NBA Prediction Tuesday Night Preview- San Antonio vs. Chicago

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San Antonio Spurs (46-16, 23-8 away) @ Chicago Bulls (35-28, 19-11 home) 03/10- 8:00PM EST


Line: SAS -4.0

Over/Under: 188.0


The red-hot San Antonio Spurs will be looking for revenge on the road against another team that has been playing well of late… the Chicago Bulls, as both teams will battle on Tuesday night at the United Center.


All the Spurs have done since the Bulls beat them 96-86 back in January is rattle off 13 of 16 wins and are enjoying a six-game win streak all while going on a offensive surge scoring an average of 106.6 points per game over their last 16 games while allowing 101.6 points per contest.


Last Thursday, the Spurs (46-16) were able to exact revenge on the Miami Heat with a 111-87 home win and will be looking for the same results against the defensive minded Bulls who also defeated the Heat at home on Sunday with a 95-88 overtime win.


Following their big win over the two-time defending champions, San Antonio survived a letdown at the hands of the lowly Orlando Magic on Saturday night with a 121-112 victory to keep their winning streak alive.


It’s always hard after a big win against Miami, the emotions,” Tony Parker said. “We wanted to make sure we didn’t come out flat, and Orlando, they came out firing.” They were shooting the ball very well from outside. They are young and wanted to prove something. They made it hard on us but it’s a big win for us.”


As well as the Spurs have been playing since their Chicago defeat, the Bulls (35-28) have also been on fire winning eleven of their last fourteen games and six of seven at home as they have been playing balanced basketball averaging 93.1 on offense and allowing 92.2 on defense.


They are a team with heart that plays hard for all 48 minutes and Sunday’s big win over the Heat as given them more of reason to feel good about themselves as the playoffs near.


I want what they have—a championship,” Joakim Noah said of the Heat. “One day, we are going to have to get through those guys.”


Chicago is in the middle of a challenging six-game stand that has seen them lose to the Memphis Grizzlies and bounce back with a huge win over the Heat, but after the Spurs will still be faced with the likes of the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder. Wow… talk about a tough stretch games! No doubt, defense will be the key for the Bulls to contain these high scoring teams in the coming days.


The Spurs have lost five-of-eight to the Bulls in the series, but oddsmakers have given the edge for Tuesday’s game making them a (minus -4.0) point favorite in Chicago where they will be looking for their second straight win in the Windy City. In what promises to be an entertaining well-played game for both teams, stay in the know with all the latest spreads on the game up until tipoff right here at Wonder Punter.


Tough one to call on this one as both teams are playing great ball, but I will favor the home-town Bulls to win in a close one as they continue to build their confidence as they playoffs near.


Prediction/Pick- Chicago



By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

NBA Prediction Tuesday Night Preview/Pick- Portland vs. Memphis


Portland Trail Blazers (42-21, 18-13 away) @ Memphis Grizzlies (36-26, 19-14 home) 03/11- 8:00PM EST


Line: MEM -3.5

Over/Under: 198.0


After dropping two games in the state of Texas, the Portland Trail Blazers hope to get it together as they will go into FedEx Forum on Tuesday night to battle the surging Memphis Grizzlies.


The Trail Blazers (42-21) dropped back-to-back games after giving away fourth quarter leads… first to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night losing 103-98 then on Sunday to the Houston Rockets falling in defeat 118-113 in overtime.


In both fourth quarter games, the Blazers were outscored by an average of 8.0 points, shooing 41.7 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the charity stripe… Portland is among the league’s best from the free throw line with 80.7 percent.


That Blazers defensive collapse in the fourth quarter resulted in the Rockets outscoring Portland 33-21 to send the game into overtime.


That was a tough loss,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “A game, I thought we did a good job of controlling it for a good part of it. We had our opportunities to win it. They made some tough shots. I thought we overcame some adversity and still put ourselves in a position to win, but we didn’t close it out.”


Portland still ranks among the best with 107.7 points per game and LaMarcus Aldridge is doing his part in scoring averaging with 29.0 ppg and 14.5 rebounds on this five-game trip so far but the Blazers as a whole will need to play some defense if they want to end their road trip that takes them through the Southwest Division on a more positive note. After Memphis, they will travel back to Texas to face the San Antonio Spurs and than end the trip versus the New Orleans Pelicans.


Against Memphis in 24 games, Aldridge has struggled averaging only 15.9 points… his lowest against any other NBA team.


Having won back-to-back games and winners of four of five, the Memphis Grizzlies (36-26) is a team that seems to peaking at the right time and much of their success is because of their defensive intensity to provide them with a nice balance on both sides of the ball as everyone is getting involved.


Everybody is pitching in, and we are going to need everybody to continue to do that for the remainder (of the season),” guard Tony Allen said. “Be ready when their number is called.”


The Grizzlies have won four straight against the Trail Blazers and with their recent play, the oddsmakers have the confidence that they will get it done again by making them a (minus -3.5) point favorite against the visiting Blazers, but get the latest odds up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.


I too, have that confidence in the Grizzlies to continue playing with success the rest of the way and see them being able beat the Blazers come Tuesday night as they continue to make a strong playoff push.


Prediction/Pick- Memphis



By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


NBA Prediction Thursday Night Preview/Pick- Heat vs. Spurs

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Miami Heat (43-15, 19-10 away) @ San Antonio Spurs (44-16, 21-8 home) 03/06- 8PM EST


Line: SAS -3.0

Over/Under: 209.0


The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs will clash for the second time this season on Thursday night in a rematch from last year’s NBA Finals.


The Heat look to bounce back after a tough 106-103 loss at the hands of the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night that saw LeBron James score just 22 points a night after going off for 61 points in a 124-107 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.


Playing on the second of a back-to-back, it is safe say the four-time MVP James didn’t have much left in the tank after having the best night of career the night before. James went only 1 of 7 in the second half and spent most of the beginning of the fourth quarter on the bench.


I fought through it in the first half. Second half it just wasn’t there for me,” James said. “Got out of rhythm.”


