2017-NBA-Sunday night-Houston host the champions in the game of the night

Here’s hoping we get at least one marquee NBA matchup this weekend where the best players actually suit up. That’s no lock, though.Following Saturday night’s triple-double in a 116-104 win in Orlando, James offered no indication that he’d sit out the Sunday showdown against Houston, but that doesn’t mean he can’t decide to take the night off if he feels any soreness or senses it’s better off to play it safe. After all, just like Golden State was against San Antonio, Cleveland is on the second night of a back-to-back, closing out a stretch of road games. The Cavs will be playing their third in four days and will be at their sixth date away from home this month. That’s a lot of mileage.Cleveland won’t play again until Tuesday night against the Hornets, and is going to be way out in L.A. this weekend facing the Clippers and Lakers. The Read More

2017-NBA-Friday night-Toronto attack Atlanta,Minnesota host the Warriors

Despite losing Kyle Lowry to a wrist injury right before the second-half of the season began, the Raptors have turned some heads with a 5-2 record without the All-Star point guard. The wins haven’t been exactly pretty but it’s hard to replace a player that is averaging 22.8 points per game and 6.9 assists.During his seven-game absence, the Raptors are averaging 101.2 PPG but the defense has stepped up by only allowing 99 PPG. The ‘under’ has gone 5-2 and is 17-8 in the last 25 for Toronto.The Raptors opened as short road underdogs (+1) on Friday versus Atlanta and this will be the third and final meeting between the pair this season. They met twice from Toronto in December and Atlanta earned a split as the Raptors earned a 40-point (128-84) win in the first matchup before the Hawks captured a 125-121 shootout victory in the second encounter.  If Read More

2017-NBA-Monday night-Pierce plays last game vs Boston,Texas battle at San Antonio

The last time Paul Pierce saw the Celtics just happens to be the last time he took the floor in a competitive situation. He knocked down a 3-pointer on the game’s final shot to help the Clippers cover in a 107-102 road loss, then kissed the floor at the TD Garden, where he won so many games over 15 seasons and helped hang Boston’s most recent championship banner in 2008. It was a nice moment, but the fact Pierce hasn’t played since illustrates just how far he’s fallen out of Doc Rivers’ rotation. That was the only time the 39-year-old has taken the floor in 2017 and that may remain the case if his head coach can’t find a moment for him tonight. While Draymond Green was wrong for his “can’t get no farewell tour” comments directed at the future Hall of Famer late last month, he wasn’t incorrect. Pierce Read More

2017-NBA-Tuesday night-Warriors test the Eastern Conference in DC,OKC and Utah in super clash

It took Golden State (50-9 SU, 27-30-2 ATS) 55 games last season to reach the 50-win plateau, while this season’s roster needed 59 games following Monday’s 119-108 triumph at Philadelphia. The Warriors failed to cover as 14-point favorites, the fourth time in five games that Steve Kerr’s squad hasn’t taken home the cash. Kevin Durant returned from a one-game absence to lead Golden State with 27 points, while Stephen Curry scored 19 points in spite of not hitting a three-pointer in 11 attempts. Washington (34-23 SU, 32-25 ATS) is winless since the All-Star break following losses to Philadelphia and Utah. In Sunday’s 102-92 home defeat to the Jazz, the backcourt duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal combined to score 45 points, but Wall turned the ball over nine times. The Wizards dropped to 19-2 in their last 21 games at the Verizon Center, as Scott Brooks’ team scored its Read More

2017-NBA-Friday night-Back from the All Star break,friday night with 10 game scheduled

Game of the Night – Spurs at Clippers – 10:35 PM EST – ESPNLos Angeles (35-22 SU, 30-27 ATS) returns home after getting blitzed in the third quarter of Thursday’s 123-113 defeat at Golden State. The Clippers led at halftime by 12 points, but the Warriors dropped 50 (yes, 50) points in third quarter to pull away and pick up the season sweep of Los Angeles. However, the Clips went on a late run to grab the cover as 13 ½-point underdogs in spite of shooting 40% for the game.The Clippers host the Spurs (43-13 SU, 31-24-1 ATS), who are expected to have Pau Gasol and Manu Ginobili return to the lineup. Gasol suffered a broken left hand on January 17, as the Spurs posted a 12-3 SU and 8-7 ATS record in the 15 games the veteran forward missed. The Spurs are on the back-end of their eight-game Rodeo Read More

2017-NBA-Trade deals-Deadline passed, here are the most “hot” deals during the break

Although Trade Deadline Thursday opened with the very real possibility of Indiana’s Paul George, Chicago’s Jimmy Butler and to a lesser degree, New York’s Carmelo Anthony, joining DeMarcus Cousins as All-Stars finding new homes, none of those rumored moves transpired. The Knicks were reportedly willing to move Derrick Rose for Ricky Rubio straight up, but were ultimately rebuffed by the Timberwolves. There were a handful of deals that were executed and should alter the aspirations of the teams involved. Here’s a scorecard analyzing the moves: Sacramento-New Orleans Kings send F/C DeMarcus Cousins and SF Omri Casspi to Pelicans for a top-three protected first-round pick in the 2017 Draft, SG Buddy Hield, SG Tyreke Evans and G Langston Galloway The Pelicans failed to find a way to fortify their shooting by adding a Nick Young-type who was readily available and will be forced to buy out disgruntled forward Terrence Jones after Read More

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