NBA on Friday, 3-24-2017

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It’s a matchup between Eastern Conference foes at opposite ends of the spectrum in the nation’s capital. The Brooklyn Nets are on the road as they face the Washington Wizards Wednesday night. Brooklyn was in action Thursday night as they hosted the Suns in an inter-conference matchup. Washington had lost four of five before rallying to down Atlanta 104-100 at home Wednesday night. The Wizards hold a 97-84 advantage in the all-time regular season series. Washington has won six straight in the series, including a 114-110 overtime win on the road in the most recent matchup February 8.... Read More

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It’s an inter-conference clash between a pair of playoff teams in the Midwest. The Denver Nuggets are on the road as they take on the Indiana Pacers Friday night. Denver snapped a two game losing skid as they ran past Cleveland 126-113 at home Wednesday night. Indiana has alternated wins and losses in their last 14 games as they come in off a 109-100 road loss to Boston Wednesday night. The Pacers have a 43-42 edge in the all-time regular season series but Denver has won four of the last five matchups. That includes a 140-112 trouncing in the first meeting this season, which came in London on January 12.... Read More

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It’s a matchup of Eastern Conference foes in different situations taking place in Buzz City. The conference leading Cleveland Cavaliers are on the road as they face the Charlotte Hornets Friday night. Cleveland fell to 1-2 on their road trip as they fell 126-113 to the Nuggets Wednesday night. Charlotte won their third straight contest as they downed the Magic 109-102 on the road Wednesday night. Cleveland has a 61-41 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams. The Cavaliers have won five straight and nine of the last 10 matchups, including a 121-109 here in the most recent matchup on December 31, 2016.... Read More

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It’s a matchup of teams on the outside of the playoff picture from the Eastern Conference meeting in the Sunshine State. The Detroit Pistons are on the road as they face the Orlando Magic Friday night. Detroit lost their second straight and fifth in the last six games with a 117-95 pasting by the Bulls on the road Wednesday. Orlando had their two game win streak snapped with a 109-102 home loss to Charlotte Wednesday night. Detroit has a 59-42 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams but they split two earlier matchups. Orlando claimed a 98-92 road win in the most recent contest on December 4, 2016.... Read More

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It’s an inter-conference matchup between teams at opposite ends of the standings in Beantown. The Phoenix Suns continue a road swing as they battle the Atlantic Division leading Boston Celtics Friday night. Phoenix was in action as they faced the Nets in a matchup of struggling teams Thursday night on the road. Boston won for the fifth time in six games with a 109-100 win at home over the Pacers Wednesday night. The Celtics have a 67-55 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams. It was Phoenix taking a 109-106 home win in the first matchup this season on March 5.... Read More

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The Chicago Bulls will continue their playoff chase when they host the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night from the United Center.... Read More

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It’s a Southwest Division matchup between a team trying to get in the playoff picture and one firmly entrenched in it down in the Lone Star State. The New Orleans Pelicans hope to keep their recent success going as they travel to face the Houston Rockets Friday night. New Orleans won their third straight and fifth in the last six games by taking down Memphis 95-82 at home Tuesday night. Houston has won two straight and five of six after edging Denver 125-124 at home Monday night. The Rockets hold a 30-24 advantage in the all-time regular season series and took two of the three previous meetings this season. It was New Orleans taking a 128-112 home win in the most recent tilt between the teams on March 17.... Read More

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It’s a matchup of teams fighting for playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference. The slumping Atlanta Hawks are on the road again as they face the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night. Atlanta lost its fifth in a row as they fell 104-100 on the road to the Wizards Wednesday night. Milwaukee won for the eighth time in their last 10 games and finished a six game trip 4-2 with a 116-98 takedown of the Kings Wednesday night. Atlanta holds a 110-102 advantage in the all-time regular season series and has taken the last four meetings. That includes a 111-98 home win in the most recent matchup on January 15.... Read More

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Pacific Division rivals clash on Friday night in Oakland. While Golden State sits in first place in the Pacific and 30 games up on Sacramento, they also sit alone in first-place in the Western Conference, two games up on San Antonio. The Kings are in 13th place in the West, seven games behind the Nuggets for the eighth and final playoff spot. The Warriors lead head-to-head matchups 199-186, but had their 13-game winning streak in the series snapped earlier this year, before avenging the loss 11 days later. ... Read More

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A recent fade has essentially killed the Minnesota Timberwolves’ chances of making the playoffs, so they are simply playing for pride as this point as they visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. The Lakers punted on the season weeks ago and are plummeting in the West.... Read More

NCAAB on Friday, 3-24-2017

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Tonight, the Big East will grapple with the ACC as the 4th seeded Butler Bulldogs duke it out with the number one seeded North Carolina Tar Heels at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs come in off a 74-65 win over Middle Tennessee and they have now won six of their last eight games, while the Tar Heels are off a 72-65 win over Arkansas and they have now won eight of their last 10 games.... Read More

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The Sweet 16 heads to the Mecca of basketball on Friday night when the upstart South Carolina Gamecocks try to ride their momentum into a matchup with the Baylor Bears. The seventh-seeded Gamecocks had an easy 20-point win over Marquette in the first round, followed by a seven-point upset win over Duke in the Round of 32. Third-seeded Baylor beat New Mexico State by 18 in the first round and followed that up with a four-point win over the No. 11 seed, Southern Cal.... Read More

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It’s a marquee matchup in the Volunteer State as the NCAA Tournament rolls on. The third-seeded UCLA Bruins battle the second-seeded Kentucky Wildcats in a Sweet 16 matchup in the South Region Friday night. UCLA advanced after knocking off sixth-seeded Cincinnati 79-67 in the second round Sunday night. Kentucky won a tough battle with seventh-seeded Wichita State, 65-62, to win their 13th straight game. The teams have split the last eight meetings dating back to 1998 with UCLA taking a 97-92 road win in the most recent tilt on December 3, 2016.... Read More

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The #4 seed Florida Gators will clash with the #8 seed Wisconsin Badgers in the Sweet 16 Friday night from Madison Square Garden.... Read More

NHL on Friday, 3-24-2017

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NHL Hockey action this evening and the New York Islanders will travel to PPG PAINTS Arena in Pittsburgh, PA to rumble with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Islanders come in off a nice 3-2 road win over the Rangers, but still they have lost four of their last six games, while the Penguins have a road game in Ottawa on Thursday night and prior to that game they have won eight of their last 10 previous games. The Penguins have won 22 of their last 28 home games in this series.... Read More

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Friday evening NHL action and the Tampa Bay Lightning will square off with the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Lightning have a game against Boston on the road on Thursday night and they will be looking to break a three-game slide in that contest, while the Red Wings come in off a 2-1 road win over the Canadiens and they have now won three of their last four games. The Under is 3-1-1 the last five meetings between these teams here in Detroit.... Read More

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NHL hockey action on Friday evening and the San Jose Sharks will battle it out with the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The Sharks come in off a 3-2 loss at Minnesota and they have now lost their last four games in a row, while the Stars are off a road game in Chicago against the Blackhawks on Thursday evening. The Over is 7-1 the last eight games in this series.... Read More

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The Winnipeg Jets (5th in Central Division) will follow their defeat in Los Angeles with a no-rest outing against the Anaheim Ducks (2nd in Pacific), who have gone on a five-game point streak...... Read More