Even with an exhausted James unable to perform to his fullest, the Heat (43-15) made a game of it and had their chances in the fourth quarter but just weren’t able to get over the hump as Michael Beasley and Dwayne Wade both scored 24 points apiece to help keep the Heat close.


We were able to push back in the fourth quarter and tie the game up,” Wade said. “But we had to exhaust so much energy trying to come back.”


With a Wednesday day off, Miami hopes to enter Thursday’s contest a little better rested as they look to sweep the regular-season series over the Spurs following a blowout 113-101 win back in Miami on Jan 26 that saw the Heat lead by as much as 29 points.


The Spurs (44-16) hope to have a better showing in the 3-point department come Thursday after going just 6 of 22 from beyond the arc back in Miami. The Spurs will also have a better compliment of starting players against the Heat on Thursday night after missing Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter in the first matchup.


San Antonio is 4-1 is their last five games and have been getting it done from long range distance and sharing the basketball, where in their 122-101 victory at Cleveland on Tuesday night, the Spurs hit 12 of their final 18 3-point attempts and the team combined for 39 assists on 43 field goals.


That doesn’t happen very often,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “We’ve been doing that really well all year long, but that’s a ridiculous ratio right there.”


Those numbers won’t come as easy as they did on Tuesday night for the Spurs but the oddsmakers have given San Antonio the edge making them a (minus -3.0) point favorite but stay up to date on the latest spread up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.


The Heat have dominated the Spurs of late winning their last five regular-season game but I will favor the Spurs to get it done at home in what is expected to be a great game.


Prediction/Pick- San Antonio



By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

NBA Prediction Tuesday Night Preview/Pick- Thunder vs. Trail Blazers

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Oklahoma City Thunder (41-12, 18-9 away) @ Portland Trail Blazers (36-15, 19-5, home) 02/11- 10:00PM EST


Line: POR -1.0

Over/Under- 211.0


The Portland Trail Blazers will get the task of trying to slow down a man few teams have been successful at doing this season… the NBA’s leading scorer Kevin Durant.


And although the Blazers (36-15) have been the worst at containing Durant in the league, Durant is averaging 31.2 points over the league but against the Trail Blazers, he is lighting them up for 38.7 points per contest, they have won two of three over the Thunder and will be looking to take another one and move closer to the Northwest Division leading Thunder (41-12) on Tuesday night.


Portland will be motivated to take the season series against the Thunder and prove that they can play with the best and belong with the best but in their way once again is this years MVP leading candidate Kevin Durant who is shooting 54.1 percent against the Blazers.


Durant combined for 70 points in their two losses to the Blazers earlier in the season but was the difference maker as he went off for 46 points in a 105-97 win back on January 21… a game that saw him score 11 points in the final 3:23 to rally his team back in Oklahoma City.


MVP performance,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said after that game. “To score 46 points on 25 shots, six of seven from 3-point range, and I think he got a couple of shots blocked. It was a remarkable performance. He made shots when they mattered. He took his time and didn’t force it. He took what was there, and he made some great shots.”


And it doesn’t stop there as he went for 41 points on just 22 field-goal attempts in a 112-100 win over the New York Knicks on Sunday. He added 10 boards and 9 assists and helped shut down Carmelo Anthony to just 15 points on 5 of 19 shooting.


I tried to rely on my teammates,” Durant said. “They did a great job of helping me out and building a wall behind me.”


Oklahoma City is 3-2 in their last five games and will be without the services of their star point guard Russell Westbrook as they will have their hands full trying to contain the high scoring Blazers who go in averaging 108.0 points per contest.


Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge has had great success against his division foe this season as well averaging 30.7 points and 14.3 rebounds. Aldridge leads the Blazers in scoring with 24.1 points per game.


With the Thunder being the better defensive team (97.5 ppg to 103.5), the Blazers will need another complete game effort to keep pace in the Northwest Division and not allow the Thunder to extend their lead.


Oddsmakers have made Portland a slim (minus -1.0) point favorite going into Tuesday’s game but get the latest odds on the game up until tip off right here at Wonder Punter.


Even with no Westbrook for Tuesday nights game, expect another great performance from both teams… the Thunder is still fully loaded and dangerous and the Blazers with the likes of Aldridge and young sensation Damian Lilliard will be ready to battle the Thunder at home, a place where they have always played tough.


I like the Thunder’s chances better with Westbrook where they are 0-2 this season against the Blazers without him, but think they may do enough to sneak away with a big road win on Tuesday night.


Prediction/Pick- Oklahoma City



By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

NBA Prediction Tuesday Night Preview/Pick- Miami vs. Phoenix

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Miami Heat (35-14, 15-10 away) @ Phoenix Suns (30-20, 17-8 home) 02/11- 9:00PM EST


Line: MIA -4.0

Over/Under: 208.5


The Miami Heat will try to bounce back from an ugly loss at the hands of the lowly Utah Jazz as they take on the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.


The Heat suffered a 94-89 loss to one of the NBA’s worst teams on Saturday night, a night that saw LeBron James endure his worst shooting performance of the season as he went just 4 of 13 with 13 points.


It was just one of those games where offensively we were out of rhythm and you try to win on the defense end,” James said.


James also did not get much help from anyone else in a Heat uniform as the team struggled to put the rock in the net shooting 43.3 percent for the game but only 11 for 30 (36.7) in the second half. Chris Bosh also had a disappointing night going a dismal 3 of 12 for 13 points.


We didn’t shoot the ball well like we are capable of doing,” James said. “We had some great looks, including myself, some really open looks.”


Miami (35-14) was riding a three game win streak prior to the unexpected loss to the Jazz but they expect a better all around game as they take on a Phoenix Suns team they have dominated in the past winning 10 of 11, including a 107-92 home win back on Nov. 25.


James has been lights out against Phoenix in his last seven games averaging 32.4 points on 55.1 percent shooting. In his last game versus the Suns, James could do no wrong as he went 11 of 14 with 35 points on a season-best 78.6 shooting percentage.


