Posts Tagged: NBA

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 »

It looks like reigning NL MVP Christan Yelich has picked up right where he left off last year. The Brewers’ outfielder hit his fourth HR of the season yesterday, tying a record for starting the season with HRs in four consecutive games held by Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998), Nelson Cruz (2011), Chris Davis (2013) and Trevor Story (2016)…. 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 »

The St. Louis Cardinals were hoping for a power surge when they acquired Paul Goldschmidt from the Diamondbacks and it took less than a week into the new season for them to get it. Last night, Goldschmidt connected for 3 HRs and 5 RBI while leading the Redbirds to a 9-5 win over the Brewers that knotted the series up… Read more »

The MLB season started with a bang yesterday in Los Angeles. In fact, there were eight of them as the Dodgers set a record for most home runs in an opening-day game. The eight bombs also tied a franchise record set back in 2002 when Shawn Green hit four of them. The outburst was all part of a 12-5 rout… 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 »

In college basketball, the break between rounds in the NCAA Tournament continues while the focus shifts to the secondary tournaments, including the NIT where tonight two teams will punch their tickets to New York City with quarterfinal matchups between Wichita State (21-14) and Indiana (19-15) followed by Creighton (20-14) and TCU (22-13). To get Dunkel’s picks for these contests as… Read more »

The first two rounds on the NCAA Tournament are in the books with all the top seeds advancing, although Duke needed a last-minute put-back by RJ Barrett and near-miss by UCF at the buzzer to survive the Knights, 77-76, on Sunday. The tourney takes a few days off before resuming with the regional semifinals on Thursday and Friday, but in… Read more »

The second round of the NCAA Tournament started out with some lopsided scores and Cinderella teams like Murray State and Wofford departing. Day 2 could offer up similar mismatches as the top seeds taking the court — Duke, Virginia and North Carolina — are all double-digit favorites in Vegas. The action begins at 12:10 with Iowa (23-11; No. 38 in… Read more »

The first round of the NCAA Tournament is complete with all the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds advancing. The top seed to fall was at No. 4 as Kansas State lost to UC-Irvine, 70-64, on Friday. The highest-rated team in the Dunkel power rankings not to advance was Nevada (No. 18), which fell on Thursday to Florida, 70-61. The… Read more »

The first full day of the NCAA Tournament brought plenty of nail-biting moments and a few upsets. But the top seed in action — Gonzaga — had little trouble putting away Fairleigh Dickinson, 87-49. Day 2 features the other three No. 1 seeds — Duke, North Carolina and Virginia — in their first round matchups and tips off today at… Read more »

The field of 64 is set and the unofficial holiday known as the NCAA Tournament kicks into high gear today beginning at 12:15 with Minnesota (21-13; No. 61 in Dunkel’s power rankings) and their head coach Richard Pitino facing his dad’s former team, Louisville (20-13; No. 27), in Des Moines, Iowa. The wall-to-wall hoops will be capped off with Syracuse… Read more »

Belmont and Fairleigh Dickinson advanced to the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament last night, setting the stage for the last half of the First Four contests tonight in Dayton. The first matchup pits MEAC champion North Carolina Central (18-15; No. 283 in Dunkel’s power rankings) against Summit champ North Dakota State (18-15; No. 203). That will be followed… Read more »

The NCAA Tournament officially tips off tonight in Dayton with the first two of the First Four games. The opener features Northeast Conference champ Fairleigh Dickinson (20-13; No. 212 in Dunkel’s power rankings) against SWAC Conference champ Prairie View (22-12; No. 232). That will be followed by two at-large teams as the Belmont Bruins (26-5; No. 46) face the Temple… Read more »

Despite losing to St. Mary’s in the West Coast Conference Tournament final, the Gonzaga Bulldogs (30-3) head into this week’s NCAA Tournament ranked No. 1 in Dunkel’s final regular-season power rankings. The Bulldogs barely edged out a Duke Blue Devils team (29-5) that rode the return of Zion Williamson all the way to the ACC Tournament championship. The other top… Read more »

