Posts Tagged: NBA

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 San Antonio Spurs (33-26) are in Toronto to face the Raptors (43-16). The Spurs have been up and down this season but were able to snap a four-game losing streak with a 108-107 win over Memphis in their last game. The Raptors have been on a tear, winning 12 of their last 13 games, and now… 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 »

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 Portland Trailblazers (33-22) are on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder (36-19). The Blazers will have to play their second game in two days, after losing at home to the Mavericks 102-101. OKC has been in top form lately, winning three games in a row and going 10-1 in their last 11 games overall. The… Read more »

In the NBA, the Los Angeles Clippers (30-26) are on the road against the Boston Celtics (35-20). The Clippers come into this game under-manned and in a slump, going 2-4 in their last six games. The Celtics have been hot, but are coming off a dramatic loss to the Lakers. The Clips have gone 2-6 ATS in their last eight… 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 »

In the NBA, the Memphis Grizzlies (22-33) are on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder (34-19). Memphis is a team in limbo right now, with several of their key players involved in trade rumors before Thursday’s deadline. Marc Gasol will likely sit out tonight and the rest of their lineup may or may not be completely different by the… Read more »

In the NBA, the Phoenix Suns (11-44) are on the road against the Utah Jazz (30-24). The Suns are winless since January 12th, losing 11 straight games in that time. The Jazz will look to bounce back from a tough loss to the Rockets in Utah, where they have been strong this season, winning 10 of their last 13 games…. 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 »

When the Houston Rockets travel to Denver tonight, Nuggets fans will see a familiar face on the Rockets bench with newly acquired forward Kenneth Faried, who spent the first seven years of his career in Denver. Faried has supplied his usual energy for the Rockets (29-21) while contributing 15.2 points and 9.8 boards per game since coming over from Brooklyn…. Read more »

In the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks (36-13) are on the road against the Toronto Raptors (37-15). The Bucks will look for a statement victory after they fell to Toronto at home a few weeks ago. The Raptors are glad to be home after going 1-2 on their most recent road trip. The Bucks have won six of their last eight… Read more »

In English Premier League, Manchester United (13-5-5) takes on Burnley FC (6-4-13). Man U’s coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, will try to become the first manager in Premier League history to win his first seven EPL matches. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full EPL schedule, click HERE  In the NBA, the New Orleans Pelicans (22-28) are on the… 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 Toronto Raptors (36-14) are on the road against the Houston Rockets (27-20). The Raptors will look to get back in the win column after they had a three game winning streak snapped by the Pacers. The Rockets just barely escaped from New York, beating the Knicks 114-110 at the Garden in their last matchup. Houston is… Read more »

In the NBA, the Minnesota Timberwolves (23-24) are in Los Angeles to play the Lakers (25-23). The Wolves have won six of their last nine games to bring themselves into the playoff picture. The Lakers been maintaining relatively well without LeBron James, going 4-4 in their last eight games overall. However, the Lakers are just 1-4-1 ATS in their last… Read more »

In the NHL, the Nashville Predators (29-18-4) are on the road against the Vegas Golden Knights (29-18-4). Both teams have gone 2-3 in their last five and have the exact same record so far this season. The Preds won the first meeting between these two 4-1, but the Golden Knights have been the hotter team lately, going 9-3 in their… Read more »

In NCAA basketball,  the Texas Tech Red Raiders (15-3) visit the Kansas State Wildcats (14-4). The Wildcats have won four in a row and are now 4-2 in the Big 12. Texas Tech dropped their second game in a row, falling to Baylor 73-62. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NCAA Basketball schedule, click HERE In… 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 NFL playoffs, the New England Patriots (11-5) travel to Kansas City (12-4) to take on the Chiefs. New England is looking to advance to their fourth Super Bowl in five years. But they’ll have to do it on the road, where they were just 3-5 this year. In the postseason New England hasn’t won a road game since… Read more »

In the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder (26-18) take on the 76ers (30-16) in Philadelphia. Westbrook and the Thunder have struggled lately, dropping five of their last six games overall. The Sixers have looked great, winning seven of their last nine and will be going for their fourth straight win today. Philadelphia has gone 2-5 ATS in their last seven games… 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 »

Looping and Hooping in London

In the NBA, the New York Knicks (10-33) take on the Washington Wizards (18-26) in London. The Knicks are wishing they were swishing as they’ve lost 17 of their last 19 games. The Wizards have won five of their last eight, but will be looking to bounce back from a double overtime loss to Toronto. Washington is 7-1 ATS in… 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 »

The Luck of the Irish

In NCAA basketball, Notre Dame (11-5) is at No. 13 North Carolina (12-4). Headcoach Roy Williams and the Tarheels are coming off their worst home loss in 16 years. Notre Dame is 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall, but has a history of playing UNC close, with six of the last nine meetings being decided by single digits…. Read more »

Can ‘Cuse Keep It Close?

In NCAA basketball, Syracuse (11-5) is at top ranked Duke (14-1). Syracuse has won four out of their last five games and are 2-1 in conference play. The Blue Devils are coming off of a dramatic victory against Florida State, but there’s a chance they’ll be without their star, Zion Williamson. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »