2017-NBA-Play Offs-Thursday night win or go home for two teams

Western Conference First RoundNo. 2 San Antonio at No. 7 Memphis (TNT, 9:35 p.m. ET) FedEx Forum has been wonderful to the Grizzlies thus far in the series, producing both victories and offering up a legitimate shot to stay alive here. Despite a 116-103 loss in San Antonio on Tuesday, head coach David Fizdale felt correctable defensive miscues contributed to their demise so he’s expecting his team to be sharper here. The Grizzlies held the Spurs to their lowest point total of the series in Game 3 and then survived a 43-point night from Kawhi Leonard last Saturday night when Marc Gasol drained an awkward buzzer-beater at the end of OT, evening things up 2-2 in unlikely fashion. Memphis hung around in San Antonio for the better part of the first half in Game 5 and has proven capable of making the Spurs work for everything they get. The Griz Read More

2017-NBA-Sunday night- Boston and Utah want to even the series and stay alive … ?

Eastern Conference First RoundNo. 8 Chicago at No. 1 Boston (TNT, 6:30 p.m. ET) 2016-17 Regular Season (Tied 2-2)Oct. 27 Celtics at Bulls (-1) 105-99 (Under 209)Nov. 2 Bulls at Celtics (-3) 107-100 (Under 207.5)Feb. 16 Celtics at Bulls (+1) 104-103 (Under 214)Mar. 12 Bulls at Celtics (-7.5) 100-80 (Under 208) 2016-17 Postseason (Bulls 2-1)Apr. 16 Bulls (+7.5) at Celtics 106-102 (Over 207)Apr. 18 Bulls (+7) at Celtics 111-97 (Over 206.5)Apr. 21 Celtics (-2.5) at Bulls 104-87 (Under 206)**Game 5 will take place from Boston’s TD Garden on Wednesday. The Bulls announced point guard Rajon Rondo fractured his thumb in Game 2 on Friday morning, ruling him out until he’s re-evaluated in 7-to-10 days. Unless there’s a Game 7 in this series, a strong possibility given the remaining series layout, he’s played his last game against the Celtics this season. It now remains to be seen whether Chicago can survive Read More

2017-NBA-Play offs- “Take this for data” , looking to save the season…

Western Conference First RoundNo. 2 San Antonio at No. 7 Memphis (TNT, 9:30 p.m. ET) 2016-17 Regular Season (Tied 2-2)Feb. 6 Spurs at Grizzlies (-1) 89-74 (Under 200.5)Mar. 18 Spurs at Grizzlies (+4) 104-96 (Over 196)Mar. 23 Grizzlies at Spurs (-8) 97-90 (Under 197.5)Apr. 4 Grizzlies at Spurs (-9) 95-89 (OT) (Over 195.5) 2016-17 Postseason (Spurs 2-0)Apr. 15 Grizzlies at Spurs (-9.5) 111-82 (Over 190)Apr. 17 Grizzlies at Spurs (-10.5) 96-82 (Under 189)**Game 4 will take place from Memphis’ FedEx Forum on Saturday. After a pair of games where they failed to really challenge the Spurs, head coach David Fizdale struck the stiffest blow his team managed to land in San Antonio, questioning the officiating in an effort to try and get a few more calls for his team as they return home to Memphis to try and make a series out of this. Pointing out that Zach Randolph shot Read More

2017-NBA-Tuesday night-Play Offs- Boston,Clippers and Raptors all looking to even the series after opening defeats

Eastern Conference First Round – Game 2 – Bucks lead 1-0Milwaukee at Toronto (NBATV, 7:05 p.m. ET) The Bucks put forth a full 48-minute effort on Saturday as they captured a 97-83 win over the Raptors in Game 1 as eight-point underdogs. Bettors feeling confident with Milwaukee could have taken advantage of a generous money-line payout as high as 3/1 odds (Bet $100 to win $300). Toronto actually led this contest 51-45 despite falling behind 30-22 after the first quarter. Then, things unraveled for the Raptors in the second-half as they couldn’t buy a shot. Toronto was 7-of-35 (20%) in the final two quarters and 27-of-75 (36%) for the game. The Bucks didn’t have a great night shooting (44.7%) as a team but Giannis Antetokounmpo certainly stood out as the best player on the floor. The All-Star finished with 28 points and eight rebounds while the Raptors top pair of Read More

2017-NBA-Saturday-Play Offs-The battle for the ring begins…Its SHOWTIME!!!