The conference tourneys wrap up today with a No. 1 seed in the NCAA’s still a possibility for the Tennessee Volunteers (29-4; No. 4 in Dunkel’s power rankings). Yesterday, the Volunteers overcame an eight-point deficit in the last 2:58 to knock off Kentucky, 82-78. That set up an SEC Tournament final against the Auburn Tigers (25-9; No. 18), who advanced… 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 Syracuse Orange (20-12) face the Duke Blue Devils (26-5) for an ACC Tournament Quarterfinal matchup. Syracuse has played well against Duke this season, splitting their matchups 1-1, and beat Pittsburgh 73-59 in their last game. For Duke, this will be their first ACC Tournament game and they’ll finally have their star, Zion Williamson back. The Orange are… 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 »

In the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers (30-36) are in Chicago to face the Bulls (19-49). The Lakers have been in a real slump as they’ve lost nine of their last 11 games, including a current five-game skid after falling to the Celtics, 120-107, at home. The Bulls have been cold recently, losing four of their last five games overall…. 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 »

The Philadelphia 76ers have scuffled without Joel Embiid, who has missed eight straight games with a sore knee. The Sixers (41-25) have dropped two straight and only generated 91 points of offense in their last outing on Friday against the Rockets. But they have a chance to tie Indiana for third place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings as they… Read more »

In NCAA Basketball, the Florida Gators (17-13) are on the road against the Kentucky Wildcats (25-5) for an SEC matchup. The Gators will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 79-78 overtime loss to LSU in their last game. The Wildcats will try to close out the regular season with a win after beating Ole Miss, 80-76. Florida is… Read more »

In the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers (41-24) are in Houston to face the Rockets (39-25). The Sixers will try to regroup after falling short against the Bulls, 108-107. The Rockets have won six straight games and 10 of their last 13 games overall. Head to head, the home team has gone 4-1 ATS in the last five matchups. To get… Read more »

In the NBA, the Indiana Pacers (42-23) are in Milwaukee to face the Bucks (48-16). The Pacers have been playing decent basketball lately but find themselves matched up with a Bucks team that just lost two in a row for the first time all season. This season, Milwaukee is winning home games by an average of 12.8 points and are… Read more »

In the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers (41-23) are in Chicago to face the Bulls (18-47). The Sixers are heating up and have managed to win seven of their last 10 games despite dealing with multiple injuries. The Bulls have improved in the second half, but are just 6-6 in their last 12 and have lost five of their last seven… 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 »

It’s hard to envision the NBA playoffs without LeBron James in them, but such would be the case if the regular season ended today. James and the LA Lakers (30-33; No. 21 in Dunkel’s latest power rankings) currently trail the Spurs by 4 1/2 games for the final playoff spot in the West with 19 games remaining. One of those… Read more »

In NCAA Basketball, the Michigan Wolverines (25-4) are on the road against the Maryland Terrapins (21-8) for a Big Ten matchup. The Wolverines closed out their home schedule with a convincing 82-53 win over Nebraska on Thursday. The Terps lost their last game at Penn State 78-61 and have gone 2-2 in their last four games overall. Michigan is 5-2 ATS… Read more »

In the NBA, Golden State Warriors (43-19) are on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers (40-22). The Warriors find themselves in a bit of a slump after losing four of their last six games, including losses to the Magic and Heat. The Sixers have won six of their lat eight games and will be looking for a third straight victory… Read more »

Heading east has not been a problem so far for the Portland Trail Blazers, who have started their seven-game road trip with a 4-0 record. Overall, the Blazers (38-23; No. 9 in Dunkel’s power rankings) are 18-4 against Eastern Conference opponents. But both those trends will get a test tonight as the Blazers face an equally hot Toronto Raptors club. … 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 »

A pair of top five teams in the latest Dunkel NBA power rankings square off tonight as the Oklahoma City Thunder (38-21; No. 5 in Dunkel) travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets (41-18; No. 4). Denver currently enjoys a three-game lead over the Thunder in the Northwest Division and has taken the first two games of the series… 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 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 »