Posts Tagged: Dunkel

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Except for a historic slip in Game 2, the Golden State Warriors have had little trouble handling the LA Clippers in their conference quarterfinal matchup. The defending champs have a chance to finish the series tonight in Game 5 at ORACLE Arena and you can get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule by clicking HERE. Easy… Read more »

The Houston Rockets showed that even without James Harden at his best, they can still win playoff games even on the road. Harden started out 0-for-15 during Game 3 in Utah and finished just 3-of-20, but the Rockets managed to pull out a 104-101 victory over the Jazz that put Houston up 3-0 in their conference quarterfinal series. The Rockets… Read more »

The rough start for the defending champion Boston Red Sox continued yesterday as the Bosox were shut down by James Paxton and the Yankees, 8-0. Boston’s 6-12 start is its worst since the 1996 season when they opened at 3-15. Alex Cora’s team will see if it can at least salvage a split in the mini two-game set with the… Read more »

When the Red Sox and Yankees meet, there’s usually first place on the line. But right now, the two teams just need some Ws under their belts. The defending champion Red Sox come into the mini two-game series with an anemic 6-11 record. The Yankees aren’t much better at 6-9. And both will look for better outings tonight from a… Read more »

The Golden State Warriors took care of business with their 121-104 victory in Game 1 of their playoff series with the LA Clippers, but still allowed the Clips to get under their skin as Kevin Durant was tossed along with LA’s Patrick Beverly during a late-game squabble. The Warriors vow to play with more poise tonight as Game 2 tips… Read more »

The much-anticipated return of Bryce Harper to DC takes place tonight as the Phillies (3-0) open a two-game set against the Nationals (1-2). Harper rejected the Nats’ $300 million offer at the end of last season and signed a $330 million, 13-year deal with the division-rival Phillies — at the time the richest contract in baseball until Mike Trout passed… Read more »

After a disappointing, injury-plagued first season in Chicago, the Cubs were hoping for a new and improved Yu Darvish as he made his first start of the 2019 campaign yesterday. Instead, Darvish turned in the shortest outing of his career as he lasted only 2 2/3 innings while walking a career-high seven batters during the Cubs 8-6 loss to the… Read more »

Two teams advanced to the semifinals of the NIT last night as Wichita State upset Indiana, 73-63, and TCU took care of Creighton, 71-58. Tonight, the NIT will round out its Final Four for NYC as the final two semis take place with Lipscomb (27-7; No. 56 in Dunkel’s power rankings) heading to NC State to face the Wolfpack (24-11;… 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 »

Time To Be Greedy

The Alabama-LSU game is always circled in advance as a contest not to be missed and this year’s version doesn’t look to disappoint. The Crimson Tide (8-0; No. 1 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) and Tigers (7-1; No. 7) both made the initial CFP rankings, giving the SEC-haters plenty to chew on. If the Tigers are going to stay there after… Read more »

Held At Bay

There was some excitement in the California Bay area before the start of the NFL season with the Raiders adding new head coach Jon Gruden and the 49ers anticipating a full year out of rising-star QB Jimmy Garoppolo. But that excitement has turned into major disappointment as the Raiders (1-6; No. 32 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) have looked lost under… Read more »

Apple Of Their Eyes

The New Orleans Saints suffered one of the most devastating losses in NFL history when their secondary gave up a last-second TD to the Vikings in last year’s playoffs. Not surprisingly, on the cusp of this week’s rematch with Minnesota, the Saints made a deal to bolster their secondary by acquiring CB Eli Apple from the Giants. Apple is expected… Read more »

Trey-mendous

Steph Curry put on one of his best three-point shooting clinics ever on Wednesday — 11-of-16 from beyond the arc; 51 points total — as the Warriors crushed the Washington Wizards, 144-122. Curry and the Warriors will look for an encore performance tonight in Madison Square Garden as they travel to New York to face the Knicks. To get Dunkel’s pick… Read more »

Pelican Brief

Perhaps the most eye-popping opener of the NBA regular season was the New Orleans Pelicans going into Houston and demolishing one of the league’s premier teams, 131-112. Anthony Davis was his usual exceptional self with 32 points and 16 rebounds, while the addition of Julius Randle (25 points) off the bench yielded immediate dividends. Tonight, the Pelicans will carry that… Read more »

Rocket Booster?

