Monday, November 30, 2015

NBA Recap: Portland Trail Blazers (87) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (102) - 11/30/2015

NBA Recap: Portland Trail Blazers (87) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (102) - Date: 11/30/2015 Blake Griffin scored 23 points, DeAndre Jordan had a season-high 24 rebounds along with 18 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 102-87 on Monday night for their third straight victory. Griffin, who began the day with an NBA-best .548 field goal percentage, made eight of 19 shots and grabbed eight boards. Chris Paul had 10 points and six assists in 24 minutes, leaving in the third quarter because of a strained rib muscle. Griffin's 450 points are the most by a Clippers player through the first 18 games of a season since the franchise relocated from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984-85. Make Money Betting Sports. The Clippers barely outrebounded Portland 55-54, the first time in 18 games this season that they had the advantage in that department - alt hough they have finished on even terms three times. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, who leads the team with a 25.4 scoring average, left the game because of abdominal pain with 10:13 remaining in the third quarter and Portland trailing 53-51. He finished with seven points and no assists in 17 minutes. Maurice Harkless led Portland with 15 points. Shooting guard C. J. McCollum, who entered second on the team with a 20.4 scoring average, missed eight of his first nine shots and finished 4 for 15 with 12 points and 10 assists. Meyers Leonard trimmed the Clippers' lead to 77-70 on an 11-footer with 9:12 to play, but Los Angeles went on a 15-6 run to pull ahead 92-76 with 4 1/2 minutes remaining. J. J. Redick's 3-pointer capped the rally with his fourth and final 3-pointer. Portland sent Jordan to the free throw line nine times in the final 3:51, hoping to get back in the game, and the Clippers' center missed 10 of 18. But it didn't help the cold-shooting Blazers, who finished at 37.9 percent. McCollum hit a 3 from the top of the key with 2 seconds left in the first half, pulling the Blazers into a 49-all tie. Harkless, the fourth player off the Portland bench, led the Blazers with 11 points in the half - all during a 21-3 surge that turned a 13-point deficit into a 42-37 lead with 3:34 left in the second quarter. NFL Handicappers. The Clippers opened the game with a 19-4 run that included seven points and six rebounds by Jordan, the franchise's career rebounding leader. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Clippers are 16-8 in the regular season when he grabs at least 20. Fixed Games. TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Lillard, in the first season of a five-year, $120 million contract extension, has led Portland in scoring in 15 of its first 18 games. ... C Chris Kaman, who spent his first eight NBA seasons with the Clippers, didn't play because of a sprained right ankle. . Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Blazers finished a five-game stretch in which they played the Clippers and Lakers twice each. . The Blazers go into December with a 7-11 record, compared to their 13-4 mark last season. They have won more than 50 games in each of the last two seasons. . Portland is 0-8 when trailing after three quarters. Clippers: Redick has made a career-high 11 field goals in a game on four occasions, and three of those times he did it against Portland. He was 5 for 14 in this one. . The Clippers recalled G C. J. Wilcox and F Branden Dawson from the Bakersfield Jam of the D-League. Both were on the inactive list. UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Host Dallas on Tuesda y. Clippers: Host Indiana on Wednesday.

NHL Recap: Vancouver Canucks (0) vs. Anaheim Ducks (4) - 11/30/2015

NHL Recap: Vancouver Canucks (0) vs. Anaheim Ducks (4) - Date: 11/30/2015 John Gibson made 25 saves for his third career shutout to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night. Shawn Horcoff, Rickard Rakell, Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry scored and Anaheim won for only the second time in its last five games. 10 different Anaheim players had a point in its biggest rout of the season. Ryan Miller stopped 25 shots while Vancouver was shutout for the first time this season. Gibson made his NHL debut against Vancouver in the 2014 playoffs, stopping all 18 shots to eliminate the Canucks. Gibson nearly had another shutout last Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks, the other team he has blanked during his brief career, but blew a 2-0 lead in that one. Horcoff put Anaheim ahead just 1:19 into the opening period, taking Andrew Cogliano's pass and converting a one-timer. Miller's ongoing inabil ity to control the puck cost Vancouver at the end of the first period when Rakell scored on the power play with 2 seconds remaining. Miller crept out well in front of his crease to intercept a pass from Sami Vatanen to Ryan Getzlaf, but couldn't cover it up. After Getzlaf took several failed whacks, Rakell chipped in his sixth goal of the season. Silfverberg ripped a shot past Miller 1:00 into the third period. Nick Ritchie recorded his first NHL point by finding Silfverberg barreling into the offensive zone. Perry scored a breakaway goal midway through the final period. Football Picks Today. That prompted coach Willie Desjardins to finally pull Miller, who sulked straight up the tunnel toward the locker room as Jacob Markstrom came in. Anaheim's offensive struggles during the start of the season have drawn attention, but its stout defense was tremendous in shutting down the Sedin twins in this on e. Daniel Sedin had a streak of seven straight games with a point ended, while Henrik Sedin was held off the scoresheet after six consecutive games. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The usually-chippy affair between the Pacific Division opponents lived up to its billing, with Chris Stewart bowling over Bo Horvat in the first period. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. The Vancouver center in turn plowed into Miller, who ended up inside his own goal after making a save, prompting a video review that determined the play had been whistled dead before the puck cross the line. Vancouver forward Jake Virtanen (upper body) did not return after taking a cross-check from Getzlaf in the first period. NOTES: Anaheim scratched Frederik Andersen (flu) for the fourth consecutive game, along with Korbinian Holzer and Shea Theodore. Vancouver sc ratched Andrey Pedan and Sven Baertschi. ... Vancouver will face the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night, wrapping its fifth of 13 sets of back-to-back games this season. Anaheim continues its six-game homestand against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.

NBA Recap: Dallas Mavericks (98) vs. Sacramento Kings (112) - 11/30/2015

NBA Recap: Dallas Mavericks (98) vs. Sacramento Kings (112) - Date: 11/30/2015 DeMarcus Cousins returned to the lineup from a back injury and scored 16 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Sacramento Kings past the struggling Dallas Mavericks 112-98 on Monday night. Rajon Rondo had 21 points and Rudy Gay added 20 for the Kings, who had dropped six straight to Dallas and 21 of the previous 23 meetings. Sacramento outscored the Mavericks 22-13 in the third to take the lead for good. Chandler Parsons had 14 points for the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki and Zaza Pachulia both scored 13. Dallas, which has dropped four of five, missed 28 of 37 attempts from 3-point range. Darren Collison added 15 points and Omri Casspi 10 for the Kings. Cousins grabbed nine rebounds and Rondo had five assists. Cousins shot 5 of 9 from the field in the fourth and hit all six free throws to help Sacramento build on its third-quarter lead. Gay con verted a three-point play to give the Kings a 97-86 advantage. Cousins missed the previous three games due to a lower back strain. Sacramento is 1-7 without him this season and 12-40 when he's absent since Cousins joined the team in 2010. Sacramento got more aggressive defensively in the third quarter and it paid off. Gay scored seven early points and the Kings held Dallas to 22.7 shooting and 13 points in taking a 76-71 lead into the fourth. Baseball Handicappers. TIP-INSMavericks: Nowitzki made a step-back jumper late in the second quarter to become the 13th player in NBA history with 10,000 field goals. . Pachulia fared well against Cousins in the first half when he had 11 points and seven rebounds. ... Reserve point guard J. J. Barea missed his second straight game with an ankle sprain. Kings: Rondo, who leads the NBA in assists per game, picked up his 200th this season in the opening quarter. ... Rondo was f ouled intentionally seven times and missed seven of 14 attempts. ... In a rare first-half appearance, Seth Curry made two 3-pointers and had eight points. . Kosta Koufos was fouled intentionally twice in the third quarter and missed all four free throws. UP NEXTMavericks: At Portland on Tuesday. Kings: Against Boston on Thursday in Mexico City.

