Posts By: Bob Dunkel

Pittsburgh Peng-wins

In the NHL, Pittsburgh (24-13-6) faces off against Anaheim (19-17-8). The Ducks have lost nine games in a row and sit 24th in our rankings. The Penguins have gone the opposite direction, going 9-1 in their last ten games, and sit at number seven in the rankings. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NHL schedule, click… Read more »

Kings Court

In the NBA, the Detroit Pistons (17-22) match up against the Sacramento Kings (20-21). The Pistons have fallen to #22 in our rankings, going 4-15 after their 13-7 start. Sacramento has stumbled their way to a #19 ranking, but with no first round pick to play for, the Kings will be looking for as many wins as they can get. To… Read more »

Keeping Pace

In the NBA, the Pacers head to Boston looking for their second win in two nights. The Celtics have won three straight games but the Pacers have gone 5-1 during the second night of back-to-backs this season. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE In the NHL, the Colorado Avalanche will face off with… Read more »

Can the T’Wolves “Flip” the script?

In the NBA, Minnesota (19-21) heads to OKC (25-14) to play the Thunder. Timberwolves’ Interim Coach Ryan Saunders will see his first head coaching action. Saunders is notably the youngest head coach in the NBA, and at 32 years old, he is younger than Thunder guard Raymond Felton. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE… Read more »

NCAA Football National Championship 2019

For the third time in four years Alabama (14-0) and Clemson (14-0) will play for the NCAA Football National Championship. The nation’s top two seeds will face off tonight at 8 pm EST at Levi’s Stadium in California. Clemson has gone 6-1 against the spread on the road or at neutral sites this season and they are 3-2 ATS versus… Read more »

Nick Of Time

Last year, Nick Foles stepped into the void created by QB Carson Wentz’ injury and took the Philadelphia Eagles all the way to their first Super Bowl championship. This year, Foles has once again had to step in for an injured Wentz and once again has gotten the Eagles into the playoffs. But to continue to replicate last year’s run,… Read more »

Hard Day’s Night

Covering James Harden has never been easy, but right now it is virtually impossible. Harden will be trying to reach the 35-point mark in his ninth straight game — a feat that has been accomplished only three times in NBA history — as his Houston Rockets travel to Golden State tonight to face the Warriors. To get Dunkel’s Pick for… Read more »

December To Remember

Hot streaks are nothing new for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but December had a be a particularly satisfying month as the Pens went 11-3-1, including six straight wins to finish off 2018. Pittsburgh (21-12-6) will see if it can keep the hot streak going in the new year as they head to New York tonight to face the Rangers (17-14-7). To… Read more »

Deja Vu All Over Again?

Last year, the UCF Knights went undefeated in the regular season but failed to make the college football playoff. Instead, they went to the Peach Bowl, upset SEC power Auburn and declared their own national championship. Fast forward to this year and the Knights (12-0) have once again gone undefeated in the regular season, have once again been left out… Read more »

Quacks Like A Duck

The Oregon Ducks got some good news even before they stepped on the playing field for today’s bowl game when star QB Justin Herbert announced he will be returning next year for his senior season. The Ducks (8-4) hope the news will spark them to victory as they face the Michigan State Spartans (7-5) in the RedBox Bowl. To get… Read more »

Oh Henry

The Tennessee Titans (9-6) have put themselves in position to make the playoffs in large part to the recent running of Derrick Henry. The former Heisman winner has racked up 492 rushing yards and 7 TDs over the last three games, all of which have resulted in Tennessee victories. They’ll need every bit of that effort tonight as the Titans… Read more »

De-Livering

While DeMar DeRozan has been overshadowed by his trade partner Kawhi Leonard’s play in Toronto, the veteran guard has had his moments in half a season with the Spurs. One of those came in his last outing against the Nuggets as DeRozan led the way with 30 points in a 111-103 victory. He’ll try to be as effective tonight when… Read more »

