NBA on Thursday, 1-12-2017

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It’s an inter-conference matchup taking place across the pond as the NBA heads to Jolly Old England. The Indiana Pacers are on the road to battle the Denver Nuggets Thursday afternoon. Indiana won their fifth straight game after dropping the Knicks 123-109 at home Saturday night. Denver lost their fifth in a row with a 121-106 defeat at Oklahoma City Saturday. Indiana holds a narrow 43-41 edge in the all-time regular season series between the former ABA rivals. Denver has taken eight of the last 10 meetings, including a 129-126 win in the last matchup here on January 17, 2016.... Read More

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It’s an inter-conference tilt in the Big Apple between a couple of teams looking to put together some wins. The New Orleans Pelicans continue their road swing through the east as they face the league’s worst team in the Brooklyn Nets Thursday night. New Orleans snapped a three game slide by beating the Knicks 110-96 on the road Monday night. Brooklyn lost its seventh straight as they were pounded 117-97 by the Hawks at home Tuesday. New Orleans has a narrow 16-14 edge in the all-time regular season series and has won the last five meetings. That includes a 106-87 triumph in the last matchup here on April 3, 2016.... Read More

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It’s a matchup of Eastern Conference foes below the .500 mark trying to make a run in the playoff picture in the Big Apple. The Chicago Bulls are on the road as they face the New York Knicks Thursday night. Chicago lost their second straight with a 101-99 loss on the road to the Wizards Tuesday. New York was in action Wednesday night as they traveled to face the 76ers in an Atlantic Division matchup. Chicago holds a 118-102 advantage in the all-time regular season series but the Knicks took the last three. That includes a 117-104 win on the road in the first matchup this season on November 4, 2016.... Read More

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The Los Angeles Lakers hit the road to take on the San Antonio Spurs for a Thursday night contest. On Nov. 18, the Spurs beat the Lakers 116-107. LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 23 points apiece. Los Angeles has won three of their last five games and San Antonio has won four of five. The Lakers balanced attack is led by Louis Williams who is averaging 17.7 points off the bench. Leonard leads the Spurs with averages of 24.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.9 steals. Los Angeles is 18th in the league in points (104.9 ppg) and San Antonio is 10th in offense (106 ppg). Can D'Angelo Russell lead the Lakers to a big upset win on the road?... Read More

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It’s a Western Conference matchup between teams at opposite ends of the standings down in the Lone Star State. The Los Angeles Lakers are on the road as they battle the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night. Los Angeles had a two game win streak halted with a 108-87 pasting at home by Portland Tuesday. San Antonio had won three straight and seven of eight before falling 109-107 at home to Milwaukee Tuesday. The Spurs hold an 84-77 advantage in the all-time regular season series and took the last six meetings. That includes a 116-107 road win in the first matchup this year on November 18, 2016. ... Read More

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It’s a matchup between a pair of teams near the bottom of the Western Conference standings. The Dallas Mavericks are on the road in the desert as they travel to battle the Phoenix Suns Thursday night. Dallas lost their third straight with a 101-92 road loss to Minnesota Monday night. Phoenix had a two game win streak snapped with a 120-116 home loss to Cleveland Sunday night. The Suns hold a 78-70 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams. Phoenix took the first meeting this season with a 102-95 road victory on January 5. ... Read More

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Detroit hopes to get revenge on Golden State, who beat the Pistons on Dec. 23, 119-113. The Pistons are coming off a 100-94 loss at Sacramento on Tuesday. That snapped a two-game winning streak. The Warriors have won two straight after beating Miami, 107-95 on Tuesday at home.... Read More

NCAAB on Thursday, 1-12-2017

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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will clash with the Clemson Tigers in an ACC battle Thursday night from the McCamish Pavilion.... Read More

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The 20th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will square off with the Miami Florida Hurricanes Thursday night from the BankUnited Center.... Read More

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Charleston attempts to go 5-0 in the CAA when they meet James Madison on Thursday night. Last season, these teams split both games with Charleston winning on the road from Harrisonburg. The Dukes are coming off their first loss in the CAA, falling at Northeastern, 64-54. They Cougars beat Hofstra by six, 77-71 at home on Saturday.... Read More

