Posts Tagged: NBA

Running With The Pack

Nevada sparked a lot of interest last year with a 29-8 record and Sweet 16 finish in the NCAA Tournament. Led by the twins, Caleb and Cody Martin, the Wolf Pack look primed for an even deeper run this season after an 8-0 start. Tonight, they’ll get a strong test from another unbeaten team — the Arizona State Sun Devils… Read more »

Tenn Spot

The Tennessee Titans pulled out a come-from-behind victory over the Jets last week that got them back to .500 (6-6) and kept them alive in the race for an AFC wild-card spot. But they can’t look past tonight’s matchup with the 4-8 Jacksonville Jaguars, who held the high-powered Colts offense scoreless in their last outing. To get Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Home Without A Butler

The trade of Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia looks to be a plus for the Minnesota Timberwolves right now as they’ve gone 8-3 since dealing him away, including 6-3 at home. That’s where the Wolves  (12-12) will be tonight as they host the Charlotte Hornets (11-12). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE. On… Read more »

Knight Shift

The Washington Capitals took the first game in the rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup with the Vegas Golden Knights when the two teams met in DC back in October. That was part of a 1-4 start for the Golden Knights, but since that time have looked more like the team that won the Western Conference during their first year… 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 »

Heinz Pickle

The LA Chargers (8-3) have been a good road team this year — winning four of five away from home — but history has not been kind when they’ve traveled to Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. The Steelers (7-3-1) are 14-1 all-time against the Chargers at home and will look to build on that record tonight as the two teams meet in… 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 »

Saints Alive

The New Orleans Saints are steamrolling through the NFC right now. Per usual, the Saints are lighting it up on the offensive side behind ageless QB Drew Brees and the lead the league in scoring average (37.2 ppg) while scoring at least 30 points or more in five straight games. That production will be put to the test tonight against… Read more »

Challenging Times

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge was pretty evenly matched last night with the conferences splitting the six games played, including Duke’s dominating 90-69 win over Indiana. It will be North Carolina’s turn tonight to see if they can keep up with their rival as the Tar Heels head to Michigan to take on the Wolverines. To get Dunkel’s pick for this… 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 »

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 »

KC Masterpiece

The meteoric rise of Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes continues to have the Chiefs thinking Super Bowl. The 23-year-old leads the NFL in TD passes (31) and passing yards per game, while leading the Chiefs to a 9-1 record. They’ll get a serious test tonight as KC heads to Los Angeles to take on another team with Super Bowl aspirations… 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 »

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 »

Nick Of Time

The San Francisco 49ers were down two QBs and had lost six games in a row when they were forced to turn to Nick Mullens to take over the offense. All Mullens did was rack up the most productive NFL debut since the merger in leading the Niners to a 34-3 thrashing of the Raiders. Mullens will be back under… Read more »

Orange You Glad

It’s not often Syracuse gets to be excited about its football program, but there is optimism in the Carrier Dome these days as the Orange have posted a 7-2 record and have their highest ranking in the AP Poll (No. 13) since the days of Donovan McNabb back in 1998. Dino Babers’ team gets a chance to build on that… Read more »

Carolina On Their Mind

After stumbling to a 1-2-1 start, the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1) have righted the ship with four straight victories, including a 23-16 win at Baltimore last week that secured their lead in the AFC North standings.  They’ll get another strong test tonight as the Steelers host a Carolina Panthers team (6-2) that has won three in a row. To get Dunkel’s… 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 »

Self Improvement

Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks came up just short last season in their quest to win a national championship when they fell to Villanova in the semifinals of the Final Four. But returning starters Udoka Azubuike and Lagerald Vick combined with Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson have Jayhawk fans thinking they can improve on last season’s effort and win it all this… Read more »

Golden Nugget

At least for now, the Golden State Warriors aren’t the only team to talk about in the Western Conference. The Denver Nuggets (8-1, No. 2 in Dunkel’s NBA rankings) are off to their best start since 1976-77 — their first year in the NBA. One of those wins came against the Warriors. Tonight, the Nuggets will get another chance to… Read more »

