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Case For Vikings

The Vikings shook off decades of postseason futility last weekend when Case Keenum hit Stefon Diggs for a 61-yard TD on the last play of a thrilling 29-24 victory over the Saints. It allowed Vikings fans to think that perhaps Keenum might finally be the QB to deliver them a championship. But standing in Minnesota’s way today is the Philadelphia… Read more »

Fall Of Sparta

After looking invincible for the first part of the season. the Michigan State Spartans have suddenly become mortal again. Tom Izzo’s team has dropped two of its last three, including an ugly 82-72 loss at home to rival Michigan last weekend during which they turned the ball over 18 times. Tonight, the Spartans will have to tighten that up as… Read more »

Few…And Far Between

Wins by the St. Mary’s Gaels against Mark Few’s Gonzaga Bulldogs have not come easily as the Gaels have dropped eight of the last 10 matchups in the series. But Randy Bennett’s team has won 12 straight coming into tonight’s contest in Spokane and thinks it may have a shot. To get our pick for this game and the full… Read more »

Bull Rush

After parting ways with All-Star Jimmy Butler and starting the season 3-20, the Chicago Bulls looked like they were throwing in the towel early. But a 14-7 record since then and the return of Zach LaVine from injury have the Bulls suddenly feeling confident as they head into tonight’s game against the Golden State Warriors. To get our pick for… Read more »

Carolina BBQ

Home cooking is usually hard to beat in college basketball, but few homecourt advantages compare with North Carolina’s domination of Clemson. The Tar Heels are a perfect 58-0 against the Tigers at home, including 27-0 at the Smith Center where the two teams will meet tonight. To get our pick for this game and the full NCAA Basketball schedule, click… Read more »

IT Problem

The addition of Isaiah Thomas into Cleveland’s lineup was supposed to make an already potent offense nearly unstoppable. Instead, Thomas has struggled and the Cavaliers have looked like a team completely out of sorts in losing eight of their last 11 games. They’ll try to pull it together somehow tonight as they host the red-hot Golden State Warriors at Quicken… Read more »

Still Got It

When Pittsburgh and Jacksonville met on October 8 at Heinz Field, it was the Jaguars that surprised everyone by picking off Ben Roethlisberger five times en route to a 30-9 trouncing of the Steelers. Afterward, Roethlisberger wondered aloud “if he still has it” and then proceeded to answer his own question by leading Pittsburgh to a 10-1 record and AFC… Read more »

Titanic Challenge

By now, the Tennessee Titans are used to living on the edge of the cliff. They survived a nail-biter against Jacksonville in the regular season finale that put them in the postseason and then came back from 18 points down last weekend to knock off the Chiefs, 22-21, in the Wild Card round. Tonight, though, they’ll face by far their… Read more »

Cutting Down The Nets

The Brooklyn Nets have hit a rough patch, losing three straight, including a 114-80 demolition at the hands of Detroit on Wednesday that marked Brooklyn’s worst home loss of the season. The Nets hit the road tonight against the last-place Atlanta Hawks, who may be feeling a little better about themselves after ending their recent road trip with a 110-97… Read more »

London Calling

The NBA shifts overseas today as the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers bring their Atlantic Division rivalry to London. To get our pick for this game the the full NBA schedule, click on the Basketball icon above. Plus get all our selections for today’s NCAA Basketball and NHL contests as well as this weekend’s NFL playoff matchups.

Bullish On Defense

Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau has preached tough defense during his career and now looks to have the personnel in Minnesota to execute it. Led by a pair of former Bulls — Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson — the T’wolves showed off their new defensive posture on Monday while blowing out the Cavaliers, 127-99. Tonight, Minnesota will see if it can… Read more »

Ballin’ Out Of Control

A recent nine-game losing streak by the Lakers had LaVar Ball opining that coach Luke Walton has lost control of the team. The Lakers responded by snapping the skid with a 132-113 win over the Hawks. Tonight, the Lakers will see if they can piece together a mini-winning streak as they host the Sacramento Kings. To get our pick for… Read more »

Smart As The Old Boss?