Dwayne Wade joined in on the fun in that 15 point blowout with 21 points and 12 assists.


For Phoenix (30-20), they will be looking for their second straight victory after beating a tough Golden State team 122-109 to snap a two-game losing streak.


Point guard Goran Dragic took over late in the fourth quarter against the Warriors scoring 13 of his 34 points—a career high. Dragic has been the go-to man over his last seven games averaging 26.9 points while shooting 62.7 percent and from behind the arc is 19 of 30.


Shooting guard Gerald Green bounced back from a three game shooting slump (9-33) going for 25 points on 10 of 15 shooting in their win over Golden State.


These guys were sharp,” coach Jeff Hornacek said. “The one thing I told them, especially that fourth quarter, they played smart.”


But, if the Suns expect to turn things around against the Heat on Tuesday night, they will need a total team effort as the oddsmakers have made the Heat a (minus -4.0) point favorite in Phoenix…. a place they have won five straight times. Remember to get the latest spread on the game up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.


With the Heat scoring 104.0 points per game and the Suns averaging 105.1 points per contest, it will come down to the team that wants to play defense, and I feel that team will be the Miami Heat. Both teams are 7-3 over their last 10 games and I expect a good one but I will go with the Heat to win in a close one and predict the big three of James, Wade and Bosh to play an all-around great game.


The only significant injury is PG Eric Bledsoe, who has been out since Feb. 8.


Prediction/Pick- Miami

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

NBA Prediction Tuesday Game Preview/Pick- Washington vs. Golden State

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Washington Wizards (21-22, 11-11 away) @ Golden State Warriors (27-18, 13-7 home) 01/29- 10:30PM EST


Line: GSW -8.0

Over/Under: 206


On Tuesday night, the Golden State Warriors will look to keep the momentum going against the visiting Washington Wizards after shutting down the NBA’s highest scoring team… the Portland Trailblazers on their last time out.


The Warriors (27-18) have enjoyed recent success against the Wizards beating them six straight times and are 10-3 this season against the Eastern Conference, but are just 2-5 in their last seven games allowing 108.4 points per game on 47.8 percent shooting. Before their defense decided to go south, they had been holding opposing teams to 98.3 on 42.9 percent.


However, the Warriors defense made a guest appearance on Sunday night as they held the Blazers to just 33.7 percent in a 103-88 win to snap a three-game skid. “Just what the doctor ordered,” Golden State coach Mark Jackson said.


All-Star Stephen Curry is the go-to man when it comes to scoring (24.1 ppg) to help pace the Warriors at 104.0 points per game, but understands defense is the key to winning…. “We understand that’s been one of our problems—just letting teams kind of cake walk around on the offensive end doing whatever they want to do early in the game,” Curry said.


As for the Wizards (21-22), they are a much improved team from last year, but are still performing below expectations this season as Saturday’s loss to Utah 104-101 denied them their sixth opportunity to go over the .500 mark for the first time since starting 2-1 back in the 2009-10 season. Their knock has been they are playing at their opponents level as evident in their loss against lowly Utah.


We were running in mud half the game, in my opinion,” coach Randy Wittman said. “We wouldn’t commit ourselves to our pace.”


Washington had won five of six away from home before Saturday’s loss, and it’s no surprise the success of the Wizards is on the shoulders of point guard John Wall (20.0 ppg, 8.0 assists per game) who must perform at a high level every night to give his team a chance to win, especially with a bench that only scores 24.8 points per game.


The Warriors are last in the league in bench scoring with 22.9 and were outscored 51-27 but won 112-96 win at Washington back on Jan. 5, a game that saw Golden State beat the Wizards for the tenth time in thirteen meetings.


Golden State starters center Andrew Bogut (8.0 ppg) and power forward David Lee (19.2) are listed as day-to-day, so look for guard Klay Thompson (19.0) along with Curry to keep the offense productive.


Despite the recent struggles on the defensive side of the ball for the Warriors, the oddsmakers have made them a big (minus -8.0) point favorite at home, but stay up to date with the latest odds on the game up until tipoff right here at Wonder Punter.


I like the young Wizards, but with the Warriors having won six straight in the series, I see no reason for them not to have a let down on Tuesday night and predict Golden State winning easy.


Prediction/Pick- Golden State

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter


NCAA Prediction Week 14 College Football Tuesday Night Game Preview/Pick- Western Michigan vs. #14 NIU

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Western Michigan Broncos (1-10) @ #14 Northern Illinois Huskies (11-0) 11/26- 7:00PM EST


Line: NIU -36.0

Over/Under: 63.5

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Jordan Lynch has never lost a home game as a starter at Northern Illinois, and he’s not expected to lose one on Tuesday night based on Western Michigan’s struggles under first-year coach and former NIU receiver P.J. Fleck.


The No. 14 Huskies will be set to continue their Mid-American Conference dominance, stay undefeated and extend the nation’s longest home winning streak to 26 games against the lowly Broncos.


Jordan Lynch has also been in the Heisman Trophy talks for the second straight season, where he improved to 23-2 as a starter after throwing for 202 yards and running for 161 with three second-half touchdowns during last Wednesday’s 35-17 win at Toledo.


With the win, NIU (11-0, 7-0) clinched its fourth straight MAC West Division title by extending an FBS-best league winning streak to 24 games. NIU is one of five unbeaten schools and have kept alive their hopes of busting the BCS for a second straight year.


The Huskies have moved up two spots and ahead of Fresno State in the latest BCS standings and up to No. 14 as the Huskies and Bulldogs jockey to be the last BCS buster.


NIU and Fresno State are fighting for one automatic bid. They have to finish in the top 12 of the last BCS standings, which comes out December 8, or finish in the top 16 while ranking ahead of an automatic qualifying-conference champion.


Despite all the success, NIU coach Rod Carey wants his players to understand the significance of their next challenge and that is Tuesday night’s game against Western Michigan.