NFL Recap: Baltimore Ravens (33) vs. Cleveland Browns (27) - 11/30/2015

NFL Recap: Baltimore Ravens (33) vs. Cleveland Browns (27) - Date: 11/30/2015 The Ravens finally got a break that didn't mean they were losing another player. Will Hill returned a blocked field goal 64 yards for a touchdown as time expired, giving Baltimore a 33-27 win Monday night over the luckless Cleveland Browns, who lost their sixth straight game along with starting quarterback Josh McCown. Sports Handicapper Tracker. Travis Coons lined up to kick a potential game-winning 51-yard field goal with 3 seconds to go for the Browns (2-9), but it was deflected by defensive end Brent Urban, who was playing his first NFL game for the injury-riddled Ravens (4-7). Hill scooped it up and rumbled down the left sideline for an improbable win, stunning a Cleveland crowd which moments earlier was ready to celebrate. Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub, making his first start since 2013, threw two touchdown passes. McCown injured his collarbone in the fourth quarter and was replaced by Austin Davis, whose 42-yard TD pass to Travis Benjamin tied it with 1:47 remaining. Profitable NFL Football Handicappers. The Browns appeared to be in position to pull out a comeback win after cornerback Tramon Williams intercepted Schaub with 50 seconds left at Baltimore's 46. But as Cleveland attempted to get closer for Coons, Davis wasted valuable time because of a communication issue with the sideline and the QB couldn't get out of bounds after a scramble, forcing the Browns to call a timeout. But as Coons, who was 18 for 18 this season, lined up for his long kick, it appeared the Ravens were on their way to another close loss. All 11 of Baltimore's games have been decided by less than eight points, and the Ravens have been on the wrong side of most of those. However , Urban got some penetration on the line and got his hand on Coon's low kick. Hill took it from there, finding his way to the end zone. Schaub finished 20 of 34 for 232 yards and his first TDs since Dec. 23, 2013. McCown, who has played hurt most of this season and was only starting because Johnny Manziel got benched, was 21 of 38 for 212 yards and a TD. Cleveland linebacker Karlos Dansby picked off Schaub and returned it 52 yards for a TD in the third quarter to give the Browns a 20-17 lead, the first time they've been ahead in a game since the first half against Arizona on Nov. 1 - a span of more than 173 minutes. But they weren't up for long as Schaub countered with his second scoring pass, a 15-yarder to Kamar Aiken to put the Ravens ahead 24-20 with 5:30 left in the third quarter. McCown took several hard shots in the second half and went to the sideline in obvious pain. He returned to the field, but dropped to the ground after an incompletion, forcing the B rowns to turn to Davis, who made eight starts for St. Louis last season but was getting his first action for Cleveland. Manziel was benched by Browns coach Mike Pettine after the second-year quarterback broke a promise by going out and partying during Cleveland's bye week. McCown had missed the past two games with injured ribs, and was expecting to be a backup for the final six games before a video of Manziel holding a champagne bottle and rapping vulgar lyrics surfaced while the team was off. With Manziel on the sideline and both teams struggling this season, the game was a tough sell to a national TV audience and thousands of Browns fans stayed home as well. A group of disgusted Clevelanders arrived at FirstEnergy Stadium wearing brown paper bags over their heads as another season unravels on the shores of Lake Erie. For others, it's time to shift attention to the Cavaliers and NBA superstar LeBron James. A bed sheet hanging in one end zone read: ''We Still Have LeBron.'' ---Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

NBA Recap: Golden State Warriors (106) vs. Utah Jazz (103) - 11/30/2015

NBA Recap: Golden State Warriors (106) vs. Utah Jazz (103) - Date: 11/30/2015 Stephen Curry was held in relative check for most of Monday night. Money Cappers. The reigning MVP and NBA's leading scorer had 16 points through three quarters as Draymond Green and other teammates did the heavy lifting. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. Then came the fourth quarter. Curry scored 10 of his 26 points in the final 6:20 and the Golden State Warriors held on for their NBA-record 19th consecutive win to start the season after a 106-103 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.'' We've had some battles and, obviously, we've had some lopsided victories,'' Curry said. ''But what gets lost in the record is the tough games we've had to claw our way out of like tonight. Just because we are 19-0 doesn't mean we can just show up and blow teams out and guarantee a win, we actually have to do something about it.'' With the game tied at 101 with 51 seconds left, Curry hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to give the Warriors the lead. Rodney Hood scored 14 seconds later to bring the Jazz within one. After Curry missed a 3-pointer, the Jazz had a chance to take the lead, but Hood missed a 3 from the wing with five seconds left. Curry hit two free throws to seal the victory as Gordon Hayward's half-courter at the buzzer fell way short. Klay Thompson added 20, including four 3-point baskets.'' Outside of a layup or an uncontested shot, that's a pretty good look.'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said of Hood's 3-point attempt. ''That's a good shot for him. ... I'll take Rodney Hood with that shot any day.'' Hayward led the Jazz with 24 points. Sp orts Betting Leads. The Warriors have won 23 straight regular-season games dating back to last season. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The two teams went back and forth down the stretch hitting shots in the fourth quarter. Alec Burks scored six straight and Favors gave the Jazz a 99-97 lead on a three-point play. Free Tennis Picks. Then Curry hit another 3-pointer. A pair of Favors free throws tied the game at 101.'' We knew this was going to be one of the tougher challenges for us,'' Warriors interim coach Luke Walton said. ''That team is very well coached and they execute and they got those bigs that are a lot to deal with. Once their crowd got into it and they had their confidence going it was a good solid NBA game.'' Curry hit three 3-pointers after he checked in at the 6:36 mark of the fourth quarter. One tied the game while the other two gave the Warriors a lead.'' We competed against the best team in the league and gave ourselves a chance to win,'' Hayward said. ''Had a shot at the end. Couple mistakes here and there. ... And maybe it's a different outcome, but can't complain.'' That's why they're 19-0. Free NBA Basketball Picks. That's why he's the MVP. He's going to make shots.'' TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State has won nine straight regular-season road games, one shy of the franchise record set last season. ... Harrison Barnes missed his second consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. Brandon Rush started in his place. ... Monday was the first of a seven-game road trip. ... Former Jazz guard Ian Clark hit four triples off the bench. ... Green had 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Jazz: Utah assigned center Tibor Pleiss to its D-League affiliate Idaho Stampede on Monday. Snyder said he just needs the experience of being on the court and playing through mistake. ... The Jazz are 0-6 when allowing 100 points. PRESSURE BURSTS PIPES?Walton said the team isn't worried about the streak. ''I think it just adds pressure,'' Walton said. ''It makes other teams want to beat us that much more, to be the first team to end the streak. WE have guys that embrace pressure and they seem to play better and are more sharp the more pressure and the bigger the stage.'' MATCHING UPThe Jazz are one of the bigger teams in the league with 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert and 6-10 Derrick Favors in the starting lineup. They go even bigger with a three-wing lineup instead of a point guard for stretches. The Warriors are known for their small-ball lineups. Snyder said there are a lot of variables in matching up - a hot shooter, a matchup they like, foul trouble. ''I think you've got to be prepared if a team is taking advantage of a matchup,'' Snyder said. ''Often times you need to try to do what you do, just do it better.'' UP NEXTThe Warriors travel to face the Hornets on Wednesday. The Jazz host the Magic on Thursday.

NBA Recap: Denver Nuggets (74) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (92) - 11/30/2015

NBA Recap: Denver Nuggets (74) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (92) - Date: 11/30/2015 Greg Monroe scored 18 points and Milwaukee forced 24 turnovers that led to 35 points in a 92-74 victory over Denver, sending the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss. Jabari Parker had 16 points and Michael Carter-Williams added 12 points and nine assists for Milwaukee, which won for only the second time in eight games. Danilo Gallinari scored 13 points and Kenneth Faried added 11 for Denver, which managed just 30 points in the second half after scoring only five in the third quarter of its previous game, a 92-81 loss at Dallas on Saturday. It was the most points allowed off turnovers this season by the Nuggets, who shot 3 of 4 to open the second half and took a 54-51 lead on Gallinari's 3-pointer with 8:19 left in the third quarter. Handicapper Return on Investment. That's when Milwa ukee took control of the game, scoring 10 consecutive points to take the lead for good. Carter-Williams scored on a layup to make it 55-54, and the Bucks never trailed again. Carter-Williams, who came off the bench for the second consecutive game after starting most of the season, then found Monroe for an easy layup and Giannis Antetokounmpo for a dunk during the key streak. Milwaukee led 67-60 after three quarters. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Bucks opened the fourth on an 11-4 run to extend the lead to 78-64 on Parker's 6-foot jumper with 6:56 left, and Denver never came within single digits the rest of the game. During the seven-game losing streak, Denver is averaging 51 points in the first half and 39 in the second half. Rookie guard Emmanuel Mudiay led the way with five turnovers for Denver. Carter-Williams made a 5-foot jumper with 5 seconds left in the second quarter to give Milw aukee a 46-44 lead at halftime. Sport Handicapping. TIP-INSNuggets: G Gary Harris, who started the first 17 games, missed his second consecutive game after suffering a concussionBucks: G Greivis Vazquez missed his second consecutive game with right ankle soreness. UP NEXTNuggets: At Chicago on Tuesday night. Bucks: At San Antonio on Wednesday night.

NCAAB Recap: Fresno State (73) vs. Oregon (78) - 11/30/2015

NCAAB Recap: Fresno State (73) vs. Oregon (78) - Date: 11/30/2015 Dillon Brooks had 21 points and 10 rebounds and No. 15 Oregon staved off a late rally by Fresno State for a 78-73 victory Monday night. Chris Boucher and Elgin Cook added 14 points each for the Ducks (6-0), who led 70-52 with 6:35 to play before Marvelle Harris scored 13 points in a 16-2 run by the Bulldogs (5-1) that cut the deficit to four. A driving layup by Brooks put Oregon up 74-68 with 1:20 left, and the Ducks held on by making four of six free throws in the final 45 seconds. Harris, who didn't score until the 12:04 mark of the second half, led Fresno State with 18 points, while Paul Watson added 11 and Torren Jones had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Fixed Games. The Bulldogs won the rebounding battle 41-32 behind Jones and Karachi Edo, who had nine rebounds and 10 points.

