Posts Tagged: NFL

In the NBA, the Los Angeles Clippers (28-14) are on the road against the Detroit Pistons (22-28). Los Angeles had been playing well before getting themselves into a two-game losing streak after falling to the Lakers, 123-120 in OT. The Pistons got a much-needed win against the short-handed Mavs in their last game. Blake Griffin will look for another big… 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 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 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 »

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 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 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 »

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 »

Kings Court

In the NBA, the Detroit Pistons (17-22) match up against the Sacramento Kings (20-21). The Pistons have fallen to #22 in our rankings, going 4-15 after their 13-7 start. Sacramento has stumbled their way to a #19 ranking, but with no first round pick to play for, the Kings will be looking for as many wins as they can get. To… 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 »

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 »

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 »

De-Livering

While DeMar DeRozan has been overshadowed by his trade partner Kawhi Leonard’s play in Toronto, the veteran guard has had his moments in half a season with the Spurs. One of those came in his last outing against the Nuggets as DeRozan led the way with 30 points in a 111-103 victory. He’ll try to be as effective tonight when… 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 »

Frisco Kid

The Ohio Bobcats advanced to tonight’ Frisco Bowl behind a high-powered offense that averaged 41.2 points per game. Senior RB A.J. Ouellette has been key to that performance and comes into the game averaging 178 yards over his last three contests. But the Bobcats should run into some resistance from San Diego State’s defense, which held Boise State to just… 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 »

Healthy Outlook

The Golden State Warriors are starting to get healthy, which is bad news for the rest of the NBA. The recent returns of Steph Curry and Draymond Green has sparked the Warriors, who have won four straight while averaging a healthy 119.5 points per game. They’ll put that streak to the test tonight as they host the Toronto Raptors (22-7),… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Ol’ Saint Nick

With the calendar turning to December and the holiday season, there’s a non-traditional Nick who also tends to do pretty well this time of year and goes by the last name of Saban. His Crimson Tide team (12-0) once again looks primed to defend its national title as they head to the SEC Championship game today against the Georgia Bulldogs… 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 »

Carving The Bird

No team is hotter in the NFL right now than the New Orleans Saints. Just ask the defending-champion Eagles, who were picked apart by Drew Brees & Company last week, 48-7. It’s fitting on Thanksgiving that the Saints have an opportunity to carve up another bird as they host the Falcons tonight to cap off a trifecta of NFL action…. Read more »

Not East Being Green

It’s rare that the Golden State Warriors show a chink in their otherwise impenetrable armor, so it was no surprise then everyone jumped all over the Kevin Durant-Draymond Green skirmish. Green definitely got the worst of the criticism and ended up serving a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. Other teams may view this schism as an opening,… Read more »

Collapsing Star

The Dallas Cowboys were hoping to avoid the drama that came with last year’s losing season, but it looks to be back again after Dallas looked flat in a 28-14 loss to Tennessee on Monday night that dropped the Cowboys record to 3-5 on the season. In need of some signs of life, the Cowboys head to Philadelphia tonight to… Read more »

Screaming Eagles

Expect the scene at Boston College tonight to be raucous as the Eagles have a chance to shake up the college football landscape by hosting undefeated Clemson. The Tigers (9-0; No. 3 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) haven’t shown much vulnerability since switching to Trevor Lawrence at QB and are coming off a 77-point performance last week against Louisville.  But… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Familiar Surroundings

There was a time when Brock Osweiler was thought the be the QB of the future in Houston. But Osweiler never lived up to his big contract and the Texans turned to DeShaun Watson to turn things around, which the former Clemson QB has done as Houston has reeled off four straight victories. For his part, Osweiler has landed in… 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 »

Stark Challenge

If LSU (6-1; No. 8 in Dunkel’s college football rankings)  is overflowing with confidence after last week’s upset over Georgia, the Tigers only need to remember what happened in Starkville last year to be reminded of how quickly things can change. In that matchup, the Bulldogs manhandled the Tigers, 37-7, handing coach Ed Orgeron his worst loss since taking over the LSU… 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 »

New Chief Meets Old Boss

The NFL world is enamored of new Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes, who has dazzled while leading the Chiefs to a 5-0 start and No. 2 spot in Dunkel’s NFL rankings.  He’ll get a chance to add to that lore — or perhaps temper the hype a bit — as he goes up against the 41-year-old reigning MVP, Tom Brady,… 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 »

Fresh Brew

It certainly wasn’t the most noticed trade during the MLB season, but the Brewers acquisition of pitcher Gio Gonzalez from the Nationals may have been one of the most effective. After struggling to a 7-12 record in Washington, Gonzalez went 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA down the stretch for the Brewers. His performance was good enough to earn him a… Read more »