Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals Live NHL Match

Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals Live The Pacific Division meets the Metro Division this evening as the Vancouver Canucks pay a visit to the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. to grapple with the Washington Capitals. The Canucks enter this game off a 5-2 loss to the Canadiens on the road, while the Capitals check in off a 4-3 home win over the Blues in OT. Goalie Probables: Getting the nod for the Canucks will be Jacob Markstrom and he will be opposed by Braden Holtby.

Canucks Get Routed In Montreal

The Montreal Canadiens have really been struggling, but still, Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals able to knock off a Vancouver team that has been struggling even more of late. The Canadiens had really been struggling on offense, but they put up five on the Canucks in their 5-2 win on Sunday. The Canucks have not been that good on offense all year, but they have struggled at the other end of the ice even more of late as they have now allowed 4.33 gpg in going just 1-8 in their last nine games. They don’t nearly have enough offense in them to overcome goaltending like that. Scoring in the loss to the Habs was Daniel Sedin, which was his 10th of the year and Michael Del Zotto, which was his 2nd of the year. The Canucks have gone 9-11 on the road and have averaged 2.85 gpg and have allowed 3.10 gpg in those games. Taking the loss against the Canadiens was Anders Nilsson, who allowed four goals on 44 shot attempts to fall to 6-8 with a 3.57 GAA and a .901 save percentage on the year overall. He has lost five starts in a row and has allowed 24 goals in those games. Jacob Markstrom should be back in the crease for this one and he has gone 10-18 with a 2.76 GAA and a .907 save percentage on the year overall, including 4-7 with a 2.83 GAA and a .895 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 22-43 with a 2.92 GAA on the road and 27-45 with a 2.72 GAA against the Eastern Conference, while against the Capitals he has gone 0-5 with a 3.51 GAA.

Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals Canucks have been poor on offense so far as they come in ranked 28th in the league in scoring at 2.63 gpg, while also ranking 28th in shots taken (29.8 spg) and 12th in power play conversions, converting on 20.4% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been poor as they come in ranked 27th in goals allowed, giving up 3.22 gpg, while also ranking 18th in shots allowed (32.1 spg) and 27th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 22.3% of their chances. Caps Win Tough Battle Against The Blues

The Washington Capitals were very mediocre at the start of the year, but they have really turned it around of late as they have won their last four games in a row and 15 of their last 20 games. Thet has enabled them to take over the top spot in the Metro Division, which is where they finished in each of the last two years. They come in off a hard-fought 4-3 OT win over the Blues, who have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference this year. The Caps held a 3-2 lead in the game late, but the Blues tied it with just 4:09 left in regulation. The Caps then won it with just 43 seconds left in OT on a goal by Nicklas Backstrom, which was his 9th of the year. Also scoring in the win was Brett Connolly, which was his 9th of the year, Alex Ovechkin, which was his 27th and Lars Eller, which was his 6th. Ovechkin is tied with Nikita Kucherov for most goals in the league. Snatching up the win against the Blues was Braden Holtby, who stopped 31 of the 34 shots that he faced in the game to improve to 24-8 with a 2.68 GAA and a .917 save percentage on the year overall, including 15-4 with a 2.15 GAA and a .932 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 117-52 with a 2.16 GAA in his home games and 61-32 with a 2.62 GAA against the Western Conference, while against the Canucks he has gone 3-2 with a 2.64 GAA. The Capitals have gone 17-5 here at home for the year and have averaged 3.32 gpg and have allowed just 2.27 gpg in those games.

Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals The Capitals come into this game ranked 10th in the league in scoring at 3.05 gpg, while also ranking 31st in shots taken (28.9 spg) and 15th in power play conversions, converting on 20.2% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been average so far as they come in ranked 16th in goals allowed, giving up 2.83 gpg, while also ranking 18th in shots allowed (32.0 spg) and 21st in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 20.9% of their chances.

Trends Vancouver is: 8-22 in their last 30 vs. the Metropolitan

12-39 in their last 51 games playing on one days rest

Washington is: 50-15 in their last 65 games playing on one days rest

37-16 in their last 53 when their opponent scores two goals or less in their previous game

The Vancouver Canucks are going nowhere this year, while the Capitals are on a roll and back atop the Metro Division. The Capitals have won their last four games in a row and they just took out St Louis here at the Verizon Center, while the Canucks were just blasted in Montreal and have now gone just 1-8 in their last nine games. They do play better on the road than at home, but this is not a game that they can win over even keep close. Look for the Capital to win this one very easily as they continue to play well and lead the Metro Division.

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The Washington Capitals have regained their perch atop the topsy-turvy Metropolitan Division standings – and they’re heavy favourites to build on their three-point edge as they host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. The Capitals have reeled off four consecutive victories and have emerged as one of the league’s best over plays of late; the Canucks can also lay claim to that honour, though theirs hasn’t come with a string of victories. Canucks vs. Capitals Betting Analysis

You won’t find many trends suggesting that Washington is a fade in this one. The Capitals have won 40 of their previous 52 home games and have 50 victories in their last 65 games played on one day of rest. That said, Washington could play this game on one hour of rest and would still be favoured against a Canucks team that has been downright dreadful on the road, winning just 23 of its previous 70 games away from Vancouver – including nine of 20 games this season.