The Houston Rockets came up just short in their attempt to unseat the Golden State Warriors last year as the dominant team in the Western Conference. In an effort to get over that hump, the Rockets made an interesting move in the off-season by acquiring Carmelo Anthony. Anthony didn’t exactly mesh with superstars Russell Westbrook and Paul George during his… Read more »

Badgering Harbaugh

Michigan fans have been waiting anxiously for a return to the upper echelon of college football’s ranks under coach Jim Harbaugh. The anxiety level was raised several notches when the Wolverines dropped their season-opener to Notre Dame. Five straight wins have calmed things a bit, but the Wolverines (5-1; No. 14 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) will get their first… Read more »

No Boone For Business

Aaron Boone has already carved out his spot in Yankee-Red Sox history with his ALCS-winning home run back in 2003. But last night added a chapter of a less positive variety as Boone’s Bronx Bombers were trounced at home, 16-1, and now trail the ALDS 2-games-to-1 to the Red Sox with Game 4 set for tonight in New York. To… Read more »

Eagles Have Landed

It didn’t take long for the Philadelphia Eagles to come back down to earth after their surprising run to the Super Bowl last year. A loss to Tampa Bay in Week 2 was compounded by a defensive meltdown in OT last week against the Titans that resulted in a 26-23 defeat and left the Birds with a 2-2 record (No…. Read more »

Home For Sale

It seemed inevitable months ago as both teams were on a path to reaching the century mark in wins that the Boston Red Sox (108-54; No. 1 in Dunkel’s MLB rankings) and New York Yankees (100-62; No. 3) were destined to meet in the postseason. That hunch becomes a reality tonight as the Red Sox and Yanks open their AL… Read more »

Pitt Stop

The Steelers and Ravens are set to resume their bitter rivalry tonight at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. Nine of the last 13 games between the two teams have been decided by 4 points or less and there’s a fair amount riding on this early-season contest as the Ravens (2-1; No. 5  in Dunkel’s NFL rankings)  come in tied for first place… Read more »

Dak-gummit

The Dallas Cowboys were hoping to put last season’s troubles behind them and ride the production of QB Dak Prescott back to the postseason. But Week 1 did not generate much optimism as the Prescott-led offense gave up six sacks, committed four penalties and scored only 8 points in a 16-8 loss to the Panthers. Tonight, Prescott and the Cowboys… Read more »

Burrow In

It’s no secret that LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is on the hot seat after a 9-4 season last year (No. 19 in Dunkel’s final 2017 rankings), which means that much of his future will rely on the play of new QB Joe Burrow. Burrow, who transferred from Ohio State, will be making his first collegiate start tonight as the… Read more »

Wash Away

The Washington Huskies (10-3; No. 8 in Dunkel’s final 2017 rankings) are expected to contend for the Pac-12 championship and possibly a CFP slot behind senior QB and Heisman-candidate Jake Browning. But Chris Petersen’s team is risking a lot today as the Huskies head east to Atlanta to face perennial SEC-power Auburn (10-4; No. 12). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game… Read more »

Best Foot Forward

The Mets Noah Syndergaard has dealt with a number of physical ailments since joining the starting rotation, but probably none more bizarre than the hand, foot and mouth disease that landed him on the DL back in July. But when he’s right, there’s no denying Syndergaard is one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. Tonight, he’ll get a chance… Read more »

Cousins New Family

The Minnesota Vikings made it all the way to the NFC Championship last year, but still felt they needed an upgrade at QB. Into the mix steps free agent Kirk Cousins, who left the Redskins in the off-season to try to get the Vikes all the way to the Super Bowl. Tonight, Cousins and the starters are likely to see… Read more »

Texas Cage Match

Joint practices in the NFL usually have their fair share of fights and this week’s scrimmages between the 49ers and Texans were no different as San Francisco DB Jimmie Ward and Houston WR DeAndre Hopkins got into it.  After a week of getting quite familiar with each other, the two teams will take the field tonight in Houston as the… Read more »

Handshake Deal

Last year’s Super Bowl between the Eagles and Patriots had everything in terms of excitement during Philadelphia’s 41-33 victory. But apparently the one thing missing was the customary handshake after the game between the two QBs — Nick Foles and Tom Brady. For his part, Foles says it’s no big deal, but undoubtedly the cameras will be fixed on the… Read more »

Hall Pass

While the NFL will honor the 2018 Hall of Fame class this weekend, two teams will take the field tonight in Canton, Ohio, for the preseason opener looking to recapture some of the glory from two of their inductees. The Bears’ Brian Urlacher and the Ravens’ Ray Lewis are part of this year’s class and will certainly be omnipresent tonight… Read more »

Dodging A No-No

The LA Dodgers were one strike away from being no-hit yesterday in Atlanta when Chris Taylor broke it up with a single to left. While avoiding the embarrassment of being held hitless, the Dodgers still ended their road trip with a 4-1 loss to the Braves. Happily, LA will return home tonight for the first time since July 15 to… Read more »