Posts Tagged: Basketball

Tonight’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Final features two teams in search of their first national championship as Texas Tech (31-6) faces Virginia (34-3) in Minneapolis. The Cavaliers advanced after pulling out a 63-62 win over Auburn on Kyle Guy’s three free throws with less than a second remaining. The Red Raiders had an easier time dispatching Michigan State, 61-51. Chris Beard’s… Read more »

College basketball’s Final Four is set for today in Minneapolis starting at 6:09 pm EST with the Auburn Tigers (30-9) facing the Virginia Cavaliers (33-3), followed by the Texas Tech Red Raiders (30-6) taking on the Michigan State Spartans (32-6). To get Dunkel’s picks for both these games, click HERE. The Philadelphia 76ers (49-30) haven’t looked like a team ready… Read more »

The Big East final tonight features one expected team and one surprise. On the expected front is the Villanova Wildcats (24-9; No. 15 in Dunkel’s power rankings), who advanced with wins over Providence and Xavier. The surprise team is the Seton Hall Pirates (20-12; No. 49), who knocked off Georgetown and Marquette en route to the championship game. The teams… Read more »

In NCAA Basketball, the Duke Blue Devils (27-5) face the North Carolina Tarheels (27-5) for an ACC Tournament Semifinal matchup. Duke will look for another win after knocking off Syracuse, 84-72, on Thursday night. UNC was able to beat Louisville to advance and have now won eight games in a row. The Blue Devils have managed to win six of… Read more »

In NCAA Basketball, the Bucknell Bison (21-11) match up against the Colgate Raiders (23-10) for the Patriot League Tournament Finals. The Bison punched their ticket to the championship with a 97-75 rout of Lehigh on Sunday. The Raiders earned their trip to the conference championship with an 80-70 victory against the Navy Midshipmen. The Bucknell Bison are 5-2 ATS in the last… Read more »

With the regular season wrapped up, the college basketball world turns its full attention to the remaining conference tournaments. Tonight, the top-ranked team in Dunkel’s latest power rankings  the Gonzaga Bulldogs (29-2) — take the court in Las Vegas against Pepperdine (16-17; No. 177 in Dunkel) in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament. The Zags have found Mondays… Read more »

In NCAA Basketball, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (21-8) are on the road against the Tennessee Volunteers (26-3) for an SEC matchup. The Bulldogs will look for a win after losing their last matchup to Auburn, 80-75, which ended a five-game winning streak. The Volunteers are still undefeated at home this season after they took down Kentucky, 71-52-, on Saturday. The… Read more »

In the NBA,  the Washington Wizards (24-36) are on the road against the Brooklyn Nets (32-30). The Wizards have been in a slump as they’ve lost seven of their past nine games, including a current four-game skid, after losing to the Pacers in a 119-112 home loss on Saturday. The Nets have won three of their last four games and… Read more »

In the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers  (38-22) are on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans (27-34). The Sixers will look to bounce back from an ugly loss to the Blazers at home. The Pelicans were able to beat the Lakers without Anthony Davis in their last game and have now won two of their last three games. The Sixers… Read more »

The road to the Big Ten championship looks to run through Michigan this afternoon as the Wolverines (24-3; 13-3 in Big Ten; No. 5 in Dunkel’s power rankings) host the Michigan State Spartans (22-5; 13-3; No. 6). The winner will remain tied atop the conference standings along with Purdue, which survived a tough challenge yesterday at Nebraska. The Wolverines come… Read more »

In the NBA, the Boston Celtics (37-21) are in Milwaukee to face the Bucks (43-14). The All-Star break is over and tonight we have a matchup between two top five teams according to Dunkel’s Power Rankings. The Celtics have won seven of their last nine games overall. The Bucks are currently at the top of the Eastern Conference standings and… Read more »