Worriers

The Golden State Warriors have not had much to worry about in recent seasons with a near total dominance of the league. But this season has shown a few cracks in the Warriors armor with their Christmas Day pounding at the hands of the Lakers being totally out of character. Golden State (23-12) will try to regain their old form… Read more »

Sweet Lou

Lou Williams career in the NBA has been marked by instant offense. The Clippers missed that energy recently when Williams was sidelined with a hamstring injury and averaged only 104 points per game. But since Williams return, the Clips (19-14) have gotten back to their high-scoring ways and come into tonight’s contest against the Sacramento Kings (18-15) averaging 128 ppg… Read more »

Holiday Tradition

The Christmas Day tradition of the NBA continues with five games on the schedule, including a primetime matchup between the LA Lakers (19-14) and Golden State Warriors (23-11). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE In college hoops, the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii wraps up with four games on tap, capped off… Read more »

Chief Objective

The Kansas City Chiefs (11-3) missed an opportunity to clinch the AFC West last week when they squandered a 14-point lead before losing to the Chargers, 29-28. But with LA’s loss last night to the Ravens, the Chiefs have another chance to clinch tonight in Seattle against the Seahawks (8-6). To get Dunkel’s Pick for this game and the full… Read more »

Tech Support

Texas Tech (10-0) is one of nine unbeaten Division I teams left in college basketball and has been getting the job done with a stifling defense that leads the nation in scoring defense (51.2 ppg) and field goal defense (32.2 percent). But those numbers will be put to the test tonight as Tech faces Duke (10-1) and their fab freshmen… Read more »

Frisco Kid

The Ohio Bobcats advanced to tonight’ Frisco Bowl behind a high-powered offense that averaged 41.2 points per game. Senior RB A.J. Ouellette has been key to that performance and comes into the game averaging 178 yards over his last three contests. But the Bobcats should run into some resistance from San Diego State’s defense, which held Boise State to just… Read more »

Blazing Trail

It wasn’t long ago that the UAB Blazers couldn’t imagine playing football much less being in a bowl game. But after dropping the program for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, the Blazers have come back with a vengeance. Bill Clark’s team capped off a 10-win season (10-3) with a Conference USA championship — the schoo’s first conference championship ever. Tonight,… Read more »

Off Key

The Utah Jazz have yet to find their rhythm this season and a loss in Mexico City to the Magic over the weekend dropped them to two games below .500 (14-16). Tonight they’ll try to bounce back as they head to Houston to face a Rockets team that has had its own troubles, but a recent surge has them back… Read more »

Stick It To ‘Em

The North Dakota State Bison (13-0) are going for an unprecedented seventh FCS championship in the last eight years and are being led by senior QB Easton Stick. While Stick may not be on the level of his predecessor — Carson Wentz — he has helped the Bison average 41 points per game behind 25 TD tosses and only 5… Read more »

Hard Charger

Since losing the opener to Kansas City, the LA Chargers have been playing catch-up with the Chiefs. Tonight, the Chargers (10-3) have a chance to catch the Chiefs (11-2) as the two teams meet at Arrowhead Stadium. To get Dunkel’s Pick for this game and the full NFL schedule, click HERE The Houston Rockets (12-14) picked up a much-needed win… Read more »

Healthy Outlook

The Golden State Warriors are starting to get healthy, which is bad news for the rest of the NBA. The recent returns of Steph Curry and Draymond Green has sparked the Warriors, who have won four straight while averaging a healthy 119.5 points per game. They’ll put that streak to the test tonight as they host the Toronto Raptors (22-7),… Read more »

Houston, We Have A Problem

Losing a few games at the start of the NBA season didn’t seem like much of a problem for the Houston Rockets. But now 25 games in and still below .500 (11-14), the Rockets have settled into a troubling pattern of giving up a ton of points (ranked 25th in points allowed) and getting almost no help off the bench… Read more »

Boom Or Bust

Seattle’s vaunted “Legion of Boom” defense hasn’t looked so intimidating against the pass over the last few weeks. Two weeks ago, Carolina’s Cam Newton completed all 14 of his first-half pass attempts and last week San Francisco third-stringer Nick Mullens threw for over 400 yards. This should excite Minnesota QB Kirk Cousins as his Vikings (6-5-1) head to Seattle for… Read more »

Built Ram Tough?