Georgia’s Kirby Smart has the daunting challenge of not only trying to beat Alabama tonight in the CFP Championship, but also becoming the first of Nick Saban’s former assistants to beat the master. Saban is 11-0 against his former assistants and has the Crimson Tide riding high after a 24-6 win over Clemson in the semifinal round. But Smart’s Bulldogs… Read more »

Three Strikes…

And the Carolina Panthers will be out. The Panthers lost both regular-season matchups to the New Orleans Saints and hope to avoid a third defeat today as they travel to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to face the Saints in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs. To get our pick for this game and the full NFL schedule, click on… Read more »

Crooked Arrow

The last time the Kansas City Chiefs won a playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium, Joe Montana was their quarterback and Marcus Allen was still in their backfield. The Chiefs have lost five straight postseason contests at home since that 1994 win over Pittsburgh, but have a chance to break that skid today as they host the Tennessee Titans in the… Read more »

Golden Night

The Vegas Golden Knights are playing like anything but an expansion team. Leading the Pacific Division, the Golden Knights are riding an eight-game winning streak and are 12-0-1 in their last 13 games — both records for winning and points streaks by an expansion club. Tonight, Vegas will test itself on the road against one of the Western Conference’s perennial… Read more »

There’s No I In Boston Team

While the Celtics and Cavs will renew their rivalry tonight in Boston, there’s a different look to the teams from the last time they took the court at TD Garden in last year’s Eastern Conference final. Most notable is the absence of Isaiah Thomas from the Celtics lineup after his blockbuster trade to Cleveland for Kyrie Irving. Thomas made his… Read more »

Hard Knox(ville)

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl has his Tigers (10-1) playing solid ball right now with an offense that is currently second in the SEC in scoring (86.8 ppg). But one place that has not been kind to Pearl is his former school, Tennessee. The Volumteers are 5-1 against Auburn since Pearl took over and will try to improve on that record… Read more »

New Year, Same Story

Heading into this season, the last two college football playoffs were decided between Alabama and Clemson with the Crimson Tide taking the 2015 championship (45-40) and the Tigers returning the favor last year (35-31). Now for the third straight season, these two teams will square off in the playoff — although this time in the semifinal round — as Clemson… Read more »

Just Around The Benz

With the NFL playoffs set to begin next weekend, the mission for the Atlanta Falcons in their regular season finale against Carolina today at Mercedes-Benz Stadium is fairly simple: win and they’re in. And while the Panthers are already in the playoff field, a victory for Ron Rivera’s team could improve their seeding — so both teams have something riding… Read more »

Desert Storm

It’s no surprise to find the Arizona Wildcats residing in the Top 25, but to see the Arizona State Sun Devils up there is a bit of a head-scratcher. Tonight, the two teams will face each other as ranked opponents for the first time since 1995 as the Sun Devils travel to Tucson to face the Wildcats. To get our… Read more »

Kentucky Fried

The Kentucky Wildcats ran into a hot-shooting UCLA team last Thursday and gave up 12 3’s to the Bruins en route to an 83-75 loss. It was the second defeat of the season for John Calipari’s young team, which has to try to bounce back today at Rupp Arena against in-state rival Louisville. To get our pick for this game… Read more »

Tiger Cage

It will be Tigers vs. Tigers tonight as the LSU Tigers hit the road to play the Memphis Tigers. LSU (8-3) is hoping to continue its torrid offense displayed in a 104-52 win over North Florida, while Memphis (9-3) has bounced back from a loss to Louisville with two straight wins. To get our pick for this game and the… Read more »

Boston Logic

After struggling to a 2-4 start, the Boston College Eagles reemphasized the running game and finished the regular season by winning five of their last six games. Leading the way has been freshman AJ Dillon, who gained 1,432 yards and rushed for 13 TDs. Today, Dillon and the Eagles will head to the Pinstripe Bowl to face the Iowa Hawkeyes…. Read more »

Saint Nick

The collective breath of Philadelphia Eagles fans stopped when QB Carson Wentz went down with a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago against the Rams. But Eagle fans may be breathing a little easier after watching backup QB Nick Foles performance last week. Foles, the one-time starter in Philly, made his return special with four TD tosses in a 34-29… Read more »

