Thursday, March 19, 2015

9:05 PM EST (NHL) - PHILADELPHIA FLYERS VS. CALGARY FLAMES PREVIEW AND FREE PICKS

9:05 PM EST (NHL) - PHILADELPHIA FLYERS VS. CALGARY FLAMES PREVIEW AND FREE PICKS

Time: 09:00 P.M. EST Venue: Scotiabank Saddledome   The Calgary Flames may have the ideal opportunity to earn their first home win over the Philadelphia Flyers in 14 years. That's because Philadelphia is enduring another long road losing streak and will likely start a goaltender with one win away from home all season. The Flames are in desperate need of points in the Western Conference playoff chase and look to hand the Flyers an eighth straight road defeat Thursday night. Free NHL Predictions. Calgary (38-27-5) is trying to catch Los Angeles for the final Pacific Division postseason spot or Winnipeg for the last West wild-card slot. The Flames have dropped two straight, missing a chance to move into playoff position with Tuesday's 4-0 home defeat to St. Louis." At the end, all you can do is win as many games as you can until the end," goaltender Jonas Hiller told the Flames' official website. "I think that has to be the goal, no matter if you look at the standings or not. We know if you want to have a chance to be in, we have to win our fair share." Calgary is 0-4-1 at home against Philadelphia (29-28-15) since a 3-1 victory March 22, 2001. The Flyers come to town on an 0-4-3 road slide that is two games shy of matching their longest this season, an 0-7-2 stretch Oct. 30-Dec. 3. Philadelphia is averaging 1.64 goals on the road since the All-Star break for the league's second-worst mark. Those woes continued with Tuesday's 4-1 loss at Vancouver." It's unfortunate," goaltender Steve Mason said. "It's part of the reason we're in the position where we are. We haven't got it done on the road." Mason has posted a 1.89 goals-against average in his last 17 starts but is 1-10-6 with a 2.63 GAA in 19 on the road. The Flyers' top three leaders in goals - Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux - have combined for three during this road losing streak. Philadelphia was outshot 35-28 by Vancouver, which blocked 16 shots." We have to do a better job of getting pucks through and not getting them blocked," coach Craig Berube said. That could pose a challenge since Calgary ranks second in the league with 18.84 blocks per game. Free Sports Betting Predictions. The Flyers had a season-high 33 shots blocked in a 3-2 overtime loss to the visiting Flames on March 3. Calgary's Mikael Backlund scored in that contest as part of a career-high eight-game point streak that ended Tuesday. Johnny Gaudreau assisted on the winning goal by Jiri Hudler. Gaudreau, second among rookies with 53 points, grew up rooting for Philadelphia since he hails from nearby Carney's Point, New Jersey. The Flames hope that Hudler gets untracked. He had no points in the consecutive defeats since amassing 12 in a 5-0-1 stretch that preceded them." We have to battle back," coach Bob Hartley said. "No one will give us their spot. We'll have to earn it. We knew it right from the start. We faced adversity, we battled all year, so we will not change."