At 11-1, the LA Rams look to be in the driver’s seat to represent the NFC in this year’s Super Bowl. But to get there, the Rams will have to demonstrate a toughness that is not always reflected in their sunny California surroundings. A good test will be tonight when the Rams head to frigid Chicago to take on the… Read more »

Running With The Pack

Nevada sparked a lot of interest last year with a 29-8 record and Sweet 16 finish in the NCAA Tournament. Led by the twins, Caleb and Cody Martin, the Wolf Pack look primed for an even deeper run this season after an 8-0 start. Tonight, they’ll get a strong test from another unbeaten team — the Arizona State Sun Devils… Read more »

Tenn Spot

The Tennessee Titans pulled out a come-from-behind victory over the Jets last week that got them back to .500 (6-6) and kept them alive in the race for an AFC wild-card spot. But they can’t look past tonight’s matchup with the 4-8 Jacksonville Jaguars, who held the high-powered Colts offense scoreless in their last outing. To get Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Home Without A Butler

The trade of Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia looks to be a plus for the Minnesota Timberwolves right now as they’ve gone 8-3 since dealing him away, including 6-3 at home. That’s where the Wolves  (12-12) will be tonight as they host the Charlotte Hornets (11-12). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE. On… Read more »

Knight Shift

The Washington Capitals took the first game in the rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup with the Vegas Golden Knights when the two teams met in DC back in October. That was part of a 1-4 start for the Golden Knights, but since that time have looked more like the team that won the Western Conference during their first year… Read more »

Flight Time?

Eagles fans have been waiting for their defending champions to show signs of returning to last year’s form. Perhaps last week’s comeback win over the Giants will be the spark the Birds (5-6) needed. But they’ll get a tougher test tonight as they host the Washington Redskins (6-5) in a battle for the NFC East. To get Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Heinz Pickle

The LA Chargers (8-3) have been a good road team this year — winning four of five away from home — but history has not been kind when they’ve traveled to Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. The Steelers (7-3-1) are 14-1 all-time against the Chargers at home and will look to build on that record tonight as the two teams meet in… Read more »

Ol’ Saint Nick

With the calendar turning to December and the holiday season, there’s a non-traditional Nick who also tends to do pretty well this time of year and goes by the last name of Saban. His Crimson Tide team (12-0) once again looks primed to defend its national title as they head to the SEC Championship game today against the Georgia Bulldogs… Read more »

MAC Attack

The FBS conference championships start tonight with MAC title on the line in Detroit between Northern Illinois (7-5) and Buffalo (10-2). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NCAA Football schedule, click HERE. The Big Ten will take center stage on the hardwood with a pair of conference games, including the Wisconsin Badgers (6-1) heading to Iowa… Read more »

Saints Alive

The New Orleans Saints are steamrolling through the NFC right now. Per usual, the Saints are lighting it up on the offensive side behind ageless QB Drew Brees and the lead the league in scoring average (37.2 ppg) while scoring at least 30 points or more in five straight games. That production will be put to the test tonight against… Read more »

Challenging Times

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge was pretty evenly matched last night with the conferences splitting the six games played, including Duke’s dominating 90-69 win over Indiana. It will be North Carolina’s turn tonight to see if they can keep up with their rival as the Tar Heels head to Michigan to take on the Wolverines. To get Dunkel’s pick for this… Read more »

Titanic Task

The Tennessee Titans beat Houston in Week 2 of the NFL season, 20-17, but it will be a different Texans team that they will be facing tonight. Houston has reeled off seven straight wins to vault to the top spot in the AFC South standings and has a chance to set a franchise record for consecutive victories as the Texans… Read more »

Carving The Bird

No team is hotter in the NFL right now than the New Orleans Saints. Just ask the defending-champion Eagles, who were picked apart by Drew Brees & Company last week, 48-7. It’s fitting on Thanksgiving that the Saints have an opportunity to carve up another bird as they host the Falcons tonight to cap off a trifecta of NFL action…. Read more »