Get Your GOAT

Usually a conversation about greatest NFL quarterbacks of all-time includes both Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. That debate will get a little extra juice tonight as the two QBs face off with the Packers heading to Foxboro to take on the Patriots. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NFL schedule, click HERE. After posting a franchise-best 7-0… 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 »

Deflated Ball

Despite the addition of LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers have not shown a significant turnaround from last season’s woes. One of the disappointments so far has been the inconsistent play of Lonzo Ball. The second-year point guard is coming his worst game of the season on Monday when he scored just four points and tallied only one rebound and… Read more »

Everybody Beating The Wiz

The Washington Wizards were expected to contend in the LeBron-less NBA Eastern Conference, but so far look more like a cellar-dweller than a title-contender. A 1-5 record and the worst defense in the league (125.0 ppg allowed) have critics calling for head coach Scott Brooks’ job. He’ll try to deflect some of that heat and squeeze out a win tonight… Read more »

Bill Collection

The New England Patriots have dominated a lot of teams during the Tom Brady era, but none more so than the Buffalo Bills. The Pats are 28-3 against Buffalo since Brady took over at QB, which represents the most victories by any quarterback against a single team in NFL history. Brady and the Patriots will try to add another one… Read more »

California Dreaming

It’s been a tough season so far for the Navy Midshipmen (2-5; No. 90 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) but they could shock the college football world tonight if they somehow find a way to knock off undefeated Notre Dame (7-0; No. 11) as the two teams meet in San Diego for their annual contest. To get Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Spitting Mad

The struggle for supremacy in the NBA Western Conference is expected to be intense this year and we’ve already seen that play out on the court. On Saturday, the Lakers and Rockets got into a brawl after Chris Paul alleged that Rajon Rondo had spit on him. The result was a number of suspensions handed down by the league, including… Read more »

Giant Headache

A 1-5 start (No. 30 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) has the New York Giants asking a lot of questions, including whether QB Eli Manning is over the hill and WR Odell Beckham Jr. was worth all the money they gave him in the off-season.  Unfortunately, the problems have overshadowed the electrifying performance of rookie RB Saquon Barkley, who piled up… Read more »

Big 12 Reunion

Sunday night’s contest between the Cincinnati Bengals (4-2; No. 9 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) and Kansas City Chiefs (5-1; No. 2) is also a chance for the Big 12 to highlight two of its former QBs as Andy Dalton (TCU) squares off against Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech). Dalton has been his usual solid self (14 TDs; 94.4 QBR), while Mahomes… 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 »

Cold Case

The Denver Broncos (2-4; No. 26 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) have lost four straight games and all fingers are pointing at new QB Case Keenum as a big part of the problem. Brought in to finally resolve Denver’s QB woes post-Peyton Manning, Keenum has been substandard (7 TDs against 8 INTs) and the Bronco offense has been lackluster at best…. 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 »

Lone Warriors

After back-to-back championships and three in the last four seasons, it’s clear the Golden State Warriors stand alone atop the NBA. Beginning tonight, the Warriors will try to become the first team since the 2000-02 LA Lakers to win three straight titles as they open the regular season at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. To get Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Justin Time

The LA Dodgers were staring at an 0-2 hole in the NLCS series against the Brewers when Justin Turner changed the outcome with one swing of the bat. Turner’s 2-run HR in the top of the eighth inning of Game 2 propelled the Dodgers to a 4-3 win and tied the series at 1-apiece as the venue shifts to Dodger… Read more »

Process Of Elimination

The Cleveland Cavaliers blew Game 1 of the NBA Finals and that missed opportunity loomed larger as the Cavs dropped the next two to Golden State. Cleveland now finds itself in the dreaded 0-3 series hole, a place where no team has ever dug out (0-for-131) in NBA playoff history. The Cavs have proven a tough out in elimination games,… Read more »

Cap It Off?