NBA Recap: Oklahoma City Thunder (100) vs. Atlanta Hawks (106) - 11/30/2015

NBA Recap: Oklahoma City Thunder (100) vs. Atlanta Hawks (106) - Date: 11/30/2015 Paul Millsap scored 26 points and Jeff Teague made all the big shots down the stretch, sending the Atlanta Hawks to a 106-100 victory that snapped Oklahoma City's four-game winning streak Monday night. Russell Westbrook had 34 points, including a drive with 2:49 remaining that gave the Thunder their first lead since scoring the opening basket. Westbrook knocked down a jumper to push Oklahoma City to a four-point lead. Sports Bettors Email Leads. Teague took control from there. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The point guard darted into the lane for a basket that thwarted the Thunder's run, Millsap hit a pair of free throws to tie it, and Teague scored on another dash to the rim to put Atlanta ahead for good, 98-96, with 1:09 left . Sports Picks. The Hawks made a big stop on Westbrook, as Kent Bazemore forced a pass that was stolen by Thabo Sefolosha. Atlanta pulled away from there. Free NBA Basketball Picks. Teague finished with 25 points, while Al Horford added 21 points, 13 rebounds and closed out the game with a dunk. Kevin Durant, selected Western Conference player of the week after coming back from a left hamstring injury, had 25 points. But the Thunder lost for the first time since he rejoined the lineup. It was Westbrook who carried the Thunder. He also grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out seven assists. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. The Hawks shot nearly 57 percent in the opening quarter and clamped down defensively on the Thunder, who went 8 of 22 from the field (36 percent). Atlanta l ed by as many as 13 and was up 31-21 at the end of the period. But Oklahoma City got rolling in the final 3 minutes of the second, closing on an 18-3 run that nearly erased Atlanta's biggest lead, 50-34. Westbrook drove for a layup that left the crowd gasping, and Anthony Morrow capped off the spurt with a 3-pointer. After controlling most of the half, the Hawks went to locker room up just 53-52, having made only one of their last seven shots, with four turnovers mixed into the dry spell. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. TIP-INSThunder: Andre Roberson picked up a technical from the bench for griping about a non-call in the second quarter. After Morrow missed a 3 in the corner, and didn't get a whistle on apparent contact, Roberson barked out something from the bench. Referee Leroy Richardson whipped around and hit the player with a technical. ... When Durant checked back into the game in th e fourth quarter, Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer was barking at the officials. ''What's up, Bud?'' Durant shouted with a sly grin. Budenholzer broke into a big smile. ... Serge Ibaka had 17 points. ... Ibaka and Durant both had four blocks. Hawks: Sefolosha started for the fifth time in the last six games at small forward, leaving former starter Bazemore in a bench role. Bazemore has started only one of three games since coming back from an ankle injury, but both were on the court for the defensive stand in the closing seconds. ... Sefolosha failed to score, missing all five of his shots. Bazemore had seven points. ... The Hawks outrebounded the Thunder 51-48. Millsap pulled down 11 boards. UP NEXTThunder: Travel to Miami on Thursday to face the Heat. Hawks: Host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry .

NBA Recap: Houston Rockets (105) vs. Detroit Pistons (116) - 11/30/2015

NBA Recap: Houston Rockets (105) vs. Detroit Pistons (116) - Date: 11/30/2015 Reggie Jackson had 31 points and Andre Drummond added 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons beat the Houston Rockets 116-105 on Monday night. Sports Handicapper Records. The game was decided by a first half where the Pistons built a 23-point lead over a team that went to the Western Conference finals six months ago. Houston shot 31. percent in the half, managing only four assists on 50 possessions, and allowed the Pistons to hit 55 percent from the floor. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Rockets got back into the game by constantly intentionally fouling Drummond - he went 4-for-18 from the line - but were never within one possession. Rookie Stanley Johnson had 19 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for Detroit, while James Harden scored 29 for the Rockets. NFL Handicappers. That was after Houston got a perfect start, as Drummond picked up a pair of avoidable fouls in the first three minutes, both while guarding Howard, and went to the bench. Aron Baynes, though, had eight points and three rebounds in the next 12 minutes as the Pistons pulled out to a 16-point lead. Moments after Drummond returned, he blocked Howard's dunk, bringing a roar from the Palace crowd. Johnson followed with a high-arcing layup over Howard, making it 44-25. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Jackson gave the Pistons a 60-32 lead late in the second quarter, but the Rockets found enough effort to narrow the gap to 64-41 at the intermission. Jackson had 17 in the half, while Johnson had seven points, nine rebounds and was a plus-22. Eight Rockets were a minus-10 or worse in the half, with Ty Lawson managing a minus-17 in only 10 minutes. Houston got Drummond out of the game with a different tactic in the third quarter - the intentional foul. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Rockets sent him to the line seven times, including on five straight possessions, and he missed 10 of the 14 attempts. Detroit finally had to commit a foul in order to get him out of the game. Picks and Parlays. The strategy worked, as Houston brought Detroit's offense to a halt, and were able to pull within 84-73 by quarter's end. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Rockets then scored the first seven points of the fourth, making it 84-80 with 10:45 to play. Detroit, though, responded with five quick points to take a nine-point lead. Houston went back to fouling Drummond in the last five minutes, but only missed three before Stan Van Gundy got Baynes into the game. The Pistons maintained control, even after Jackson's rookie mistake of fouling Harden on a 3-pointer, giving him a four-point play. When Drummond returned with 1:54 left, the Pistons lead 108-100 and held on for the win. TIP-INS:Rockets: Harden has scored 105 points in Houston's last three games. . Houston had won two straight after losing seven of eight. Pistons: Morris left the game in the second quarter after injuring his back in a collision with Drummond, but returned late in the period after being stretched out by the training staff. . According to STATS, Drummond's 10 missed free throws in the third quarter matched the second most since 2002-03, but not the most by a Piston - Ben Wallace went 5-for-20 in the fourth quarter of a 109-101 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 11, 2005. DeAndre Jordan also missed 10 in a quarter against San Antonio last season. UP NEXT:Rockets: Host the Pelicans on Wednesday. Pistons: Host the Suns on Wednesday.

NBA Recap: San Antonio Spurs (89) vs. Chicago Bulls (92) - 11/30/2015

NBA Recap: San Antonio Spurs (89) vs. Chicago Bulls (92) - Date: 11/30/2015 Pau Gasol had 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots, and the Chicago Bulls snapped San Antonio's five-game winning streak with a 92-89 victory over the Spurs on Monday night. Jimmy Butler scored 14 points and reserve Doug McDermott had 12 for Chicago in the opener of a four-game homestand. Joakim Noah contributed eight points, seven assists and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench. Gasol blocked LaMarcus Aldridge on a drive with 1:06 left, and then hit one of two foul shots on the other end for a 90-89 lead. After Manu Ginobili missed for San Antonio, Butler hit two free throws with 10.6 seconds left. Best Sports Picks Today. The Spurs had one last chance, but Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker each missed 3-point attempts in the final seconds. Parker's try was partially blocked by Derrick Rose, who finished with 11 points and six assists. Leonard had 25 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio, which had won nine of 10. Aldridge added 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Parker had 13 points and nine assists. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Spurs led 73-70 after three quarters, but the Bull opened the fourth with an 11-2 run. Winning Sports Handicappers. Tony Snell sparked the surge with a 3-pointer and a driving layup. Chicago played without guards Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks. Brooks has a left hamstring injury, and Hinrich is recovering from a hip pointer. AILING DUNLEAVYBulls forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. is planning to see two specialists this week after he had a setback in his recovery from offseason back surgery. Coach Fred Hoiberg said Dunleavy is going to stop his on-court work and focus on rehabbing the injury for about two weeks. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The 35-year-old Dunleavy had lower back surgery on Sept. 25 and was expected to be out eight to 10 weeks. He re-signed with Chicago in July after he averaged 9.4 points and shot 40.7 percent from 3-point range in 63 games last season. PRAISING KOBEGasol said he wants retiring Lakers star Kobe Bryant to have as much fun as possible for the rest of his final season. Bryant announced Sunday that this would be his last year. Gasol played with Bryant for six-plus seasons, winning consecutive NBA titles in 2009 and 2010.'' He's a hard-working guy that wants to be the best, he doesn't settle for anything less and he's going to try to be and will be exceptional,'' Gasol said. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich also praised Bryant's competitiveness.'' Beyond his ability, he's one of those guys that brought it every night,'& #39; he said. ''He wanted to destroy the opponent every night. Just a fierce competitor for all those years, night after night. Most players don't know what that is and he did it.'' TIP-INSSpurs: Tim Duncan had 12 rebounds, but San Antonio was outrebounded 51-47. Bulls: Noah played in his 557th game with Chicago, passing Dave Corzine for ninth on the franchise list. UP NEXTSpurs: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. Bulls: Host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.---Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap

NBA Recap: Boston Celtics (105) vs. Miami Heat (95) - 11/30/2015

NBA Recap: Boston Celtics (105) vs. Miami Heat (95) - Date: 11/30/2015 Whenever Boston's lead looked shaky in the final minutes, Avery Bradley had an answer. And just like that, the Celtics' three-game road slide is over. Bradley scored 25 points and forced a big turnover when he knocked away a pass by Dwyane Wade with a minute remaining, Jared Sullinger had 17 points and the Celtics put all five starters in double figures on the way to beating the Miami Heat 105-95 Monday night. Isaiah Thomas scored 16 while fellow starters Jae Crowder and Amir Johnson each added 13 for Boston. Evan Turner had 13 off the bench.'' I felt like we came out from the beginning of the game and had a defensive mindset,'' Bradley said. He had enough of an offensive mindset when Boston needed as well. Bradley has scored at least 25 points in three of his last six outings.'' He hit huge shots when we needed them most,'&# 39; Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Wade scored 30 for Miami, which cut a 14-point deficit to one in the fourth quarter but never led after halftime. Chris Bosh played through an illness to add 21 points for the Heat, who got 10 from Tyler Johnson off the bench. Miami made it a one-possession game on five separate occasions in the final 14 minutes, and Boston scored on its ensuing trip every time. Sports Handicapper King. The first three of those were all on jumpers by Bradley, two of them being 3-pointers, and Wade lamented afterward that Miami couldn't get stops at the biggest moments.'' They played their game from the start,'' Wade said. ''They were the desperate team tonight.'' Boston was up 94-83 midway through the fourth when Wade got on a tear, scoring eight consecutive Miami points and getting the Heat within five on a layup with 3:24 left. Bosh scored with 2:02 left to cut Boston's lead to 96-93, but Crowder made two free throws to give the Celtics a bit of breathing room and the Heat never got any closer again.'' We had some stretches where we were able to change the momentum, but for the most part those skirmishes, loose balls, they were able to impact those more consistently,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''In the end, even though our offense was inconsistent down the stretch, those plays really impacted the momentum, the will and feel of the game.'' TIP-INSCeltics: Boston has won at least one game at Miami in nine of the last 10 seasons. ... Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. Thomas has reached double figures in scoring in all 18 of Boston's games this season, and in his last 24 regular-season games going back to last season. ... Free Sports Handicappers. The Celtics blocked three shots, giving them 82 for the season. NBA Basketball Handicappers. That's only seven more than Miami's Hassan Whiteside, the NBA swat leader. Heat: Miami used only an eight-man rotation, differing from the normal nine or 10. ... Whiteside's first field goal came with 3:23 left in the third quarter. ... Miami lost for the third time in its first 11 home games of the season. ... Free Picks for Today. The Heat are 1-4 when allowing opponents to reach the 100-point mark. When holding them under triple digits, Miami is 9-2. ALL OR NOTHINGNine of the Celtics' 10 wins have been by at least 10 points, with the lone exception an 84-80 victory over winless Philadelphia last week. Five of the Celtics' eight losses were by double digits, with the others coming by two, four and eight points. HEAT HURTINGLuol Deng (hamstring ) remained out for Miami, though the Heat hope he can play Thursday against Oklahoma City. Amare Stoudemire (illness) was ruled out as well, the 14th time he's sat in the first 16 games this season. UP NEXTCeltics: Visit Sacramento on Thursday. Heat: Host Oklahoma City on Thursday.

NHL Recap: Edmonton Oilers (0) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (3) - 11/30/2015

NHL Recap: Edmonton Oilers (0) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (3) - Date: 11/30/2015 Rookie Garret Sparks became the first Maple Leafs goalie with a shutout in his NHL debut, lifting Toronto over the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Monday night. Sparks made 24 saves in the Leafs' first shutout since Jonathan Bernier blanked the Dallas Stars on Dec. 23, 2014. Leo Komarov scored twice and Nazem Kadri also had a goal to help Toronto snap a three-game skid. James van Riemsdyk added three assists. Anders Nilsson turned away 23 of 25 shots and the Oilers wrapped up their five-game trip at 1-3-1. Both teams had only a shot apiece through the first 10 minutes. Komarov opened the scoring with his team-leading and career high ninth goal of the season on the power play 6:45 into the first. After a defensive breakdown by Edmonton's penalty killers, van Riemsdyk found Komarov alone between the faceoff circles. He tipped the pass past Nilsson, who was frozen on the play by van Riemsdyk creeping in from the blue line. Komarov's goal was Toronto's seventh on the power play in the past six games. Sports Handicapper Leads. The Oilers had a strong first shift to open the second period and forced Sparks to make three quick saves, including one in close on Leon Draisaitl. Justin Schultz managed to get the puck past Sparks but hit the post. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins struck iron for the second time in the middle frame with just over 5 minutes to play. Draisaitl burned Matt Hunwick 1-on-1 late in the second off the rush to create a great scoring chance. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Leafs defenseman was forced into taking a hooking penalty while the puck sat loose in the crease after Sparks made the initial save with his blocker. Basketball Predictions . The Leafs had an opportunity to double their lead with back-to-back power-play chances in the second, but were unable to do so. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The two clubs traded chances early in the third before Kadri made it 2-0 at 7:33 on a goal that went to review for a high stick. Jake Gardiner floated the puck at the net from the blue line and Kadri deflected it down past Nilsson for his third of the season. Sports Handicapper Tracker. Taylor Hall had a great chance to put his team on the board late in the third while on the power play but was turned away by Sparks. Komarov added his second goal of the game into an empty net with 1:01 remaining. NOTES: Sparks had the second highest save percentage (.938) in the AHL. ... Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers.  ;This time last season Sparks was playing in the ECHL while Anders Nilsson was in the KHL. ... Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul missed his first game of the year with an undisclosed injury.

NHL Recap: Carolina Hurricanes (3) vs. New York Rangers (4) - 11/30/2015

NHL Recap: Carolina Hurricanes (3) vs. New York Rangers (4) - Date: 11/30/2015 Mats Zuccarello and Oscar Lindberg scored first-period power-play goals and the New York Rangers beat Carolina 4-3 on Monday night to keep up their mastery of the Hurricanes. Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard also scored and New York improved to 18-1-0 in its last 19 meetings with Carolina. Hot Sports Handicappers. The Rangers have won 11 straight against the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden. Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves and the Rangers ended a three-game losing streak. Jordan Stall, Victor Rask and Chris Terry scored for the Hurricanes. Carolina battled back from a 4-1 deficit to make it a contest at the end. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Rangers struck early and late with power-play goals in the opening per iod for a 2-0 lead. Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce tripped Rick Nash at 1:04, and it took the Rangers only 5 seconds to cash in. Zuccarello drilled a shot over Cam Ward from the top of the left circle to extend his points streak against Carolina to 11 games. Lindberg doubled the Rangers advantage with 1:37 left, whipping a one-timer past Ward from the slot off a cross-ice feed from Dan Boyle. Both teams got two goals in the second period, and Ward was his own worst enemy as the Hurricanes tried to battle back. Jordan Stall put Carolina on the board at 1:40 from the slot, deflecting a backhand feed from Andrej Nestrasil. Ward gave it right back. Kreider beat him from a sharp angle at the bottom of the right circle only 44 seconds later. In frustration and anger, Ward smashed his goal stick against the right post. Kevin Hayes took a tripping penalty with 6:17 left in the second, and the Hurricanes nearly scored when Justin Faulk hit the post. Instead, New York killed the pe nalty, and Hayes skated out of the box, picked off Ward's clearing attempt and set up Brassard's goal with 4:11 left. Rask scored with 2:01 left, and then Terry made it 4-3 8:23 into the third by sliding the puck under Lundqvist on a semi breakaway. NOTES: Rangers center Derek Stepan will miss four to six weeks because of broken ribs. New York coach Alain Vigneault made the announcement following the morning skate. New York recalled forward Jayson Megna from Hartford of the AHL. ... C Jordan Stall played in his 200th game for the Hurricanes. ... Carolina's lone scratch was D Michal Jordan. MLB Handicappers. The Rangers scratched Megna and D Dylan McIlrath. ... Celebrities at the game included actress Susan Sarandon and Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. ... Rangers D Kevin Klein suffered a muscle strain in the first period and did not return.

NCAAB Recap: Illinois State (63) vs. Kentucky (75) - 11/30/2015

NCAAB Recap: Illinois State (63) vs. Kentucky (75) - Date: 11/30/2015 Isaiah Briscoe scored 18 points, Jamal Murray added 16 and No. 1 Kentucky overcame a sluggish first half to pull away from Illinois State 75-63 on Monday night. Outhustled on both ends of the court by the athletic Redbirds through 20 minutes while adjusting to playing without injured starting point guard Tyler Ulis (elbow), the Wildcats (7-0) emerged from halftime more physical and used that energy to gain some breathing room. Outrebounded 20-12 in the first half, Kentucky beat Illinois State (3-5) 27-17 on the boards and held the Redbirds to 29 percent shooting in the second half. Marcus Lee added 13 points and 12 rebounds for his second double-double in five games while Alex Poythress had 11 points for Kentucky, which shot 43 percent. Good Return on Investment. The Wildc ats face UCLA on Thursday in a matchup of programs with 19 combined NCAA championships. DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell scored 22 points for the Redbirds, Roland Griffin and Mikyle McIntosh both had 14 points. Nearly a week after battling No. 2 Maryland close before losing 77-66, the Redbirds were just as determined against the nation's top-ranked team. Kentucky coach John Calipari was worried that would happen, especially with Ulis sidelined by the elbow injury sustained against South Florida. Calipari insisted Ulis' injury wasn't serious but announced before the game via Twitter that the 5-foot-9 sophomore would sit out to ensure he's 100 percent, especially with the big matchup coming at Pauley Pavilion. But his concerns about how the Wildcats would respond without their floor general were well-founded in a sluggish start resulting in a 31-all halftime tie. Despite Briscoe, Murray and Charles Matthews having ball-handling skills, all three struggled against Illinoi s State's pesky zone and man-to-man defenses and combined for all nine first-half turnovers leading to 10 points. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Wildcats were just as tentative on offense, showing little motion and causing Calipari to scream and stomp several times as Kentucky often played deep into the shot clock. Lee's free throw with 10:42 left provided Kentucky's first lead at 16-15 but the Wildcats couldn't pull away from the athletic Redbirds, who outrebounded them and shut them out 11-0 in second-chance points through 20 minutes. Kentucky hurt itself with 10-of-20 free throw shooting. Professional Sports Handicappers. The second half was slightly better as Kentucky turned the ball over just six times and began to take control in the paint and remain unbeaten even on an off night. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. TIP-INSIllinois State: Monday's game was the Redbirds' second against the nation's top-ranked team and first since losing 97-81 to DePaul in March 1980. ... Illinois State fell to 8-2 against current SEC teams. Kentucky: Freshman Skal Labissiere had two points and two rebounds in 16 minutes. ... Matthews fell hard on his back taking a shot in the lane in the second half but got up and walked it off before making one of two free throws. UP NEXT:Illinois State hosts UAB on Saturday. Kentucky visits UCLA on Thursday night.

NHL Recap: Colorado Avalanche (3) vs. New York Islanders (5) - 11/30/2015

NHL Recap: Colorado Avalanche (3) vs. New York Islanders (5) - Date: 11/30/2015 Cal Clutterbuck broke a tie 1:52 into the third period and the New York Islanders beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 on Monday night. Kyle Okposo, Mikhail Grabovski, Casey Cizikas and Ryan Strome also scored and the Islanders won for the third time in four games. Sports Betting Profit. Thomas Greiss stopped 25 shots. Jarome Iginla, Nick Holden and former Islander Blake Comeau each scored for Colorado, but the Avalanche fell for the fifth time in their last seven games. Off a faceoff win, Clutterbuck redirected Thomas Hickey's point shot past goalie Semyon Varlamov's glove. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The goal was Clutterbuck's sixth of the season and the first of two third-period goals from the Isles' fourth line. With Varlamov on the bench, Holden cut the Islanders' lead to 4-3 with 3:34 left, but Strome scored an empty-net goal with 47.9 seconds left. Basketball Handicappers. The Avalanche nearly scored off the opening faceoff, but Greiss robbed Matt Duchene with a left-pad save. Colorado took the lead 10:20 in. After Greiss stopped Comeau's original shot, the winger circled the net and flipped the rebound over Greiss. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The goalie unwittingly knocked it in with the top of his stick. Sports Picks. The Avalanche limited the Islanders to seven first-period shots and very nearly carried a one-goal advantage into the first intermission. But Cody McLeod and Gabriel Landeskog each took penalties in the final minute, and Okposo buried a snap shot with 1.4 seconds left. G rabovski gave the Islanders their first lead at 6:31 of the second. But just 41 seconds later, Iginla's seeing-eye wrist shot confounded Greiss and tied the game 2-2. Free NHL Hockey Picks. The goal was Iginla's 597th of his career, leaving him four shy of Jari Kurri for 18th place on the career list. The Islanders peppered the Avalanche cage, aiming to break the tie late in the second period, but Varlamov was outstanding. The Avs goalie has struggled at points this season but stopped 13 of 14 in the frame as the Islanders recorded seven of the period's final eight shots after Iginla's goal. NOTES: Iginla's goal was his eighth this season but only his second in Colorado's last 12 games. ... Strome also had the primary assist on Grabovski's goal and has four points in three games since being recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL. ... Islanders forward Josh Bailey played in his 500 th NHL game. ... The Islanders will host the Rangers on Wednesday night in the rivalry's first-ever matchup in Brooklyn.

NHL Preview: Edmonton Oilers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 11/30/2015 - 7:30 PM EST

NHL Preview: Edmonton Oilers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - Date: 11/30/2015 Time: 07:30 P.M. EST Venue: Air Canada Centre   The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to get another chance Monday night to figure out how to win without top goaltender James Reimer. Best Sports Picks Service. The Maple Leafs are winless in games Reimer has not started and are expected to give Garret Sparks his NHL debut in this home matchup with the Edmonton Oilers. Reimer did not play in Saturday's 4-2 loss to Washington even though coach Mike Babcock indicated that the No. 1 goalie would despite a lower-body injury. Reimer is 7-3-4 with a 2.07 goals-against average. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. Toronto (7-11-5) fell to 0-8-1 in the nine games Reimer has not started. All of those results have gone to Jonathan Bernier, who gave up four goals for the third straight start Saturday and is 1-14-2 with a 3.39 GAA in his last 17 starts.'' I've got to be better,& quot; Bernier said. He won't get the chance Monday since the Maple Leafs are turning to Sparks, who was called up from the minors Saturday to serve as Bernier's backup. Sparks had a 1.90 GAA in the minors." We got to find a way to win a game," Babcock told the NHL's official website. "He's played well in the minors. Gets his opportunity." The Maple Leafs will play without left wing Joffrey Lupul, who is tied for the team lead with eight goals and is out with an undisclosed injury. Sports Handicapping Services. They have taken three straight at home against the Oilers, who are completing a five-game trip they began at 0-2-1 before Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over Pittsburgh. Edmonton (8-14-2) is now seeking to finish it with five points out of a possible 10." We have an opportunity to finish a hard, long trip with a chance to come home even," coach Todd McLel lan said. "That's certainly going to be our goal now, that's all we can achieve." Leon Draisaitl and Lauri Korpikoski scored first-period goals for Edmonton, which blew a two-goal advantage before Matt Hendricks and Jordan Eberle converted in the shootout.'' It feels good to win,'' McLellan said. ''I thought we had a good effort from a lot of players and the guys got a good reward. We buckled down when we needed to.'' Taylor Hall assisted on Draisaitl's goal to end his three-game drought without a point. He leads the club with nine goals and 25 points. Edmonton continues to play without injured rookie Connor McDavid, who is out with a fractured clavicle and is rehabbing in the Toronto area where he hails from. He will meet up with his club Monday. Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz returned to the lineup for the first time since Oct. 25 on Saturday after being out with a back injury." I felt good, obviously the first c ouple of shifts were a little fast, I don't remember it being this fast, but once I got those under my belt it was good and I thought I got better as the game went on," Schultz said.

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NBA Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls - 11/30/2015 - 8:00 PM EST

NBA Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls - Date: 11/30/2015 Time: 08:00 P.M. EST Venue: United Center   The San Antonio Spurs are off to the second-best start in the NBA, thanks in large part to them ranking first in the league in scoring defense. Make Money Betting Sports. That could be spell trouble for the Chicago Bulls, who find themselves in an offensive slump going into Monday night's meeting at the United Center. At 14-3, the Spurs trail only undefeated Golden State, and they've won 11 of 12. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. They're giving up an 89.7 points per game and have held six of their last nine opponents to 84 or fewer, while accomplishing that feat eight times on the season - twice more than they did in 2014-15. Handicapper Directory. They limited Atlanta to 42.5 percent shooting in Saturday's 108-88 home victory, shutting down a Hawks team tha t had averaged 106.4 points in its previous five games. San Antonio excelled defensively last season, too, giving up 97.0 points per game to rank third. LaMarcus Aldridge has helped fuel the improvement with the Spurs allowing 96.0 points per 100 possessions when he's on the floor. NBA Basketball Handicappers. Tiago Splitter (100.9), Aron Baynes (102.5) and Boris Diaw (104.1) split the majority of the starts at power forward in 2014-15." Usually we are a team that builds defensively, slowly," guard Manu Ginobili said. "This year we started very well, very aggressively. Best Free Sports Picks. The addition of LaMarcus gives us more size. He has quick feet to switch, to get in a better position quicker." Chicago (9-5) followed a four-game winning streak by dropping two of three to end a four-game trip. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Bulls shot 37.6 percent in those three contests and were held to fewer than 95 points in each. They shot a season-low 34.8 percent in Friday's 104-92 loss to Indiana, going 21 for 66 on 2-point shots. Nikola Mirotic scored a season-high 25 points but the other starters were a combined 14 of 49 from the field. Chicago was also outscored 21-5 on the fast break and has given up a 73-29 advantage in transition in the last four contests." Just have to keep fighting to get better; just didn't play well," coach Fred Hoiberg told the team's official website. "Especially on the offensive end as a team. Movement, get the ball swung; we're doing it in practice, getting the ball swung. We've got to carry it over to the games." Derrick Rose has shot 11 for 36 in two games since sitting out two with a sprained ankle." Oh, my God, I felt like I played like (crap) tonight," he said. "I don't know what the case might be. Thanksgiving, I don't know. It's a hard one losing like that in here, but the energy level, my energy, wasn't up. It is a tough game when you come back from the West Coast, but we can't use that as an excuse." Pau Gasol is also struggling, shooting 35.8 percent over his last five games, though he's still been a factor on the glass with 56 rebounds in that span. Tony Parker is in the midst of an extremely efficient stretch for the Spurs, shooting 68.0 percent over his last five games. He's made 53.6 percent in his last eight meetings with Chicago. San Antonio has won four of the last six meetings, while the Bulls are 5-1 at home this season.

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NBA Preview: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 11/30/2015 - 10:30 PM EST

NBA Preview: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers - Date: 11/30/2015 Time: 10:30 P.M. EST Venue: STAPLES Center   Damian Lillard and C. J. McCollum are emerging as a major one-two punch for the Portland Trail Blazers. Leading Handicappers. The Los Angeles Clippers are in the fifth season of their own with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Lillard and McCollum look to build on one of their best scoring displays of the season Monday night when the Trail Blazers visit the Clippers. Lillard is the league's eighth-leading scorer at 25.4 points per game, while McCollum is 20th with a 20.4-point average that's a major increase from his 6.8 last season. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The duo was instrumental to Saturday's 108-96 win over the Lakers as Portland (7-10) won for the third time in four tries following a seven-game slide. McCollum scored the first nine points before finishing with 28 and hitting 12 of 20 from the floor, while Lillard had 29 points with four of his seven assists coming on baskets by his fellow guard." I think we all understand that C. J. is a guy that can run off a bunch of points at a time," Lillard said. "At the start of the game, we saw him hit that first one and so I tried to just keep calling plays and in transition keep finding him." Paul and Griffin have shared a similar relationship for four-plus seasons as the backbone of the Clippers (9-8). Griffin's 25.1 points per game put him just behind Lillard, while Paul's averages - 17.3 points and 8.4 assists - are down but still solid. Like their Portland counterparts, Griffin and Paul were vital to their team's last performance, Sunday's 107-99 win over Minnesota. Griffin scored 26 points with eight rebounds and eight assists, while Paul had 20 points and nine assists with four going to Griffin. Los Angeles has won three of four games after losing seven of its prior nine. NFL Handicappers. The Clippers shot 52.0 percent against the Timberwolves, their best performance since making 52.5 in their season-opening win at Sacramento." It's not always going to be pretty, but we have to pile up wins - especially in this Western Conference," Paul said. "The team executed pretty well. First and foremost, we made shots." The Clippers had trouble doing that from 3-point range at Portland on Nov. 20, making just 7 of 24 while falling 102-91. Paul shot 4 of 14 from the floor while finishing with 11 points and eight assists while Griffin had 21 and seven with seven boards. Paul averaged 30.5 points and 12.5 assists while Los Angeles took three of four meetings with the Trail Blazers last season. Lillard has scored 18.0 points per game over the past five meetings with the Clippers. However, he had 27 in the most recent, while McCollum and Mason Plumlee added 18 each. Los Angeles&# 39; J. J. Redick struggled in that meeting, scoring seven points while missing 9 of 12 field-goal attempts in his return from a three-game absence due to back spasms. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The guard had totaled 51 points on 20 of 47 from the floor over the two previous meetings with the Blazers. He's scored 38 in the last two games - both wins.

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NHL Preview: Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks - 11/30/2015 - 10:00 PM EST

NHL Preview: Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks - Date: 11/30/2015 Time: 10:00 P.M. EST Venue: Honda Center   The Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks have been fixtures in the postseason in recent years, but neither team has played like a playoff team in 2015-16. Anaheim looks to avoid a third straight loss Monday night when it hosts Vancouver, which has dropped six of eight. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. The Ducks (8-11-5) have reached the playoffs in eight of the last 10 years, while the Canucks (9-8-7) have gotten there in 11 of 14. Anaheim has continued to struggle this season after posting the best record in the Western Conference last season, though, going 3-4-3 in its last 10. Vancouver, meanwhile, has lost nine of 12. Profitable NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Ducks lost 3-2 in overtime to Chicago on Friday, their second loss beyond regulation to the Blackhawks this season. Football Handicappers. They surrendered two goals in the final 1:41 before Artem Anisimov scored in OT. Anaheim fell to Chicago in the Western Conference finals and has lost 10 of 14 overall meetings." This isn't about Chicago," said center Andrew Cogliano, who scored his third goal. "It's about playing our game, putting a team away and finishing it." Anaheim is 1-5 in games decided past regulation, having led in four of those defeats." For 58 minutes, we were pretty solid whenever we had to be," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "They came in and found a way. It's not that it's them. It's giving up two goals in the last minute, and an overtime goal again. It's pretty frustrating." Vancouver (9-8-7) will be playing on the road for the 10th time in 13 games. NHL Hockey Handicappers. The Canucks have also been unfortunate beyon d regulation, with three of their last nine losses getting decided in that fashion, including a 3-2 shootout defeat at Dallas on Friday. Henrik Sedin forced overtime with a power-play goal with 4:10 remaining in the third period, but the Canucks surrendered two power-play goals in five opportunities." Five-on-five, I thought we deserved another point," Sedin said. "Special teams, I thought we didn't deserve anything." The Canucks' penalty killing has been abysmal over the last 12 games, as they've given up 14 goals on 44 opportunities. Best Sports Handicappers Free Picks. They had allowed three goals in 32 chances prior to that stretch. Free NHL Hockey Picks. They've scored on 11 of 37 man advantages in the past eight games, but Sedin's goal was the only one in seven chances against the Stars." Our ti ming is off (on the power play)," he told the team's official website. "We're not executing when we need to. You can talk about outworking the other team, but if you have an extra man out there, you got to be able to use the guys that are open. We had a tough time setting up. We stuck with it, but it wasn't good enough." The Ducks have gone 8 for 26 on the power play over the last 10 games, but are minus-9 in even-strength situations in that span and a league-worst minus-19 on the season. Vancouver is plus-5 on five-on-five. Both Sedins own seven-game point streaks, with Henrik recording three goals and seven assists in his and Daniel tallying six goals and six assists. Vancouver won 2-1 in a shootout at Anaheim on Oct. 12, their second straight victory in the series. The Canucks haven't won three consecutive meetings since Nov. 27-Dec. 30, 2007.

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NBA Preview: Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings - 11/30/2015 - 10:00 PM EST

NBA Preview: Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings - Date: 11/30/2015 Time: 10:00 P.M. EST Venue: Sleep Train Arena   Rajon Rondo's short-lived stint with the Dallas Mavericks ended in ignominious fashion. Winning Sports Handicappers. The NBA assists leader will face the Mavericks for the first time since leaving the club Monday night at home for the Sacramento Kings, who are hoping DeMarcus Cousins returns to the lineup. Rondo was traded from Boston to Dallas on Dec. 28 in a move designed to help the Mavericks make a playoff push. It turned out to be a disaster, with the point guard never fitting into Rick Carlisle's system and serving a one-game suspension for a shouting match with the coach. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Mavericks lost in the first round of the playoffs in five games to Houston. Rondo did not play in the final three of those due to a back injury the team said he did not disclose until he re-aggravated it in a los s in Game 2. Rondo averaged 6.5 assists in 46 games with Dallas compared to 10.8 in his first 22 contests with the Celtics last season. He's back to his usual level of production with a league-best 11.0 assists per game and NBA-high four triple-doubles with the Kings, whom he joined as a free agent in the offseason. Sacramento (6-12) has dropped six straight and 21 of 23 meetings with Dallas. Cousins could return from a three-game absence due to a lower back strain. He averages team highs of 27.9 points and 11.2 rebounds, and Sacramento is 1-7 in games he's missed." He's definitely an integral part to what we do," center Kosta Koufos said. "He's an All-Star, once he comes back we'll be clicking on all cylinders." Dallas (10-7) signed Deron Williams in the offseason to fill its point guard vacancy. Williams scored a season-high 22 points Saturday to help the Mavericks end a three-game slide with a 92-81 home win over Denver. After yielding 52 points in the first half, the Mavs outscored the Nuggets 25-5 in the third quarter.'' We finally played with a little more energy,'' Dirk Nowitzki said. ''Overall, I like how we worked for each other.'' The Mavs' two-game road trip concludes against Portland on Tuesday. Sports Picking Services. They went 0-3 on the trip that preceded Saturday's contest." We've got an unselfish crew, guys that wanna play with each other and veterans that have been around and have been in all sorts of situations and just want to make it work, want to play off each other and want to have some fun," Nowitzki said. "It's been a decent start, (though) the last three games were a little rough." The Kings were routed 120-101 on the road by Golden State on Saturday. Rudy Gay scored 20 points as he bounced back from s coring two on 1-of-13 shooting in Friday's 101-91 home defeat to Minnesota." We'll get back on the right track but right now, we've got to hopefully get healthy with Cous," coach George Karl said. "Once he gets in the lineup, I think we'll get our confidence in a good direction."

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NBA Preview: Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz - 11/30/2015 - 9:00 PM EST

NBA Preview: Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz - Date: 11/30/2015 Time: 09:00 P.M. EST Venue: EnergySolutions Arena   A seven-game road trip may be the biggest challenge to the Golden State Warriors' NBA-record start to the season. Sports Betting Profit. That's exactly why they wanted Stephen Curry to be rested. Curry looks to help the Warriors improve to 19-0 and extend their winning streak to 23 regular-season games Monday night against the Utah Jazz, though they'll have to do so without Harrison Barnes. Golden State is outscoring opponents by an average of 16.0 points during its incredible season-opening winning streak. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Warriors' 22-game run began April 9, and is tied with the 2007-08 Houston Rockets for the third-longest streak in NBA history. Golden State is about to undergo perhaps its toughest test yet, though it doesn't come against any particular opponent. Instead, it comes against the rigors of the first of two seven-game trips this season. Sports Handicapping Service Leads. This one includes roughly 7,378 miles with around 23 hours of flight time. With the Warriors typically winning easily, the team has taken extra precaution in giving the league's reigning MVP extra rest with this road trip looming. Curry didn't play in the fourth quarter for the fourth straight game in Saturday's 120-101 win over Sacramento. He went 4 for 7 from the floor and tied his season low of 19 points, well below his league-leading 31.9 per game." I'm sure Steph doesn't like it," interim coach Luke Walton said. "But the coaching staff and the training staff, we're thrilled to get him that rest." Curry averages 34.5 points in eight road games and has scored 34.3 over his last three visits to Utah. He had 32 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals in the most rec ent Jan. 30, but that wasn't enough in a 110-100 loss - Golden State's only defeat in the last eight matchups. Draymond Green had seven points and five boards in that loss. Green has totaled 27 points, 22 assists and 21 rebounds with six blocks in the past two games, becoming the first Warrior since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964 to get back-to-back triple-doubles." He got a huge contract this summer and he came back a better player. He's playing at an All-Star level right now," Walton said. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Warriors might need Green, Curry and Klay Thompson to do even more with one of their fellow starters out for at least the first three games of the trip. Barnes, who missed Saturday's win with a sprained left ankle, won't be re-evaluated until next week. Utah (8-7) is aiming for its first three-game winning streak of the season, falling short on three previous trie s. While Golden State is the league's highest scoring team at 115.8 points per game, the Jazz are among the best defensively. Sports Picks Free. Their 93.2 points per game against is among the lowest in the NBA, but they give up the fewest field-goal attempts at 75.6 per contest. Utah allowed 69 shots Saturday, winning 101-87 over New Orleans. Alec Burks chipped in with 21 points while making 9 of 14 from the floor, a tremendous improvement after he averaged 10.3 points and went 9 for 36 over the three previous games." The biggest thing with Alec, I keep emphasizing with him is his decisions," coach Quin Snyder said. "When he makes high-percentage decisions, he can shoot it, he can pass it, he can handle, he can finish. It's just a question of what is the defense giving?"The shoulder injury that ended Burks' season in December last season forced him to miss the last three meetings wi th Golden State. Gordon Hayward had 26 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and six assists against the Warriors on Jan. 30. He's averaging 22.8 points and has made 9 of 17 3-pointers over the past four games.