The Capitals are the choice of 91 percent of Sports Interaction wagerers, who are also all-in on the over-5.5-goal play. That should come as no surprise considering that the last four Capitals games have averaged 7.5 goals, while the Canucks have exceeded the total in eight of their previous nine road games. And while these teams only face off twice per year, they’ve played to the over five times with one push in their previous eight encounters. Vancouver Canucks

What a difference a month makes. On Dec. 7, the Canucks were riding high following a 3-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Just 31 days later, Vancouver is struggling to get back into the Western Conference following a dreadful 2-10-2 stretch in which the Canucks allowed four or more goals 10 times. The Vancouver power play hasn’t been much better, mired in a 1-for-20 stretch over the past seven games that has dropped its overall efficiency to 20.4 percent. Washington Capitals

Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals schedule has been rather kind to the Capitals, who had four days of rest prior to Saturday’s 4-3 triumph over St. Louis. That break came at a great time for a Washington team that, including the win over the Blues, has gone to extra time in seven of its previous nine games (going 5-2 in that span). And with a pair of five-day breaks coming up later this month, it probably isn’t a great time for opponents to be facing the Metropolitan Division leaders.

Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder: Game preview, TV channel

Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder The Portland Trail Blazers (21-18) visit the Oklahoma City Thunder (22-18) Tuesday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Here are the details: TV channel: NBC Sports Northwest (Comcast/Xfinity channel 37, or 737 for HD) and NBA TV

Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Online: Watch a live stream on NBA League Pass (Subscription is required. League Pass is not available locally and is blacked out for nationally televised games.) There are a variety of other streaming options, which are listed.

ABOUT THE THUNDER

Oklahoma City is coming off a 114-100 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. … Russell Westbrook had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and Paul George added 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists. … It was a troubling loss for the Thunder who had appeared to have turned the corner after a slow start to the season. … Oklahoma City went 12-5 in December, the third best record of any team in the league. … The Thunder have the best offensive rating in the league since Dec. 15, scoring 115.7 points per 100 possessions. … Oklahoma City has seemingly fixed the offensive issues it had to begin the season and remains a top tier defense. The Thunder are fifth in the NBA in defensive rating, allowing 102.8 points per 100 possessions. Oklahoma City’s defense thrives on turnovers as the Thunder rank first in the NBA in steals per game while forcing a league-best 16.6 turnovers per game. However, Oklahoma City is playing without its best perimeter defender as Andre Roberson is sidelined with a left kneecap injury. … The Thunder are still driven by Russell Westbrook’s tour de force intensity, but their in-season improvement has been marked by his improved efficiency. … Oklahoma City is 9-5 when Westbrook shoots over 50 percent from the floor and 13-12 when he makes less than half his field goal attempts. Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

ABOUT THE BLAZERS

Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Blazers have won five of their past seven games after beating the San Antonio Spurs, 111-110, on Sunday night. … CJ McCollum had 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists and made the game-winning basket when his floater rolled in off the back rim with 5.9 seconds remaining. The Blazer also got big nights from Shabazz Napier (15 points, five rebounds, seven assists) and Moe Harkless (19 points, five rebounds). … Damian Lillard was ruled out of Sunday’s game an hour before tip off with a right calf strain. Lillard has been dealing with right leg issues for three weeks. He missed five games with a right hamstring strain and then injured his calf in his first game back. … He played through the calf discomfort on Friday against Atlanta, but Lillard was held out of action as the training staff didn’t want him to further aggravate the injury against San Antonio. … The Blazers are 4-2 without Lillard in the lineup this season. … Portland has struggled offensively most of the season, but has play some its best offense over the last four games thanks in large part to improved ball movement and better finishing around the basket. … This is the second of four regular season meetings between the Blazers and Thunder this season. The Blazers won the first meeting in Portland, 103-99, on Nov. 5 in a game where Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony was ejected in the second half.

Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder After taking down the San Antonio Spurs in one of the few exciting games the Moda Center has seen all season, the Portland Trail Blazers kick off a tough four-game road trip against Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Damian Lillard will not suit up for Portland as he continues to recover from a strained right calf. Likely starting in his place will be Shabazz Napier, who has averaged more than 18 points per game as a starter this season.

What to Watch For

Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder How will Oklahoma City’s Big Three play together? Earlier in the season, the Thunder struggled mightily as they tried to integrate their two new stars, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, into the offense. Lately, both have taken more of a back seat to Russell Westbrook, who is putting up 28/10/10 over the last 18 games.