Eastern Conference First RoundNo. 7 Indiana at No. 2 Cleveland (ABC, 3:00 p.m. ET) 2016-17 Regular Season (Cavaliers 3-1)Nov. 16 Cavaliers at Pacers (-2.5) 103-93 (Under 208.5)Feb. 8 Cavaliers (+3.5) at Pacers 132-117 (Over 216)Feb. 5 Pacers at Cavaliers (-6) 113-104 (Under 219)Apr. 2 Pacers at Cavaliers (-8) 135-130 (2OT) (Over 214) Oddsmakers at opened Cleveland as a healthy minus-1100 favorite (Bet $100 to win $9) to win their opening round series against the Pacers, who are plus-700 underdogs. The line seems a little out of whack when you consider the form for both clubs. Cleveland closed the final quarter of the season with a losing record (9-13) and they enter the playoffs with a four-game losing streak. Meanwhile, Indiana enters the postseason with five consecutive wins. Despite the struggles for Cleveland and its inability to earn the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, it still has LeBron Read More

2017-NBA-Wednesday night- Regular season ends tonight,battle for the ring begins soon

By beating the Hornets on Tuesday in a game that was never in doubt, the Hawks sapped a lot of the drama out of tonight’s festivities. Atlanta will be the No. 5 seed, which means they’re likely to rest regulars on the second night of a back-to-back in Indiana. The problem with that is Chicago and Miami would both really appreciate a Pacers loss. In a three-way tie breaker, between those teams, Indiana would be eliminated. The Bulls could be the No. 7 seed if they end up even with the Pacers, while the Heat need either of those teams to lose and a home victory over Washington to get in at 41-41. Paul Millsap has played only four games since missing eight with a knee injury that nearly sabotaged the team’s season, helping the Hawks to a 3-1 record. He sat on the second night of the only back-to-back Read More

NBA-Monday night-9 games on track, guess who’s back ???

Game of the Night – Utah at Golden State, (NBC-Bay Area, 10:35 ET)For the first time since Feb. 28, when Kevin Durant hobbled off the court at Washington’s Verizon Center just 1:33 in, the Warriors will have their Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry on the floor together.Incorporating all four All-Stars will have to wait until the regular-season finale on Wednesday against the Lakers since Klay Thompson is expected to be given Monday night off.Durant left the court in D.C. to audible gasps and visual angst when center Zaza Pachulia fell into his knee. There was fear he’d be done for the rest of the way, ending this season’s top story line. It’s come out last week on Bill Simmons’ podcast that Durant initially did get the diagnosis that he was done for six months, having fractured his left tibia. He admitted to crying and losing it. Fortunately, a CT scan Read More

2017-NCAAB-March Madness-Gonzaga defeated in the finals,North Carolina are the new champions

Gonzaga broke through its Final Four ceiling, added to it by reaching the national championship game. The Zags figured while they’re here, might as well win the whole thing. A flurry of whistles and missed shots left them one step short. Plagued by foul trouble and an inability to hit shots in a foul-filled second half, Gonzaga lost its bid for the program’s first national championship in an ugly 71-65 loss to North Carolina on Monday night. ”I don’t think any of us think we played our absolute best game and that hurts,” Gonzaga point guard Nigel Williams-Goss said. The Zags reached the big stage with the best team in Mark Few’s 18 seasons, a mix of established players, talented transfers and a sterling recruiting class. Gonzaga was efficient on offense, as it always seems to be, and added a dash of gritty defense, the piece that had always been Read More

2017-NCAAB-March Madness-NC and Gonzaga to battle for the NCAA title

North Carolina and Gonzaga play Monday night at University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. Tipoff is set for about 6:20 p.m. local time, 9:20 p.m. EDT. The final pits two of the most elite teams in college hoops against one another: both the Tar Heels and the Bulldogs boast top-level coaches, guards and interior players. Down low, Gonzaga’s 7-foot-1, 300-pound Przemek Karnowski faces North Carolina’s 6-10, 260-pound Kennedy Meeks. Meeks had a career game in the Final Four against Oregon with 25 points. Gonzaga also has Zach Collins, a 7-foot freshman who could be a one-and-done player. North Carolina coach Roy Williams is chasing a third title is his fourth championship game. Gonzaga coach Mark Few had never made the Final Four before this season, but has taken the Zags in all 18 years he’s led.

2017-NBA-Friday night-Houston seeks a revenge at Oakland in the game of the night

Game of the Night – Rockets at Warriors – 10:30 PM EST – ESPN For the second time in four nights, Golden State and Houston hook up as the Warriors seek their 10th consecutive victory. The Warriors (61-14 SU, 35-38-2 ATS) are coming off probably their most impressive win of the season on Wednesday at San Antonio by overcoming a 22-point deficit in a 110-98 triumph as 4 ½-point underdogs. Golden State fell into an early 23-3 hole, but the Warriors rallied behind the “Splash Brothers” as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to score 52 points. Houston (51-24 SU, 42-33 ATS) heads down to Oakland following Thursday’s 117-101 defeat at Portland. James Harden knocked down only 2-of-13 attempts from long distance for Houston, but still managed a team-high 30 points. The Rockets own a dynamic 13-1 SU and 10-4 ATS record with no rest this season, as eight of Read More