San Francisco Treat

At 0-9, the San Francisco 49ers were headed toward another disastrous season with few signs of improvement to be found. But then the Niners pulled off a trade for New England backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and everything changed. Garoppolo has been magnificent and the Niners have won three straight — tied for the best current streak in the NFL —… Read more »

Given The Collar

The Green Bay Packers were hoping that Aaron Rodgers could return from his broken collarbone and valiantly lead the team into the playoffs. But a loss to Carolina last week marked by 3 INTs in Rodgers’ return quickly burst that bubble. Now out of the playoff picture, the Packers have decided to sit Rodgers for the rest of the season… Read more »

Lake Effect

The LA Lakers pulled off a major upset on Wednesday when they knocked off Houston, 122-116, and ended the Rockets winning streak at 14. Tonight, the Lakers will face another team that’s working on a winning streak as they head to Golden State to face a Warriors club that has won 10 straight. To get our pick for this game… Read more »

Stars Come Out

Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock has been stuck on 799 wins over the last three games as his team has failed to pick up a victory. He’ll look to become just the third NHL coach to reach 800 wins (Scotty Bowman and Joel Quenneville are the other two) as the Stars host Quenneville’s Chicago Blackhawks tonight. To get our pick… Read more »

Memphis Blues

It’s already been a long season for the Memphis Grizzlies, who have suffered through the firing of their head coach (David Fizdale) and a sustained injury to their star point guard (Mike Conley), while their record has fallen from 7-6 all the way to 9-21. It doesn’t get much easier for the Grizzlies tonight as they travel to Golden State… Read more »

Double Trouble

As hard as it may seem, LeBron James could actually be playing the best basketball of his 15-year career right now. James record his third straight triple-double on Sunday in a 106-99 win over the Wizards and has been the driving force behind Cleveland’s 18 wins in their last 19 games. Tonight, the Cavaliers will head to Milwaukee to take… Read more »

Bay Watch

The season hasn’t always gone according to plan for the defending NFC-champion Atlanta Falcons, but with three games left in the regular season, Dan Quinn’s troops still control their own destiny. They can win the NFC South Division by winning all three contests beginning tonight with Atlanta’s trip to Tampa Bay to face Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers. To get… Read more »

Looking To Steel One

As has been the case so many times in recent memory, the battle for the AFC boils down to a game between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. That matchup has favored the Patriots in the past as they’ve won four straight and five of the last six against the Steelers. But Pittsburgh comes into today’s contest riding an… Read more »

Bowled Over

College football’s holiday bowl season officially kicks off today with six games starting with a pair of FCS teams — North Carolina A&T and Grambling State — squaring off in the Celebration Bowl at noon. To get our pick for this game and the complete bowl schedule, click on the Football icon above. Plus get all our picks for all… Read more »

Earning Their Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs were forced to play their first 27 games of the season without their best player — Kawhi Leonard — while he recovered from an injury. But San Antonio kept the ship afloat with a 19-8 record and stayed within shouting distance of the Houston Rockets in the Southwest Division. Tonight, with Leonard back in the lineup,… Read more »

Horsing Around

There’s nothing on the line tonight as the 4-9 Broncos play the 3-10 Colts other than maybe improving their draft position. But regardless, the game must go forward and you can get our pick for tonight’s contest as well as the complete NFL schedule by clicking on the Football icon above. Plus get all our selections for today’s NBA, NHL… Read more »

Temple Of Doom?

Freshly anointed as the top team in the latest AP Poll, the Villanova Wildcats are rewarded tonight with an always intense matchup against their Philly rival, the Temple Owls. To get our pick for this game and the full NCAA Basketball schedule, click on the Basketball icon above. Plus get all our selections for today’s NBA and NHL action as… Read more »

Ballin In New York

It’s been an up-and-down rookie campaign for the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, but that won’t keep the spotlight from being on him and his father, LaVar, as LA heads to the Big Apple tonight to take on the Knicks. To get our pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click on the Basketball icon above. Plus get all our… Read more »

Gronk And A Hard Place

After watching Pittsburgh squeak out a victory over Baltimore last night, the New England Patriots need a win tonight to stay tied with the Steelers for the best record in the AFC. But they’ll have to do it without star TE Rob Gronkowski, who is serving a one-game suspension as the Patriots head to Hard Rock Stadium for tonight’s matchup… Read more »

Bad Juju?