It’ll be a big day all around from every aspect and every angle that you can think about,” he said. “This is the only game we’ve got. It’s right here, right now.”


With 45 victories, the Huskie seniors are the winningest class in school history.


Lynch has made a strong case as a Heisman Trophy hopeful ranking seventh in the FBS with 1,434 yards rushing and has averaged 163.6 while scoring 13 touchdowns on the ground in the last five games.


He’s pretty decisive,” said Carey. “When he’s running and making plays, that’s just him.”


Huskies’ junior Cameron Stingily needs just 42 yards to join Lynch as the first two players in NIU history to rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.


It would mean a lot,” Stingily said. “Now that I have the opportunity, I’m going to take full advantage of it.”


Last year, the Huskies defeated Western Michigan (1-10, 1-6) 48-34 on the road and having outscored the Broncos 165-80 during a four-game series winning streak… so it’s easy to see why the oddsmakers have made NIU a (minus) -36.0 point favorite at home. Continue to check the spread here through Wonder Punter as the odds are always changing as we get closer to kickoff.


Expect the Broncos to play lose with nothing to loss and just have fun. P.J. Fleck will be making his first return to his alma mater where he played for a 10-2 NIU team.


It’s going to be interesting because I’ve never been on the other side,” Fleck said of his return. “I’m excited, but we’re going in there with one thing on our mind and that’s to win the football game.”


With the Broncos ranking near the bottom of the MAC allowing 35.6 points per game, and NIU averaging 43.7 points per contest, the challenge and chances of Western Michigan pulling off an upset are slim.


It’s a wonderful challenge for our young men,” Fleck said. “I know a lot of those (NIU players) personally. I recruited a lot of them.


It’s not a secret (what the Huskies do). They just do it effectively. We’re going to go out and try to stop them.”


No reason to think the Huskies will have a let down Tuesday night with the chance to earn a BCS berth… so look for them to put a hurting on the Broncos.




By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter




261-pound lineman fakes punt, hurdles defender, scores touchdown

Kent State decimated Ohio 44-13 Tuesday night time, and the shining second came on pretend punt executed by 6-four, 261-pound defensive lineman Nate Terhune.

Within the third quarter with the Golden Flashes leading 24-13, Terhune took the snap on 4th-and-three, and hurdled — HURDLED — over a diving opponent and ran 61-yards for the landing, scoring a victory for big men in every single place.


Tuesday evening MAC football is the most exciting football.


It bears repeating, Terhune weighs 261-kilos.


This isn’t a “Fat Guy Touchdown,” although it’s a very giant man landing and that’s still spectacular.

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Pacioretty’s hat trick leads Habs over Wild

Pacioretty’s Hat Trick Leads Canadiens


MONTREAL – Loads of fingers had been pointed lately at Max Pacioretty and his middle, David Desharnais, for Montreal’s lack of scoring.

That situation was put to relaxation – at least for now – on Tuesday night time when Pacioretty had a natural hat trick within the second interval and the Canadiens skated to a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Pacioretty acquired his first objectives in 10 video games since Oct. 12 in Vancouver, although he missed eight video games with a leg damage during that stretch.

“There’s numerous issues in all probability being mentioned about me out there. That’s how it is in this enterprise while you’re not performing,” stated Pacioretty, who had been criticized for being a “perimeter” player of late, among other slights. “Everybody goes through it, but it felt good tonight.

“You can look at stats all you want but I missed quite a lot of good alternatives lately. One game I had eight photographs. It started entering into my head, considering that I can not score, so it’s positively a monkey off the again. The first one was fortunate, off a skate and in, but you are taking them as they arrive.”

Desharnais had two assists, giving him three factors in 20 video games this season. Solely last week, newly elected Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre brought on a stir when he prompt Desharnais be despatched to the minors. He was scratched for one game, but bounced back with higher efforts of late.

When he is on his recreation, the stocky middle is a intelligent passer and playmaker, though he appears to click best with Pacioretty.

Part of the breakthrough came when coach Michel Therrien put tenacious right wing Brendan Gallagher on their unit. That threesome was Montreal’s best line in the second half of final season.

Pacioretty went exhausting to the front of the web for 2 of his goals Tuesday.

“Davey and I, our chemistry is at a degree the place he is aware of the place I am going and he can throw blind passes, and that is what occurred,” Pacioretty mentioned.

“Gally will get everybody going,” he added. “He is an energetic player. With him moving into the forecheck and disrupting the protection a little bit, all it takes is a break up second. He is a hound on the puck and he got us going.”

Michael Bournival, Daniel Briere and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for the Canadiens, who managed solely 18 targets of their previous 11 games.

Nino Niederreiter and Dany Heatley scored for the Wild, who had won 4 straight. They were 7-zero-1 of their past eight video games since a 5-1 loss to Chicago on Oct. 28.

Minnesota seemed nothing just like the air-tight defensive membership that was piling up wins in recent weeks. As soon as Pacioretty’s first goal went in, the Wild put up little fight. Prime defenseman Ryan Suter ended the night time minus-three, while his partner, Jonas Brodin, was minus-four.

Minnesota coach Mike Yeo desires to see his workforce push back Wednesday night time in Ottawa.

“It’s all a matter how you are taking this one in,” Yeo said. “If we simply sit right here and say, `We have been on a nice run and this was certain to happen,’ then I don’t suppose we should count on much difference from tonight.

“If this stings like it should, it needs to be motivating for us to win that recreation.”

Wild starter Josh Harding, one of many NHL’s three stars for his three wins last week, was pulled in the second period for third-stringer Darcy Kuemper after allowing three goals on 19 photographs.

Kuemper seemed shaky in permitting three goals on nine pictures.

Yeo stated pulling Harding was partly to maintain him fresh to play in Ottawa. Harding has given up three targets solely twice this season, each times to Montreal.

Pacioretty’s hunch ended at 2:fifty seven of the second period when Desharnais’ pass went in off his skate from in front of Harding.