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Drexel has lost four straight game to open up CAA play. They've face red-hot Northeastern, who has won seven straight games. They beat JamesMadison on Saturday at home, 64-54. The Dragons are coming off a 90-72 loss to UNCW at home on Saturday. In their last game on Jan. 2, Northeastern needed overtime to beat Drexel, 75-70.... Read More

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The Wisconsin Badgers look to bounce back from their first conference loss, a 66-55 defeat at Purdue on Saturday. Ohio State just needs a win as they've lost three straight to Illinois (75-70), Purdue (76-75) and Minnesota (78-68) on the road on Sunday to open up Big 10 play. The Badgers beat Ohio State at home last season, 79-68 in their only meeting.... Read More

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Southern Miss improved to 2-1 in Conference USA after beating UTEP on Saturday, 73-65. ODU rebounded from an overtime loss to Marshall on Thursday to beat Western Kentucky on the road, 79-67 on Saturday. Last season, Southern Miss beat Old Dominion at home, 73-71.... Read More

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Delaware and Towson have opened the conference season at 0-4 in the CAA. Delaware is coming off a 91-81 home loss to UNCW on Saturday. Towson fell at snowy Elon on Saturday night, 74-61. Last year, Towosn won both games by a combined six points. That included a 101-97 overtime win at home on Jan. 30.... Read More

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Hofstra has lost three straight games to open their conference slate, after they beat Delaware on Dec. 31 (58-56) to open CAA play. Elon had lost three straight to open the CAA slate, before beating Towson, 72-61 on Saturday night at home. Last season, Hofstra swept the series, including winning on the road, 80-76.... Read More

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UNC Wilmington rolls into this contest having won 15 of their 17 contests this season and all four Colonial Athletic Association games. The defending conference champions look to make it five straight wins they welcome William & Mary into Trask Coliseum on Thursday night. The Tribe have won five of their last seven and just one game behind the Seahawks in the CAA standings. UNCW leads the all-times series 41-26, however, William & Mary has won three of the last four matchups in Wilmington. ... Read More

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Gone are the days where Conference USA was a basketball powerhouse. Teams like Memphis and Louisville have left the building and we are now stuck with matchups like this one. As matter of fact, these two teams are not even doing very well in the current makeup of C-USA. Charlotte has an overall losing record and is just 1-3 in league play. Louisiana Tech has won more than they have lost and sit at 2-1 in the conference.  The 49ers have never beat the Bulldogs are are 0-4 all-time vs. LA Tech, but two of the four contests have gone to overtime.  ... Read More

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Two teams already in early danger of falling out of the Horizon League race meet on Thursday night in Cleveland. Illinois-Chicago sits in seventh place in the 10-team conference with a 1-2 mark, while Cleveland State is a half game behind them in eighth place at 1-3. The Vikings lead the all-time series 46-34 and has won 20 of their last 25 meetings with the Flames. ... Read More

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Valparaiso heads to Youngstown State in a battle of Horizon League teams on Thursday. The Crusaders are having another good year (what's new), coming in at 12-4 and 2-1 in conference. Their lone loss in conference was to Oakland who figures to be the team to beat in the Horizon. Youngstown State has been OK this year, probably a little better than expected. They are 8-9 overall and 2-2 in conference, having won their latest, 80-75 over Wright State.... Read More

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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are hosting the Marshall Thundering Herd in this clash between two conference rivals. Both of these teams are undefeated in their Conference-USA schedules. The Blue Raiders are 13-3 this season, and they're 3-0 in C-USA play. Meanwhile, the Thundering Herd is 11-6. Marshall has managed to win their first four games in their conference slate. Which team will suffer their first conference loss of the season on Thursday night?... Read More

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Horizon League college basketball action this evening and the Wright State Raiders will grapple with the Green Bay Phoenix at Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Raiders come in at 11-6 overall and they are 2-2 in the Horizon League, while the Phoenix are at 10-6 on the year, including 4-0 in league play.... Read More

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Tonight within Conference U.S.A the Florida Atlantic Owls will grapple with UTSA Roadrunners at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Owls have struggled out the gate, but they are off a 73-64 home win over FIU, while the Roadrunners have won four of their last five games, including a 69-68 road win over Louisiana Tech in their last game. FAU has won the last three games between these teams. ... Read More