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals fought a battle last Monday night that resulted in WR JuJu Smith-Schuster getting suspended for his block on Vontaze Burfict. On top of that, the Steelers lost lineback Ryan Shazier to a spinal cord injury. How much of an impact those absences have will be on display tonight as Pittsburgh tries to clinch its… Read more »

Back In The Black

After 14 straight losses in the series, the Army Black Knights finally broke through against Navy last season with a come-from-behind 21-17 victory. A solid 8-3 season this year has Army thinking two straight over their rival as the 118th meeting between the two academies takes place today in Philadelphia. You can get our pick for this game and the… Read more »

Keeping Pace

While the Cleveland Cavaliers (18-7) are in the midst of a franchise-record 13-game winning streak, the Indiana Pacers (14-11) are quietly hanging in the competitive Central Division standings. Despite the loss of Paul George, the Pacers are tied with Milwaukee and just a half-game behind the Pistons for second place. Tonight, the Indiana will get a chance to make a… Read more »

Saints Elsewhere

The New Orleans Saints reestablished control of the NFC South last week with a convincing 31-21 win over Carolina at home. But to keep that edge, the Saints must go on the road tonight and find a way to beat the Falcons in Atlanta. To get our pick for this game and the full NFL schedule, click on the Football… Read more »

X Factor

The Xavier Musketeers played a tough rivalry game against Cincinnati on Saturday that was followed by a heated exchange between Xavier coach Chris Mack and Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin. The Musketeers came away with a hard-fought 89-76 victory, but Mack has to get his players ready for another instate matchup tonight as Xavier hosts the Kent State Golden Flashes. To get… Read more »

Wildcat Offense

When the Villanova Wildcats are hitting from outside, they are nearly impossible to beat. Just ask St Joseph’s, which could only watch as the Cats poured in a school-record 19 three-pointers on Saturday en route to a 94-53 thrashing of their crosstown rival. Tonight, Jay Wright’s team will head north to Madison Square Garden to take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs… Read more »

Lump Of Kohl

It’s been a disappointing start for the Wisconsin Badgers (3-5, 0-1) basketball team. The low point came on Saturday as the Badgers suffered their most lopsided loss ever at the Kohl Center when they were manhandled by the Ohio State, 83-58.  Greg Gard’s team doesn’t have any time to dwell on the negative, however, as the Badgers are back in… Read more »

Not So Easy

The New Orleans Saints looked like they might run away with the NFC South after putting together a franchise-best eight-game winning streak. But last week’s loss to the Rams combined with a four-game winning streak by Carolina all of a sudden have the Saints tied with the Panthers for the division lead and cause for concern in the Big Easy…. Read more »

Cardinal Rule

Since the Pac-12 instituted a championship game six years ago, the Stanford Cardinal have dominated while winning three of the crowns. Their opponent in tonight’s championship game — the USC Trojans — have yet to win one and in their only appearance in 2015, the Trojans fell to the Cardinal. USC will try to break through tonight and you can… Read more »

D Minus

The loss of Ezekiel Elliott to a suspension has been a devastating blow to the Dallas Cowboys. Before Elliott’s absence, Dallas was sitting at 5-3 and looking like a solid contender to make the playoffs. But three straight losses have followed Elliott’s suspension and the Cowboys come into tonight’s showdown with Washington in desperate need of a victory. To get… Read more »

Heat Flash

When Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra looks across the court tonight at the Cleveland Cavaliers, he will certainly see some familiar faces in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The two teamed up under Spoelstra’s guidance to go to four straight NBA finals while winning two. But that was then and now the combo will try to carry Cleveland against a… Read more »