3:10 PM EST (NCAAB) - UCLA VS. SMU PREVIEW AND FREE PICKS

3:10 PM EST (NCAAB) - UCLA VS. SMU PREVIEW AND FREE PICKS

Time: 03:10 P.M. EST   Preview Video LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) UCLA is keenly aware that there are questions about whether it's worthy of an NCAA Tournament bid. The Bruins' answer: Whatever. For what it's worth, five other tournament schools have the same number of losses as UCLA (20-13). And the 11th-seeded Bruins have won 12 of their past 18 since a five-game midseason slide. UCLA believes its body of work in one of the nation's toughest conferences speaks for itself. The Bruins will try to prove in Thursday's South region second-round game against No. 6 seed SMU (27-6) that their recent play is more indicative of their credentials than the losing streak or a 39-point loss to No. 1 Kentucky.'' I'm not really worried about what's being said,'' said senior guard Norman Powell, the Bruins' leading scorer at 16.4 points per game. Free College Basketball Predictions. ''I think this team is taking it as a little bit of fuel to their fire and more motivation to go out there and play.'' UCLA faces a Mustangs squad led by former Bruins coach Larry Brown, a subplot less important to them than silencing their critics.'' It's been kind of funny to us,'' UCLA coach Steve Alford said Wednesday of the attention. ''When you look at resumes and RPIs that were behind us, it's not like we were the last one in. We didn't get an 8 or 7 seed either. We got an 11 seed, but we weren't the last team in either.'' I think our guys have done enough. We were in a very good league. We finished fourth in that league. ... I think the problem is everybody saw us play Kentucky (an 83-44 loss) and that was in December, where we scored 7 points in the half. We're a much better team now.'' The Bruins showed that in the Pac-12 Conference tournament with a 70-64 semifinal loss to eventual champion Arizona, now a No. 2 seed in the West region. They enter winners of six of 10 and have scored at least 85 points in three of five - all victories. While skeptics focus on UCLA's record, Brown wants his team to concentrate on locking down a Bruins starting lineup all averaging in double figures. That is, once the Mustangs get past the newness of being in the tournament for the first time since 1993.'' I just want them to worry about how we play,'' said the Hall of Fame coach, who's back in the field for the first time since leading Kansas to the 1988 national championship.'' You don't have a lot of time to prepare for the people you're playing. So we've got to do the things we value and do them well.'' The Bruins believe they're doing that, even if their record doesn't reflect it.---Here are some other things to look for when No. 11 seed UCLA faces No. 6 SMU on Thursday:FORTY-PERCENT SOLUTION: SMU ranks seventh nationally in field goal defense at 38 percent and must shut down a UCLA offense averaging 72 points per game. Free Sports Betting Predictions. Holding opponents below 40 percent from the field has been the key for the Mustangs, who have held 20 of 33 teams below that level and are 19-1 when that happens. The Bruins are shooting 44 percent. HISTORY LESSON: Alford was a teenager when Brown coached UCLA to the 1980 NCAA final against Louisville and has a fuzzy memory of his two seasons in Westwood. But that loss is part of the program's storied tradition that players see every day, even though their knowledge of Brown is more recent. ''Obviously, coach Brown was at UCLA and had a lot of success there in his few years here,'' Alford said. ''But they know coach Brown more from what he did professionally and what he's done even beyond the UCLA years.'' DISH MASTER: As if averaging 15.1 points per contest isn't impressive enough, UCLA sophomore guard Bryce Alford ranks 43rd nationally in assists at 5.0 per outing. The coach's son has recorded seven assists each in two of his past five games. LONG TIME, NO SEE: The schools are meeting for just the third time overall, the first time in postseason and first time at a neutral site. UCLA has won both previous meetings at Pauley Pavilion, the last one 99-71 in the 1976-77 season.

7:35 PM EST (NBA) - MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS. NEW YORK KNICKS PREVIEW AND FREE PICKS

7:35 PM EST (NBA) - MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS. NEW YORK KNICKS PREVIEW AND FREE PICKS

Time: 07:30 P.M. EST Venue: Madison Square Garden   Duke's Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns will make their NCAA Tournament debuts over the next two days. Meanwhile, their futures could be in part determined by an otherwise meaningless game taking place at the next level. The Minnesota Timberwolves visit the New York Knicks on Thursday night, and while the winner will for the time being avoid the worst record in the NBA, the loser will gain the inside track on top lottery odds for June's draft. Free NBA Predictions. The Knicks (14-53) haven't done those odds any good by winning two of their last four as they continue a seven-game stretch against the Western Conference. Tuesday's 104-100 overtime win over San Antonio was their sixth victory in 12 at home after winning three of their first 20 at Madison Square Garden, one of two potential sites for the draft. Langston Galloway had a career-high 22 points for the Knicks, Alexey Shved scored 21, and Lou Amundson finished with 12 points and a career-high 17 rebounds." It a special win for the team and a good win for the fans," said Shved, who's had the unfortunate path of playing the previous two seasons in Minnesota before beginning this year with Philadelphia, spending nine games with Houston and eventually landing in New York. "They saw a great game today and I hope we will show a little bit more wins. We just try to play hard every time." Shved has started six straight games and averaged 17.8 points. Galloway was 10 of 18 from the field, and though his scoring average hasn't ballooned like his fellow guard's, his efficiency has improved. Over the past six games, the rookie is shooting 51.7 percent after entering with a 38.1-percent mark. The Timberwolves (14-53) have won two of three in the series, including a 115-99 victory in Minnesota on Nov. 19. Kevin Martin had a season-high 37 points with a 7-of-11 3-point mark in what would be his last game for more than two months due to a fractured right wrist. The shooting guard scored 30 and was 5 of 5 from beyond the arc in his last visit to MSG on Nov. 3, 2013, bumping his career average as a starter in the building to 27.8 points while hitting 51.6 percent from long range. Martin matched that season high of 37 in Wednesday's 105-100 loss in Toronto, while reserve Chase Budinger had 19 and is averaging 15.7 in his last three. It was Minnesota's sixth straight defeat and seventh consecutive on the road. At 5-28 on the road, only 5-30 New York is worse. Only the 9-25 Timberwolves are worse at home than the 9-23 Knicks. Defensively, Minnesota has been even more of a mess than normal over the last 10 games with teams averaging 108.2 points while shooting 49.7 percent and 40.6 from 3-point range. Toronto was 12 of 29 from beyond the arc." Free Sports Predictions. They made some tough 3s, some timely 3s, and just broke our back with them," assistant coach Sam Mitchell said after filling in for Flip Saunders, who was away from the team to be with his ailing father. Saunders is expected to rejoin the team in New York. Minnesota's Kevin Garnett (left knee) and Nikola Pekovic (right ankle) were absent for a fourth straight game. Gary Neal (right ankle) missed his third straight. Tim Hardaway Jr. (sprained right wrist) and Cleanthony Early (sprained left ankle) both missed the Knicks' latest contest.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