Portland’s wings may have a rough night. Though Al-Farouq Aminu, Pat Connaughton and even Moe Harkless have all had various levels of offensive success this season, they’re going to have a hard time getting going with Paul George, one of the best two-way players in the NBA, roaming the perimeter. Scoring may have to come from elsewhere Tuesday night.

Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder McCollun might have an advantage. Though the Thunder have one of the best defenders in the NBA in George, they are missing their lockdown shooting guard, Andre Roberson. While Roberson struggles mightily on the offensive end, he is able to effectively guard nearly any shooting guard in the league. Look for Terrance Ferguson to get the start and match up against CJ McCollum. While Ferguson is an athletic player with promise, he’s nowhere near the defender Roberson is.

What They’re Saying Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City ThunderPortland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript writes about how the Thunder offense is becoming one of the best in the NBA: Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder offense bottomed out Dec. 18, when it was averaging just 102.2 points per 100 possessions. The team had started to squeak out some wins by then, winning seven of its previous 10 games to climb back to .500 for the first time in more than a month-and-a-half. The offense of a group cluttered with stars, however, still wasn’t flowing.

In the nine games since Dec. 19, the Thunder are scoring 118.6 points per 100 possessions, giving them the NBA’s best offense over that time Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

“We knew we’d get to this point. We definitely knew that,” George said. “We knew it was going to take some time. There was some stuff we were going to have to figure out but that’s what we signed up and wanted to be together for is for these moments, battles like this.”

Maybe it’s no coincidence Dec. 19 is the marker when it all started to change. That was, after all, only one game following Anthony’s proclamation following a Dec. 16 loss at the New York Knicks. Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

“That’s what we have to figure out, what we have to nail down as far as the roles that we all have on this team,” Anthony said then when asked about his role. “I think until we kind of figure that part out, we will continue having these ups and down, having good games and bad games, relying just on our talent, our skill level to get us through.” Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder SB Nation’s Seerat Sehi writes about Andre Roberson’s importance to the Thunder:

None of this is to say the Thunder should look elsewhere for their fifth starter. Quite the opposite. Roberson is Oklahoma’s peskiest defender, a conundrum only because of how effective he is on that end. For the Thunder, whose playoff hopes will rest on overpowering opponents with their elite athleticism, defense, and size, Roberson is a key to the formula. When the offense grinds to a halt, and Roberson gets hacked and sent to the line, it may feel like the Thunder can’t live with him. There’s no getting around this: It’s frustrating to watch. But in the grand scheme, they can’t live without him either.Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Yes, without Roberson, life would be easier for the Thunder. They would also have a lower ceiling.Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

The heart of the matter is this: Even in an age of educated sports fans armed with sophisticated player tracking data and advanced stats that have flattened the importance of one-on-one offense and shone a light on vital role players, defense still isn’t valued as much as offense. If Roberson’s offensive equivalent was the worst defender in the NBA, nobody would dream of sending him to the bench. He’d be a superstar.

Maybe it’s because individual defense remains difficult to quantify. But here’s a snapshot of what happens in his absence. The starters, with Roberson, have an 11.3 net rating, with a defense that allows just 96.3 points per 100 possessions. With Alex Abrines — who is admittedly far below replacement level as a defender — starting in his place, the Thunder allow a maddening 116 points per 100 possessions. That 20-point swing morphs Oklahoma City’s defense from the NBA’s best to its worst. Despite the fact that Paul George is playing stifling, career-high level defense, Roberson has the best defensive rating of the starters.

It’s a clash of Northwest Division rivals down in the Sooner State. The Portland Trail Blazers are on the road as they travel to face the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday night. Portland won their second straight by edging San Antonio 111-110 at home Sunday night. Oklahoma City missed a chance at a perfect 3-0 trip as they were knocked off 114-100 by Phoenix on the road Sunday. The Thunder holds a narrow 116-113 edge in the all-time regular season series but Portland has won three straight, including a 103-99 home win in the first matchup this season on November 5.

Portland Trail Blazers Look for Fourth Straight Win vs. Thunder

Portland avenged a two-point loss to San Antonio at the Moda Center last month by slipping past with a one-point win Sunday night. The Trail Blazers moved to within three games of the Timberwolves for the top spot in the Northwest Division and within half a game of the Thunder for second place. Portland prevailed in a tense, back and forth game when CJ McCollum hit a floater with five seconds to play.  The Trail Blazers shot a solid 52.2 percent from the floor and connected on eight of 23 three-point attempts. Portland kept San Antonio in the game at the free throw line: the Trail Blazers were seven of 10 at the stripe to the Spurs’ 19 of 26. McCollum had 25 points to lead Portland in the win. Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder The Trail Blazers come into this one 21st in the league in scoring with 102.9 points per game. The Trail Blazers are 8th in the league in rebounding as they collect 44.8 boards a night. Portland is 30th in the league in assists with 18.8 per contest. The Trail Blazers are above average defensively as they come in 6th in the league by allowing 101.8 points a night. Damian Lillard is leading the team in scoring for the Blazers as he rings up 24.9 points per game while dishing out 6.3 assists per contest. Lillard missed five games with a strained hamstring before returning against the Cavaliers January 2. He missed the game against the Spurs and is questionable here. CJ McCollum (21.3 points) and Maurice Harkless are both veteran options for the Blazers. Al-Farouq Aminu (9.5 points, 6.8 rebounds), Jusuf Nurkic (14.6 points, eight rebounds), Pat Connaughton, Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard and Evan Turner (8.5 points, 3.7 rebounds) all contribute solidly on the offensive end for Portland’s attack. Portland is tied for 24th in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 44.8 percent from the floor. The Trail Blazers are knocking down 9.4 three-pointers a night, which is 22nd in the leaguewhile ranking 8th in the league by shooting 37.2 percent from downtown. Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors Live

Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors It’s a clash of Eastern Conference foes north of the border. The Miami Heat is on the road as they take on the Toronto Raptors Live  Tuesday night. Miami won their fourth straight by edging Utah 103-102 at home Sunday afternoon. Toronto was in action on Monday night on the road as they faced the Nets looking to extend their four-game win streak. The Heat owns a 50-29 advantage in the all-time regular-season series between the teams but the Raptors have won six of the last seven, including three of four last season.

Miami Heat Goes For Fifth Straight Win

Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors Live Stream to rally from a fourth-quarter deficit to pick up the win over a scrappy Jazz team. The Heat trailed by eight in the fourth quarter but rallied for the win when Josh Richardson hit a layup with 5.1 seconds to play. Miami still had to withstand a potential game-winner by Donovan Mitchell that missed. The Heat shot 48.2 percent from the field and connected on nine of 29 three-point attempts in the contest. Miami overcame a 44-37 disadvantage on the glass by having six players in double figures: Tyler Johnson and Goran Dragic each had 16 points to lead the Heat in the win.

The Heat has been mediocre offensively so far this season, ranking 28th in the league with 100.9 points per game. Miami has been below average on the glass as they are 24th with 41.2 boards per game. The Heat is 22nd in assists with 21.3 dimes per contest. Miami comes in 7th in scoring defense as they allow 102.2 points per game. Hassan Whiteside is the big man in the low block with 14 points plus 11.5 boards a night but has missed 18 games this season with a knee bruise. Goran Dragic averages 16.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game while Dion Waiters puts up 14.3 points per contest. James Johnson (10.8 points, 5.2 boards, 3.9 assists), Kelly Olynyk (10.5 points, 5.9 rebounds) and Josh Richardson (12.8 points, 3.2 rebounds) are solid secondary options. The Heat also look to Wayne Ellington, Tyler Johnson and Justise Winslow to contribute on both ends. Miami is tied for 15th in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.5 percent as a team. The Heat stands 6th with 11.6 three pointers a night and 13th in three point shooting at 36.7 percent.

Scouting report: This is the first game of the three-game season series and the Heat’s lone visit to Toronto . . . The Heat went 1-3 against the Raptors last season and have lost six of the last seven regular-season meetings, as well as their last five regular-season visits to Air Canada Centre . . . The Heat’s last regular-season victory in Toronto was on Nov. 29, 2013 . . . The game opens a back-to-back set for the Heat that concludes Wednesday in Indiana, with this the start of a run of seven of eight games on the road . . . The Heat enter 11-8 on the road, with victories in five of their last six road games . . . The Heat are coming off Sunday’s 103-102 victory over the Jazz, on a season-best, four-game winning streak, with victories in 11 of their last 14 . . . The game concludes a back-to-back set for the Raptors, coming off a Monday game in Brooklyn . . . The Raptors enter 3-2 on the second nights of such pairings . . . Justise Winslow (knee), Dion Waiters (ankle). Rodney McGruder (leg) and Okaro White (foot) are out for the Heat, with Derrick Walton Jr. and A.J. Hammons on G League assignment . . . For the Raptors, Bruno Caboclo, Alfonzo McKinnie and Malcolm Miller are on G League assignment.

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Toronto Raptors Shoot to Keep Rolling at Home

Toronto was in action on the road as they traveled to face the Nets in an Atlantic Division matchup Monday night. The Raptors went into Monday’s contest 8-2 in their last 10 games and winners of four straight contests. Toronto was second in the Eastern Conference standings: they trailed Boston by three games for both the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division lead. The Raptors are 8.5 games ahead of the ninth-place 76ers in the playoff race. Toronto is 14-1 at home and has gone 16-4 against Eastern Conference foes this season.

The Raptors currently are 3rd in the league by averaging 112.1 points per game. Toronto stands in the bottom half of the league on the glass, ranking 18th with 42.6 boards per game. The Raptors are 11th in the league in assists with 22.9 dimes a night. Toronto is 10th in scoring defense as they give up 104 points per game. DeMar DeRozan leads Toronto with 25 points plus 4.9 assists per contest. Jonas Valanciunas averages 10.9 points plus 7.7 boards per contest. Kyle Lowry is the floor general for the Raptors and he contributes with 16.2 points plus 6.1 boards and 6.9 assists per game. Toronto receives solid production from guys like Serge Ibaka (14 points, 6.1 rebounds) and Norman Powell: CJ Miles (9.8 points), Lucas Nogueira, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby and Delon Wright are being looked at to contribute for coach Dwane Casey’s group. The Raptors are 6th in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 47.5 percent from the field. Toronto is 8th in the league by sinking 11.3 three pointers per game. The Raptors are tied for 25th in the league in three point shooting as they hit 35.2 percent from beyond the arc.

Trends:

Miami

Heat are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600

Toronto

 Raptors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast

Raptors are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference

Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games

Miami dug down to rally to down the Jazz but that game was at home. The Heat now has to go on the road, where they are 10-8 on the year, to face a Toronto team that has been lights out at home. The Raptors have strung up a 14-1 home record with their lone home defeat coming to the Wizards, a team they promptly dusted in the rematch at the Air Canada Centre. Sure, Toronto is playing the second game of a back to back here but they still get the upper hand being at home here. Give the points and take the Raptors in this contest.

Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls

Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls Timing is everything A month ago, a Rockets-Bulls game looked like a guaranteed Rockets win. Yet here we are, with Houston losers of seven of their last nine games and Chicago on a 11-6 stretch.

Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls Pau Gasol finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds, Butler scored 24 points in his return from a strained left knee, and the Bulls snapped a four-game losing streak with a 108-100 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls Gasol hit four free throws after Patrick Beverley nailed a 3-pointer to cut it to 104-100 with 34.8 seconds remaining. And Chicago withstood a late rally to avoid matching its longest skid even though James Harden scored 36 for Houston. The Bulls also moved a half-game ahead of Detroit for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

“I don’t ever think that we’re gonna lose,” Butler said.

Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls Gasol delivered his 35th double-double and Butler added 11 rebounds after missing the previous 11 games.

The Houston Rockets hit the road to take on the Chicago Bulls for a Monday night contest. The two teams will matchup for the first time this season. Houston has lost seven of their last nine games. The Rockets are second in the league in scoring (114.8 ppg), but they’re 21st in defense (107.1 ppg). With James Harden out with hamstring strain, the Rockets offense will be led by Chris Paul. Paul is averaging 17.2 points, 9.3 assists, and 5.4 rebounds. Chicago has lost four of their last five games.

Trends:

The Houston Rockets are:

3-9 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Central.

1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.

1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference.

The Chicago Bulls are:

7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.

7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.

15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall.

Houston has the massive edge with Paul and Gordon in the perimeter. However the Bulls have been a tough out and have talent down low with Mirotic and Markkanen. Look for the Bulls to keep the game close if they don’t win outright.

IN BRIEF:

Rockets

Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls The Rockets have lost seven of their past nine games, and four of their past five road games … The Rockets swept last season’s games against the Bulls after losing four of the previous five meetings … The Rockets have had the 28th ranked defense in their past 10 games … Forward/guard Gerald Green has averaged 19.8 points in 27.9 minutes per game on 53.2 percent shooting in his past five games … Since moving into the starting lineup, Eric Gordon has averaged 6.7 assists. He averaged 1.2 assists in his previous 18 games … In the past 15 games, P.J. Tucker has made 25.6 percent of his 3s, Ryan Anderson 24.6 percent … Center Nene (bruised right knee), guard James Harden (strained hamstring) and forwards Luc Mbah a Moute (dislocated shoulder) and Troy Williams (knee) are out.

Bulls

The Bulls won in Dallas on Friday to snap a three-game losing streak, scoring a season-high 127 points, but were blown out in Indianapolis in the second half of the back-to-back … The Bulls have gone 10-6 since Dec. 8, when forward Nikola Mirotic returned from facial fractures suffered in a preseason fight with teammate Bobby Portis, going 7-2 at home in that stretch … The Bulls’ 425 3-pointers are a franchise record through 40 games, though they rank 14th in the NBA in 3s per game … The Bulls are the 29th ranked offensive team, but rank 14th since their turnaround beginning Dec. 8 … Mirotic is averaging 17.4 points, making 46.5 percent of his 3s to rank third in the NBA … Forward Lauri Markkanen is averaging 14.9 points per game, fourth among rookies. His 7.5 rebounds per game rank second … Guards Zach LaVine (left ACL) and Cameron Payne (right foot) are out. Houston Rockets vs Chicago Bulls.