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Conference U.S.A. college hoops and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will square off with the UAB Blazers at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. The Hilltoppers have started out at 3-1 within Conf U.S.A., while the Blazers check in at 2-1 in league play. WKU has gone just 3-6 on the road this year, while UAB is 5-2 at home so far. The Under is 5-1 the last six games in this series. ... Read More

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College basketball action in the Horizon League this evening and the Northern Kentucky Norse will battle it out with the Milwaukee Panthers at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Norse enter this contest off a 80-71 road loss to Green Bay, while the Panthers check in off a 80-74 loss to Green Bay as well and have now lost their last seven games in a row overall.... Read More

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CBB action on Wednesday evening and the FIU Golden Panthers will duke it out with the UTEP Miners at Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The Golden Panthers have lost their last three games in a row, while the Miners have lost their last 12 games in a row and are now 2-13 on the year. Both teams will be looking for a rare win in this one.The Miners have taken seven of the last eight between these teams. ... Read More

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And then there was one. As in unbeaten team in Division I college basketball. After No. 1 Baylor's unsurprising loss at No. 10 West Virginia on Tuesday, the only school still with a zero in the loss column is No. 5 Gonzaga. The Bulldogs aren't in any danger of being upset at home by Loyola on Thursday in West Coast Conference action but will they cover a big spread?... Read More

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Arguably the best matchup in the country on Thursday night in college basketball action features easily the two best teams in the American Athletic Conference as SMU visits No. 22 Cincinnati -- they have combined for 16 straight wins between them and are the only two AAC teams without a conference loss. You can see the game on ESPN.... Read More

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Both SMU and Cincinnati are undefeated in AAC play, but that will not be the case after this big game. ... Read More

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The Cougars of BYU are hosting the San Francisco Dons in this West Coast Conference matchup. The Cougars 12-5, and they're currently 3rd in the conference with a 3-1 record. Meanwhile, the Dons are 11-6, but they haven't had much luck during their WCC schedule. San Francisco is just 1-3, which makes them 6th in the conference standings. The Dons are double-digit underdogs in this one. Will they find a way to upset the Cougars on Thursday night?... Read More

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The Arizona Wildcats have won nine games in a row heading into a home date with the Arizona State Sun Devils at the McKale Memorial Center on Thursday night.... Read More

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It’s a matchup between a pair of Big Ten Conference schools on the hardwood. The #17 Purdue Boilermakers are on the road as they travel to face the Iowa Hawkeyes Thursday night. Purdue won its second straight and ninth in the last 10 games by dropping #13 Wisconsin 66-55 at home Sunday. Iowa picked up their seventh win in the last nine as they edged Rutgers 68-62 at home Sunday. The teams have split the last ten meetings with the Boilermakers rolling to an 89-67 win in the first meeting this season on December 28, 2016.... Read More

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will be hoping to halt a five-game losing streak when they host the Northwestern Wildcats on Thursday night.... Read More

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The California Golden Bears have won two of their last three games heading into a home date with the Washington Huskies at Haas Pavilion on Thursday night.... Read More

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The Southern Cal Trojans will be looking to bounce back from a rare loss when they visit the Utah Utes at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Thursday night.... Read More

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Cal State Fullerton heads to Cal Poly to take on the Mustangs on Thursday night. The Titans are 7-8 and 1-1 in the Big West while Cal Poly is 5-10 and 0-1 in conference. Neither team has been impressive this year, but in a year in which the Big West is one of the worst conferences in college basketball, they may just be near the top of the standings near the end of the year.... Read More

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The likely Big West favorite in UC Irvine heads to Santa Barbara to take on the Gauchos. For the last decade you could have penciled UCSB in the Big West chase, but they are going through their worst season in decades. They are currently 2-11 and have lost their only Big West tilt. UC Irving is 9-9 overall and 2-0 in conference. Sad to think that a 9-9 team overall is the best in conference but that's how week the Big West is.... Read More