8:05 PM EST (NBA) - ORLANDO MAGIC VS. DALLAS MAVERICKS PREVIEW AND FREE PICKS

8:05 PM EST (NBA) - ORLANDO MAGIC VS. DALLAS MAVERICKS PREVIEW AND FREE PICKS

Time: 08:00 P.M. EST Venue: American Airlines Center   Chandler Parsons has been instrumental to the Dallas Mavericks' recent success, but Monta Ellis could be the difference against the Orlando Magic. The Mavericks seek a third straight victory Wednesday night when they continue a five-game homestand against the Magic, losers of 11 in a row on the road. A key contributor in his first season with Dallas (43-25), Parsons ranks third on the team with 15.8 points per game. Free NBA Basketball Picks. He's been especially productive lately, scoring 22 points in a 129-99 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday and following it up with 31 in Monday's 119-115 victory over Oklahoma City. He's connected on 18 of 26 shots from the floor - including 8 for 11 from 3-point range - in those games." I love it, and that's what I came here to do," Parsons told the team's official website. "That's what I want, and I've got to continue to play well. I think I'm a really good playmaker and can make the guys around me better ... I think good things happen when I have the ball." Parsons' production is giving the Mavericks another scoring option outside of Ellis, who leads the team with 19.2 points per game after scoring 24 on Monday." There's times where we need to take pressure off Monta Ellis," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We've dumped so much on his plate this year that there's times we need to give him a break and attack other guys." Carlisle could be excused if he relies heavily on Ellis against Orlando (21-48). The guard has averaged 26.8 points and 8.4 assists in his last 10 games against the Magic, scoring 25 and dishing out 13 while hitting 11 of 20 from the floor in a 108-93 road win Jan. 31. Parsons, who missed that meeting with an illness, averages 19.3 points on 51.1 percent from the floor in three career matchups with the Magic. The January win was the Mavericks' sixth straight and 13th in 16 meetings with the Magic, but Orlando (21-48) has won three of five in Dallas." You know, we're very locked in right now," Mavs guard Rajon Rondo said. "Orlando is going to come in fired up. It's a (national) TV game, and we want to give the fans something to cheer about again. We don't want to have a letdown." The Magic's overall losing streak reached five and its road skid was extended to 11 with Tuesday's 107-94 defeat to Houston. Free Picks and Parlays. The 11-game slide is the team's longest since tying a franchise record with 16 straight from Jan 2-Feb. 25, 2014. Victor Oladipo has been a bright spot lately for Orlando, scoring 54 points over the past two games after accumulating 38 in the previous three. He had 29 against the Rockets, but that was 16 more than Ben Gordon, who had the team's next highest total. Oladipo didn't face Dallas in January due to a sore Achilles after totaling 21 points on 7-of-19 shooting in two prior matchups. It's unclear if starting forward Tobias Harris, who averages 16.9 points, will be available for the Magic after leaving with a sprained left ankle Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

8:35 PM EST (NHL) - NEW YORK ISLANDERS VS. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS PREVIEW AND FREE PICKS

8:35 PM EST (NHL) - NEW YORK ISLANDERS VS. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS PREVIEW AND FREE PICKS

Time: 08:30 P.M. EST Venue: United Center   Patrick Kane's injury has given Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville an opportunity to assess his supporting cast, rewarding those who have stepped up and finding ways to send messages to those who haven't. It appears he's making more changes Tuesday night. Patrick Sharp will move to the top line and Kris Versteeg may be a healthy scratch as Chicago seeks a third straight victory while dealing the visiting New York Islanders a fourth consecutive defeat for the first time all season. Kane had 27 goals and 37 assists to tie for the NHL points lead when he broke his left clavicle in a shootout win against Florida on Feb. 24. The Blackhawks (41-21-6) have gone 5-1-1 without him, though, as Quenneville continues to experiment with his lines. FREE HOCKEY PICKS. Bryan Bickell was a healthy scratch for an overtime loss to the Rangers on March 8, and Sharp's lack of production recently saw him playing on the bottom two lines. However, Bickell scored to end a six-game stretch without a point, while Sharp snapped a 19-game streak without a goal by scoring twice in Saturday's 6-2 win at San Jose. Sharp's solid effort prompted Quenneville to replace Versteeg with Sharp on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, and that's how it stood at Monday's practice. Versteeg, who has one assist in seven games since Kane's injury, was skating without a line along with Joakim Nordstrom, who will be serving the second of a two-game suspension." At this point, guys are going to get what they deserve," Quenneville said. "Sharpie deserved a chance to move up and we're just looking for some more (from Versteeg). His last game wasn't very good." Chicago is third in the Central Division, five points behind co-leaders St. Louis and Nashville. The Blackhawks have one game in hand on the Blues and three on Nashville." It's good when you can find a way to win (close games)," Quenneville said. "So far it's gone OK, but we've still got some time here (without Kane)." Kane got a goal in the first meeting with the Islanders Dec. 13, but Kyle Okposo and Lubomir Visnovsky scored 51 seconds apart midway through the third period to give New York a 3-2 home win. Former Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy had an assist in that contest, but he won't get a chance to face his former teammates in Chicago. Leddy is expected to miss another week after suffering an upper-body injury in a win over Toronto on March 9. New York (43-24-4) hasn't won since, dropping three straight while scoring once in each contest. It sits five points behind and has played three more games than the Rangers, who lead the Metropolitan Division." We believe in these guys," coach Jack Capuano said. "For whatever reason, we are a little snake-bitten, and things aren't finding their way like they used to. It's good. It makes guys want to work a little bit harder." Quenneville believes the Islanders will bounce back soon." I knew it was just a matter of time until they pushed toward the top (of the league)," Quenneville said. "They've got a lot of really good young guys who do a lot of things for them." Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves in the first meeting and is 4-0-0 with a 2.04 goals-against average in his last five starts against the Blackhawks. Expert Sports Picks. Chicago counters with Corey Crawford, who is 5-0-1 with a 1.16 GAA in his last six.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