Tobacco Road lights up tonight with the first Duke-North Carolina meeting of the season. The Blue Devils (23-2; 11-1 in ACC) have won nine straight and hold the top spot in the Dunkel Index, while the Tar Heels (20-5; 10-2) have won eight of their last nine and come in at No. 7 in the Index. Ticket prices have reportedly… Read more »

After struggling to a 4-12 start, Illinois has come to life recently with four straight victories, including wins over Big Ten rivals Michigan State and Ohio State. The Fighting Illini (10-15; 6-8 in conference) hope the win streak can help them snap a 14-game skid against Wisconsin that dates back all the way to 2011. The Badgers (17-8; 9-5) are… Read more »

In the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder (37-19) are in New Orleans to play the Pelicans (25-33). The Thunder roll in winners of 11 of their last 12 games, behind the strong play of Paul George and Russell Westbrook. The Pelicans lost their last game 118-88 to the Magic at home. Anthony Davis will look to bounce back after having… Read more »

In the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers (28-28) are in Atlanta to play the Hawks (18-38). The Lakers will look for a much-needed win tonight if they seriously hope to make the playoffs. They’ve lost seven of their last 10 games and sit two games behind Sacramento for the eighth seed. The Hawks have lost eight of their last 12,… Read more »

In the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers (11-43) are on the road against the Washington Wizards (22-32). The Cavaliers have now lost 20 of their last 23 games after falling to the Celtics, 103-96. The Wiz, who have lost five of their last six, will look to capitalize against one of the league’s weakest teams. Washington currently sits four games outside… Read more »

The Virginia Tech Hokies put the clamps on North Carolina State over the weekend, holding the Wolfpack to just 16.7 percent shooting from the field and the fewest points (24) by a ranked team in the shot clock era. Fresh off that win, the Hokies (18-3) will welcome Louisville to Blacksburg tonight. The Cardinals (16-6) had been flying high with… Read more »

In the NBA, the Los Angeles Clippers (28-14) are on the road against the Detroit Pistons (22-28). Los Angeles had been playing well before getting themselves into a two-game losing streak after falling to the Lakers, 123-120 in OT. The Pistons got a much-needed win against the short-handed Mavs in their last game. Blake Griffin will look for another big… Read more »

In the NBA, the Golden State Warriors (35-14) are on the road against the Indiana Pacers (32-16). The Warriors will look to extend their 10 game winning streak after beating Boston 115-111. The Pacers dropped their last game to Memphis after losing Victor Oladipo for the season. The Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games. To get… Read more »

In the NBA, the Golden State Warriors (34-14) are on the road against the Boston Celtics (30-18). The Warriors will look for their tenth straight win after beating the Wizards 126-118 on Thursday. The Celtics have also been playing well, winning five games in a row and nine of their last 12 overall. Golden State is 4-1 ATS in their… Read more »

In the NBA, the Houston Rockets (24-21) are in Philadelphia to take on the 76ers (27-20). The Sixers lost their last game in heartbreaking fashion when Paul George converted a game-winning four point play to give the Thunder a 117-115 victory. The Rockets have won eight of their last nine matchups against the Sixers. To get Dunkel’s pick for this… Read more »

In the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs (26-20) match up with the Minnesota Timberwolves (21-23). Both teams are settling into form, for better and for worse. San Antonio is one of the worst outside shooting teams and averages the lowest attempts from distance per game. The Timberwolves have started to generate more offense, but they still take plays off on… Read more »

Oaktown Showdown

In the NBA, the New Orleans Pelicans (21-23) are in Oakland to face the Warriors (30-14). The Warriors are looking to stay hot as they’ve won seven of their last eight games, including a big win in Denver. New Orleans has played well recently, but five of their last seven wins have come at home and they’re just 2-5 ATS… Read more »

Saint Nick Vs. New Orleans

In the NFL playoffs, the Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) are in New Orleans to face the top seeded Saints(13-3). New Orleans finished the regular season as the best team in our rankings, winning six of their last seven home games. The Saints have not lost a home playoff game since 1993, when they lost to the Eagles 36-20. Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »