2017-NBA-All Star Weekend-Sunday closing night in NO, the stars to make a spectacle

At the NBA All-Star media availability on Friday, Eastern Conference coach Brad Stevens and Western Conference coach Steve Kerr said they would just roll the ball out on Sunday night (8 p.m. EST) and see if the scoreboards at the Smoothie King Center explode. “I think it’s a great opportunity for a basketball junkie to be around high achievers, and for me it’s all about (how much) I love the game,” said Stevens, the former Butler University coach whose Boston Celtics are 37-20 and second behind only the Cleveland Cavaliers (39-16) in the East. “I grew up in the state of Indiana, where the game is really important. Whether it was high school or college or pros, there was always somebody to watch and somebody to learn from. To be around the best in this game is an honor.” Stevens, who was 12 years old when the Indiana Pacers drafted Read More

2017-NBA-All Star Weekend-Saturday exitement,Porzingis,Gordon and Glen Robinson III take the plaudits

Indiana Pacers guard Glenn Robinson III won the Verizon Slam Dunk title over Suns rookie forward Derrick Jones Jr. on Saturday night by leaping over his 3-inches-taller teammate, the Pacers mascot and a Pacers dance team member for a reverse slam that merited a perfect 50 in the final round of the All-Star Weekend premier skills event. In the final round, consisting of two dunks, Robinson faced off against the Phoenix rookie, who also advanced from the original four-man competition. The Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan and the Magic’s Aaron Gordon were eliminated in the earlier rounds. Jones essentially lost the final round with a poor first dunk attempt, which merited him only 37 points. Even though Jones scored a 50 on his second dunk for a two-dunk total of 87, Robinson needed only 44 points on his second dunk of the finals to win the title. He did it with flair. Read More

2017-All Star Weekend-Friday night and the party can start with the Rising Stars Challenge

The International team looks weak. I won’t go full Dan Dakich and claim to not trust Kristaps Porzingis’ eyes, but the team appears to be cooked without Joel Embiid and Emmanuel Mudiay available. Besides losing the 76ers star, by far the NBA’s most talented rookie, they lost their most talented point guard and hope Utah’s Dante Exum, Denver’s Jamal Murray and OKC’s Alex Abrines can hold down the backcourt alongside streaky Buddy Hield, who will be the fan favorite as a member of the Pelicans. Mudiay had 30 points and 10 assists for Team World last year, so they’ll vastly miss his exprience. They can play through 7-footers Nikola Jokic, Porzingins and Trey Lyles and have talented hustlers like Dario Saric, Donats Sabonis and Willy Hernangomez to chase rebounds and keep possessions alive, but the American team looks vastly superior. D’Angelo Russell will be at the controls next to Devin Read More

2017-NBA-Monday night-12 games for tonight, Indiana host Spurs in the game of the day

This matchup features two of the four teams currently vying for the No. 4 seed and the right to open the playoffs at home. The Jazz are currently a half-game up on the Clippers, 1.5 on the Grizzlies and a full three games on the Thunder, but come in on a two-game losing streak since they’ve surrendered their third-highest point toal of the season in consecutive games. George Hill being bothered by a toe injury has been one factor in the slide for the league’s top defensive team, but the over has come in five straight times in Jazz games as the offense has had a solid run. They’ll be looking to avoid only their third three-game losing streak of the season here, not to mention consecutive losses at home for the first time since Dec. 23. A key subplot which will contribute heavily to deciding both side and total Read More

2017-NBA-Saturday night-Game of the night in OKC, Durant makes the first comeback at home

Valentine’s Day is three days away as we’ll see if Kevin Durant gets showered with love in his first game back in Oklahoma City since signing with rival Golden State last summer. Durant had OKC within one victory of knocking off Golden State in the 2016 Western Conference Finals, owning a commanding 3-1 series lead. However, the Warriors rallied back for three consecutive victories to advance to the NBA Finals and eventually break up the eight-year marriage of KD and Russell Westbrook as the dynamic duo of the Thunder. It’s business as usual this season for Golden State (45-8 SU, 25-26-2 ATS), as Durant leads the Warriors in scoring at 25.7 points per game, with last season’s Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry right behind at 25.2 ppg. The Warriors play with no rest tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena following Friday’s 122-107 rout of the Grizzlies to cash as 7 ½-point Read More

2017-NBA-Monday night-11 games on track, Cleveland at DC to end the streak ???