8:00 PM EST (NCAAB) - XAVIER VS. VILLANOVA PREVIEW AND FREE PICKS

8:00 PM EST (NCAAB) - XAVIER VS. VILLANOVA PREVIEW AND FREE PICKS

Time: 08:00 P.M. EST   Villanova's riding a school-record winning streak and has established a single-season program best for victories. Adding one more win to each would mean it's also gotten over the hump with something that has eluded it since 1995. A Big East Tournament championship. In their final act before the NCAA Tournament, the fourth-ranked Wildcats will try to end that two-decade drought Saturday night in New York against Xavier." The final game in Madison Square Garden is a thrill for anybody that's in the Northeast in basketball, man," said Villanova coach Jay Wright, who believes his team is worthy of a No. 1 NCAA seed should it celebrate a conference tournament title. Winning College Basketball Picks. "You just dream about that." Top-seeded Villanova (31-2), winner of 14 straight, reached the championship game with Friday's 63-61 win over Providence thanks to Ryan Arcidiacono's two free throws with 3.1 seconds left. Josh Hart, the Big East Sixth Man of the Year, led Villanova for the second straight game, scoring 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting. The sophomore is averaging 17.0 points on 66.7 percent shooting in the last three games." There is something special about him," Wright said. "He's good enough to be a starter. We have him penciled in as a starter preseason, and Dylan Ennis just had a ridiculous summer and fall." Daniel Ochefu added 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Arcidiacono, the co-Big East Player of the Year, was limited to six points and was treated for a rib injury after the game. The junior has been limited to 6.0 points on 33.3 percent shooting over the last three games. Top scorer Darrun Hilliard (14.1 points per game) has also been in a shooting rut. He was 5 of 13 for 12 points against Providence and is averaging 10.4 points on 35.7 percent in the last five games. Villanova last appeared in the Big East title game in 1997 and won its lone Big East championship in 1995 - six days after Hart was born. The Wildcats have won the conference's regular-season title two years running, but Wright said this year's team has something that was lacking when they were eliminated in the quarterfinals a season ago." It's really that these guys, they're coming into these games having been in lots of big games, having been the top of the league all year," Wright said. "Everywhere we went on the road, it was the biggest game, it's a sellout, everybody's out to get us, and they've been through all that." The Wildcats last lost on Jan. 19 at Georgetown and have wins against Xavier (21-12) on both sides of that loss, giving them four victories in as many tries since the Musketeers joined the conference. Those wins have come by an average of 13.7 points while shooting 42.5 percent from 3-point range, and Villanova has been ranked at worst sixth in the country in each. This season, Arcidiacono averaged 16.5 points and hit 7 of 13 from beyond the arc, while Ennis averaged the same with a 9-of-17 mark from long range. Xavier reserve Jalen Reynolds has averaged 14.5 points and shot 81.3 percent. Sixth-seeded Xavier nearly blew a 21-point lead Friday before hanging on for a 65-63 win over No. 23 Georgetown. The Musketeers have won three straight by an average of 3.0 points and have likely played themselves into an at-large tournament bid, but they're as hungry for their first Big East trophy as the Wildcats." We came here to win a Big East championship," guard Dee Davis said. "We didn't come here to beat Georgetown. We came here to win a Big East championship. So that's our plan." Free Picks. Matt Stainbrook had a game-high 20 points against Georgetown, but the Musketeers lost J. P. Macura to an ankle injury in the first half. The freshman guard had eight points before exiting and also had one of his best games of the season at Villanova on Jan. 14 with 14 points. Coach Chris Mack doesn't expect him to play.

Friday, March 13, 2015

7:05 PM EST (NHL) - OTTAWA SENATORS VS. NEW YORK ISLANDERS PREVIEW AND FREE PICKS

7:05 PM EST (NHL) - OTTAWA SENATORS VS. NEW YORK ISLANDERS PREVIEW AND FREE PICKS

Time: 07:00 P.M. EST Venue: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum   The Ottawa Senators have relied on strong goaltending during a hot spell that has kept them alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race. That strength could face a challenge Friday night against NHL points leader John Tavares and the New York Islanders. Free NHL Picks. Ottawa (31-24-11) turned back to Andrew Hammond on Thursday after the rookie sat behind Craig Anderson for two games, and he again delivered by stopping 27 of 29 shots to help the Senators overcome a two-goal deficit in a 5-2 win over Montreal. They improved to 9-1-1 in their last 11 games, nine of which were anchored by Hammond, who is 8-0-1 with a 1.49 goals-against average since his first career appearance Feb. 16. Hammond is the fourth goalie in NHL history and first since 1938 to allow two or fewer goals in each of his first nine career starts. For the second game of this back-to-back, however, Ottawa coach Dave Cameron may again look to Anderson. The 33-year-old returned from a hand injury Sunday and allowed four third-period goals against Calgary before eventually prevailing 5-4 in a shootout. Anderson was also in net for Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Boston, which currently owns a seven-point lead over the Senators for the East's final wild-card spot. Erik Karlsson has paced the Senators with 11 points over the team's 11-game surge and has 18 in his last 15. He had two goals and an assist Thursday against Montreal for the eighth multi-goal game of his career. Cameron pointed out that regardless of statistics, Karlsson's game has been at a different level for quite some time." I think what happens a lot of times is you get caught up in the goals and the assists for the great games, but he's been real solid for a long period of time," Cameron said. "He was rewarded tonight on the offensive side of it." Karlsson, though, has failed to score in either matchup with New York (43-22-4) this season. The Islanders topped the Senators 3-2 in overtime Dec. 2 at the Nassau Coliseum and won 2-1 on Dec. 4 in Ottawa. Tavares also failed to get on the scoresheet in those contests, but has been red hot of late. The center and team captain has 21 points in his last 14 games, moving into the league lead with 72 points - nine shy of his career best. However, he was held without a point for just the third time in that stretch in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the rival Rangers. The Islanders trail the Rangers by a point for first in the Metropolitan Division." It's tough when you lose a divisional game to an opponent that is this close," Anders Lee told the Islanders' official website. "But you can't dwell on it and you have to move on. There are still 26 points out there, so we have to go out and get as many as we can." Lee, who scored his 23rd goal in the loss, ranks second among rookies in scoring, trailing only Ottawa's Mike Hoffman (24). Free Sports Picks. The Senators' Mark Stone, who scored his 17th goal Thursday, ranks third on the rookie leaderboard with 44 points. Jaroslav Halak earned wins in each of New York's meetings with Ottawa, but has lost three of his last five at home overall. The Senators are 6-0-1 in their last seven road games.