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The Broncos of Santa Clara head to San Diego to take on the Toreros in a WCC battle on Thursday night. These are similar teams with Santa Clara currently at 8-9 and 2-2 in conference, while San Diego is 8-8 overall and 1-3 in conference. Both teams figure to end up near the bottom of the WCC, but Santa Clara does have one of the more exciting players in conference in Jared Brownridge.... Read More

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Pepperdine travels to Pacific to take on the Tigers on Thursday night in a West Coast Conference battle. Neither will be finishing in the top two this year, as Saint Mary's and Gonzaga have separated themselves once again, but both teams would hope to at least finish in the middle tier. That may be a reach as both teams have started 1-3 in conference. Overall, the Waves are 5-11 and the Tigers are 7-10.... Read More

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Tonight in college basketball action, the 21st ranked St Mary’s Gaels will brawl with the Portland Pilots at Earle A. Chiles Center in Portland, Oregon. The Gaels have won their last nine games in a row, including a 63-52 road win over San Francisco in their last game, while the Pilots are off a bad 70-42 loss at Santa Clara. The road team has gone 8-3 ATS the last 11 games in this series.... Read More

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The Aggies of UC Davis head to Riverside to take on the Highlanders in a Big West tussle on Thursday. These may well be a battle of the best in the conference versus the worst, although UC Santa Barbara may have a claim to being the worst. As of now, I'll hand that title to Riverside, who is 2-11 overall and haven't won in conference. The Aggies are 10-7 overall and 2-0 in conference.... Read More

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UCLA has won three straight games since falling at Oregon at the buzzer, 89-87. On Sunday, they took care of Stanford at home, winning 89-75. Colorado has lost three straight (all on the road), including an 82-73 defeat at Arizona on Saturday. UCA is 3-1 in the Pac-12, while Colorado is 0-3. ... Read More

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The Stanford Cardinal will look to snap a four game skid when they host the Washington State Cougars Thursday night from the Maples Pavilion.... Read More

NHL on Thursday, 1-12-2017

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NHL hockey action on Thursday night and the Vancouver Canucks will grapple with the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. The Canucks come in off a tough 2-1 loss in OT at Nashville, while the Flyers come in off a 4-1 road loss at to the Sabres. The Under is 3-1-1 the last five games between these teams here in Philadelphia. ... Read More

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Tonight in NHL action, the Pittsburgh Penguins will battle it out with the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. The Penguins have a game in Washington on Wednesday night prior to this game, while the Senators check in off a 5-3 home win over the Oilers, which broke a four-game slide they were on. The Over is 5-1 the last six games in this series. ... Read More

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It’s a battle of Atlantic Division foes trying to improve their chances of a playoff berth down in the Sunshine State. The Buffalo Sabres are on the road as they travel to face the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night. Buffalo won its second straight with a 4-1 home win over Philadelphia Tuesday night. Tampa Bay lost its fourth in a row as they were dumped 6-2 by Pittsburgh Sunday night. The Lightning has taken eight of the last 10 meetings, including a 4-1 road triumph in the first matchup this season back on November 17, 2016.... Read More

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Tonight in NHL action, the Montreal Canadiens will finish a long stretch of games that saw them play nine of 10 on the road. They are playing on no rest in this one as they have a game in Winnipeg on Wednesday night and will be taking on a Minnesota team that has won 14 of their last 16 games. This game will take place at Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.... Read More

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After winning two of their last three games, the Boston Bruins (2nd in Atlantic Division) will finish off a 4-game road trip with a brawl against the Nashville Predators (4th in Central), who are just coming off a win against Vancouver…... Read More

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Having registered just one win in four contests during their current 5-game road trip, the Detroit Red Wings (8th in Atlantic Division) will be keen to finish it off with a bang against the struggling Dallas Stars (6th in Central), who have just one win in their past five outings…... Read More

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After losing every single fixture in their recent 3-game homestand, the New Jersey Devils (7th in Metropolitan Division) are jumping on a bus to play their next four on the road, starting with a trip to Edmonton to brawl with the Oilers (3rd in Pacific), who are coming off a 2-game losing skid…... Read More

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The Anaheim Ducks have won four of their last five games heading into a road date with the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on Thursday night.... Read More

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The Los Angeles Kings will host the St. Louis Blues in a Western Conference clash Thursday night from the Staples Center.... Read More