NBA Preview: Pelicans at Celtics

January 16, 2018

Pelicans at Celtics The red-hot Boston Celtics look to stretch their second-longest winning streak of the season to eight games when they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday. Boston has held five teams under 100 points during the latest streak, which follows a 16-gamer early in the campaign. The Celtics, who have won five of their last six meetings with New Orleans, are well-rested after having last played Thursday…

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CBB Preview: Wisconsin at Purdue

January 16, 2018

Wisconsin at Purdue Purdue puts its No. 3 national ranking, its share of the Big Ten lead and Division I’s second-longest win streak on the line Tuesday when it hosts Wisconsin. The Badgers were depleted by graduation in the offseason and have further been hampered by injuries, particularly in the backcourt, and given their current struggles at 9-9 overall, they are in definite danger of missing out on the NCAA…

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CBB Preview: Kansas at West Virginia

January 15, 2018

Kansas at West Virginia The Big 12 is atop the national conference RPI rankings, and four ranked teams currently share the lead with 4-1 records. Two of those four clash in an ESPN Big Monday matchup as No. 2 West Virginia hosts No. 12 Kansas. The Mountaineers entered last weekend with the nation’s longest win streak with 15 straight victories, but saw an 11-point lead slip away in the final…

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NBA Preview: Rockets at Clippers

January 15, 2018

Rockets at Clippers The Los Angeles Clippers are just beginning to win consistently without former star point guard Chris Paul, just in time to welcome him back. Paul, who is carrying the Houston Rockets in the absence of James Harden, will make his first appearance in Los Angeles since being traded over the summer when the Rockets visit on Monday. Paul, who expects to be booed by his former home…

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CBB Preview: DePaul at Marquette

January 15, 2018

DePaul at Marquette Marquette can shoot the basketball with any team in Division I – but its hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament will rest on its ability to prevent opposing teams from doing the same. The Golden Eagles look to bounce back from a humbling loss to Butler when it hosts DePaul on Monday. Marquette’s tournament chances took a decent hit – at least according to the BPI –…

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NBA Preview: Warriors at Cavaliers

January 15, 2018

Warriors at Cavaliers The Cleveland Cavaliers’ latest meltdown comes just as the team is preparing to host the rival Golden State Warriors on national TV on Monday. The Cavaliers will try to put their internal griping aside and get some stops on the defensive end against the Warriors, who are enjoying a string of 12 straight road wins. The Cavaliers were blasted by a total of 62 points in losses…

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CBB Preview: Duke at Miami-Florida

January 15, 2018

Duke at Miami-Florida Offense meets defense in a clash of ranked ACC foes when No. 19 Miami hosts sixth-ranked Duke on Monday. The Blue Devils have one of the most explosive offensive teams in the nation, but they’ll take on one of the stingiest defensive clubs in the country in the Hurricanes. The Blue Devils have won two straight and four of five overall but have lost their first two…

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CBB Preview: Clemson at North Carolina State

January 11, 2018

Clemson at North Carolina State Fresh off an upset over Duke, North Carolina State looks to take down a second consecutive ranked opponent when it hosts No. 17 Clemson on Thursday. The Tigers are riding a 10-game winning streak and have won their first three ACC games for the first time since 2006-07, and only the sixth time in history. Clemson has won three straight against the Wolfpack, including a…

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NBA Preview: Cavaliers at Raptors

January 11, 2018

Cavaliers at Raptors The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off one of their worst performances just in time to face one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers will try to solve their defensive woes in time to stop DeMar DeRozan and company when they visit the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. Cleveland dropped six of its last nine games and was embarrassed 127-99 at the Minnesota Timberwolves on…

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NHL Preview: Blue Jackets at Sabres

January 11, 2018

Blue Jackets at Sabres The Columbus Blue Jackets are battling for first place in the Metropolitan Division while the Buffalo Sabres are buried in the basement of the Atlantic, so it’s hardly surprising both head coaches have divergent viewpoints of their respective teams. Columbus goes for its third straight victory when it visits the skidding Sabres on Thursday night. The Blue Jackets responded to a three-game slide by winning three…

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NBA Preview: Clippers at Warriors

January 10, 2018

Clippers at Warriors Stephen Curry is ripping through opponents since coming back from an ankle injury but saved his best for the Los Angeles Clippers while dropping 45 points over three quarters in a 121-105 road win on Saturday. Curry will get another chance to torment the Clippers when they visit the Warriors on Wednesday. Curry followed that 45-point effort with 32 in a 124-114 win over Denver on Monday…

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CBB Preview: Xavier at Villanova

January 10, 2018

Xavier at Villanova Back at the top of the polls, Villanova could have a short stay at No. 1 if it can’t solve Xavier when the Big East powers collide Wednesday. The host Wildcats have not been at their best defensively of late, while the 10th-ranked Musketeers are looking to rebound from a disappointing effort at Providence. Xavier had won 10 in a row before scoring 72 points – its…

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NHL Preview: Wild at Blackhawks

January 10, 2018

Wild at Blackhawks The Chicago Blackhawks are hoping for an encore performance from Patrick Kane on Wednesday as they seek their first three-game winning streak since mid-December when they face off against the Minnesota Wild in the opener of their six-game homestand. A former Art Ross Trophy winner, Kane registered a career-high five points in Chicago’s 8-2 triumph at Ottawa on Tuesday and is three shy of 800 for his…

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