After dropping the opener of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Washington Capitals have won three straight behind the inspired play of captain Alex Ovechkin and goalie Braden Holtby. With one more win needed to capture their first Cup in team history, the Caps will try to get it done tonight in Las Vegas. To get the Index’ pick for the… Read more »

Familiar Territory

Being down 0-2 to the Warriors in the NBA Finals is nothing new for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Two years ago, they faced the same deficit and were able to win Game 3 in Cleveland and eventually went on to win the championship. Last year, facing the same scenario, they blew a late lead and ended up losing Game 3 and… Read more »

Houston By Way Of Dallas

The Houston Astros have hit a rough patch, dropping six of their last nine, to fall a game behind the surging Seattle Mariners in the AL West standings. But they’ve got a chance to erase the deficit as the Astros host a short two-game set against the M’s starting tonight. Houston will go with Dallas Keuchel (3-7, 3.65) on the… Read more »

Familiar Ring

Red Sox manager Alex Cora received his 2017 World Series ring last night after serving as the bench coach for the world-champion Houston Astros last season. Cora then watched a familiar sight as Lance McCullers Jr. and the Astros bullpen shut down his potent Boston lineup and took the series-opener, 4-2. It could be more of the same tonight as… Read more »

Four On The Floor

The calendar is about ready to flip to June, which means it’s that time of year for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors to decide the NBA championship. For the fourth straight season, these two teams will meet in the Finals. The Warriors have taken two of the first three matchups and look to be prohibitive favorites coming into… Read more »

Error Of Their Ways

It certainly wasn’t a thing of beauty for the New York Yankees last night as the team committed five errors in its game against the Houston Astros. But Gleyber Torres saved the day with an RBI single in the 10th inning and the Bronx Bombers won for just the fourth time since 1960 when committing five or more errors in… Read more »

Expansion Plans

While the NHL wanted to ensure that the Vegas Golden Knights had an adequate stock of decent players in their first year of existence, no one could have imagined that they’d make it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. But that’s where the Knights find themselves as just the second expansion team (the 1968 St. Louis Blues were… Read more »

Dirty Dozen

Twelve points was the theme in Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals between Golden State and Houston. It was the number that the Warriors were up at one point in the fourth quarter, but it was also the number of points that Golden State’s usually high-powered offense was held to in the entire period. Houston’s 25-12 advantage in… Read more »

Even Stevens

The Celtics rocked the Cavaliers by taking the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, but Brad Stevens’ club gave it all back in Cleveland and now finds itself tied up as the series moves back to Boston for tonight’s Game 5. The good news for Stevens and the Celts is that TD Garden has been a friendly confine… Read more »

Green Piece

Never shy about voicing his opinions, Golden State’s Draymond Green gave the media a juicy nugget after practice yesterday when he said the problem with the Warriors performance in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals was they didn’t feel threatened. “I think we’re at our best when we feel threatened,” Green said. After Houston’s 127-105 thumping, the Rockets are… Read more »

Believeland?

LeBron James has single-handedly transformed Cleveland from a city that expects to lose to one that was dubbed Believeland after he delivered an NBA title two seasons ago. But James ability to get the Cavaliers over the hump has been put to the challenge in this series against Boston. The Celtics took the first two games at home in convincing… Read more »

Fleury Of Activity

The Winnipeg Jets had numerous scoring opportunities in Game 3, but were stymied by the acrobatic goaltending of Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury’s 33 saves helped preserve a 4-2 win for the Golden Knights and gave the surprising expansion team a 2-games-to-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. The Jets will try to solve the three-time Stanley Cup champ tonight in… Read more »

Road To Redemption

The Washington Capitals have been a snakebit organization when it comes to the postseason, but this year looks to be different. A big part of the Caps’ turnaround has been their play on the road. Barry Trotz’ team is an impressive 7-1 away from home in the playoffs, including taking the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals in… Read more »

Waiting Game

Since early in the NBA regular season, the anticipated matchup between Golden State and Houston in the Western Conference Finals has been foremost on basketball aficionado’s minds. With the tip-off tonight, the wait is finally over as the No. 1 seed Rockets (65-17) host the No. 2 seed and defending-champion Warriors (58-24) in Game 1. To get our pick for… Read more »