Rockets: F Michael Beasley played 4:16 after signing with Houston on Friday. The second overall pick in the 2008 draft, he spent this season in the Chinese Basketball Association and had not played in an NBA game since last year with Miami. “We’re not going to throw him right into the fire so he has a chance to succeed,” Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Live

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Minny suffered setbacks to Milwaukee, Brooklyn and Boston in the last week and a half but took out their frustrations on the New Orleans Pelicans in a 116-98 triumph on Friday. The Timberwolves have held their last five opponents to under 100 points and have fared well on the other end of the floor thanks to a 48.9 percent shooting effort vs the Pelicans.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves is working Isaiah Thomas into the lineup right now, and the diminutive point guard scored 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 21 minutes of play in his first start in a 131-127 win over the Orlando Magic on Saturday. LeBron James was his usual dominant self in that game, as the superstar fell an assist shy of a triple-double while notching 33 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and six steals in his first 30-point performance of 2018.

OVER bettors are profiting in a big way when the Cavs and Timberwolves meet, as the OVER is 4-0 in the last four between the squads.

Oddsmakers at BetOnline opened the Minnesota Timberwolves as 2.5-point underdogs in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 218 earlier at Bovada.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 108-100 result in favor of the Timberwolves. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will look to vanquish their hosts on Monday, as they are 12-26-1 versus the spread this season, while the Minnesota Timberwolves are 18-21-2 ATS. Cleveland is 19-19-1 against the points scored total betting line, while Minnesota is 20-20-1 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Cleveland injuries news.

The power rankings show the Timberwolves rated this week at No. 6 and the Cavaliers sitting at No. 5.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves They snapped a five-game losing streak on the road Saturday. … Cleveland hasn’t won two in a row since Dec. 16-17, a span of eight games. … The Cavs have won their last six against Minnesota, and LeBron James has shot .744 from the field in the last three of those games (32-of-43). Cleveland’s average margin of victory over the Wolves is 17.7 points during this stretch. … Isaiah Thomas has at least one 3 in 59 consecutive games, for the second-longest active streak in the NBA. … On Saturday, the Cavs set season highs for points (131), second-chance points (23), and fast-break points. They scored 107 through three quarters against Orlando, which, according to Elias Sports, was the third-highest total entering the fourth quarter in franchise history. … Dwyane Wade is the only bench player in the league averaging at least 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, and one steal per game. … Since Nov. 18, Kevin Love is shooting .466 from 3-point range (61-of-131) and is averaging 22.2 points and 9.6 rebounds over those 18 games.

This is the Cavs’ first look at Jimmy Butler in a Minnesota uniform. He’s the Wolves’ leading scorer at 21.5 ppg. C Karl-Anthony Towns is right there with 20.2 ppg and leads the team with 11.9 rebounds per game. … PG Jeff Teague has missed the last six games with a sprained ligament in his left knee. Tyus Jones, whom the Cavs drafted and shipped to Minnesota in 2015, starts for Teague. … The Wolves are 11-games better through 41 games than they were last season. This is their third-best start in team history. … They beat New Orleans Saturday, 116-98, to start a five-game homestand. … Minnesota has the fifth-rated offense in the league (109.8 points per 100 possessions). The Cavs’ offense is tied for third (111.0).

MINNEAPOLIS — With center Karl-Anthony Towns becoming more active on the defensive end, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ defense is starting to complement their fifth-rated offense.

Isaiah Thomas’ return has the Cleveland Cavaliers’ offense at its best.The two teams meet Monday in an important game for each.

The Timberwolves opened a five-game homestand on Saturday with a dominant 116-98 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Minnesota hosts Cleveland, Oklahoma City, New York and Portland in the big stretch.

“It’s getting better,” Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson said of the defense after beating New Orleans. “The more we’re locked in, the more sense of urgency we have. Our defense plays a big part in it.

“We understood we needed to get this win tonight, especially after a tough two games on the road. We had to bounce back on our part. We know we have another tough one coming up. The rest of the week is going to be tough.”

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Minnesota Timberwolves The Cavaliers scored a season-high 131 points at Orlando on Saturday in a 131-127 victory. Cleveland recovered from a 102-88 loss at Boston during a five-game road trip that will also take it to Toronto and Indiana this week.

“I think by being out there it’s unlocking another level, for sure,” Thomas told Cleveland.com. “With me, I’m able to push the pace a little more, get the ball out of (LeBron James’) hands and show the defense something different that they haven’t seen all year.

“I think with me being out there it definitely gives us another level that we can reach. I know I’m on a minutes restriction now, but the whole time I’m out there, especially when I have the ball, my job is to put as much pressure on the defense as possible. I think I’ve done a pretty good job of that so far.”

Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets Live

Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets a pair of Atlantic division rivals renew their acquaintance inside the huge Apple. The Toronto Raptors are on the road as they tour to stand the Brooklyn Nets Monday night. Toronto received their fourth instantly as they downed the greenbacks 129-110 on the road Friday night. Brooklyn had their two sport win streak snapped with an 87-eighty five home loss to the Celtics Saturday night time. The Raptors maintain a forty seven-39 benefit inside the all-time ordinary season collection and have received 9 immediately conferences, inclusive of a 120-87 domestic win in the first matchup this season December 15.
The match is at Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7:35pm.