9:05 PM EST (NBA) - GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS VS. DENVER NUGGETS PREVIEW AND FREE PICKS

9:05 PM EST (NBA) - GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS VS. DENVER NUGGETS PREVIEW AND FREE PICKS

Time: 09:00 P.M. EST Venue: Pepsi Center   Owners of the NBA's best record, the Golden State Warriors are trying to maintain their focus. They likely can't afford to overlook a Denver Nuggets team that just stunned the Eastern Conference leaders. Free NBA Picks. Golden State goes for a sixth consecutive win and third in a row over the Nuggets on Friday night at Pepsi Center. The Warriors (51-12) are 10 games in front of the Los Angeles Clippers for the Pacific Division lead and a handful in front of Memphis for the West's top spot, and they're hoping to keep their foot on the pedal going forward." We have 19 games left," coach Steve Kerr said. "We have a pretty good sized lead, so thats a big part of what we're trying to preach is being focused, and keeping our momentum going. It's easy to let down in the position that we're in, but we're trying to get ready for every game down the stretch." We have a standard that we're trying to meet every night. And if you meet that standard consistently during the regular season, you're more likely to meet it during the playoffs." The Warriors are averaging a league-high 109.6 points, and they've limited opponents to 91.6 per game during their winning streak. Klay Thompson scored 27 points on 11 of 19 shooting as Golden State connected at a 52.4 percent clip in Wednesday's 105-98 victory over Detroit. However, the Warriors didn't pull away until midway through the fourth quarter. They also committed 17 turnovers and were outrebounded 21-10 on the offensive glass." With the regular season winding down, we want to be playing our best basketball come three weeks, going into the playoffs," said Thompson, who became the 28th player in Warriors history to reach 5,000 points. "If we lock down that home-court advantage, we're going to be a tough out for anybody." Thompson is averaging 24.3 points on 54.9 percent shooting - including 10 of 19 from 3-point range - over a three-game stretch. The Nuggets (24-41) have all but been eliminated from the playoffs, but they're showing signs of life under interim coach Melvin Hunt. Denver improved to 4-2 since Hunt replaced Brian Shaw with a surprising 115-102 win over Atlanta on Wednesday. Danilo Gallinari had 23 points and recently acquired Will Barton added 16 as the Nuggets matched their highest scoring total in 28 games." We had fun. We enjoyed the night," forward Kenneth Faried said. Free Sports Picks. "Atlanta is still a top team, one of the top teams in the league. We were able to show, `Hey, maybe the Nuggets can really play and maybe the Nuggets are worth watching.'"Denver, which beat NBA-worst New York 106-78 two nights earlier, is looking to win three straight for the first time since a season best-tying five-game run Jan. 3-14. Another victory won't be easy to come by against the Warriors, who crushed the Nuggets 122-79 at home in this season's first matchup Jan. 19. Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for 42 points before sitting out the entire fourth quarter in Golden State's most lopsided win this season. The Warriors have also won two in a row at Denver after dropping 16 of their previous 18 there. Golden State is 43-5 when scoring more than 100 points, with all but one of those defeats coming on the road.