The Canadiens, coming off a 1-0 loss at residence to the New York Rangers on Saturday evening, had not scored since Lars Eller’s aim at 7:34 of the second period in a three-2 shootout win final Friday in Columbus.

Pacioretty converted a spin-around go from Desharnais at 10:06 at even power and then ended Harding’s evening when he tipped in P.Ok. Subban’s point shot on a power play at 13:36.

The one different hat trick of Pacioretty’s career got here on Feb. 9, 2012.

Bournival came from behind the web and beat Kuemper contained in the close to publish at 16:sixteen. Briere one-timed Brian Gionta’s cross-ice move behind Kuemper on a counter assault four:42 into the third.

Niederreiter spoiled Carey Worth’s shutout bid less than a minute later when he went to the net to bang in his own rebound after a feed from behind the online from Kyle Brodziak.

Galchenyuk converted Andrei Markov’s feed on a power play at 7:35.

Heatley jammed in a aim on a power play with 1.3 seconds left for his third aim in 22 games.

Recreation notes

The six objectives have been a season high for Montreal, and essentially the most allowed by Minnesota… Montreal wing Rene Bourque (lower physique) sat out and Ryan White returned to the lineup… Douglas Murray and George Parros were scratched… Minnesota sat defenseman Matt Dumba… The Wild started a four-sport street journey that takes them to Ottawa on Wednesday, Winnipeg on Saturday and St. Louis on Monday… In forty three profession video games towards Montreal, Heatley has 25 objectives and 52 factors.

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Varlamov leads Avs past Hawks

Avalanche Trounce Blackhawks

DENVER – Semyon Varlamov and the Colorado Avalanche discovered a treatment for his or her first hunch of the season – play the Stanley Cup champs.

Colorado got here up large in opposition to Chicago last spring, and repeated that performance Tuesday night.

Varlamov stopped 36 shots and Paul Stastny had a purpose and an help for the Avalanche in a 5-1 victory over the Blackhawks.

Gabriel Landeskog and John Mitchell additionally scored during Colorado’s three-aim first period. P.A. Parenteau and Cody McLeod added goals within the second and third for Colorado, which snapped a three-recreation skid.

“You always say a win is a win, and it is. But at the same time our power is our crew morale and confidence,” Landeskog said. “It feels good. It doesn’t suggest something unless we go into Phoenix and play well.”

Brandon Saad scored for the Blackhawks, who did not get at the very least two objectives for the primary time this season. Colorado ended Chicago’s NHL-document streak of 24 consecutive games with no less than a degree to begin a season in a 6-2 win final March.

“Perhaps we tend to respect them slightly more than different groups, which we shouldn’t,” Stastny said. “We should always respect everybody the same manner. If you’re younger, that occurs. They’re the defending champs and you always want to play your greatest towards one of the best.”

Antti Raanta made 14 saves in his NHL debut for the Blackhawks. He played the final forty six:23 in aid of Corey Crawford, who allowed three goals on seven photographs.

“The target on a regular basis was that someday I may play in the NHL, and in Rockford I had good games there, and I know I can do it,” he mentioned. “Solely now it’s the small things, so we now have to maintain doing work and prepare to be even better all the time.”

The Blackhawks had their alternatives in outshooting Colorado 37-23. They’d several quality possibilities to get back within the recreation within the second period but could not put one past Varlamov.

Colorado stumbled after profitable 14 of its first sixteen games however capitalized on its possibilities within the first interval this time. Stastny scored when Brent Seabrook’s move off the boards ricocheted to him in the slot, and he beat Crawford with a slap shot.

Landeskog gave Colorado a two-objective lead when he redirected Andre Benoit’s shot from the point past Crawford with 7:39 left in the period. Just 56 seconds later, Mitchell made it 3-zero.

“We had a extremely good start. We had been actually sharp across the web and scored nice objectives,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said.

Raanta, recalled Sunday, changed Crawford after Mitchell’s goal. He confronted solely seven shots over the subsequent 25 minutes however allowed his first objective late in the second period.

After the Blackhawks had a number of robust probabilities in entrance of Varlamov, Parenteau skated down the left boards and beat Raanta with a shot from the circle to make it four-zero with 1:22 left in the second.

“The fourth goal was huge for us. They have been buzzing in our zone and Varly made some key saves for us,” Roy stated. “You’re always afraid being up 3-zero of getting a letdown. But we had been shifting our ft.”

McLeod scored his first goal of the season on a rebound 1:forty four into the third.

Chicago misplaced forward Bryan Bickell within the first interval after he crashed into the Avalanche internet. He did not return, and coach Joel Quenneville mentioned after the game that Bickell may be more than day-to-day.

“But I’m unsure of that,” Quenneville said.

It’s a powerful blow for the Blackhawks, who are playing without forwards Michael Handzus and Marian Hossa.

“Bicksie is obviously a big part of this and you hope it isn’t too long,” Kris Versteeg stated. “Obviously, we’d like him in the lineup.”

Game notes

Colorado ahead Maxime Talbot and defenseman Tyson Barrie had two assists every… There were solely two penalties called in the game, one on every group… Avalanche C Matt Duchene is anticipated to overlook no less than every week with an indirect harm sustained in Saturday’s loss to Florida… Hossa missed his third straight sport with a decrease-body damage… Colorado placed ahead Alex Tanguay (knee) and defenseman Ryan Wilson (back) on injured reserve and recalled C Brad Malone and Barrie from Lake Erie of the AHL.

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Scrivens wins again as Kings rout Lightning

Kings Win Fourth Straight


L. A. – Ben Scrivens performed in eight video games for the Los Angeles Kings this season and have become an unlikely NHL sensation over the past week – all with out ever stepping onto the Staples Middle ice.

When the goalie lastly bought an opportunity to win one for the home followers, he obtained loads of assist from his surging teammates.