NY (AP) The Brooklyn Nets won a sport nights earlier whilst Deron Williams neglected within the lane and Brook Lopez scored on a rebound.

Fortuitously for them, Thaddeus younger didn’t anticipate that going on once more.

younger swooped in to make the tiebreaking basket on a observe shot with 22 seconds left after misses by way of Williams and Lopez, and the Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 114-109 on Friday night time for their season-high 6th directly victory.

“I are aware of it’s a important second of the game, so you have to make those kinds of massive performs,” younger said.

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Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, OG Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas

Brooklyn: Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, Allen Crabbe, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Tyler Zeller

The Raptors have received nine directly Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets games in opposition to the Nets, such as 4 on the street . . . this can be Toronto’s twenty third avenue recreation of the season. No NBA group has played greater . . . Toronto has played a league-low 15 video games at home, putting up a league-best 14-1 file at Air Canada Centre . . . With the alternatives for available gyms apparently constrained, the Raptors practised Sunday at a midtown new york health club belonging to the NBA players’ affiliation. the power, usually open to gamers for person exercises, is notably smaller than a regulation NBA courtroom. Toronto coach Dwane Casey said the gymnasium is “not conducive for team exercise. but we were given what we desired in. got the paintings in we wanted.”

Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets Live

Williams scored a season-excessive 31 factors and Lopez brought 30 points and 17 rebounds for the Nets, who’ve surged into seventh region inside the eastern convention. younger, obtained from Minnesota for Kevin Garnett in February, tied his season excessive with 29 factors.

DeMar DeRozan completed with 27 factors, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Raptors, who fell a game at the back of Chicago for 0.33 vicinity within the East.

“We could have completed plenty higher activity,” DeRozan said. “If we’d have were given quite a few vital rebounds on the give up of the game, we might have gained.”

Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets Lopez had his 5th 30-point game within the remaining 9, even as Williams additionally passed out eleven assists.

And the Nets wished it all to win every other thriller against the Raptors, the group they removed in seven video games inside the first spherical of remaining 12 months’s playoffs. This turned into the 5th instantly normal-season recreation among the groups right here determined through 5 points or fewer.

Toronto Raptors are looking for fifth immediately Victory

Toronto received their fourth directly recreation as they treated the dollars on the road. The Raptors now have had  days of relaxation as they prepare for their 5th straight victory. Toronto led by way of simply two on the half of however took manipulate of the game through outscoring Milwaukee forty three-19 in the third quarter to blow the sport open. The Raptors shot a strong fifty five.eight percent from the field and went 10 of 33 from three factor variety in the contest. Toronto received the rebounding battle 43-28 to help offset that Milwaukee shot fifty three.2 percentage in the sport. Serge Ibaka led the Raptors with 21 factors inside the victory as one in all seven players in double figures.

The Raptors presently are 3rd inside the league by averaging 112.1 points in line with recreation. Toronto stands within the backside 1/2 of the league on the glass, ranking 18th with forty two.6 forums consistent with recreation. The Raptors are 11th inside the league in assists with 22.nine dimes a night time. Toronto is ninth in scoring defense as they give up 104 factors in keeping with sport. DeMar DeRozan leads Toronto with 25 factors plus 4.nine assists in step with contest. Jonas Valanciunas averages 10.nine factors plus 7.7 boards in step with contest. Kyle Lowry is the floor wellknown for the Raptors and he contributes with sixteen.2 points plus 6.1 forums and six.nine assists in keeping with sport. Toronto receives strong manufacturing from guys like Serge Ibaka (14 factors, 6.1 rebounds) and Norman Powell: CJ Miles (nine.eight points), Lucas Nogueira, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby and Delon Wright are being looked at to make contributions for teach Dwane Casey’s institution. The Raptors are 6th within the league in field intention percentage by shooting forty seven.5 percentage from the sphere. Toronto is 8th inside the league through sinking eleven.three three tips consistent with sport. The Raptors are tied for 25th within the league in 3 point capturing as they hit 35.2 percentage from past the arc.

Brooklyn Nets strive for domestic division Win

Brooklyn went all the way down to the cord in opposition to the Celtics however ended up a bucket short in a low scoring, protecting affair. The Nets appearance to attempt to bounce back and take down a division rival on this contest. Brooklyn had 4 pictures to tie or win inside the very last seven seconds but came up empty, punctuating a frustrating offensive night time. The Nets shot just 33 percent within the contest and went a depressing six of 31 from 3 point range. Brooklyn hit 19 of twenty-two loose throws to Boston’s 8 of 15 and gained the rebounding conflict 55-44: they were harm by way of sixteen turnovers. Spencer Dinwiddie had 20 factors to steer the Nets inside the loss.

 

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Lowry’s again is feeling a better way to treatment and workout, although he realizes he cannot rehab as difficult as he would love. “on the stop of the day, you need relaxation on the subject of the returned,” he stated. “In relation to the returned, everybody knows it quite a whole lot shuts down when it is not equipped to move.”