Hawaii 5-0

A pair of undefeated teams meet tonight in Hawaii, but only one will be 5-0 when it’s all said and done as the Duke Blue Devils (4-0) meet the Auburn Tigers (4-0) in the second round of the Maui Invitational. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NCAA Basketball schedule, click HERE. The Miami Heat have dropped… Read more »

KC Masterpiece

The meteoric rise of Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes continues to have the Chiefs thinking Super Bowl. The 23-year-old leads the NFL in TD passes (31) and passing yards per game, while leading the Chiefs to a 9-1 record. They’ll get a serious test tonight as KC heads to Los Angeles to take on another team with Super Bowl aspirations… Read more »

Bullish On The Bears

It’s no surprise that the Minnesota Vikings are in the hunt for the NFC North Division crown. The Chicago Bears, however, are another matter. Under first-year head coach Mike Nagy and second-year QB Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears have have surprised a lot of people with a 6-3 record and the top spot in the division race. They’ll get a chance… Read more »

Not East Being Green

It’s rare that the Golden State Warriors show a chink in their otherwise impenetrable armor, so it was no surprise then everyone jumped all over the Kevin Durant-Draymond Green skirmish. Green definitely got the worst of the criticism and ended up serving a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. Other teams may view this schism as an opening,… Read more »

Tor Of Duty

Dwane Casey spent the last seven years as head coach of the Toronto Raptors, posting a franchise-best 59-win season last year that earned him coach-of-the-year honors. But all that didn’t earn him an invite back by Raptors management, who moved on to Casey’s assistant, Nick Nurse. For his part, Casey has landed in Detroit with the Pistons and will be… Read more »

Coyote Ugly

The Washington Capitals have not always resembled last year’s Stanley Cup champs with the most recent occurrence coming on Sunday when they dropped an ugly 4-1 decision at home to the Arizona Coyotes. Currently sixth in the Metropolitan Division, the Caps will try to find some success on the road tonight as they face the Minnesota Wild. To get Dunkel’s… Read more »

Nick Of Time

The San Francisco 49ers were down two QBs and had lost six games in a row when they were forced to turn to Nick Mullens to take over the offense. All Mullens did was rack up the most productive NFL debut since the merger in leading the Niners to a 34-3 thrashing of the Raiders. Mullens will be back under… Read more »

Collapsing Star

The Dallas Cowboys were hoping to avoid the drama that came with last year’s losing season, but it looks to be back again after Dallas looked flat in a 28-14 loss to Tennessee on Monday night that dropped the Cowboys record to 3-5 on the season. In need of some signs of life, the Cowboys head to Philadelphia tonight to… Read more »

Screaming Eagles

Expect the scene at Boston College tonight to be raucous as the Eagles have a chance to shake up the college football landscape by hosting undefeated Clemson. The Tigers (9-0; No. 3 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) haven’t shown much vulnerability since switching to Trevor Lawrence at QB and are coming off a 77-point performance last week against Louisville.  But… Read more »

Orange You Glad

It’s not often Syracuse gets to be excited about its football program, but there is optimism in the Carrier Dome these days as the Orange have posted a 7-2 record and have their highest ranking in the AP Poll (No. 13) since the days of Donovan McNabb back in 1998. Dino Babers’ team gets a chance to build on that… Read more »

Carolina On Their Mind

After stumbling to a 1-2-1 start, the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1) have righted the ship with four straight victories, including a 23-16 win at Baltimore last week that secured their lead in the AFC North standings.  They’ll get another strong test tonight as the Steelers host a Carolina Panthers team (6-2) that has won three in a row. To get Dunkel’s… Read more »

Not OK

Just when the OKC Thunder were turning things around, they’ve hit a little bump in the road with Russell Westbrook’s ankle injury. The All-Star guard is expected to miss tonight’s contest against the Cavaliers as the Thunder will try to extend their five-game winning streak without him. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click… Read more »