Anze Kopitar and Matt Frattin each had a purpose and an assist, and Scrivens made 19 saves in the Kings’ 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Scrivens’ shutout streak ended at 191 minutes, 19 seconds, on Valtteri Filppula’s energy-play objective late in the second interval, but injured Jonathan Quick’s new backup cruised to his fourth consecutive victory in his residence debut.

“It was nice to play in entrance of our hometown followers,” Scrivens said. “However I will play every game they tell me to play.”

The undrafted Cornell product should play an important deal over the next few weeks, however the Kings are growing extra confident in him with every win.

Justin Williams also had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who have earned some extent in seven consecutive video games. Dustin Brown and Dwight King additionally scored in Los Angeles’ impressive return from a four-sport road journey.

“I had a extremely good feeling about tonight,” Williams stated. “Guys were jumping. Guys had been excited to play at residence once more. That cliche [about] the primary one at house after a protracted road journey [being tough] looks as if a variety of hogwash to me.”

Drew Doughty had two assists for the Kings, who are attempting to maintain tempo within the tough Pacific Division while Fast and top purpose-scorer Jeff Carter are out with accidents.

So far, it’s working: The Kings have not lost in regulation since Nov. 2, and so they scored five goals in a 23-minute stretch spanning the first two periods towards the Lightning, avenging a 5-1 loss in Tampa Bay last month.

Ben Bishop stopped 26 pictures in his first lack of November, and Victor Hedman had a goal and an help as the Lightning fell out of first place within the Eastern Conference with their second straight loss.

“This hasn’t happened in again-to-back video games for us this yr,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper stated. “This was the primary time we have been on the incorrect finish of the score twice in a row. Coming out west is a tricky journey. There are some good teams out right here, and I am certain L.A. was licking their chops slightly bit after what occurred to them in Tampa.”

With 31 factors, Los Angeles moved one point behind Chicago and Anaheim for the general NHL lead and into a 3rd-place tie with the Blues, San Jose and Phoenix.

After becoming a member of the Kings from Toronto during the summer time, Scrivens barely performed behind Fast in the first 18 video games.

However the Kings’ 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner strained his groin late in an additional time loss at Buffalo on Nov. 12, and Scrivens has been outstanding since, allowing two targets in a street win over the New York Islanders earlier than ending the journey with back-to-again shutouts.

Scrivens fell simply wanting Quick’s franchise-file shutout streak of 202 minutes, eleven seconds, however coach Darryl Sutter gave extra credit to his skaters than his goalie for the Kings’ recent defensive prowess.

“[Scrivens] did not have much work tonight,” Sutter said. “He made a big save in the third period. Our workforce, we don’t hand over so much.”

Boston handed Tampa Bay atop the Atlantic Division standings with a win over the Rangers earlier in the night.

Tampa Bay captain Martin St. Louis had an help in his 1,000th NHL recreation, but the Lightning are winless midway by means of their four-recreation West Coast journey, with Bishop struggling in each Phoenix and Los Angeles.

“It’s not a panic time,” St. Louis stated. “It’s nearly addressing the mistakes and correcting them. We have got to stop this. We do not need to turn a two-gamer right into a 4- or five-gamer. At the end of the day, we all must do extra. Generally onerous work is ignored over execution, but execution is just as necessary as working laborious.”

Kopitar has 16 factors in 14 games after a slow begin to the season, whereas Frattin scored simply his second aim in 21 games. Frattin arrived final summer along with Scrivens within the trade sending Jonathan Bernier to the Maple Leafs.

King put Los Angeles up 4-0 with a short-handed aim late within the second period, forcing a turnover and deflecting Linden Vey’s shot for his career-best seventh goal.

Filppula scored his crew-leading ninth purpose throughout the identical 4-minute power play. Moments later, Brown broke in alone for his second aim in 18 games after a steal by Frattin.

Sport notes

Los Angeles hasn’t allowed greater than two goals in seven straight video games… The Lightning made their first visit to Staples Center since Nov. four, 2010… Tampa Bay scratched F B.J. Crombeen for the third time this season. D Andrej Sustr additionally sat out for the sixth time in 21 video games.

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Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings- Week 3


With just about 3 full weeks of NBA action in the books after the conclusion of Tuesday night’s games… let’s take a look the latest Power Rankings as some teams continue to surprise and others continue to fall. Indiana, the last of the unbeatens suffered their first loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls.


San Antonio and Indiana are playing like the two best teams in the league while early top 10 Philadelphia is falling fast.


Teams 1-30 with records and last weeks rankings in parentheses are as followed:


1 Indiana Pacers (9-1 LW 1)- They lost to Bulls on the second of a back-to-back. Danny Granger expected back soon.


2 San Antonio Spurs (9-1 LW 2)- The Spurs have won 7 straight while Tim Duncan is averaging career-lows of 12 points and 39.4 percent shooting.


3 Miami Heat (7-3 LW 5)- LeBron James is averaging 34 points per game during the Heat’s three game win streak.


4 Los Angeles Clippers (7-3 LW 7)- The Clippers have won four straight while Blake Griffin is averaging a double-double with 22.9 points and 10.9 boards.


5 Golden State Warriors (7-3 LW 8)- Warriors have won three straight while suffering through injuries.


6 Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4 LW 4)- Kevin Love and Kevin Martin have formed the league’s highest scoring-duo in the season’s opening month.


7 Portland Trailblazers (8-2 LW 13)- One of the league’s early surprises…. the Blazers have won six straight.


8 Oklahoma City Thunder (6-3 LW 3)- Thunder will be looking for revenge against the Clippers on Thursday night.


9 Houston Rockets (7-4 LW 10)- Back up center Omer Asik wants out of Houston and has been benched the last two games since his request.


10 Chicago Bulls (5-3 LW 12)- Derrick Rose hits six 3’s in their big win against Indiana on Saturday night.


11 Dallas Mavericks (6-4 LW 11)- Mavs look to get back on track when Dwight Howard and the Rockets visit Wednesday night.


12 Phoenix Suns (5-4 LW 6)- Suns have dropped three straight by an average 2 points.


13 Atlanta Hawks (6-4 LW 17) Another early surprise team is getting it done with Al Horford, Ronnie Millsap and the return of Lou Williams.


