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*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming into the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. And listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE. The best records in baseball meet tonight as the NY Yankees (83-46) and LA… Read more »

The Minnesota Vikings were hoping for more out of a Kirk Cousins-led offense than last year’s 8-7-1 season produced. As a result, the Vikes made a change on the coaching side with Kevin Stefanski taking over as the new offensive coordinator. The signs were positive in Week 1 of the preseason as Cousins completed all four of his passes and… Read more »

The Buffalo Bills are hoping to improve on last year’s 6-10 record and much of that will depend on the development of second-year QB Josh Allen. Allen had enough bright moments, especially late in the season, to give Buffalo fans optimism heading into this season. A solid performance in Week 1 of the preseason (6-of-11 for 66 yards) during a… Read more »

The Baltimore Ravens (1-0) came out of Week 1 of the NFL preseason with the highest Dunkel rating after their 29-0 dismantling of the Jacksonville Jaguars. QB Lamar Jackson looked sharp (4-of-6 for 59 yards and a TD) while playing with the first team for most of the first quarter. The victory also extended the Ravens’ winning streak to an… Read more »

The Atlanta Braves found a way to cool off the hard-charging New York Mets last night with Ronald Acuna Jr supplying the power and Max Fried supplying the pitching in a 5-3 victory. It was just the Mets third loss in their last 18 games and dropped them two games behind the Cardinals for the final NL wild-card spot. Mickey… Read more »

The Philadelphia Phillies signed Bryce Harper to a mega-contract with the intent on being in the postseason hunt for many years to come. So far, those results have been mixed. On Friday night, Harper delivered in a big way with two HRs in a 9-6 win over the San Francisco Giants. But yesterday, Harper struck out in the ninth inning… Read more »

The Boston Red Sox may have been looking for some divine intervention to get back into the playoff chase and appear to have gotten it in the form of the Angels. LA’s recent woes have continued as the Halos have dropped eight straight and 12 of their last 14 after last night’s 16-4 drubbing in Boston. For the Red Sox,… Read more »

The NY Mets have surged back into playoff contention by winning 13 of their last 14 games — the best 14-game stretch the team has had since 1990. The Mets have an opportunity to make up even more ground starting tonight as they open a three-game set against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. New York (59-56) trails Washington (61-53)… Read more »

On June 3, the Cleveland Indians sat 11 1/2 games back of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central and appeared to be going nowhere fast. But Terry Francona’s team has gone a blistering 39-16 over its last 55 games to put the Tribe (68-46) just 2 games back of the Twins (70-44) as the two teams open up a… Read more »

Mike Leake first made a name for himself as a star pitcher for the Arizona State Sun Devils, earning the eighth pick overall in the 2009 MLB draft. Ten years after that fact, Leake will make his debut tonight as the starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Acquired from Seattle just before the trade deadline, Leake (9-8, 4.27) will go… Read more »

A big opportunity this weekend for the Milwaukee Brewers turned into a dud as they were swept by the Chicago Cubs in three straight. Losers of six of their last seven, the Brewers (57-56) are in desperate need of some wins as they’ve fallen four games behind the Cubs in the NL Central standings. The good news for Milwaukee could… Read more »

A critical West Coast road trip for the St. Louis Cardinals did not start off well last night as the Redbirds were manhandled by the Oakland A’s, 8-3. The loss dropped St. Louis (58-51) a half-game behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central race. The Cards will try to rebound today with Adam Wainwright (7-7, 4.47) on the mound…. 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 »

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 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 »

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 Toronto Raptors stumbled in Game 1 of the quarterfinal series against Orlando, but have put the clamps on the Magic since then. After giving up 104 points in their opening-game loss, the Raptors have held the Magic to 82, 93 and 85 points in the last three games — all Toronto wins. The Raptors have a chance to close… 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 Boston Celtics have a chance to become the first team to punch its ticket to the second round of the NBA playoffs as the Celts go for the series sweep this afternoon on the road against the Indiana Pacers. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Vegas… Read more »

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Boston Celtics and their star point guard, Kyrie Irving. But the Celts were hoping all that would be pushed aside once the playoffs rolled around. So far, so good as Irving has come up big for Boston in each of its first two games against the Pacers — both victories at home. Tonight,… 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 »

Home court advantage didn’t amount to much during Day 1 of the NBA playoffs as three of the four visiting teams stole victories. One team that hopes that trend continues in Day 2 is the Oklahoma City Thunder (49-33), who open their Western Conference playoff series as a No. 6 seed on the road this afternoon against the No. 3… Read more »

The NBA playoffs get started today with four games on the schedule, including the Golden State Warriors begin their quest for a rare three-peat as league champions. The Warriors (57-25) are the No. 1 seed in the West and open at home against the No. 8 seed L.A. Clippers (48-34). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full… Read more »

The Penguins and Islanders play Game 2 of their first round series tonight at Nassau Coliseum. While the Isles won a back-and-forth struggle in the opener, 4-3 in overtime, the Penguins forced an up-tempo contest against the team that allowed the fewest goals in the league (169) during the regular season. To get Dunkel’s pick for tonight’s game and the… Read more »

The first day of the NHL playoffs was filled with upsets, including the top seed in the East and President’s Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning falling to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3. Day 2 begins tonight with three games on the schedule, including the No. 1 seed in the West — the Calgary Flames (50-25-7) — opening its series at home… Read more »

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 »

The Russell Westbrook show continues today as the Oklahoma City Thunder (46-33) visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (36-43). On Tuesday, Westbrook became the only other player not named Wilt Chamberlain to record a 20-point, 20-assist, and 20-rebound game. Then on Thursday, he became the first player in league history to average a triple-double for three consecutive seasons. Aside from Westbrook’s record-setting… 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 »

It looks to be a postseason sneak preview tonight as the Boston Celtics (47-32) travel to Indiana to face the Pacers (47-32). The two teams are on a path to meet in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs and home-court advantage is at stake in this one. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the complete NBA… Read more »

The future was supposed to be bright for the Washington Wizards with young stars John Wall and Bradley Beal poised to have them contending in the Eastern Conference. But injuries to Wall and disappointing performances from others have the Wiz sitting at 32-46 this season and out of the playoff picture. The collapse resulted in the team firing president Ernie… Read more »

In the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks (35-12) are on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder (30-18). The Bucks will look for their seventh win in a row after they beat Charlotte 108-99 at home. The Thunder are heating up again, with four straight wins after they had lost five of six. OKC is 5-2 ATS in their last seven… Read more »