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NCAAB Preview: Fresno State vs. Oregon - 11/30/2015 - 8:00 PM EST

NCAAB Preview: Fresno State vs. Oregon - Date: 11/30/2015 Time: 08:00 P.M. EST   Coach Dana Altman mainly relies on a six-man rotation to carry Oregon, with each player knowing their role in the offense could change from game to game. Sports Handicap. The 21st-ranked Ducks don't seem to mind. Oregon looks to move to 6-0 on Monday night when it hosts a Fresno State team off to its best start in nine years. Five players are averaging at least 12 points, and starting guard Casey Benson chips in 5.8 per game while acting as a floor general for a Ducks offense scoring 79.0 points per contest. Freshman Tyler Dorsey's 15.2 average leads the squad, but he's yet to attempt more than nine shots in a game. It was Dwayne Benjamin's turn to step up Wednesday, coming off the bench to match a career high with 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting in a 91-68 victory over Arkansas State. Chris Boucher had 17 points, nine rebounds and a school-record nine blocks, while Dorsey added 15 points and El gin Cook finished with 13. Dillon Brooks scored 26 points in a win over Valparaiso in Oregon's previous contest but finished with four Wednesday." We all know any given day it might not be your scoring day," said Benjamin, who went scoreless in 19 minutes against Valpo. "With our versatility, we can do a lot of things. If we're not scoring, do other things. We don't really worry about who's scoring. We worry about making plays for the team. I think that's the best thing about this group." Altman especially was impressed with the effort from Boucher, a 6-foot-10 junior college transfer who is still adjusting to the more physical nature of Division I. He's shooting 57.9 percent and ranks among the nation's leaders with 21 blocks.'' He is fearless,'' Altman said. ''His length is unique. He can get shots from a long way away and he's not afraid to go after them.'' Fresno State has blocked only 23 shots as a team while going 5-0, its best start since winning its first seven of 2006-07. Cezar Guerrero scored 20 points and Marvelle Harris added 17 in Friday's 80-59 rout of Delaware State. Guerrero hit 5 of 9 from the field and has made 13 of 21 from 3-point range over his last three." He's been in the gym and put time in," coach Rodney Terry said of Guerrero, who is shooting 52.5 percent from the floor after not hitting better than 43.5 percent over his first three seasons. "I said to the guys, 'You're going to get what you invest in this game. If you invest in the game and you work then you'll see positive results.' Cezar has seen that the last couple of games, the ball going through the net because he's put the time in." Fresno State has scored at least 78 points in each of its last four, but it could face a tougher test against a Ducks team allowing 62.6 per game while holding opponents to 38.0 percent from the field.& quot; They're obviously a high level opponent for us and we know we have our work cut out for us," Terry said. "Like I tell these guys right now, we have faceless opponents. So much about this time of the year is us getting better, on both ends of the floor." Oregon has won all four meetings since Fresno State's last victory in the series in 1995.

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NBA Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Atlanta Hawks - 11/30/2015 - 8:00 PM EST

NBA Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Atlanta Hawks - Date: 11/30/2015 Time: 08:00 P.M. EST Venue: Philips Arena   If Kevin Durant's importance to the Oklahoma City Thunder wasn't evident last year, he's provided a few more reminders since returning from his latest injury. As Durant and the Thunder look to extend an outstanding run, the Atlanta Hawks continue their search for consistency when the teams meet Monday night. Somewhat overshadowed by the Golden State Warriors' remarkable start and Stephen Curry's scoring exploits, Durant has more quietly compiled numbers comparable or exceeding to those from his 2013-14 MVP campaign. Sports Free Picks. The star forward is shooting a torrid 47.1 percent from 3-point range and 52.4 overall in averaging 28.4 points through 11 games. Durant has been particularly hot since coming back from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for six games, averaging 30.3 points on 58.5 percent shooting in three Thunder wins. He totaled 34 along with a season-high 13 rebounds as Oklahoma City (11-6) recorded its fourth consecutive victory with Friday's 103-87 decision over Detroit." I was feeding off the energy of the crowd and the teammates," he said. "In single coverage I feel like I can score on anybody. I was aggressive." After going 27-28 in games Durant missed in 2014-15, the Thunder are 8-3 with him in the lineup this season. Durant's performance and the Thunder's dominance on the glass offset an off night from Russell Westbrook, held to a season-low 14 points while committing 11 turnovers. Oklahoma City, which leads the NBA in rebounding margin (plus-7.7), owned a 58-38 advantage on the glass and held league rebounding leader Andre Drummond to seven. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Thunder's prowess in that area could present problems for the Hawks' relatively small lineup. Atlanta (11-8) ranks near t he bottom of the league with a minus-3.7 rebounding margin and is 5-7 when finishing with an even or negative differential. Atlanta was outrebounded 49-43 by San Antonio on Saturday, though its 108-88 defeat to the formidable Spurs was more a result of poor shooting. Sports Handicapper Tracker. The Hawks were 6 of 26 on 3-pointers while matching their lowest scoring output of the season, which came one night after they went 14 of 39 from beyond the arc in a 116-101 win at Memphis.'' There is really not much positive from us,'' center Al Horford said of Saturday's outcome. ''For us as a team, the best thing is to put this behind us.'' The Hawks did force 16 Spurs turnovers and are averaging 20.9 points per game off opponent's miscues, second-best in the NBA. Oklahoma City's 17.1 giveaways per game is among the league's worst marks. Paul Millsap ranks among the league l eaders with 37 steals and is averaging 19.5 points and 10.3 rebounds over his last four, though the forward was limited to a season-low eight points by San Antonio. Millsap had 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 103-93 victory over the Thunder at Philips Arena on Jan. 23, Atlanta's lone win in the last five matchups. Westbrook amassed a 36-point, 14-assist, 10-rebound triple-double to lead Oklahoma City to a 123-115 home triumph on March 20. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Thunder have won nine of 12 in Atlanta and haven't dropped consecutive road games to the Hawks since 1993-94 when the franchise was based in Seattle.

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NBA Preview: Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 11/30/2015 - 8:00 PM EST

NBA Preview: Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks - Date: 11/30/2015 Time: 08:00 P.M. EST Venue: BMO Harris Bradley Center   The Milwaukee Bucks made lineup changes in order to alleviate their defensive woes, though it didn't prevent a sixth loss in seven games. Coach Jason Kidd has not decided whether he will stick with a defensive-minded lineup when the Bucks try to hand the visiting Denver Nuggets a seventh straight loss Monday night. Kidd opted to use Michael Carter-Williams and Jabari Parker off the bench for the first time in Sunday's 87-82 defeat at Charlotte, giving O. J. Mayo his first start and Jerryd Bayless his first in his last six games. Handicappers Free Picks. The moves were made because Milwaukee (6-11) allows 109.0 points per 48 minutes for the league's worst mark. Free NBA Basketball Picks. They changes proved very successful, as the Bucks yielded a point total that matched their second-lowest and limited the Hornets to 38.6 percent for their second-best mark. Milwaukee held Charlotte to 37.5 percent shooting in the first quarter in building a six-point lead.'' I thought the lineup switch got us off to a really good start,'' said Kidd, who said he will discuss with his staff what lineup to use Monday. ''Defensively, guys were into it. We got a lot of deflections. We had multiple shooters on the floor.'' Milwaukee outscored Charlotte in every quarter except the second, a period that proved decisive as the Hornets held a 23-9 edge." The effort was there, the energy was there, the understanding is you gotta play four quarters and we just came up short in one of them," Kidd said. One horrific quarter was an issue for Denver (6-11) in Saturday's 92-81 loss at Dallas. Handicapper Return on Investment. The Nuggets were outscored 25-5 in the third after going into halftime up by four ." Our challenge is to play for 48 minutes and we've been unable to do so lately," coach Michael Malone said. "We go to Milwaukee and we gotta try to get that losing streak over by getting a win and to stop beating yourself on the road." The Nuggets haven't lost seven in a row since Jan. 16-26." I temper my frustration with the understanding that we are a very young team," Malone said. "When we start our normal lineup, we have a 19-year-old, a 20-year-old and a 21-year-old so being young in the Western Conference makes it difficult. So it is frustrating, nobody likes to lose, we all hate to lose but you lose six games in a row, that gets old after a while." The 21-year-old player in question is second-year guard Gary Harris, who started the first 16 games before sitting out Saturday with a concussion. Randy Foye took his place in the lineup. Denver welcomed back Kenneth Faried, who had 10 points and five rebounds in 14 minutes after missing three games with a sprained ankle. Faried scored on a putback of Danilo Gallinari's missed shot for the winning basket in Denver's 103-102 home victory over Milwaukee on Nov. 11. Gallinari scored 25 in the Nuggets' 10th victory in 11 games against the Bucks. Bayless led Milwaukee with 22 points and Greg Monroe had 18 and 10 rebounds. Carter-Williams and Parker missed the contest due to injuries.