14 Memphis Grizzles (5-5 LW 9)- They continue to struggle and have the Clippers and Warriors on the road coming up.


15 Charlotte Bobcats (5-5 LW 16)- Continue to surprise with Al Jefferson still nursing a bad ankle. Have five of their next six games at home.


16 Philadelphia 76ers (5-6 LW 14)- Back to losing but still in first place in a bad Atlantic Division.


17 Denver Nuggets (4-5 LW 28)- Have won of four but have OKC, Chicago and back-to-back against Dallas coming up.


18 New Orleans Pelicans (4-6 LW 15)- Ryan Anderson lit it up with six 3’s against the Sixers… can he continue?


19 Los Angeles Lakers (5-7 LW 19)- Steve Nash is still out… but good news is Kobe Bryant has begun practicing.


20 Cleveland Cavaliers (4-7 LW 20) As Kyrie Irving goes, so do the Cavs. Averaging 27.5 in wins and 17.7 in losses.


21 Orlando Magic (4-7, LW 25)- Will Aaron Afflalo be traded? He’s averaging 21.7 points per game and playing well.


22 Toronto Raptors (4-7 LW 24)- Have lost three of four and still only getting scoring from Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan.


23 Brooklyn Nets (3-6)- Too much talent to be struggling but dealing with various injuries.


24 New York Knicks (3-6 LW 23)- Disappointing start and Carmelo Anthony is unhappy.


25 Boston Celtics (4-7 LW 26)- Started 0-4, won four in a row now has lost three straight.


26 Washington Wizards (2-7 LW 22)- Turning into a major disappointment early on… not was expected.


27 Detroit Pistons (3-6 LW 18)- Josh Smith makes his return to Atlanta on Wednesday night.


28 Milwaukee Bucks (2-7 LW 27)- No Brandon Knight, no Caron Butler… now have lost five straight.


29 Sacramento Kings (2-7 LW 29)- Only one win in November and three of next four is on the road.


30 Utah Jazz (1-10 LW 30)- Avoided tying their worst start in franchise history by beating the Pelicans.





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No. 2 MSU keeps Kentucky at bay

Michigan State Holds Off Kentucky

CHICAGO – As the buzzer sounded and his Michigan State teammates raced onto the court docket to celebrate, Gary Harris held his index finger aloft.

Little question about who's No. 1.

For now, not less than.

Branden Dawson tipped in a miss with lower than six seconds left, and the No. 2 Spartans hung on for a 78-74 victory over top-ranked Kentucky and its latest forged of phenoms within the first recreation of the Champions Basic on Tuesday night time.

"We wish to be No. 1 on the finish of the season," Keith Appling stated. "Not the start."

Hold playing like this and the Spartans (2-zero) are positive to be within the dialog come the tip of March.

Kentucky, too. After trailing by as a lot as 13 in the second half, wanting like the freshmen most of them are, the Wildcats (2-1) showed why there's a lot hype surrounding them. Julius Randle virtually beat the Spartans single-handedly, scoring 23 of his 27 points in the second half and making a jumper with 42 seconds left that lower Michigan State's result in seventy six-74.

However Dawson tipped in a miss by Denzel Valentine, and James Young missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"You bought guys crying in there, which is an efficient thing," Kentucky coach John Calipari stated. "I would like it to hurt like that. I knew this is able to get their consideration. The most important factor is for those who don't do this collectively, you won't win. You may by no means be a particular staff."

This was the earliest 1 vs. 2 match-up, and first since Feb. 23, 2008, when Tennessee beat prime-ranked Memphis. The Tigers coach then? None aside from Calipari.

This sport had even more hype, principally due to the Kiddie Cats. Much has been manufactured from the children, with good purpose. The last time Calipari had a roster this star-studded, the Wildcats gained a nationwide title.

This group may be much more spectacular.

Six have been McDonald's All-People, and all are considered lottery picks in subsequent summer time's NBA draft, with Randle a risk for the general No. 1. The kids did nothing to minimize the hype in their first two video games, with Randle averaging 22.5 points and 15 rebounds, and the Harrison twins averaging in double figures. No marvel the game brought out scouts from almost every NBA group and celebrities including Nazr Mohammed and Detroit Lions defensive deal with Ndamukong Suh.

However the Spartans aren't precisely slouches, returning six of their high seven scorers. Just as necessary, massive-time video games like this are nothing new to them, with Izzo routinely scheduling the likes of Connecticut, Duke, North Carolina and Kansas earlier than Jan. 1.

"They're actually good," Calipari said. "This is the second sport out and so they go 17 assists to seven turnovers? That is unbelievable. Again, understand we're not the greatest defensive group, but 17 and seven? With these lights and all that is occurring around them? They're properly coached. They performed nicely."

Appling got here within two rebounds and two assists of a triple-double, finishing with 22 factors, and eight rebounds and assists. Harris had 20 points and Adreian Payne had 15 points and 4 rebounds for the Spartans.

Kentucky had strolled via its first two games, with Randle and the other freshmen developing large. However there's a large difference between those non-conference patsies and Michigan State, and the Spartans let the Wildcats know what they were up towards from the opening tip.

MSU shot chart

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Michigan State hit fifty eight.1 percent of its field goals within the first half against Kentucky.

Smothering the Wildcats defensively and leaving them flat-footed with their stunning speed on offense, Michigan State had a ten-0 lead earlier than Kentucky acquired its first bucket. The Cats had seven turnovers before the midway level of the first half, and would finish with 17.

And it was clear that, with four freshmen within the starting lineup and one other getting heavy enjoying time, the Wildcats are still getting used to each other, too. At one point, Andrew Harrison rifled a no-look cross to Willie Cauley-Stein that Cauley-Stein wasn't anticipating, and the ball sailed out of bounds.

They struggled at the line, too, going simply 20 of 36.

