelphia and Milwaukee to make their first Finals in franchise history. Their opponent —… Read more »

While the LA Dodgers have put some distance from the pack in the NL West, the race for second right now is very tight with San Diego, Arizona and Colorado separated by only two games in the standings. The Rockies (26-27) have picked up some ground after taking the first two games of their home series against the D-Backs (28-27)…. Read more »

Despite missing three mainstays (Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Correa) from their lineup last night, the Houston Astros scratched out a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs in the interleague series opener. The Cubs (30-22) will try to bounce back tonight, but will need a better performance from starter Jon Lester (3-3, 2.68), who has a 9.72 ERA over… Read more »

After a lengthy layoff, the Stanley Cup championship gets started tonight with the Western Conference champion St. Louis Blues heading to Boston to face the Eastern Conference champion Bruins. St. Louis advanced after getting past the San Jose Sharks in six games, while Boston needed just four to dispatch the Carolina Hurricanes. To get Dunkel’s pick for Game 1, click… Read more »

Not usually known for their offensive production, the San Diego Padres (28-24) set a club record yesterday with seven HRs en route to a 19-4 thrashing of the Toronto Blue Jays (20-32). Getting trounced at home has been nothing new for the Blue Jays, however, as they’ve dropped 10 of their last 12 games at Rogers Centre. The Padres will… Read more »

After taking the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks looked to be in control of the series. But three straight wins by Toronto have the Raptors on the verge of clinching a spot in the NBA Finals for the first time in the franchise’s history. The Bucks will try to find a way to stay… Read more »

The New York Yankees continue to roll along, posting a 15-5 record in the month of May. Overall, Aaron Boone’s club is 32-17 and just one game behind the Twins for the best record in baseball. The Yankees feasted on bottom-dweller Baltimore in a just-completed four-game sweep and hope to continue that trend tonight as they open a three-game set… Read more »

Looking deflated after dropping the first two games in Milwaukee, the Toronto Raptors found a way to win Game 3 at home in double overtime and then dominated the last three quarters of Game 4 en route to a 120-102 victory. The most positive sign for the Raptors in Game 4 was the contribution from players not named Kawhi Leonard… Read more »

The Colorado Rockies (21-25) are trying to get back to the level that won them 91 games last year and put them in the postseason. There were some hopeful signs last night as starter German Marquez pitched eight shutout innings in a 5-0 win over Pittsburgh that snapped the Rockies four-game losing streak. Colorado will try to make it back-to-back… Read more »

One half of the NBA Final is set as the Golden State Warriors advanced last night after beating Portland, 119-117 in OT, to sweep the Western Conference Final. The East is still to be determined with the Milwaukee Bucks leading the Toronto Raptors 2-1 heading into tonight’s Game 4 at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game,… Read more »

The only thing noticeable in Kevin Durant’s absence from the Golden State lineup is the fact there’s been nothing noticeable in the Warriors’ production. Golden State has yet to lose since Durant was sidelined with a calf strain and are up 3-0 in their Western Conference Finals series against the Trail Blazers with a chance to clinch on Portland’s home… Read more »

The NBA Western Conference Final looks to be all but wrapped up after Golden State’s 110-99 win over Portland last night gave the Warriors a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. Tonight, the Milwaukee Bucks will try to put themselves in the same position as they bring a 2-0 series lead into Toronto for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference… Read more »

Home court dominated early in both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals as the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors used the advantage to go up 2-0 in their respective series. Now it’s Portland and Toronto’s turns to see if they can reciprocate starting tonight with the Trail Blazers hosting the Warriors in Game 3 at the Moda Center. To… Read more »

The Toronto Raptors looked poised to steal Game 1 on the road against Milwaukee when they entered the fourth quarter with a seven-point lead. But an uncharacteristically bad quarter from Kawhi Leonard (two points) combined with Brook Lopez’ career playoff game (29 points, 11 rebounds) bailed the Bucks out in a 108-100 win. The Raptors will try to rebound tonight… Read more »

Portland’s hope that its high-powered backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum could match up with Golden State’s Steph Curry and Klay Thompson did not pan out in Game 1 of their Western Conference series.  Lillard and McCollum combined for only 36 points on 11-of-31 shooting (3-of-10 on three-pointers) while Curry had 36 points alone in a 116-94 victory for… Read more »

Two teams will face each other in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, but all eyes will be on the two best players in the conference as Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo squares off against Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard. In the semis, Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to a relatively easy victory over the Boston Celtics in five games, while Leonard’s Raptors literally needed every… Read more »

It looks to be the battle of the backcourts in the NBA Western Conference Finals as Portland’s Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum matchup against Golden State’s venerable duo of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Both teams advanced with big wins on the road as the Trail Blazers survived a Game 7 in Denver while the Warriors knocked off the Rockets… Read more »

Only one pitcher in MLB history — Johnny Vander Meer in 1938 — has thrown back-to-back no-hitters. Tonight, Oakland’s Mike Fiers will get his chance to tie the record as he takes the mound against the Seattle Mariners. Last Tuesday, Fiers (3-3, 5.48) no-hit the Cincinnati Reds, the second no-no he’s thrown in his career. He’ll go up against the… Read more »

The Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers took advantage of their home courts on Thursday night to stay alive in their respective conference semifinal series. But their reward is a pair of Game 7s on the road starting this afternoon as the Blazers travel to Denver to face the Nuggets, followed by the Sixers heading to Scotiabank Arena in Toronto… Read more »

The NHL Western Conference Final opens up tonight in San Jose as the Sharks host the St. Louis Blues in a rematch of the 2016 conference final. Both teams advanced after being taken to the seven-game limit in the semifinal round with the Blues surviving double overtime to beat the Stars in Dallas, while the Sharks were finally able to… Read more »

The Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers took care of business last night on their home courts to stay alive in their respective conference semifinal series. Tonight, it’s the Houston Rockets turn to see if they can use the home-court advantage to survive. The Rockets are down 2-games-to-3 in their best-of-seven series against Golden State after the Warriors 104-99 victory… Read more »

Last night, the Boston Celtics became the first conference semifinalist to get eliminated as they fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, 116-91. Tonight, the NBA playoffs feature two more teams struggling to stay alive as the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers look to avoid elimination on their home courts against the Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets, respectively. To get Dunkel’s… Read more »

While the Cleveland Indians have dominated the AL Central Division in recent years, the Minnesota Twins are serving notice there may be a changing of the guard this season. The Twins have the second-best record in the AL (22-12) and hold a four-game lead over the Tribe following yesterday’s 3-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Rocco Baldelli’s team will… Read more »

Since scoring 39 points in Game 1, Portland’s Damian Lillard has been relatively quiet. As a result, the Trail Blazers missed on opportunity to go up 3-1 in their series with the Denver Nuggets when they dropped Game 4 in Portland, 116-112. Now Lillard and the Blazers have to find a way to steal a game in Denver starting with… Read more »

After dropping the first two games of their conference semifinal series in Golden State, the Houston Rockets broke through with a 126-121 win on their home court over the Warriors Saturday night behind James Harden’s 41 points. Harden and the Rockets will try to knot the series at 2-all tonight with Game 4 set at the Toyota Center. To get… Read more »

While perhaps the most-overlooked series of the NBA playoffs, the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers did give us the best game of the postseason so far when they took Game 3 to four overtimes before the Blazers came away with a 140-137 victory. The win put Portland up 2-games-to-1  in the best-of-seven series that will continue tonight with Game… Read more »

Things couldn’t have gone much worse for the Houston Rockets in their first two games against Golden State. Claiming they didn’t get many officials calls in Game 1 and having star James Harden raked in the eyes in Game 2, the Rockets left the Bay Area down 0-2 to the Warriors in their best-of-seven conference semifinal series. Houston will try… Read more »

The Denver Nuggets have been hard to peg so far in their second-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers. In Game 1, Denver shot 50.6 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from the three-point arc in a 121-113 victory. But in Game 2, the Nuggets could not buy a basket as they connected on just 34.7 percent from the… Read more »

The Columbus Blue Jackets had never made it past the first round of the NHL playoffs before eliminating the Tampa Bay Lightning this year. Now the Blue Jackets can put themselves in a good position to get past the second round as well if they can beat the Boston Bruins tonight. Up 2-1 in the series, Columbus will host Game… Read more »

CC Sabathia became just the third left-hander in MLB history to record 3,000 strikeouts last night, but it was the Arizona Diamondbacks who came away with the victory as they took the series-opener from the Yankees, 3-1. Game 2 is set for this afternoon at Chase Field with New York sending Masahiro Tanaka (2-2, 3.60) to the mound against Arizona’s… Read more »

As expected, Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals between Houston and Golden State had plenty of intensity and plenty of controversy at the end of a 104-100 win for the Warriors. Game 2 is set for tonight at ORACLE Arena and you can get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA playoff schedule by clicking HERE. After… Read more »

With the first month of the MLB season in the books, the surprising Tampa Bay Rays own the best record overall at 18-9. The Rays finished off a two-game sweep of the defending champion Red Sox yesterday and head to Kansas City tonight to take on the Royals, who have the worst record in the AL at 9-19. Kevin Cash… Read more »

The highly anticipated rematch between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors is finally here. In last year’s postseason, Golden State overcame a 3-2 series deficit to Houston after Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury, and eventually went on to capture its second NBA championship in a row.  This year, the Rockets look to be healthy and advanced… Read more »

Golden State’s win over the Clippers last night left just one first-round matchup still to be determined — the Denver Nuggets versus the San Antonio Spurs.  This series has been the only one to go the full seven games with the finale set for tonight at Denver’s Pepsi Center. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game as well as Game… Read more »

There are times when the Golden State Warriors look bored on the basketball court. But if that were the case coming into their first-round playoff series against the LA Clippers, Doc Rivers’ team has certainly gotten the Warriors attention. In a series that wasn’t expected to be close, the Clips have stolen two games on Golden State’s home court and… Read more »

The Carolina Hurricanes wrapped up the first round of the NHL playoffs last night with a dramatic 4-3 win over the defending champion Washington Capitals in double overtime. The Canes continued a trend that saw four of the top six teams in Dunkel’s power rankings eliminated. Two of the upset specialists — the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets —… Read more »