While last night’s NBA card featured only four games, it produced some NEWS! The Pistons lost 99-98 in Atlanta, giving them their first losing streak of the season. The Clippers won 85-82 in New York for the team’s ninth win in 10 games, while the Knicks dropped for the sixth straight time and 12 in their last 13.
The Mavs won their 12th straight game (the best in the league this season), beating the Lakers in Dallas, 102-87. Dallas limited Kobe to just 24 points on 5-for-22 shooting, a vast improvement over the 62 points (in just three quarters!) he scored against Dallas in the teams’ last meeting. Speaking of defense, the Mavs have held all 12 of their opponents to under 100 points in their winning streak.
My bye game for Wednesday is Thousand Bucks vs. Orl Magic in the NBA at 8:05 ET. Don’t miss my 20* Western Conf 1st-Half GOY in the NBA tonight. I won my first-half Eastern Conference GOY on Jan. 21 (Nets 103-83 over Celtics!) and have won three straight NBA shots on the site. In college hoops, I’m not only submitting my 20* SEC Game of the Year, but I’m releasing my LARGEST three-game CBB report to date! Get my Triple 10* Game of the Month report, which includes my Underdog, Favorite and Revenge Games of the Month. If you want QUANTITY and QUALITY, here it is!
Tonight’s schedule features 12 games, with ESPN2 televising Chicago at Denver at 9:30 ET. One might wonder why, when the Bulls are only 20-27 and the Nuggets 26-24. Denver, riding an eight-game losing streak, is favored by 5 1/2 points with a total of 203 1/2.
In a big matchup, the Clippers are in Detroit to take on the Pistons, who haven’t lost three in a row since March 2005. Detroit is 21-2 at home but just 11-12 ATS. The Clippers have lost 15 of their last 19 against the Pistons, but enter with a current streak of 9-1 SU and 8-2 ATS. Detroit is favored by 7 1/2 points with a total of 187.
The struggling Knicks (1-12 SU and 3-10 ATS in their last 13) visit the Meadowlands to take on the Nets, winners of 11 consecutive home games (8-3 ATS). The Nets have averaged 103.2 PPG in their winning streak. While the Knicks are just 4-18 on the road this year, they are 11-11 ATS. New Jersey is favored by 10 1/2 points with a total of 191.
The Suns host the Grizzlies in Phoenix, having lost both games in Memphis this year after beating them 4-0 in last year’s playoffs (113.8 PPG average). Memphis is the best defensive team in the league at 87.4 PPG but has scored 90 or more points in just three of its last 13 games (3-10 SU and 5-8 ATS). Phoenix is the highest scoring team in the league (106.7 PPG) and has scored 100 points or more in its last 11 games. Phoenix is a 7 1/2-point favorite with a total of 195 1/2.
Tuesday’s college hoops saw No. 2 Duke blow a 17-point second-half lead at Chapel Hill, but then used a late comeback to win, 87-83. Duke (10-0 in the ACC), remains one of SEVEN schools still undefeated in conference play.
The Citadel defeated Savannah St last night (80-73), ending a 13-match losing streak. However, it was not a conference game, so the Bulldogs (0-10 in the Southern Conference) remain one of FIVE schools still winless in the league. Tonight’s college basketball ‘board’ contains 42 games.
As always, the ESPN networks are full of games tonight. No. 24 Indiana is at Wisconsin (7:00 ET) on ESPN, followed by No. 1 U Conn hosting Syracuse at 9:00 ET. Wisconsin is favored by five points with a total of 135 1/2, while the Huskies are favored by 12 points over Orange (total of 150), who have lost five straight ATS games (a streak that began against U Conn on June 16). January). in an 88-80 loss at Syracuse).
ESPNU also has a doubleheader, beginning with No. 16 NC State at Miami-Florida (7:00 ET) and followed by No. 20 Oklahoma at Oklahoma St (9:00 ET). Miami is favored by two points with a total of 130 in the first game and Oklahoma, after a 59-58 loss at Kansas on Sunday, is favored by two points in Stillwater with a total of 128 1/2.
ESPN2 has No. 17 Boston College at Wake Forest (BC is a 2-point favorite with a total of 151) and ESPN Classic has Rutgers at Notre Dame (ND is a 6 1/2-point favorite with a total of 143), with both games starting at 7:30 ET.
Some games of interest not on TV are No. 8 George Washington hosting Dayton at 7:30 ET, 18-3 Bucknell hosting American at 7:00 ET, South Florida hosting Seton Hall at 7:00 ET. :00 ET and Texas State at Lamar (8:00 ET). George Washington is tied with Memphis and Gonzaga for the longest current winning streak in the nation at 10, and is one of only seven remaining schools in the conference that remain undefeated (8-0 in the A-10). The Colonials are favored 13 1/2 points with a total of 141 1/2.
Bucknell, 9-0 in the Patriot League, is another one of those conference undefeated, while Texas State (0-8 at Southland) is one of five schools left winless. Big East South Florida (0-8) also looks for its first conference win tonight when it hosts Seton Hall. The Pirates (14-6) are playing well, having won five in a row and favored by 3 1/2 points (123 total) over a Bulls team that has lost 10 in a row.
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