"They will get quite a bit better. Give them credit," Izzo said. "But I believed we played awfully well for lots of that game."

Still, the Spartans acquired in foul bother midway by the second half, and the slower tempo gave the Wildcats time to catch their breath and regroup. It also gave a seething Randle a possibility to work out his anger.

"What I beloved about him, he gritted his tooth, was ornery and nasty and he wanted to put them on his shoulders," Izzo mentioned. "For a freshman, that speaks volumes. He utterly did that. You could possibly see it and hear him. Robust kid."

Randle scored nine points in a thirteen-1 run that minimize Michigan State's result in 60-fifty nine with eight:05 left, including a "How'd he do that?" off-steadiness jumper from behind a sea of inexperienced jerseys. He and Harrison every made a pair of free throws to tie the sport at sixty six with 4:forty eight left.

But Appling drilled a 3, and Harris stripped Randle at the other finish. He took it in for a layup that put the Spartans back in entrance, seventy one-66, bringing the Michigan State fans – including Spartan in Chief, Magic Johnson – to their feet.

Randle wasn't executed simply yet, however. After Harrison's free throws Kentucky inside seventy six-seventy two with 1:33 to play, the Wildcats pounced on an Appling turnover and Randle scored on a jumper. But Dawson's tip-in sealed the win.

"I maintain reiterating: They are going to get rather a lot higher," Izzo mentioned. "But I truthfully believe so will we."


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NCAA Basketball odds 2013

North Carolina v Maryland

NCAA Basketball Odds: Top Two Teams Collide in Early Kentucky-MSU Clash

The biggest game of the college basketball regular season may well be over before the majority of casual hoops fans even realize the year is underway. That’s why the NCAA Basketball betting community has paid especially close attention to the upcoming tilt between the No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats and No. 2 Michigan State Spartans.

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On Tuesday night the top two teams in the country, including last year’s Sweet Sixteen contender and one of the most hyped freshman classes we’ve seen in a while, will get the opportunity to test their mettle against one another and you can thank the State Farm Champions Classic for the early look at a potential NCAA Tournament preview.

The Wildcats, of course, lead the college basketball futures with 7/2 odds of winning March Madness while MSU trails on the list with 9/1 odds of their own.

In order to live up to the hoopla, wins in games like this are an absolute necessity. We hate to keep bringing it up, but remember what happened to the Wildcats last year when the Kentucky campaign started to go south?

It may not be March, but the madness has already begun.

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NBA Power Rankings 2013



Week 3 Power Rankings for the NBA


With Week 3 of the NBA starting on Tuesday night, let’s take a look at this week’s Power Rankings for all 30 teams.


1. Indiana Pacers (7-0)- Paul George is leading the Pacers to their best start in franchise history. The team to beat right now.


2. San Antonio Spurs (6-1)- With Philadelphia, Washington, Utah and Boston coming up, they can distance themselves from the pack.


3. Oklahoma City Thunder (5-1)- With Russell Westbrook back in the fold, things are looking up.


4. Minnesota Timberwolves (5-2)- Having a healthy Kevin Love does wonders for a team.


5. Miami Heat (4-3)- A sore back is slowing down LeBron as they work out their chemistry issues.


6. Phoenix Suns (5-2)- Eric Bledsoe is leading this week’s NBA’s surprise team as they have won all four of their home games.


7. Los Angeles Clippers (4-3)- Big road win at Houston as they are still trying to find their way under coach Doc Rivers.


8. Golden State Warriors (4-3)- Warriors have four different players averaging at least 15 points per game.


9. Memphis Grizzles (3-3)- Coming off a big home win against the Warriors may jump-start them.


10. Houston Rockets (4-3)- They hit the road after dropping their last three-games.


11. Dallas Mavericks (4-3)- Monte Ellis leads the team in scoring averaging 23 points a game.


12. Chicago Bulls (2-4)- Derrick Rose and the Bulls have a showdown with the Pacers this week as they look to get back to winning and avenge an earlier loss.


13. Portland Trailblazers (4-2)- Two of their four wins came against Sacramento with more winnable games coming up against the East.


14. Philadelphia 76ers (4-3)- Went 1-3 last week after starting 3-0… is the clock getting ready to strike midnight?


15. New Orleans Pelicans (3-4) Big win at home against the Lakers on Friday night, can they repeat that performance on Tuesday night in L.A.?


16. Charlotte Bobcats (3-3)- Another early surprise team in the NBA so far.


17. Atlanta Hawks (3-3)- Ronnie Millsap is off to a big year for the Hawks so far with 20.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists.


18. Detroit Pistons (2-3)- Josh Smith is fitting in nicely with his new team leading them 18.8 points per game.


19. Los Angeles Lakers (3-5)- As Kobe Bryant is still working his way back, Steve Nash is suffering from back pain once again limiting his play.


20. Cleveland Cavaliers (3-4)- Kyrie Irving is heating up having scored 25 or more in two of his last three games.


21. Brooklyn Nets (2-4)- Nets need more production from K.G who is only averaging six points per game and 6.7 rebounds a game.


22. Washington Wizards (2-4)- Still a better team them their record indicates but must finish games.


23. New York Knicks (2-4)- Can the return of J.R. Smith give them the shot in the arm they need?


24. Toronto Raptors (3-4)- Expect Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan to get their shooting touch back after struggling in the early season.


25. Orlando Magic (3-4)- Center Nikola Vucevic is averaging a double-double to begin the season with 15.7 points and 12.1 rebounds.


26. Boston Celtics (3-4)- The Celtics have won three straight including a win over the Miami Heat.


27. Milwaukee Bucks (2-3)- Their three losses have been by eight points or less.


28. Denver Nuggets (1-4)- Rough start under new head coach Brian Shaw as they are off to their worst start since 2004.


29. Sacramento Kings (1-5)- DeMarcus Cousins is a one-man show, but it will take more then that as they have dropped five in a row.


30. Utah Jazz (0-7)- Jazz are off to their worst start since going 0-11 in their first season in the league.




By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter