NBA Recap: Charlotte Hornets (101) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (82) - Date: 1/31/2016 Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 19 points and 12 rebounds apiece, and the Charlotte Hornets sent the Los Angeles Lakers to their franchise record-tying 10th consecutive defeat, 101-82 Sunday night. Kobe Bryant scored 23 points in 23 minutes, but the Lakers matched the 1994 team for the longest skid in the 16-time NBA champion franchise's proud history. Los Angeles dropped to 9-41, guaranteeing three straight non-winning seasons for the first time since 1961. Kemba Walker had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Hornets, who wrapped up their four-game road trip with a decisive win over the Western Conference's worst team. Charlotte cruised even with four of its top eight scorers out due to injury. While Bryant hit four 3-pointers and excelled in his first 20-point performance since Jan. 7, his teammates received loud boos from a Staples Center crowd finally growing tired of their poor play in his farewell season. Jordan Clarkson scored 13 points and Lou Williams added 11 for the Lakers. Charlotte could have struggled at the close of a West Coast trip. Instead, the Hornets led for all but one possession. MKG IN LAKidd-Gilchrist returned from shoulder surgery in Portland on Friday night after being sidelined since October. He went 6 for 7 against the Lakers and hit two 3-pointers. Marvin Williams hit four. KOBE'S STRENGTHSBryant missed his first five shots before banking in a short jumper late in the first quarter. He heated up with three 3-pointers and two free throws in a 2:06 span in the second quarter, earning a standing ovation and chants of ''Kobe! Kobe!'' from the adoring Lakers fans. Bryant was a high school freshman when the Lakers lost 10 straight games in 1994 under interim coach Magic Johnson, who watched this game from courtside. LIN'S RETURNJeremy Lin had six points, five assists and five rebounds despite a sprained right ankle. Sports Picks for Today. The point guard spent last season with the Lakers, struggling to fit into coach Byron Scott's offense and rarely playing a significant role on the worst team in franchise history. Lin signed with Charlotte in July. Free NBA Basketball Picks. TIP-INSHornets: Jeremy Lamb sat out his fifth straight game while hobbled by a sprained toe. ... Nicolas Batum also sat out again due to a strained toe. Lakers: The crowd observed a pregame moment of silence for Marge Hearn, the widow of longtime Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn. She was 98 when she died Saturday night. ... Before the game, the Lakers signed Make-a-Wish recipient Yitzi Teichman to a one-day contract. Winning Sports Gambling. Th e brain cancer fighter got a No. 18 jersey. ... Rookie F Larry Nance Jr. sat out after a setback with his sore right knee. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Lakers are considering shutting him down until after the All-Star break, Scott said. ... IOC President Thomas Bach, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, and Robbie and Claudine Keane attended the game. UP NEXTHornets: Host the Cavaliers on Wednesday. Lakers: Host the Timberwolves on Tuesday.
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NBA Recap: Minnesota Timberwolves (93) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (96) - Date: 1/31/2016 CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard scored 21 points apiece, and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their 11th straight road loss with a 96-93 victory Sunday night. Portland extended its winning streak to four and improved to 3-0 against the Timberwolves this season. Karl-Anthony Towns, a strong contender for Rookie of the Year, was the first player on the court in double figures and finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves. It was his 25th double-double, the most of any rookie this season. Ricky Rubio hit a 3-pointer to close the gap to 92-90 with 13.1 seconds left. McCollum answered with free throws for the Blazers, and Minnesota couldn't catch up. Gerald Henderson made a 3 for Portland with 9:26 remaining to snap a tie. Basketball Pr edictions. Towns answered with one of his own to even the score at 72. Henderson wasn't done. He hit an uncontested jumper to give Portland a lead it did not relinquish. A 3-pointer from Al-Farouq Aminu and a dunk from Meyers Leonard helped the Blazers build a 12-point cushion, its largest of the night. Another dunk by Leonard that put Portland up 81-74 with 6:12 to go highlighted his 13-point performance. Minnesota's six unanswered points to begin the second half cut the Trail Blazers' lead to three. Gorgui Dieng's eight third-quarter points helped Minnesota claw its way to a two-point lead heading into the fourth. As the first half was winding down, the teams traded points. Leonard's 3 helped the Blazers go into halftime leading 48-39. Minnesota entered ranked last in 3-point attempts this season and No. 29 in 3-point percentage at 32.4 percent. Free NBA Basketball Picks. Th e Timberwolves went 0 for 5 on 3s in the first half. Portland shot 22.2 percent from beyond the arc overall (6 for 27). Handicapper Return on Investment. TIP-INSTimberwolves: Portland coach Terry Stotts on Towns: ''He is probably the lead candidate for Rookie of the Year.'' Trail Blazers: McCollum hosted young journalists from Madison High School for ''CJ's Press Pass.'' ... Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Trail Blazers wore UCC T-shirts to remember the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting last fall. During the game, the team honored several of those who responded to the tragedy. UP NEXTTimberwolves: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. Baseball Handicappers. Trail Blazers: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday n ight.
NCAAB Recap: Oregon (91) vs. Arizona State (74) - Date: 1/31/2016 Chris Boucher scored a career-high 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked seven shots and No. 23 Oregon took sole possession of first place halfway through the Pac-12 season with a 91-74 victory over Arizona State on Sunday night. Dillon Brooks added 18 points and Tyler Dorsey 16 for the Ducks (18-4, 7-2), who won their fourth straight and seventh in the last eight games. Oregon is ahead of four teams at 6-3 in conference play. freepick. The 6-foot-10 Boucher was the national junior college player of the year last season at Northwest College in Wyoming. In this one, he hurt the Sun Devils from inside and outside, sinking a career-best four 3-pointers in eight attemptsObinna Oleka scored 17 points and Gerry Blakes 15 for the Sun Devils (12-10, 2-7). Oregon completed a sweep of the Ar izona teams in the desert. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. The Ducks ended No. 18 Arizona's 49-game homecourt winning streak with an 83-75 win in Tucson on Thursday night. Leading just 37-36 at the break Sunday, Oregon scored the first seven points of the second half from the foul line and the Sun Devils never caught up again. Best Sports Picks Service. Three-pointers by Kodi Justice and Blakes cut the Ducks' lead to 53-50, then Boucher sank consecutive 3s, Brooks made two free throws and scored inside and a 12-2 run put Oregon up 65-52 with 8 minutes to play. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. Tra Holder's 3 cut the lead to 70-63 but Arizona State could get no closer. A technical foul on Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley for complaining on a foul call resulted in Dorsey sinking three free throws to put the Ducks up 73-63 with 4:57 left. Sports Handicappers. The Ducks jumped to a 13-0 lead but Arizona State outscored them 23-7 over the next 8 1/2 minutes to take a 23-20 lead. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. There were four ties and three lead changes in the first 20 minutes. TIP-INSOregon: Ducks were 9 for 9 at the foul line in the first 1:45 of the second half. ... Boucher's previous career high was 18. ... The Ducks last swept Arizona and Arizona State on the road in 2012. ... Dillon reached double figures for the 16th time in his last 17 games. ... Oregon had more turnovers in the first half (eight) than they did the entire game at Arizona (six). Arizona State: Sun Devils had won five of the previous seven meetings in Tempe. ... Arizona State's 59 percent sh ooting percentage Thursday night against Oregon State was its highest in a Pac-12 game since 2013. UP NEXTOregon: hosts Colorado Thursday night. Arizona State: at Washington Wednesday night.
NBA Recap: Golden State Warriors (116) vs. New York Knicks (95) - Date: 1/31/2016 Klay Thompson woke the Warriors from their slowest start of the season with 17 of his 34 points in the second quarter, Draymond Green tied the franchise record with his ninth triple-double of the season, and Golden State beat the New York Knicks 116-95 on Sunday night for its seventh straight victory. Green made all nine shots as the Warriors (44-4) wrapped up January at 40 games over .500 even with a quiet 13 points from Stephen Curry. He was just 5 for 17 from the field on a court where he's enjoyed some big performances. Green finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Warriors, who were held to a season-low 18 points in the first quarter. Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. They charged back with 64 over the middle two quarters - the Knicks had only 65 total t hrough three - and looked back to normal after a sluggish Saturday in Philadelphia.
NBA Recap: Phoenix Suns (78) vs. Dallas Mavericks (91) - Date: 1/31/2016 Deron Williams scored 27 points and the Dallas Mavericks won without Dirk Nowitzki, surging past the lowly Phoenix Suns 91-78 Sunday night. Dwight Powell had six straight points for all his scoring to give the Mavericks the lead for good in the fourth quarter. Nowitzki sat out the opener of a back-to-back set and the first of Dallas' five games in seven nights. Sports Handicapper Tracker. The Mavericks were hoping they could rest their 37-year-old leading scorer and still beat a team with 13 straight road losses. Dallas did that thanks to a 23-5 run over the final 9 minutes and gave up its fewest points in the fourth quarter this season, outscoring Phoenix 23-9. Powell's points turned a 75-74 deficit into an 80-75 lead, with Raymond Felton assisting on a pair of baskets before Powell made tw o free throws. Rookie guard Devin Booker led the Suns in scoring for the third straight game with 19 points.
NBA Recap: Boston Celtics (114) vs. Orlando Magic (119) - Date: 1/31/2016 Evan Fournier scored 24 points and Aaron Gordon had 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Orlando Magic snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 119-114 win over the Boston Celtics. Rookie Mario Hezonja scored 17 points, Tobias Harris had 16 and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Magic. Marcus Smart led Boston with 26 points. Isaiah Thomas added 23 points and Avery Bradley scored 22. Sports Handicapper King. The loss stopped a five-game win streak for Boston, which had beaten Orlando 113-94 two nights earlier. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Magic trailed 95-90 when Harris made a 3-point play to start an 18-2 run. Boston made one last run. Smart's four-point play cut the deficit to 1 17-114 with 14.6 seconds to play, but Vucevic made two free throws and blocked a 3-point attempt to preserve the win for Orlando.
NBA Recap: Atlanta Hawks (87) vs. Miami Heat (105) - Date: 1/31/2016 For a franchise with three NBA championships in the past decade and a 27-game winning streak along the way, putting together four consecutive victories might seem insignificant. Not in this case. Ending a brutal January schedule the right way, the Miami Heat got 18 points from Chris Bosh and beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-87 on Sunday night. CBS Sports Picks. The Heat finished January with a 9-8 mark - playing 11 of their previous 12 games before Sunday on the road - and now have a four-game winning streak in the regular season for the first time since March 28 to April 2, 2014. Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng each scored 17 points for the Heat (27-21), who never trailed and passed Atlanta (27-22) for first place in the Southeast Division. Miami also moved ahead of Boston (27-22) for the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference. Amar'e Stoudemire finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who outrebounded Atlanta 47-31 and shot 48 percent to the Hawks' 39 percent. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Heat scored 58 points in the second half, and now head back on the road for another three-game trip starting Tuesday. Wade's 17 points left him tied with Bernard King (19,655) for 42nd on the NBA's career scoring chart. Wade started the season 54th on that list. Miami missed its last 10 shots of the first half and still went into the break with a 47-34 lead. Sports Betting Profit. The Hawks shot just 28 percent in the opening 24 minutes. Atlanta warmed up some in the second half, but nowhere near enough to avoid a third consecutive loss. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Hawks cut a 22-point deficit to nine late in the third quarter, but Miami got the lead back to 13 going into the fourth and kept a double-digit cushion the rest of the way. Sports Handicapper Reviews. TIP-INSHawks: Atlanta has lost as many times through 49 games as it did in all of last season's 60-22 campaign. ... Atlanta's 34 points in the first two quarters represented its second-lowest-scoring half of the season. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Hawks had 25 points in the first half against San Antonio on Dec. 12. ... Jeff Teague fouled out for the first time this season, with 4:14 left. Heat: Hassan Whiteside (left hip) missed his fifth straight game, Tyler Johnson (left shoulder) missed his second straight and Chris Andersen (left knee) missed his ninth in a row. Andersen is unlikely to travel on Miami's upcoming three-game road trip. ... Someone will grab Miami's 100,000th rebound (including playoffs) this week, probably Tuesday at Houston. QUICK STARTA 7-2 lead isn't anything to speak of, especially in the NBA, but it was significant for the Heat on Sunday. The five-point margin after a couple of minutes was the biggest lead Miami held at home over Atlanta since Dec. 23, 2013. In the last three Hawks at Heat games, Miami's largest lead was a mere four points. COLD KORVERAtlanta's Kyle Korver missed all six of his shots, marking the third time in his career that he started a game and went 0 for 6 or worse. He's down to 42 percent from the field (his worst since 2004-05) this season and 37 percent from 3-point range, which would be the lowest success rate he's had from beyond the arc in his career. And he's 6 for his last 26 in Miami. UP NEXTHawks: Host Dallas on Monday. Heat: Visit Houston on Tuesday.---This story has been corrected to show the Hawks have lost three straight.
NCAAB Recap: Wichita State (78) vs. Evansville (65) - Date: 1/31/2016 Fred VanVleet scored 32 points and Connor Frankamp added 10 to lead No. 22 Wichita State past Evansville 78-65 on Sunday. Sports Handicappers Rankings. The Shockers (16-5, 10-0 Missouri Valley Conference) have won 11 straight since starting the season at 5-5. Evansville (18-5, 7-3) was led by D. J. Balentine with 18 points. Egidijus Mockevicius had 16 points and 12 rebounds in front of a record crowd at the Ford Center, but the Purple Aces lost for the second time in three games. Wichita State relied on a stout defense, holding the Aces to just 23.8 percent shooting in the first half as it built a 32-21 lead. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Shockers extended the lead to 48-28 when VanVleet made two free throws with 12:10 left in the game. Evansville didn't get closer than 12 the rest of the game.
NCAAB Recap: Rutgers (62) vs. Michigan State (96) - Date: 1/31/2016 Bryn Forbes scored all 18 of his points in the first half and No. 12 Michigan State tied a school record with 17 3-pointers in a 96-62 victory over Rutgers on Sunday night. Handicappers Free Picks. The Spartans (19-4, 6-4 Big Ten) have won three in a row since a three-game losing streak that dropped them well off the pace in the conference title race. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. They had little trouble with Rutgers (6-16, 0-9) thanks to their torrid outside shooting. Michigan State led 44-33 at halftime after shooting 9 of 16 from 3-point range. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. The Spartans finished 17 of 32 from beyond the arc, one ga me after going 16 of 26 from long distance in a blowout win over Northwestern. Mike Williams scored 18 points for the Scarlet Knights. Michigan State led 6-3 when Eron Harris missed a jumper with 17:24 left in the first half. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Spartans didn't attempt another field goal from inside the arc until Forbes missed a jumper with 8:02 remaining. In between, Michigan State attempted 13 3-pointers and made eight, including six in a row at one point. Sports Handicapping Service Leads. Two free throws by Matt McQuaid were the only points for the Spartans in that stretch that didn't come from beyond the arc. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Spartans led 29-13 after a 3 by Denzel Valentine. The second half was more of the same. Mic higan State went on a 20-0 run - including a 3 by McQuaid and three of them by Valentine - to lead 78-43. Valentine scored 20 points and Harris had 14. Corey Sanders and Omari Grier scored 17 each for Rutgers. Michigan State also made 17 3-pointers against Purdue on Feb. 20, 2014. TIP-INSRutgers: This was the first time the Scarlet Knights had ever faced Michigan State in East Lansing. Michigan State: The Spartans were without PG Tum Tum Nairn, who hasn't played since Jan. 14 because of a foot injury. ... Michigan State finished with a 33-2 edge in second-chance points. UP NEXTRutgers: Hosts Illinois on Wednesday night. Michigan State: Plays at Michigan on Saturday.
NBA Recap: Chicago Bulls (93) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (120) - Date: 1/31/2016 Jamal Crawford scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, leading a dominant bench effort for the second straight game, and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Chicago Bulls 120-93 on Sunday for their fourth consecutive victory. J. J. Redick added 21 points and DeAndre Jordan had 17 points and 20 rebounds for the Clippers, who improved to 15-3 without Blake Griffin. Sports Handicapper Scams. Their four-game streak has coincided with Griffin being out at least a month after breaking his right hand while punching the team's assistant equipment manager. Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, Derrick Rose added 20 and Pau Gasol had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls. NBA Basketball Handicappers. They've lost four of six and dropped to 10-11 on the road. Crawford scored the Clippers' first eight points of the fourth, pushing their lead to 92-75. Rose and Butler were held to four points each in the third. Free Sports Picks of the Day. The Clippers had three double-digit scorers off the bench a game after their reserves scored 56 points in a 105-93 win over the Lakers. Austin Rivers added 16 and Wesley Johnson had 11, with the duo combining for five 3-pointers. Los Angeles pulled away in the third after clinging to a four-point lead at the start of the quarter. Led by Redick's 11 points, the Clippers built the game's first double-digit lead. In one stretch, they outscored the Bulls 15-9 despite going nearly 2 1/2 minutes without a field goal to take an 84-73 lead. During that spurt, the Clippers made 7 of 8 free throws and got defensive stops. Free NBA Bas ketball Picks. TIP-INSBulls: Butler's first basket of the game pushed him over 4,000 career points. ... G Kirk Hinrich was scoreless on two shots in his return after missing six games with a left quad contusion. ... G-F Mike Dunleavy is getting closer to playing after back surgery that has kept him out since the season began. He has resumed practicing and will likely return after the All-Star break. Clippers: Griffin wasn't at Staples Center for the second straight game and neither was staff member Matias Testi, the team's way of minimizing distractions surrounding their altercation in Toronto last weekend. ... F Jeff Ayres, who has had two points and two blocks in two games since his debut last weekend, will be signed to another 10-day contract. ... Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. The series is even at 1-1 after the Clippers lost 83-80 on the road Dec. 10. UP NEXTBulls: At Utah on Monday in th e third game of a seven-game trip. Clippers: Host Minnesota on Wednesday.
NCAAB Recap: Northwestern (71) vs. Iowa (85) - Date: 1/31/2016 Peter Jok had 22 of his 26 points in the second half to help third-ranked Iowa blow past Northwestern 85-71 on Sunday. Jarrod Uthoff scored 23 points for the Hawkeyes (17-4, 8-1 Big Ten), who sent Northwestern to its fifth straight loss. Uthoff shook off his season-low nine points in Thursday's defeat at No. 8 Maryland with 19 in the first half as Iowa went up by 16. Jok followed with three straight 3s and Iowa rolled to its seventh league win by at least 10 points. Free Guaranteed Sports Picks. Tre Demps had a season-high 30 points for Northwestern (15-8, 3-7). Bryant McIntosh, the Wildcats' leading scorer at 15 points per game, was held to just four. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. The Wildcats looked s trong in nonconference play, and a 3-2 start in the Big Ten had some wondering if they were poised for a rare run for an upper division finish. Blowout losses to Indiana and Michigan changed that thinking. Iowa had it nearly as easy against the free-falling Wildcats. Hot Sports Handicappers. The Hawkeyes shook off a sluggish start with a 14-0 run, highlighted by a tough inside score from emerging freshman Ahmad Wagner, to go up 28-18 midway through the first half. Fellow freshman Nicholas Baer drilled a 3 to make it a 15-point game, and Uthoff spun nearly 360 degrees for an open bank shot to give Iowa a 42-24 lead. Northwestern briefly got back within nine. But another bank shot from Uthoff - and those Jok 3s - helped turn the final 10 minutes into a blowout. Iowa led by as much as 29 before Northwestern made a late run against the Hawkeyes' backups. Northwestern has lost seven of its last 10 after winning 10 s traight to end 2015. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. TIP-INSNorthwestern: The Wildcats lost to the Hoosiers 89-57 and to the Spartans 76-45 after pushing Maryland to overtime in College Park on Jan. 19. ... Soccer Handicappers. The loss brought coach Chris Collins back to .500 as a head coach at 44-44. Iowa: The Hawkeyes fell one game shy of matching their longest Big Ten winning streak when they lost to Maryland on Thursday. Iowa had won 13 straight league games dating back to last year. ... Iowa held Northwestern scoreless for over seven minutes in one stretch of the first half. WHAT'S NEXTIowa hosts Penn State on Wednesday. Northwestern hosts Minnesota on Thursday.
NCAAB Recap: Maryland (66) vs. Ohio State (61) - Date: 1/31/2016 Melo Trimble scored 20 points, Jake Layman added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 8 Maryland made six free throws in the final 25 seconds to beat Ohio State 66-61 on Sunday. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. Trimble hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with 2:03 remaining for a 60-55 lead before Marc Loving made a pair of foul shots for Ohio State to trim the lead to three. Maryland's Robert Carter, who had 10 points, then made both shots from the line with 24.4 seconds left. JaQuan Lyle made 1 of 2 foul shots for OSU to cut the deficit to 62-58 but Rasheed Sulaimon hit two free throws for Maryland (19-3, 8-2 Big Ten) with 13.5 seconds to go. Jae'Sean Tate, who had 16 points for Ohio State (14-9, 6-4), made a 3-pointer with 5.9 to go but Trimble was fouled and made t wo more foul shots with 5.4 remaining to seal the win. Ohio State, who lost to the Terrapins by 35 points earlier this month, went ahead 51-50 on Kam Williams' jumper with 6 minutes but Trimble hit two foul shots to regain the Maryland lead. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Terrapins couldn't extend their more than four over the next few minutes before Trimble's 3-pointer. Maryland withstood everything Ohio State had to offer and took a 37-31 lead into halftime after trailing by seven less than eight minutes into the game. Sports Tipsters. TIP-INMaryland: The Terrapins' 100-65 vs. the Buckeyes on Jan. 16 was the worst defeat for Ohio State coach Thad Matta in his 12 seasons there as coach. Ohio State: The Buckeyes still lead the series 5-4 but dropped to 3-1 at home vs. the Terrapins. OSU went with the same s tarting five for the third straight game. Starting center Daniel Giddens committed his second with 33 seconds left in the first half and his third 7 seconds laterUP NEXTMaryland plays Wednesday at Nebraska. Ohio State is at Wisconsin on Thursday.
NCAAB Recap: Wake Forest (62) vs. Notre Dame (85) - Date: 1/31/2016 Zach Auguste had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Demetrius Jackson added 14 points in his return as No. 25 Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 85-62 on Sunday. V. J. Beachem added 15 points for the Fighting Irish (15-6, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Jackson, who missed a game with a pulled hamstring in a win over Boston College last week, added eight assists and seven rebounds. Notre Dame's leading scorer missed Thursday night's loss to Syracuse. Devin Thomas had 19 points and eight rebounds for Wake Forest (10-11, 1-8), which never led. Sports Handicapper Scams. The Demon Deacons have lost six in a row. A. J. Burgett also returned to the starting lineup for the first time since March 3, 2014, and provided a spark. Burgett, who had played just 8 minutes in ACC play comin g in, put in 25 solid minutes and had a career-high 14 points to go with five rebounds. Steve Vasturia scored 10 points to put all five Notre Dame starters in double figures. Wake Forest freshman Bryant Crawford scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. This was the first game for the Demon Deacons in eight days, since they saw a 10-point lead evaporate in the final minute of a one-point loss to No. 11 Virginia. Burgett hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first half and the Irish used a 14-3 run to open a 17-point lead. Wake Forest cut the margin to 37-27 with a 9-2 burst, but Jackson's fadeaway jumper at the halftime buzzer got it back to 17. Burgett's strong drive to the hoop four minutes into the second half was part of a 13-2 Irish run that pushed their lead to 24. Hockey Predictions. TIP-INSWake Forest: The Demon Deacons have lost a school-record 20 straight road ACC games and are 2-49 overall in their last 51 conference road games. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. The wins came against Boston College on Jan. 21, 2012, and Virginia Tech on Jan. 22, 2014. Notre Dame: The Irish, who lost 81-66 at Syracuse on Thursday, have not lost consecutive games since the end of the 2013-14 season. UP NEXTWake Forest hosts Clemson on Feb. 2. Notre Dame visits No. 15 Miami on Feb. 3.
NBA Preview: Charlotte Hornets vs. Los Angeles Lakers - Date: 1/31/2016 Time: 09:30 P.M. EST Venue: STAPLES Center In a matchup with a young team on the rise, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's return wasn't enough to get the banged-up Charlotte Hornets back in the win column. A meeting with the Western Conference's worst team that is in the midst of a nine-game losing streak appears more favorable. Sports Tipsters. The Hornets try to send the Los Angeles Lakers into a tie for their longest losing streak in franchise history Sunday night at Staples Center. Kidd-Gilchrist played for the first time since his shoulder surgery in October on Friday against Portland. He registered 13 points and seven rebounds in 33-plus minutes in a 109-91 loss as the Trail Blazers won their third straight and seventh in nine games." Being on the floor for the first time was really fun, but it's not about me, it's about the team and finding some wins," he said. "I'm happy to be back to say the least." While they got Kidd-Gilchrist back, the Hornets might have some missing players for the finale of their four-game Western trip. Nicolas Batum is expected to sit out because of more trouble with a sprained right toe. Batum has missed seven games because of that injury in 2016 and sat out three straight until a 102-73 drubbing to Utah on Wednesday. He had three points on 1-of-11 shooting and eight assists in nearly 40 minutes Friday against his former team. Cody Zeller (shoulder) and Al Jefferson (knee) are also expected to sit out. Jeremy Lin (ankle) and Jeremy Lamb (toe), who has missed the last four games, are considered questionable." We're just trying to come in here and do what we can to win," forward Tyler Hansbrough said. "That's our only focus. I know we have a lot of guys out and our team is hurting in ways. We're just trying to step up and do what we can to win." Even being short-handed, the Hornets ( ;22-25) might have enough to get past the Lakers (9-40), who have been outscored by an average of 16.6 points during their nine-game slide. Los Angeles has experienced only one skid that's gone longer, when it dropped its final 10 games in 1993-94. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Lakers couldn't take advantage of a Los Angeles Clippers team that was missing star Blake Griffin in a 105-93 loss Friday." We put a lot of work in and losing isn't fun," guard Jordan Clarkson said. While Kobe Bryant sat out with an ailing right shoulder and Achilles, Julius Randle had a career-high 23 points and 14 rebounds. Bryant is considered questionable and second-leading scorer Lou Williams (illness) is listed as probable. Bryant scored a team-best 20 points despite missing 15 of 20 shots in a 108-98 loss in Charlotte on Dec. 28. Fixed Games. The 18-time All-Star, who is averaging 8.1 points in his last eight games, hasn't been held below 20 in his last nine matchups with the Hornets, the franchise that drafted him 13th overall in 1996. Kemba Walker had 38 points for Charlotte, which is 2-12 on the road since Dec. 16, with both victories coming in overtime. Charlotte has suffered back-to-back defeats since opening its trip Monday with a double-overtime win against Sacramento. Walker has a combined 29 points in the past two games after averaging 32.6 in his previous five. He had a career-best 52 in a double-overtime victory over Utah on Jan. 18. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Hornets have won back-to-back games against the Lakers after losing six of seven but have dropped five of six road contests in the series.
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NBA Preview: Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat - Date: 1/31/2016 Time: 06:00 P.M. EST Venue: AmericanAirlines Arena An offense revived by a healthy backcourt has the Miami Heat back on track and close to the top of the Southeast Division. Free Tennis Picks. They'll head home with a chance to overtake the slumping Atlanta Hawks for first place as the teams meet Sunday night. In the midst of a grueling stretch in which it's playing 14 of 16 on the road, Miami (26-21) lost seven of eight from Jan. 9-22 as it dealt with several injuries to relinquish the division lead to the Hawks. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Heat have since regrouped to win the final three of a five-game trip, all by four points or less, and move within one-half game of Atlanta (27-21)." Probably the biggest area we've shown some improvement is (our) grit and some toughness to be able to win some tough games on the road," coach Erik Spoelstra said after Friday's 107-103 victory at Milwaukee. "It's never easy, and it's certainly not easy in the Eastern Conference. Sports Handicappers Rankings. These are tough places to play ... you have to earn these games." Miami enters just its second game at AmericanAirlines Arena since Jan. 6 in better shape physically as well. Goran Dragic and Josh McRoberts returned from extended absences on Friday, and Dwyane Wade has averaged 25.3 points in four games after missing one with a shoulder injury. Wade scored 24 points and had the game's final six against the Bucks, breaking a 101-all tie with a jumper with 44.5 seconds remaining. Dragic added 12 with eight assists after missing eight games with a strained calf." Look, we're a no excuses team, but we look a lot different with (Dragic and McRoberts)," Spoelstra said. Miami's still isn't qui te at full strength, as center Hassan Whiteside could miss a fifth consecutive game with a hip strain and reserve guard Tyler Johnson is out with a shoulder injury. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Heat are certainly making strides offensively, however, having shot 52.2 percent while topping 100 points in their last two wins. Sports Bettors Phone Leads. They averaged 80.3 over a season-high four-game skid that preceded Monday's 89-84 victory at Chicago. Atlanta has struggled to score during a 1-4 stretch, failing to top 95 points in each of those defeats. It's shot 40.9 percent and averaged 18 turnovers in the losses. NBA Basketball Handicappers. Those problems were most evident during the late stages of Thursday's game at Indiana, where the Hawks were outscored 23-2 over the final 5:34 of a 111-92 setback." We didn't do anything right that last few minutes of the game," guard Kyle Korver said. "We missed some defensive assignments. They hit some shots. We had turnovers on the other end. Missed some shots. The thing just snowballed on us. We have to be better at the end of the game." Atlanta, 2-18 when held under 97 points, was further hindered with leading scorer Paul Millsap sidelined the entire second half by a sprained left ankle. The All-Star forward is probable for Sunday's game. Though Wade has carried the Heat of late, Chris Bosh's performance may have a greater impact on Sunday's outcome. The veteran forward had 24 points and went 4 of 6 from 3-point range as Miami halted a seven-game series losing streak with a 100-88 victory at Atlanta on Dec. 14, a game Wade finished 3 of 16 for seven points. Bosh was held to nine of 4-of-14 shooting in the Hawks' 98-92 win in Miami on Nov. 3, with Atl anta's Jeff Teague recording a season-high 26 points and nine assists. Teague had just seven on a 2-of-12 effort in last month's loss.
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NCAAB Preview: Rutgers vs. Michigan State - Date: 1/31/2016 Time: 05:15 P.M. EST Michigan State wants to get into its halfcourt sets as fast as possible, often inbounding the ball quickly following an opponents' basket or throwing a long outlet pass after grabbing a rebound. It's also a style that occasionally leads to turnovers, though the 12th-ranked Spartans don't feel as much wrath from their coach if they're converting regularly on other opportunities. It certainly wouldn't be a surprise if Michigan State puts a big number on the scoreboard Sunday when it hosts a Rutgers team allowing the most points per game in the Big Ten. Sports Handicapping. The Spartans (18-4, 5-4) are averaging 12 turnovers and ranked eighth or worse in the conference in giveaways per game each season from 2006-14. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. They're back to eighth after finishing sixth last season and committ ed 15 turnovers at Northwestern on Thursday. Michigan State overcame those mistakes, though, by hitting 16 of 26 3s in a 76-45 victory as Denzel Valentine went 5 of 7 from long distance and finished with 19 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Soccer Predictions. The Spartans rank last in the Big Ten with a minus-2.7 average turnover differential, but it leads the conference with a plus-11.2 field-goal percentage differential. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. That's part of the reason coach Tom Izzo was able to live with Valentine's season high-tying six turnovers against the Wildcats.'' As I'm learning more and more, and I don't really say I like it, but you make a shot, it takes away all evils,'' Izzo said after his team shot 50 percent for the first time in five games. "And we made a lot of shots.'' The Spartans have gotten it done defensively, too, ranking second in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (36.7) and rebound differential (plus-11.9 per game). Freshman Deyonta Davis has been in the starting lineup for the last four and finished with eight points, a season high-tying 11 rebounds and a season-high six blocks against the Wildcats. He's third in the Big Ten with an average of 2.05 blocks per game, which also ranks sixth in the country among freshmen.'' I'm starting to understand,'' Davis said. ''But I give credit to my teammates because they help me along with my coaches.'' The Spartans are fourth in the conference in field-goal percentage (47.8) and points per game (81) while leading the nation by assisting on 71.4 percent of their field goals. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. That off ensive efficiency could present fits for Rutgers, which is allowing a Big Ten-high 77.5 points per game. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Scarlet Knights (6-15, 0-8) were better Wednesday, falling 68-57 at Michigan after dropping their previous six by an average of 28.5 points and allowing at least 90 in each of the previous four. Mike Williams scored 17 points and freshman Corey Sanders added 15 for Rutgers, which has dropped 22 straight Big Ten games since beating Wisconsin last January at home. It is winless in 13 conference road games since joining the league last season. Sanders has been a bright spot, though, averaging a team-high 14.1 points and ranking third in the Big Ten with 1.75 steals per game.'' We can take a lot of positives out of our last couple of games,'' coach Eddie Jordan said. ''There has been a lot of growth from our young pla yers. Every game and every film session, we get more and more positive clips.'' Bryn Forbes had 18 points to help Michigan State overcome a 2-for-13 shooting performance from Valentine in last season's 71-51 victory at Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have lost 26 straight road games to ranked opponents since winning at No. 13 Pittsburgh on Jan. 26, 2008.
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NBA Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trail Blazers - Date: 1/31/2016 Time: 09:00 P.M. EST Venue: Moda Center The Minnesota Timberwolves' headache is intensifying, and Portland likely isn't the place to bring the swelling down - especially the way the Trail Blazers are playing lately. Basketball Handicappers. The Blazers seek their first four-game winning streak since March and look to continue their home dominance over the sinking Timberwolves on Sunday night. Portland (22-26) is enjoying its best stretch of the season with seven wins in nine games, and things figure to continue trending upward with eight of the next 10 coming at the Moda Center. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Blazers have won five of six there, including a 3-1 start to a season-high seven-game homestand. Fox Sports Picks. They have won seven consecutive home games against the last-place Timberwolves (14-34& #041; and hold an 18-1 record in Portland versus their Northwest Division foe over the past decade. After opening its homestand with a 104-98 loss to Southeast-leading Atlanta, Portland has logged three wins of at least 15 points over the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento and Charlotte. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Blazers have averaged 114.0 points in those games.'' Our team is growing closer,'' Damian Lillard said after scoring a game-high 22 in Friday's 109-91 victory over the Hornets. ''We're trusting each other more.'' Lillard averaged 27.5 points as the Blazers won the first two meetings with the Timberwolves this season in Minnesota, giving them three straight victories in this series and a 28-5 record since the start of 2007-08. Hot Sports Handicappers. The two wins this season were tight ones, 106- 101 on Nov. 2 and 109-103 on Dec. 5. Minnesota rookie Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 12 rebounds in the last matchup and enters this one on a roll, averaging 23.0 points and 12.5 boards in the past six games while shooting 63.3 percent. However, the Timberwolves are 1-5 in that span and have lost three straight despite Towns having double-doubles in each game. Minnesota has lost 14 of 16 overall and 10 in a row on the road, equaling its longest skid away from home since dropping 11 straight to close the 2010-11 season. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. Towns, 20, finished with a season-high 32 points and 12 rebounds in Friday's 103-90 loss at Utah, becoming the youngest player since Kevin Durant in 2008 to have a 30-point, 10-rebound game. Even after making 13 of 17 shots, Towns was hard on himself - particularly for his defensive work. The Jazz are one of the lower-scoring teams in the NB A but shot 52.6 percent. Opponents are averaging 110.7 points on 49.3 percent shooting in Minnesota's last six games." I played terrible, so they were scoring," the 6-foot-11 Towns said. "I couldn't do nothing. I was like a brick out there for my team (Friday night)... I played like crap. I didn't play well at all defensively. My teammates were the ones that got me points, I didn't get myself points." Zach LaVine combined for just 22 points while making 7 of 21 shots in the first two matchups against the Trail Blazers, but the second-year point guard has averaged 25.0 points in the last three games while shooting 70.5 percent. Andrew Wiggins had a season-low five points on 2-of-11 shooting Friday. He's shot a combined 11 of 32 from the field in this season series.
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NCAAB Preview: Oregon vs. Arizona State - Date: 1/31/2016 Time: 08:30 P.M. EST Oregon hasn't won a regular-season conference championship in 14 years, but it has emerged as one of the favorites following three consecutive quality victories. First-year coach Bobby Hurley is trying to rebuild Arizona State into a contender in the Pac-12, and he's seen some improvement lately. Football Picks. The 23rd-ranked Ducks look to beat the Sun Devils for the seventh time in eight meetings when they square off Sunday night in Tempe. Oregon (17-4, 6-2) began conference play in mediocre fashion, losing at rival Oregon State, and had a three-game win streak snapped Jan. 17 at Colorado. It bounced back by sweeping a two-game homestand, beating then-No. 21 USC and knocking off UCLA. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. The Ducks followed with their biggest statement victory Thursday, ending No. 18 Arizon a's 49-game home winning streak with an 83-75 win. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Wildcats shot 61 percent from the field - the best mark for an Oregon opponent in 15 years - but the Ducks forced 19 turnovers and committed a season-low six. Oregon hasn't won the regular-season conference crown since 2001-02, but Arizona coach Sean Miller believes the Ducks have what it takes to end that drought.'' They are a hard-playing unit, together as a team, and they love each other," Miller said. "You can tell they care a lot about their university and they care a lot about their program. You can kind of feel that they're playing for a cause, and that cause is to win.'' Dillon Brooks scored 24 points, and the sophomore forward is averaging 21.0 over his last five. He's shooting 53.6 percent in that span while going 9 of 21 from 3-point range after previously hitting 13 of 54 ( ;24.1 percent).'' I was shooting it bad in non-conference (games). I worked on it, worked on it, worked on it and it paid off," Brooks said. "It's an amazing feeling." Elgin Cook added 13 against the Wildcats, and his 23 points helped Oregon win 68-67 in overtime at Arizona State in the last meeting Jan. 30, 2015. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Ducks are hoping this contest isn't nearly as competitive with the Sun Devils (12-9, 2-6) sitting near the bottom of the conference. Hurley took over a program that has made just one NCAA Tournament appearance in the last six seasons and knows he needs to be patient before Arizona State reaches that level again. Handicapping Sports. The Sun Devils had dropped six of seven before impressing Hurley with Thursday's 86-68 home win over Oregon State. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. They shot a season-high 59.3 percent from the field and had five players score in double figures, led by Obinna Oleka's 17 points. Arizona State held the Beavers to 43.1 percent and was much better defensively after allowing an average of 80.3 points through its first seven conference games. Leading scorer Tra Holder finished with eight points and took only six shots after averaging 14.4 attempts over his previous seven, but he held Beavers star Gary Payton II to two points." It's a good feeling right now to see the team play that way," Hurley said. "It started on defense, how we guarded them in the first half. The numbers reflected that. I thought we had great energy, getting deflections and generating stops." Holder could be tasked in this contest with guarding Cook, who is averaging 17.5 points in the last four games. Cook ha s attempted a team-high 102 free throws and now must deal with the ASU student section's "Curtain of Distraction," which on Thursday featured a shirtless Michael Phelps trying to distract opposing shooters. Oregon is among the Pac-12's worst free-throw shooting teams at 69.2 percent. Oregon State went 9 of 20 on Thursday.
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NBA Preview: Golden State Warriors vs. New York Knicks - Date: 1/31/2016 Time: 07:30 P.M. EST Venue: Madison Square Garden The Golden State Warriors are well aware that even the lowliest opponents are salivating at the chance to knock them off, and they got another reminder in the opener to a three-game trip. After Harrison Barnes bailed them out, the Warriors will try for a better performance Sunday night against the New York Knicks. Golden State (43-4) blew a 24-point lead in the second half Saturday against league-worst Philadelphia and looked like it might head to overtime until Barnes hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 0.2 seconds left in a 108-105 victory." We know every night we play is going to be the other team's best game most likely," guard Stephen Curry said. "We're disappointed in how we played but we got a win. Sports Handicapper Picks. There are going to be a lot of different situations to go through to keep winning." The Warriors committed 23 turnovers - their most since No v. 27 and tied for their second-most this season - but had 37 assists. Free NBA Basketball Picks. They've had at least 30 assists in six consecutive games, the first team to pull off that feat since Golden State had a run of seven straight in April 1994." We kept our composure. We've got to learn a lesson to keep playing for 48 minutes. We only played 24 tonight," Curry said. With Barnes' shot, the Warriors matched the 1966-67 76ers' league-best start after 47 games. Winning Sports Handicappers. That Philadelphia team won 46 of its first 50. Golden State also remains ahead of pace on the Chicago Bulls' 72-win team in 1995-96. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. They were 43-5 after 48 games. S ports Handicapper Reviews. To stay ahead, the Warriors will try to improve to 11-1 in the second half of back-to-back contests. NBA Basketball Handicappers. Their only loss was their first defeat this season Dec. 12 in Milwaukee, and only San Antonio's 8-0 mark is better. The last time it visited New York, Golden State was facing a team that finished 10-31 at home. The Knicks (23-26) have already surpassed last season's win total by going 14-10 and snapped a four-game overall slide by beating Phoenix 102-84 at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Carmelo Anthony had team highs of 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in his return from a two-game absence due to a sore knee. Anthony sat out each of the two matchups with the Warriors last season. He was rested for a 106-92 defeat at the Garden on Feb. 7 and had suffered a season-ending knee injury before a 125-94 road loss March 14. Golden Sta te has won in four of its last five visits to New York, and Curry scored a career-best 54 points in the 2013 defeat. He had a more pedestrian 22 in the latest visit and 25 points and 11 assists in nearly 27 minutes in the most recent matchup. Klay Thompson had a team-leading 27 points in 25-plus minutes in that home victory, and has a combined 77 points in his last two games. He had a season-high 45 in a 127-107 win over Dallas on Wednesday." They're a championship team, they really are," said Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis, who had seven points and seven rebounds in his return Friday after missing his first game of the season Thursday with an upper respiratory illness. "They're playing at an amazing level right now so it definitely won't be an easy game for us, but it's an opportunity." Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Festus Ezeli might return Sunday following a two-game absence due to an injured left knee. Andre Iguodala was rested for the first time this season Saturday.
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NBA Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks - Date: 1/31/2016 Time: 07:00 P.M. EST Venue: American Airlines Center If the Dallas Mavericks are to improve their position in the Western Conference, they know they'll need to take advantage of an upcoming glut of home games. Free Guaranteed Sports Picks. They draw another favorable matchup in Sunday night's meeting with a decimated Phoenix Suns team that's yet to win on the road in 2016. Currently 1 1/2 games behind fifth-place Memphis and five back of the Los Angeles Clippers for fourth, Dallas (27-22) has a chance to gain some ground during an 18-game stretch in which it plays 14 times at American Airlines Center, where it's won nine of 12." It's an important stand for us," guard Deron Williams said. "We've only got a couple one-game trips in the next month or so. We've got to make the most of this opportunity." The Mavericks got the stretch off to a good start with Friday's 91-79 win over lowly Brooklyn, contin uing their recent trend of beating the weaker opponents on the schedule. In having split its last six games, Dallas owns victories over the Nets, Minnesota and the Los Angeles Lakers - teams that are a combined 35-110 - while losing to contenders Oklahoma City, Houston and Golden State. Phoenix (14-34) qualifies as a soft spot - it's a league-worst 2-18 since Dec. 20 and 4-21 on the road. Free NBA Basketball Picks. The Suns have lost 13 straight outside Arizona, 12 by double-digits. While defending teams has been a season-long problem, injuries to Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight have led to issues on the offensive end as well. Make Money Betting Sports. The Suns are averaging 92.6 points over their last seven games and 18.3 turnovers over the past six. After committing 23 giveaways in Wednesday's 113-95 loss at Cleveland, Phoen ix had 16 in Friday's 102-84 defeat to New York to fall to 0-3 on its four-game trip.'' You've got no chance when you turn the ball over,'' coach Jeff Hornacek said. ''I don't know, when I look at the turnovers they seem like basic plays we don't even complete. If you can't complete the basic plays, you're in for some long nights.'' Bledsoe underwent season-ending knee surgery Dec. 29 and Knight will miss a sixth straight with a groin strain, leaving the backcourt in the hands of youngsters Devin Booker and Archie Goodwin, who have provided mixed results. Booker is averaging 20.0 points over his last six games after recording 21 against the Knicks. Goodwin averaged 23.3 over a three-game stretch capped by an 11-of-15, 26-point effort Tuesday in Philadelphia, but he's gone 6 of 25 from the field while totaling 18 points in the past two. With Williams, shooting 27.9 percent over his last four, and Wesley Matthews - av eraging 6.7 points in his last three - both slumping, Chandler Parsons has carried Dallas' offense of late. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. The forward is averaging 24.3 points over a six-game span and gone 26 of 44 from 3-point range in his last eight. Parsons posted his first double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Brooklyn, while Zaza Pachulia had 16 points and 12 rebounds after missing the previous three games with a sore Achilles.'' He's a walking double-double,'' Parsons said. ''It's definitely good to have him back and get our normal starting lineup again.'' Raymond Felton has totaled 35 points in Dallas' two wins over Phoenix this season, the last a 104-94 victory Dec. 14 that began the Suns' road skid. NFL Handicappers. The Mavericks recorded a 111-95 w in in Phoenix in the Oct. 28 opener.
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NBA Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic - Date: 1/31/2016 Time: 06:00 P.M. EST Venue: Amway Center The Boston Celtics got plenty of assistance from their reserves to extend their win streak to a season high and a remarkable string of scoring performances. A chance to sweep the scuffling Orlando Magic in a home-and-home series Sunday night would only seem to aid their hopes of continuing both runs. Boston (27-21) had seven players score in double figures in a 113-94 victory against Orlando on Friday, including four from its bench. Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart led the way with 16 points apiece as the Celtics' bench totaled 62, its second-highest output this season. Leading Handicappers. Their reserves also scored 60 in a 116-91 victory in Washington on Monday." I think we're coming together well. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. This last little bit we've played pretty well together, I think, the first and second unit," Olynyk said. "We've had that continuity and just getting used to each other and playing together, and really carving out roles." In addition to collecting its fifth consecutive win, Boston scored at least 100 points for an 11th straight game. MLB Handicappers. That's the franchise's longest streak since a 12-game run in 1995-96." They're playing at a level like we were five to six weeks ago," Orlando coach Scott Skiles said. "They get up, they get into you, they try to make it difficult, and you try to run something (and) they just blow right through it." The Celtics get another matchup with the Magic (20-25), who have allowed an average of 112.0 points in their last four games. Boston shot 50.0 percent and went 10 for 24 from 3-point range in sending Orlando to its eighth consecutive loss and 12th in 13 games." We've go t to figure something out. We've got to do it fast or it's just going to keep going south," guard Victor Oladipo said. "We've said it all. We've been saying it all the past couple of weeks, and we've just got to do it. NBA Basketball Handicappers. There's nothing more we can say." Orlando has struggled at the other end of the floor for much of that miserable stretch, scoring 93.1 points per game. Inside Info. The Magic have averaged 101.5 in their four consecutive home wins over Boston while giving up 93.8 per contest. Oladipo has totaled 41 points and 15 rebounds in the last two visits from the Celtics. He had 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists in a 110-91 victory Nov. 29. Free NBA Basketball Picks. Tobias Harris is averaging 19.0 points in his last five home matchups versus Boston. Harris was held to 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting in Friday's loss and has missed 17 of his last 24 attempts. Oladipo had 11 points and has totaled 34 in his last three games after scoring 29 in his return from a sprained knee Jan. 22. The Celtics' Isaiah Thomas has averaged 21.3 points and 8.3 assists in his last three games in Orlando. He had 14 points Friday, his fewest in 12 contest, and was averaging 24.5 in his previous 11. Avery Bradley was held to six points on 3-of-9 shooting against the Magic after averaging 19.3 while shooting 52.3 percent in his previous six contests. Orlando's longest skid last season was 10 games from Jan. 16-Feb. 4. The Celtics won their final six in 2014-15 for their longest win streak.
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NCAAB Preview: Wichita State vs. Evansville - Date: 1/31/2016 Time: 04:00 P.M. EST Wichita State has easily handled all of its Missouri Valley Conference rivals this season except for Evansville. Sports Picks for Today. The No. 22 Shockers will seek a more decisive result while attempting to spoil the Purple Aces' perfect home record Sunday and push coach Gregg Marshall into a tie for the school wins record. Wichita State (15-5, 9-0) has won its conference games by an average of 21.1 points following an 80-54 rout of Loyola of Chicago on Wednesday. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. The only conference game they didn't win by at least 16 points was a 67-64 home victory over Evansville on Jan. 6. Best Sports Picks Service. The Aces never trailed by more than nine and rallied to tie the game with 3:32 to play but couldn't get a lead in the second half. Missouri Valley leading scorer D. J. Balentine turned it over in the waning seconds before getting off a potential game-tying shot." I think we both showed why we were (voted) No. 1 and 2 in the preseason (MVC poll)," Shockers senior Fred VanVleet said. VanVleet and Anton Grady both made key layups in the final three minutes after Evansville had pulled within one. Grady scored 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting and had a team-best seven rebounds. VanVleet was the only starter in double figures with 16 points and had a season-high nine assists. Ron Baker was held to nine points - well below his team-leading average of 14.7 - while missing seven of 10 shots. Still, he's averaging 17.0 points in Wichita's six-game winning streak in the series. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Aces (18-4, 7-2) are tied for second place in the M VC with Southern Illinois, two games behind the Shockers. With a matchup against the Salukis at home Wednesday, Wichita State has a prime chance to build some cushion atop the conference. Sports Betting Handicapping. The Shockers can also push Marshall past Ralph Miller's school record of 220 victories by winning the next two games." That would be wonderful. It would be an honor because I know how well thought of (Miller) is," Marshall said. "He's the only non-player that's hanging in the rafters at (Koch Arena)." Wichita has won its four conference road games by an average of 21.7 points and its past two at Evansville by an average of 18.0. In last season's visit, the Shockers held the Aces to their fewest points in the past eight seasons in a 61-41 victory. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Ac es are 11-0 at home this season and have won 14 straight at the Ford Center. They're among the nation's top shooting teams at 52.1 percent from the field. They shot 55.4 percent against Southern Illinois on Thursday but needed overtime for an 85-78 victory. Mislav Brzoja scored a career-high 25 points and Balentine matched that output. Balentine, averaging 21.3 points, had a season-low 14 on 6-of-17 shooting with five turnovers at Wichita. Jaylon Brown scored 18 points, one shy of his career high, to begin his current streak of seven straight games in double figures." Fred was told going into the game to help off of (Brown) a little more," Marshall said after the win. "We're going to have to adjust that scouting report." However, Marshall's team did a solid job defensively on Egidijus Mockevicius, who was held to nine points but grabbed 16 rebounds. The senior center leads the nation with 14.2 boards per game while averaging 16.7 points.
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NBA Preview: Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Clippers - Date: 1/31/2016 Time: 03:30 P.M. EST Venue: STAPLES Center While the Los Angeles Clippers keep insisting that Blake Griffin's absence will benefit them in the long run, the Chicago Bulls think a tweak to their lineup might help them now. Winning Sports Gambling. The Clippers look to keep rolling without Griffin on Sunday as the Bulls continue their longest road trip of the season seeking their first winning streak since early January. Griffin has been out since late December, first with a quadriceps injury and now with a broken right shooting hand after punching a team staff member last weekend - an injury that may keep him out until mid-March. Los Angeles (31-16) has fared just fine, though, winning 14 of 17 games since he was injured Christmas Day. Chris Paul finished with 27 points in Friday's 105-93 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, but it was a 56-25 bench advantage that lifted the Clippers. Los Angeles' 43.1 bench points per game in Griffi n's absence rank toward the top of the league, up from the 31.3 that previously ranked 23rd. Reserves Austin Rivers, Lance Stephenson and Jamal Crawford combined for 48 points Friday.'' There are a lot of guys that are playing more than they were with Blake, so when he comes back we're going to have that much deeper of a team,'' Rivers said. Los Angeles, though, did struggle to an average of 90 points in its previous three games. It's the defense that has impressed, holding opponents below 95 points in nine of the last 18 games. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. That previously happened only eight times in 29 games. Winning Sports Handicappers. The Clippers, who have won 11 of 14 at home, have forced an average of 19.3 turnovers during their three-game winning streak while allowing 88.3 points per game. NBA Basketball Handicappers. The Bulls (26-19) haven't won two straight in more than three weeks, losing seven of 11, but seem to think they've found a short-term answer as they await the return of some key contributors. E'Twaun Moore started in place of Tony Snell at small forward Thursday and helped speed up Chicago's pace in a 114-91 rout of the Lakers to open a seven-game trip. Free Sports Picks Today. The Bulls averaged 93.8 points in their previous three games. Moore made his first start since he was with Orlando in 2013, and though he scored just eight points, his quickness on defense led to fast-break opportunities. He had two steals and several pass deflections, and the Bulls finished with 21 fast-break points - their most since having 27 on Nov. 9." E'Twaun is huge at spacing the floor," guard Jimmy Butler told the te am's official website. "He's guarding and plays incredibly hard. ... I like him in the spot he is in." Butler, named an All-Star earlier in the day, made 11 of 17 shots for 26 points and matched a career high with 10 assists. Chicago finished three off a season best with 29 assists on 47 made baskets. Pau Gasol had 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and Derrick Rose logged 16 points with assists on a behind-the-back pass to Moore and an alley-oop lob to Jimmy Butler on the break. Rose feels Moore "should be out there" not just because of how he's playing but how the team plays." It's all about running," Rose said. "There's no way we should have three guards on the floor and not be running." Moore played a season-high 36 minutes and may continue to see an expanded role with Nikola Mirotic (appendicitis) and Mike Dunleavy (back) sidelined. Mirotic will be out until after the All-Star break, and Dunleavy might see his first action later on this trip. Moore didn't even play when the Bulls beat the Clippers 83-80 in Chicago on Dec. 10. While Gasol had a game-high 24 points, Paul and J. J. Redick combined to shoot 7 of 27. Butler has helped hold Redick to 9 of 35 in the last three meetings.
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NCAAB Preview: Northwestern vs. Iowa - Date: 1/31/2016 Time: 03:00 P.M. EST The positive aspect from Iowa's first conference loss is that any pressure it felt to live up to its lofty ranking and continue the school's best start in Big Ten play in 46 years fades a bit. Handicapping Sports. That's just the way coach Fran McCaffery likes it. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The third-ranked Hawkeyes look to extend their home winning streak to 14 Sunday by dealing Northwestern a fifth consecutive defeat. Iowa (16-4, 7-1) responded to a heartbreaking 83-82 loss at then-No. 4 Iowa State on Dec. 10 by winning its next nine, including a pair of victories over Purdue and Michigan State, the latter of which held the top ranking in their Dec. 29 meeting. Baseball Predictions. The Hawkeyes won their first seven Big Ten games for the first ti me since going 14-0 in 1969-70, and Jarrod Uthoff emerged in a national player of the year candidate. But Uthoff, who is tied for the conference scoring lead (18.4 points per game) and leads in blocks per game (2.85), went 2 of 13 from the floor and finished with a season-low nine points in Thursday's 74-68 loss at eighth-ranked Maryland. Iowa was 5 of 24 from 3-point range in its first game as the nation's No. 3 team since 1987 after shooting 45.2 percent from beyond the arc over its previous four." I don't panic either way and neither do (the players)," McCaffery said. "We take a business-like approach. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. That's how we were Thursday night after the game and before the game." That's how we'll be before and after the Northwestern game. If you get too emotional, it makes for a long season." T he Hawkeyes had won 13 straight conference games since Northwestern beat them 66-61 in overtime Feb. 15. Iowa avenged that loss with a 69-52 home victory in the regular-season finale and has won six of the last eight matchups. Handicapper Return on Investment. The Wildcats (15-7, 3-6) are capping their first stretch of four straight against ranked opponents since 1989-90. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. They began that run by pushing Maryland to overtime Jan. 19 before falling 62-56, but followed that with an 89-57 loss at then-No. 25 Indiana on Jan. 19 and Thursday's 76-45 home loss to 12th-ranked Michigan State. Northwestern shot 20.7 percent from the field, its worst mark since hitting 17.9 percent against the Spartans on Jan. 27, 2000. Tre Demps missed all seven of his 3-point attempts and finished with four points, and leading scorer Bryant McIntosh went 4 of 15 from the floor. McIntosh leads the Big Ten with 6.8 assists per game, but he had only two as the Wildcats finished with more free throws made (17) than field goals (12).'' I can sit up here for an hour and we can talk about a lot of things, but if you can't put the ball in the basket you're not going to win against really good teams,'' coach Chris Collins said. "You're going to have some bumps in the road and some tough nights, especially when you play in the Big Ten." Uthoff is averaging 19.3 points and shooting 52.4 percent from 3-point range over his last three against the Wildcats, but McCaffery isn't taking Northwestern lightly." Northwestern is a team you have to defend," McCaffery said. "It all starts with McIntosh, and they run good stuff. They'll rotate guys and (Collins) has some pieces and can get you with bodies. He h as more size and length than he has ever had."
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NCAAB Preview: Wake Forest vs. Notre Dame - Date: 1/31/2016 Time: 01:00 P.M. EST Notre Dame's previous stint as a ranked team lasted four weeks, but this one could prove even shorter - especially if leading scorer Demetrius Jackson remains out. Jackson will likely sit again as the No. 25 Fighting Irish look to avoid back-to-back defeats Sunday against scuffling Wake Forest. Notre Dame was ranked in the first three polls this season but dropped out after losing two of three to finish November. Sports Handicappers. The Irish (14-6, 5-3 ACC) crept back in following a season-high four consecutive victories, most notably a 95-91 win at then-No. 9 Duke on Jan. 16. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. That streak ended with an 81-66 loss at Syracuse on Thursday that Jackson missed because of an ailing right hamstring." In this league, you have to forget about a win at Duke. You have to forget a loss at the Carrier Dom e," coach Mike Brey said. "You get thumped, you get your butt kicked, it only counts as one league loss. If we could get through the first half of the season at 6-3 ... I'd be absolutely thrilled." V. J. Beachem scored a career-high 22 points while going 5 of 8 from beyond the arc, but Steve Vasturia (16 points) was the only other Notre Dame player in double figures. Vasturia moved over to point guard because of Jackson's injury, and the Irish committed nine of their 11 turnovers in the first 15 minutes." We were a little rudderless at times without Demetrius, no question, and we may have to keep playing without him for a while," Brey said. Notre Dame is 10-1 at home and could survive without Jackson against the Demon Deacons (10-10, 1-7), losers of five in a row, but things get much tougher after Sunday's game. Soccer Picks. The Irish will face three top-20 teams in their next four along with a Clemson squad that's 6-2 in the ACC. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. The Irish lost both meetings with Wake Forest in 2013-14 but won 88-75 on Feb. 17, the Deacons' first trip to South Bend, while making 27 of 28 free throws. Wake Forest heads into Notre Dame this time 0-4 in ACC road games with three of those against ranked opponents. Best Sports Handicapping Services. The Deacons are playing their fourth consecutive Top 25 team after a nearly unfathomable loss to No. 11 Virginia on Tuesday. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Cavaliers escaped with a 72-71 win when Darius Thompson banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Wake Forest blew a 10-point lead in the final 77 seconds." This is a very disappointing and tough 'L' to take. They're all tough," coach Danny Manning said. "To be in a situation where we have a lead for 35 minutes of a game and not come away with a win, it's just tough." Freshman guard Bryant Crawford scored a career-high 22 points and leading scorer Devin Thomas (16.4 ppg) had 19. Thomas had 26 points - the second-most in his career - and 11 rebounds in last season's loss to Notre Dame. Wake Forest has lost 12 straight road games against ranked ACC opponents since beating No. 24 North Carolina in January 2010.
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NCAAB Preview: Maryland vs. Ohio State - Date: 1/31/2016 Time: 01:00 P.M. EST Preview Video Robert Carter and Rasheed Sulaimon have enjoyed plenty of success in their brief time at Maryland, but never more than they experienced two weeks ago against Ohio State. Gambling Profit. The pair of transfers hope for a similar result from the eighth-ranked Terrapins' largest blowout victory of the Big Ten season when they travel to Columbus for a rematch against the Buckeyes on Sunday. Carter and Sulaimon are playing their first seasons for Maryland since transferring from Georgia Tech and Duke, respectively, and they are part of a balanced attack that has the Terrapins (18-3, 7-2) in the thick of the conference race. Maryland is the only Big Ten team with five players averaging double-digit points - Carter (13.4) and Sulaimon (10.6) along with Melo Trimble (14.3), Diamond Stone (13.0) and Jake Layman (10.7). Carter and Sulaimon had 17 apiece i n Thursday's 74-68 victory over No. 3 Iowa, providing Maryland relief after losses in two of its previous four games. Still, it was a distant second to the duo's most combined points as they totaled 47 in a 100-65 win over Ohio State on Jan. 16. Carter made 10 of 13 shots for a career-high 25 points and Sulaimon finished 9 of 10 for a season-high 22. It was the Terrapins' first 100-point game since December 2012 and first against a conference opponent since their 2001-02 national championship season. However, Maryland needed overtime to beat Northwestern 62-56 three days later and dropped its second straight road game with a 74-65 loss at then-No. 11 Michigan State last weekend - with Carter and Sulaimon combining for just 33 points between the two games. Hence the sigh of relief after Thursday's win over the Hawkeyes - albeit following an ugly performance after the Terrapins shot 9 for 27 and 0 for 10 from 3-point range in the second half.'' It wasn& #39;t always pretty, but we played hard and we competed,'' coach Mark Turgeon said. ''Everybody that cares about Maryland basketball was in a panic, but we weren't. We didn't overreact. You could tell our guys were really ready to compete.'' Ohio State (14-8, 6-3) allows only 65.8 points per game, but the 100 it surrendered to Maryland earlier this month was its most in regulation since a 107-75 loss to Purdue on Feb. 7, 1998. Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. They followed with a 75-64 loss at then-No. 22 Purdue on Jan. 21, but have righted the ship since, holding Penn State and Illinois to 109 combined points in consecutive victories. Ohio State shot just 39.1 percent in Thursday's 68-63 overtime win in Champaign, but held the Illini to 32.1." I feel like we grew up a lot (Thursday night)," said Trevor Thompson, who led the Buckeyes with 16 points off the bench. "Our past road games haven't gone as well, and in certain situations we would have folded. But in this situation we came together, and we just executed the game plan." Now the Buckeyes return to Value City Arena, where they have won nine straight and all four of their conference matchups. Sulaimon has averaged 19.5 points in two games against Ohio State, the first in 2012 as a freshman with Duke. Maryland is 10-1 this season when he scores in double figures.
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NCAAB Recap: Oregon State (63) vs. Arizona (80) - Date: 1/30/2016 Gabe York made six 3-pointers and scored 24 points, both career highs, and No. 18 Arizona bounced back from a rare home loss to beat Oregon State 80-63 on Saturday night. Ryan Anderson added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (17-5, 5-4 Pac-12), who were coming off an 83-75 loss to No. 23 Oregon on Thursday night that snapped Arizona's 49-game home-court winning streak. Sports Betting Leads. Tres Tinkle scored 16 for the Beavers (12-8, 3-6), who stayed with the Wildcats until the final 10 minutes. Olaf Schaftenaar added 14 points and matched his career high with four 3s. Gary Payton III had nine points, seven rebounds and six assists for Oregon State. NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The win was No. 300 for coach Sean Miller in his career, first at Xavier and now at Arizona. Blown out at Arizona State 86-68 on Thursday night, Oregon State trailed Arizona 51-49 after Langston Morris-Walker's layup with 10:44 to play. York responded with a 3-pointer and the Wildcats were off on a 10-0 run. Parker Jackson-Cartwright's 3 made it 61-49 with 8:18 to play. Schaftenaar's 3 cut the lead to 63-55 with 7:28 to go, but York hit another from behind the arc to start a 7-0 spurt and the Beavers never threatened seriously again. Soccer Predictions. The first half was tight for the Wildcats, who were chewed out publicly by Miller after their loss to Oregon, Arizona's second defeat in a row. After falling behind by eight in the early minutes, the Beavers outscored Arizona 12-1 to take an 18-15 lead on Tinkle's 10-foot floater midway through the first half. York brought the Wildcats back. He sank three 3s and Jackson-Cartwright added another in a 15-4 run that gave Arizona a 30-22 lead with 5:53 remaining in the half. But a pair of 3s by Schaftenaar helped cut the Wildcats' lead to 34-30 at the break. Free NCAAB College Basketball Picks. TIP-INSOregon State: York's previous career high was 23 points against Boise State last Nov. 19. His previous best for 3s was five against Ohio State last March. ... Jarmal Reid, suspended for tripping an official, sat out his fourth game. He could return next week against Utah. ... Good Return on Investment. The Beavers are 3-1 at home in the Pac-12, but 0-3 on the road. ... Oregon State has won once in Tucson since 1983 (in 2010). Arizona: Freshman G Allonzo Trier, who has missed six games with a broken bone in his hand, took warmups and could be back next week. ... Kobi Simmons of Alpharetta, Georgia, a five-star recruit who committed to Arizona two weeks ago, attended the game. ... Profitable NCAAB College Basketball Handicappers. The Wildcats haven't lost two in a row at home, or three straight overall, since February 2010 - Miller's first season. UP NEXTOregon State hosts Utah on Thursday. Arizona plays at Washington State on Wednesday.
NBA Recap: San Antonio Spurs (103) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (117) - Date: 1/30/2016 LeBron James scored 29 points and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving added 21 apiece as the Cleveland Cavaliers finally took down one of the NBA's elite teams, beating the San Antonio Spurs 117-103 on Saturday night. Handicappers Free Picks. The Cavs won their fourth straight under coach Tyronn Lue, who was promoted after David Blatt was fired on Jan. 22. Cleveland came in 0-5 against San Antonio, Golden State and Chicago, three top-tier teams who figure to contend with them for a title this season. Lue has the Cavs playing at a faster pace and the Spurs, who were again without center Tim Duncan, couldn't keep up with them. Duncan missed his third straight game with a sore right knee. Kawhi Leonard scored 24 and LaMarcus Aldridge 15 for the Spurs, who lost for just the second time in 16 g ames. Free NBA Basketball Picks. They lost to the Warriors on Monday. Cleveland's 117 points were the second-most given up this season by San Antonio, which came in allowing a league-best 90.6 points per game. Gambling Profit. The Cavs had more than that after three quarters. Irving (10) and Matthew Dellavedova (8) scored Cleveland's first 18 points in the fourth quarter. James scored the next three when he was fouled while going to the basket by San Antonio's Patty Mills, who was flicked aside like a gnat by the four-time MVP on his way to a layup and three-point play. Down by 17 points at the half, the Spurs scored the first eight of the third quarter, a spurt that prompted an oh-no-here-they-come vibe through Cleveland's loud crowd, which was in playoff form. But the Cavs responded with a flurry that showca sed their offensive depth. Love and Dellavedova hit 3-pointers and James powered inside for several baskets, helping Cleveland push its lead to 88-69 late in the third. James scored 16 in the quarter. James, too, made one of his signature defensive plays by chasing down Spurs guard Manu Ginobili on a breakaway and blocking his shot at the rim. Love scored 18 points in the first half, when the Cavs opened a 17-point lead and gave the Spurs their glimpse of their new, fast-paced offense. Without Duncan and with Aldridge on the bench after picking up three quick fouls in the first quarter, the Cavs had nothing to stop them inside and were able to do what they pleased. Locker-room attendants inadvertently put out the wrong shorts for James, who came out in the first quarter wearing different ones than his teammates. Profitable NBA Basketball Handicappers. They had on gold bottoms with wine and white stripes u p the sides. His were plain. Everything else about the Cavs was perfectly in order. Cleveland scored 37 points in the first quarter, which ended with J. R. Smith dropping a contested jumper from just inside the 3-point line. Sports Tipsters. This is what Lue wants - a team looking to push the tempo and attack the basket whenever possible.'' It makes it more fun to play,'' he said before the game. NBA Basketball Handicappers. TIP-INSSpurs: San Antonio entered the night with a 12 1/2-game lead in the Southwest Division, the club's largest since 2004. ... Leonard, who will make his first All-Star game appearance next month, joined Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players in league history to be named an All-Star, Finals MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. ... David West, signed in the offseason to provide frontcourt depth, st arted for Duncan and scored 8. Cavaliers: Dellavedova finished with 15 points. ... Cleveland improved to 19-3 at home, best in the Eastern Conference. ... James played in his 662nd game for Cleveland, moving him past the late John ''Hot Rod Williams'' and into fourth place on the team's career list. ... Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam and Indians manager Terry Francona were among those in attendance. NEXT UPSpurs: Host Orlando on Monday. Cavaliers: Visit Indiana on Monday..
NBA Recap: Washington Wizards (123) vs. Houston Rockets (122) - Date: 1/30/2016 John Wall had 19 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds and the Washington Wizards rallied for a 123-122 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night to snap a three-game losing streak. Ramon Sessions had 17 points off the bench, Jared Dudley had 16 points and Marcin Gortat had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Professional Handicappers. The Wizards shot 52 percent. Gary Neal had 12 points, and Bradley Beal and Garret Temple each added 11 for Washington. James Harden had 40 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, but Houston lost its third straight. Dwight Howard had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Rockets but was ejected for the second straight game. He got his second technical of the night with 8:08 left in the fourth after pushing Nene while the two tangled under the basket. Ne ne was also ejected for a double technical on the play. NBA Basketball Handicappers. Trevor Ariza scored 17 points, Patrick Beverley had 15 points and Houston shot 48 percent from the field and connected on 17 of 35 from behind the arc. Houston led 116-110 with 3 1/2 minutes remaining, but Gortat scored four points, Wall connected on a 3 and Dudley and Wall each hit two free throws during an 11-1 run to give Washington a four-point lead with 1:13 left. Harden cut the deficit to 121-119 with a minute left, but Dudley extended the lead back to four with a layup with 37 seconds remaining. After Harden responded with a three-point play to cut the lead to one, Wall missed a layup with 9 seconds left and Ariza grabbed the rebound. Harden missed a driving layup, and Josh Smith missed the putback attempt with 2 seconds left. Wall came out with the rebound and hurled the ball downcourt to seal the win. HEAVY HEARTRandy Wittma n coached the game after his brother, Rick, passed away late Friday night in Indianapolis. Free Boxing Picks. TIP INSWizards: F Kris Humphries missed his 13th straight game due to a sore right knee. ... Dudley was given a flagrant foul midway through the second quarter after wrapping his hands around Howard's neck while Howard went for a dunk. Rockets: Houston assigned F K. J. McDaniels and F/C Donatas Montiejunas to its D-League affiliate Rio Grande Valley prior to the game Saturday. Montiejunas has missed the last 16 games with back soreness. Free NBA Basketball Picks. TALKING TECHNICALSHoward was whistled for his first technical foul after putting his hands on the back of Dudley's neck following Dudley's flagrant foul in what appeared to be a joking manner. Howard was also ejected from Friday's game and has 12 tec hnical fouls this season. Houston interim coach J. B. Bickerstaff also earned a technical foul for running onto the court to call a timeout with 3:52 remaining in the fourth. UP NEXTWizards: Travel to Oklahoma City on Monday night. Rockets: Host Miami on Tuesday night.