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Milwaukee Bucks vs Indiana Pacers However headed into Wednesday’s meeting, the simplest harm seems to be a sore left knee that stored C.J. Miles out of the closing preseason games, as Indiana looks primed to peer its starting 5 take the floor in Evansville.

The dollars are a crew that on occasion resemble a basketball laboratory beneath the training of Jason Kidd. Oftentimes, the 6-foot, eleven-inch, Giannis Antetokounmpo handles the point defend responsibilities. Different instances, the 6-foot, 8-inch Jabari Parker will manipulate the ball.

The institution’s versatile lineup gives a wonderful matchup project, forcing smaller defenders to lineup against gamers with several inches of peak benefit.

Being the preseason, Indiana probable won’t be overly worried about countering Milwaukee’s stretchy lineup, and as a substitute focus at the areas of emphasis for the beginning 5.

The institution has gotten some run together in practice, but Wednesday figures to be the primary stay-recreation action the unit has seen, barring any injuries in the lead-as much as the sport.

After a disappointing overtime loss in Toronto on Monday night, the Milwaukee Bucks return home on Wednesday, when they’ll host the Indiana Pacers in their first game at the Bradley Center of 2018.

Wednesday’s matchup also represents the first meeting between the Central Division rivals of the season to date, although the Pacers did come away from Milwaukee with an 18-point victory during the preseason.

Broadcast Information

TV: Fox Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter)

Radio: 93.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)

Alabama vs Georgia | Live Stream, Watch CFP Championship College football 2018

Alabama vs Georgia Live occer Playoff countrywide Championship game in Atlanta on Monday. The wait is over for the most important game of the university soccer season. all and sundry from average Joes to expert bettors will lock in choices against the unfold, in which Alabama is preferred by means of four, however, there’s some other manner to coins in. Prop bets, or selections made on occurrences or non-occurrences in the sport inclusive of character stats or longest touchdown, are any other famous manner to bet on big games.

The National Championship game of university soccer between Georgia and Alabama will take place on Monday, Jan. 8with a kickoff begin time of eight:16 p.m. jam well-known Time.

Where is it going to happen?

The game will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

What team is home there/ usually plays there?

It’s the home of the Atlanta Falcons, winners of the 2017 Super Bowl Participation Award.

The following live streaming options will be updated closer to starting kickoff time.

Who’s playing in the arena?

This year’s matchup will pit perennial southern powerhouse the Alabama Crimson Tide against uh, perennial southern powerhouse the Georgia Bulldogs.

There representing teams and where are they?

The University of Alabama is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the University of Georgia is in Athens, Georgia.

What colors will they be wearing, Color?

Red. Just a lot of red. The Crimson Tide will be wearing white jerseys accented with, you guessed it, crimson. The Bulldogs will be wearing red jerseys with black and white accents.

Coaches of this two teams?

The Georgia instruct is Kirby smart, and the Alabama educate is former Alabama Senate write-in candidate Nick Saban.

The President of US is coming?

Oh, yeah President Trump is scheduled to attend the game, so when you have any plans of driving anywhere around Atlanta, um, do not.

Herschel Junior Walker is a former college and professional football player, bobsledder, sprinter and mixed martial artist. He played college football for the University of Georgia, earned consensus All-American honors three times and won the 1982 Heisman Trophy. One of the most loved and top voted players in the teams.

Ben Davis One of the most loved and top voted player in the team of Alabama.

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The pink Tide were hit difficult with linebacker injuries all season and they lost sophomore Anfernee Jennings (knee) against Clemson and he underwent surgical procedure. Alabama will do some similar linebacker reshuffling with senior Shaun Dion Hamilton (knee) and freshman Dylan Moses (foot) accomplished for the season but the unit still resolves round junior robust protection Minkah Fitzpatrick (nine profession interceptions, 4 lower back for touchdowns). Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts (808 dashing yards, 2,060 passing yards) is extra feared as a runner, however, has 17 touchdown passes against simply once interception as well as a star target in junior Calvin Ridley (fifty-nine receptions, 935 yards).

ABOUT THE TEAM OF GEORGIA

Michel, who averages 8 yards in line with bringing, galloped for a 27-yard, game-prevailing score against Oklahoma for his 16th dashing landing of the season, at the same time as Chubb has 15 dashing scores and a 6.4 backyard common. Fromm has surpassed for two,383 yards and 23 touchdowns towards only 5 interceptions whilst piloting an offense that averages 36.three factors in keeping with the game. Junior inner linebacker Roquan Smith, the SEC shielding participant of the 12 months, leads the Bulldogs with 124 tackles and five.5 sacks (the latter tied for group-leading honors with junior out of doors linebacker D’Andre Walker), whilst senior strong protection Dominick Sanders has a group-first-class four

At the end what I can assume, the game will be in the home of Georgia, so they will win with flying colors. Though prediction can go wrong. But it’s the most voted things online today.