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NBA Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Detroit Pistons - 11/30/2015 - 7:30 PM EST

NBA Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Detroit Pistons - Date: 11/30/2015 Time: 07:30 P.M. EST Venue: The Palace of Auburn Hills   Whether or not there was a rift between James Harden and former Houston coach Kevin McHale, Harden seemed to take it upon himself to will the Rockets to victory even more so once interim boss J. B. Bickerstaff took over. He finally found out how nice it can be when he gets some help from his teammates. Sports Handicapping Software. The Rockets seek a third consecutive victory when they visit the slumping Detroit Pistons on Monday night. Harden averaged 27.3 points but shot just 37.2 percent during Houston's 4-7 start before McHale was fired Nov. 18, ending a reportedly contentious relationship and leading to McHale's wife taking jabs at Harden through social media. It didn't take long for Harden to move on, scoring 45 points in a win over Portland hours after McHale was let go. It was the first of three 40-point performances during the Rockets' 3-3 stretch that includes a 50-point effort in Fri day's 116-114 win over Philadelphia. Harden, averaging 34.5 points and shooting 44.6 percent under Bickerstaff, had an off night Sunday, going 10 of 28 from the field and missing all seven 3-point attempts while scoring 26. Four others scored in double figures, though, to help Houston (7-10) beat New York 116-111 in overtime. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Rockets trailed by 14 in the fourth quarter, but Marcus Thornton hit a 3-pointer with 32 seconds left in regulation to help Houston get it to the extra session. Free Pick. Thornton and Clint Capela (11 rebounds) scored 18 points apiece while Trevor Ariza added 16 and Dwight Howard finished with 14. It marked Harden's lowest point total in a Houston victory.'' It was a lesson in perseverance,'' Bickerstaff said. ''We got down, but we didn't give in. It is a credit to our guys' mental toughness and fortitude.'' Houston has won eight of the last nine meetings with Detroit after Harden finished with 38 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in a 103-93 victory March 6. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Pistons (8-9) head into this meeting having lost four of five after falling 87-83 at Brooklyn on Sunday. Best Sports Picks Service. They've been woeful offensively over their last four, shooting 36.1 percent after making 34 of 101 from the field against the Nets. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. That performance dropped Detroit to the bottom of the NBA in field-goal percentage at 40.8. Andre Drummond had his 15th double-double with 20 points and 18 rebounds, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished w ith 21 points. Reggie Jackson finished 4 of 20 from the field.'' I think what it really came down to is we were mentally very weak,'' coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''We got very frustrated, you know, missing shots, thinking we're getting fouled. It affected our defense. I thought we took several bad shots in the fourth quarter just trying to draw fouls instead of trying to get good shots. I just didn't think we played very smart, poised basketball and that was disappointing.'' The Pistons have fallen off since a 5-1 start as they continue to play without guard Brandon Jennings, who is still recovering from a torn left Achilles suffered in January.'' I like the guys we have. I like the character of our team. I like the fit of our team," Van Gundy said. "We've just got to keep working to improve on both ends and gain experience, both together and individually.''

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NBA Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat - 11/30/2015 - 7:30 PM EST

NBA Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat - Date: 11/30/2015 Time: 07:30 P.M. EST Venue: AmericanAirlines Arena   Unless Luol Deng has a very good morning, the Miami Heat will start Gerald Green in his place again. After turning in his best performance of the season, Green is expected to continue filling in for the injured Deng as the Heat host the Boston Celtics on Monday night. Deng has missed two games with a strained left hamstring, and he's not expected to return yet." I hope that I magically wake up and I feel great," said Deng, who is averaging 10.3 points. Barring that, Green will get a third straight start. He earned it after scoring a season-high 25 points while hitting 8 of 14 from the floor in Friday's 97-78 win at New York. He was also effective defending Carmelo Anthony, who missed his final eight shots and finished with 11 points. Deng wasn't surprised by Green's defensive effort." We know Gerald can do that," he said. "Any time you can put him out there and he can get you 20. He's a great scorer. He gives us a different look. We said it from the start that this is a deep team. It's good that when guys are out or not playing great that we got guys who are ready to step up." That hasn't always been the case with Green, who is on his eighth team since being drafted 18th overall by Boston in 2005. He's missed six games this season after being hospitalized following an incident at his apartment. He was suspended by the Heat (10-5) for two of those for conduct detrimental to the team." What I do have to do, which is a requirement to wear this jersey, is to go out there and keep playing defense and that's what I'm going to do," Green said. Todays Free Sports Picks. That attitude fits in with Miami yielding an Eastern Conference-best 91.7 points per game, a big reason the team is atop the Southeast Division and 8-2 at home. Dwyane Wade is averaging 22.3 points during the Heat's three-game home winning streak. He scored 34 while connecting on 13 of 23 from the field, but that wasn't enough in a 100-90 home loss to the Celtics (9-8) on March 9. Boston is trying to avoid its first four-game road losing streak since Dec. 21-Jan. 3. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Celtics are surrendering an average of 114.0 points and 51.6 percent shooting - 40.6 from long range - over the last three games, and they're 0-7 overall when opponents reach the century mark. After allowing a total of 158 points in home wins over Philadelphia and Washington, Boston fell apart in Sunday's opener of this five-game trip. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The team shot 40.9 percent from the field and 18.5 from beyond the arc while getting outrebounded 54-34 in a 110-91 loss at Orlando." It's not just one guy, all five guys on the cour t were lacking," said forward Jae Crowder, who had 12 points. "They came up with every loose ball and every offensive rebound they got, they scored on or so it seemed. We have to get better on that." Isaiah Thomas leads Boston with 21.2 points per game, but he's totaled 34 while making 10 of 29 from the floor over the last two on the road. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The guard scored 25 points at Miami in March but only mustered four in a 93-86 home defeat later that month.

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NCAAB Preview: Illinois State vs. Kentucky - 11/30/2015 - 7:00 PM EST

NCAAB Preview: Illinois State vs. Kentucky - Date: 11/30/2015 Time: 07:00 P.M. EST   Kentucky's latest group of freshmen phenoms has answered every challenge it's faced thus far. A new one may be in store for the next game. Sports Handicapper Records. The top-ranked Wildcats return home Monday night to face Illinois State with the possibility of Tyler Ulis sitting out after hyperextending his right elbow in the last contest. Ulis missed the second half of Friday's 84-63 victory over South Florida in the HoopHall Miami Invitational. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The sophomore point guard, averaging 13.2 points, 4.3 assists and 1.5 steals, will be a game-time decision." If we have to (sit him) we will," coach John Calipari said. "You're concerned about his health. Right now, it's just early. We haven't practiced. He won't practice (Sunday) just for the fact that I don't want to have him banged up in a practice." Ulis was removed shortly after his 3-pointer ignited a 15-0 run that staked Kentucky (6-0) to a 42-21 halftime lead. Football Tipsters. The Wildcats and Bulls played to a 42-all tie following the intermission." They couldn't sustain it, and that's what Tyler does," Calipari said. "Tyler just keeps coming and he does not stop and he's not gonna make mistakes to let another team get back in the game. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. That's the difference and that's the experience." Calipari said junior defensive specialist Dominique Hawkins would slot into the starting lineup should Ulis be held out. Free Boxing Picks. The coach also expressed concern over facing Illinois State (3-4), which led No. 2 Maryland by two with under six minutes left Tuesday before the Terrapins closed the game on a 21-8 spurt to win 77-66." We're playing a good team. Illinois State. I watched their Maryland game. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. They had Maryland beat. They've got a quick guard, (Paris) Lee. I'm not sure what we'll be able to do with him. They've got a kid, (DeVaughn Akoon-) Purcell, that's scoring 16, 17 a game." Will be a tough matchup for us depending on how we play. They've got some veteran guys." Illinois State followed up the loss to the Terps by falling 71-60 to TCU on Wednesday in its finale of the Cancun Challenge, then defeated Division II Quincy 73-63 on Friday. Akoon-Purcell, a preseason all-MVC selection, had 18 points and five assists and leads the Redbirds at 15.9 p oints per game. Kentucky overcame Ulis' absence behind strong efforts from three of its heralded freshmen. Jamal Murray scored a season-high 21 points, Skal Labissiere had 17 and Charles Matthews took advantage of an expanded role by contributing 11 points in 24 minutes for the Wildcats, winners of 37 straight in the regular season. Kentucky puts a 24-game winning streak at Rupp Arena on the line in its first meeting with Illinois State, 8-1 all-time against current Southeastern Conference members. The Redbirds, though, have lost eight of nine against ranked opponents. Illinois State has faced a No. 1 team once previously, losing 97-81 at DePaul on March 1, 1980.

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