Amazingly, San Antonio and Memphis have yet to face off this season as the two Southwest division rivals will meet four times in the next two months. The Spurs embark on their annual “Rodeo Trip” as San Antonio hits the road for the next eight games, starting at FedEx Forum on Monday night. The last time these teams met up came in the opening round of the 2016 playoffs with the Spurs sweeping the undermanned Grizzlies in four games. Three of the four victories were decided by double-digits, as Gregg Popovich’s squad compiled a perfect 8-0 mark against Memphis last season, while covering six times. In seven of the eight matchups, the Grizzlies were limited to 95 points or fewer, while Memphis’ last victory over San Antonio came in December 2014. The Spurs (39-11 SU, 29-20-1 ATS) have won 20 of 25 games away from AT&T Center, owning the second Read More

2017-NFL-SUPER BOWL LI-Showtime-Game preview

HOUSTON — Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are at home in Houston, where they won Super Bowl XXXVIII, and accustomed to the NFL’s biggest stage. The Atlanta Falcons are in their second Super Bowl and strive to secure the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in franchise history on Sunday in Super Bowl LI. “It is a great privilege to be here and represent the AFC in this game,” Belichick said of preparing for his 10th Super Bowl, including three as an assistant coach. “It is where you want to be at the end of the year. We are here this year. We are proud to be here.” The Falcons, in head coach Dan Quinn’s second year, rode the NFL’s highest-scoring offense (33.8 points per game) to the top of the NFC. The trophy on the line Sunday is the hardware that matters, but Atlanta’s achievements already include Read More

2017-NBA-Saturday night-10 games scheduled, Melo saga continues in NY

Madison Square Garden will headline Saturday’s nationally televised showdown as Cleveland (33-15 SU, 20-26 ATS) meets New York (22-29 SU, 29-22 ATS). This will be the third meeting between the pair this season and if the trends hold steady in this series, we’ll be looking at another lopsided win for the Cavaliers.Cleveland dropped New York at home by 29 points (117-88) on Oct. 25 and followed it up with a 126-94 thrashing of the Knicks in its first visit to MSG on Dec. 7. Including those wins, the Cavaliers have won eight straight against the Knicks and have managed to cover four of those games. Total bettors should note that the ‘under’ has gone 7-1 during the Cavs’ win streak and New York hasn’t been able to crack 100 points in any of the eight losses.Backing the Cavs seems like the obvious choice but you should be aware that they’ve Read More

2017-NBA-Friday night-9 games scheduled,the greatest rivals meet in Boston

Even though both these teams are currently sitting under .500, the race for eighth place in the Western Conference is heating up with Portland entering Friday tied with Denver. The Blazers (22-28 SU, 22-28 ATS) have won four of their past five games, including Tuesday’s 115-98 blowout of the Hornets as four-point favorites. The backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined for 45 points, while Allen Crabbe chipped in 21 points off the bench for Portland.The Mavericks (19-30 SU, 26-23 ATS) are heating up at the right time by capturing victories in five of the previous six contests. Following an impressive back-to-back sweep of San Antonio and Cleveland earlier this week, Rick Carlisle’s team cruised past Philadelphia, 113-95 as 7 ½-point favorites. Seth Curry may not have the scoring prowess of his older brother, Stephen, but the younger Curry has scored at least 20 points in three of Read More

2017-NFL-Sunday night- PRO BOWL- Showtime scheduled

The NFL Pro Bowl takes place on Sunday Jan. 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET in a nationally televised battle on ESPN.The league moved the Pro Bowl from Hawaii to Orlando this season and it also changed up the format, going back to an original AFC vs. NFC matchup after three years of non-conference games chosen by former players.The NFC is listed as a short four-point favorite over the AFC while the total is hovering between 80 ½ and 82 ½ points and a variety of betting shops.Listed below are the expected rosters for both the NFC and AFC, plus recent history in the exhibition matchup. NFC RosterOffenseQuarterback: Dak Prescott*, Cowboys; Drew Brees, Saints; Kirk Cousins, RedskinsRunning back: Ezekiel Elliott*, Cowboys; Jordan Howard, Bears; Devonta Freeman, FalconsWide receiver: Odell Beckham*, Giants; Mike Evans, Buccaneers; Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals; Dez Bryant, CowboysTight end: Greg Olsen*, Panthers; Jimmy Graham, SeahawksTackle: Tyron Smith*, Cowboys; Trent Williams*, Redskins; David Bakhtiari, PackersGuard: Zack Martin*, Cowboys; Trai Read More