NBA on Thursday, 3-23-2017

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It’s a matchup of Eastern Conference foes looking to improve their playoff positioning meeting up in South Beach. The Toronto Raptors are on the road as they zip down the east coast to face the Miami Heat Thursday night. Toronto rallied from a 16 point deficit to knock off the Bulls 122-120 in overtime at home Tuesday night. Miami dropped Phoenix 112-97 at home Tuesday to jump back into the playoff picture. The Heat has a solid 50-27 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams. The teams split two earlier meetings this season with Miami taking a 104-89 win at home in the most recent matchup March 11.... Read More

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It’s an inter-conference matchup of doormats taking place in the Big Apple. The Phoenix Suns continue a road swing against Eastern Conference foes as they face the league worst Brooklyn Nets Thursday night. Phoenix lost their fifth in a row as they were dumped 112-97 at Miami Tuesday night. Brooklyn had dropped five of seven before edging the Pistons 98-96 at home Tuesday. Phoenix holds a 44-39 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams but the Nets have won three straight contests. That includes a 122-104 road win in the first matchup this season on November 12, 2016.... Read More

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It’s a matchup of Western Conference foes trying to improve their standing meeting up in the Lone Star State. The LA Clippers try to continue a late season charge as they visit the Dallas Mavericks Thursday night. LA won their third in a row as they pasted the crosstown rivals, the Lakers, 133-109, as the road team Tuesday night. Dallas has dropped four of six since a four game win streak as they were clubbed 112-87 by the Warriors at home Tuesday night. The Mavericks hold an 89-58 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams. The clubs split two earlier meetings this season with the Mavericks taking a 90-88 road win in the last matchup on December 23, 2016.... Read More

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It’s a matchup of teams in the playoff picture from the Southwest Division meeting in a potential first round matchup from the Lone Star State. The Memphis Grizzlies are on the road as they travel to face the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night. Memphis saw their four game win streak snapped with a 95-82 road loss to the Pelicans Tuesday night. San Antonio won their second straight with a 100-93 road win at Minnesota Tuesday. The Spurs have a dominant 63-22 advantage in the all-time regular season but Memphis has taken both meetings this season. That includes a 104-96 home win in the last matchup March 18.... Read More

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The Portland Trail Blazers will continue their playoff chase when they host the New York Knicks Thursday night from the Moda Center.... Read More

NCAAB on Thursday, 3-23-2017

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The #1 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs will battle the #4 seed West Virginia Mountaineers in the Sweet 16 Thursday night from the SAP Center in San Jose.... Read More

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The #7 seed Michigan Wolverines will square off with the #3 seed Oregon Ducks Thursday night from the Sprint Center.... Read More

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The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament has come and gone. We’ve reached the Sweet 16 as the fourth-seeded Purdue Boilermakers face the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks in a regional semifinal matchup in the Midwest Region Thursday night. Purdue advanced as they defeated fifth-seeded Iowa State 80-76 Saturday. Kansas reached this point after dispatching ninth-seeded Michigan State 90-70 Sunday. These teams have met once previously with Kansas taking a 63-60 win in a similar 1 vs. 4 seed matchup on March 18, 2012.... Read More

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It’s a Sweet 16 matchup of the NCAA Tournament out in the Golden State. The 11th seeded Xavier Musketeers try to continue their surprising run as they battle the second-seeded Arizona Wildcats in a West Region regional semifinal tilt Thursday night. Xavier blew out third-seeded Florida State 91-66 Saturday to advance to the Sweet 16. Arizona had a tougher matchup but dispatched seventh-seeded Saint Mary’s 69-60 Saturday night. These teams met in a similar 2 vs. 11 seed matchup on March 26, 2015 with Arizona taking a 68-60 win in that contest.... Read More

NHL on Thursday, 3-23-2017

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Tonight on the ice a battle for the Metro Division lead will take place as the Columbus Blue Jackets wage war on the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Blue Jackets enter this contest off a game at home vs Toronto on Wednesday night and they will be looking to build on a four-game win streak in that game, while the Capitals come in off a 4-2 win over the Flames and they have now won three of their last four games.... Read More

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NHL hockey action on Thursday evening and the Tampa Bay Lightning will invade the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts to rumble with the Boston Bruins. The Lightning come into this game off a very bad 5-3 home loss at the hands of Arizona and they have now lost their last three games in a row, while the Bruins come in off a 3-2 home loss to the Senators and they have now lost their last three games in a row as well. Boston is 30-6-4 in their last 40 home games in this series. ... Read More

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Thursday evening NHL action and the Carolina Hurricanes will square off with the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The Hurricanes enter this game off a 4-3 road win over Florida and they have now won three of their last four games, while the Canadiens come in off a 2-1 home loss to Detroit, but still they have won nine of their last 12 games. Montreal has won 10 of their last 11 home games in this series. ... Read More

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Tonight on the ice, the New Jersey Devils will rumble with the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The Devils enter this contest off a 3-2 home win over the Rangers in OT, but still they have lost 12 of their last 14 games, while the Maple Leafs will be in Columbus on Wednesday night and they will be looking to build off a 4-2 win over Boston. The home team has gone 6-1 the last seven games in this series.... Read More

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Hockey action on Thursday evening and the Pittsburgh Penguins duke it out with the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. The Penguins come into this game off a 3-1 road win over the Sabres and they have now won eight of their last 10 games, while the Senators come in off a 3-2 road win over Boston and that win broke a four-game losing streak that they were on. The Pens have won four of the last five between these teams, but the home is 5-1 the last six meetings. ... Read More

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The struggling Florida Panthers will take on the Arizona Coyotes Thursday night from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL.... Read More

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The Minnesota Wild may finally be back on track as they prepare to host the Philadelphia Flyers at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night.... Read More

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The Nashville Predators have won four of their last five games heading into a home date with the Calgary Flames at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night.... Read More

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The red hot St. Louis Blues will aim for their fourth straight win when they host the Vancouver Canucks Thursday night from the Scottrade Center.... Read More

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It’s a matchup of foes from the Central Division meeting on the ice in the Windy City. The Dallas Stars play out the string of a disappointing campaign as they visit the division leading Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night. Dallas won for the second time in their last three as they downed the Sharks 1-0 at home Monday night. Chicago saw their five game win streak snapped with a 5-4 overtime loss to the Canucks at home Tuesday night. The teams have split the last 10 meetings but Chicago has won all four matchups this season. That includes a 5-3 road win in the most recent matchup on February 4.... Read More

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The first game of a home-and-home set against the Colorado Avalanche (7th in Central Division) in Denver will be the second outing of a back-to-back pair for the Edmonton Oilers (2nd in Pacific), who are not that good with no-rest matchups historically...... Read More

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Four defeats in their past five outings precede the Los Angeles Kings (5th in Pacific Division) ahead of their matchup against the Winnipeg Jets (5th in Central), who have won three games in a row...... Read More