Men’s College Basketball Tournament

Men’s College Basketball Tournament 2019 : The opening weekend of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament 2019 requires a multiple-screen experience. Even with the staggered start times Before the first set of NCAA men’s basketball tournament games end Thursday, your bracket could be busted

College-aged men don’t have a monopoly on March Madness. The NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament gets underway this month and promises as much buzzer-beating insanity as the men’s tournament.

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It’s not a foregone conclusion that the University of Connecticut Huskies will dominate the field and win another title this year. In fact, after their remarkable run of winning six titles in the eight years from 2009 through 2016, the UConn women haven’t won in two years. As the women’s game has grown, talent has spread beyond Storrs, Connecticut and allowed other schools to assemble teams capable of competing with the Huskies. Baylor is currently the top-ranked team in the land, and Notre Dame, South Carolina and Stanford are perennial powers.

The NCAA women’s basketball tournament tips off on Friday, March 22. The Women’s Final Four takes place on Friday, April 5 with the National Championship to follow on Sunday, April 7. Here’s how you can watch the games live, with or without a cable or satellite TV subscription.

What is the tournament schedule?
The tournament begins with 64 teams, and two weeks later only one will be standing.

March 22-25: Rounds 1 and 2
March 29-30: Sweet Sixteen
March 31 to April 1: Elite Eight
April 5: Final Four
April 7: National Championship Game
Which channels are the games on?
The games are broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2.

How can I watch for free?
WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app will have live streams of the games, but you will need to log in with a pay TV account (typically from a cable or satellite TV provider). You can live stream the games with a live-TV streaming service, no cable TV required.

Some things to know about live-TV streaming services:

You’ll need a solid internet connection.
You can watch any of them on TV as long as your smart TV has the service’s app. You can also watch on your TV using a media streamer, including Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV and Chromecast.
You can also watch on iPhones, Android phones and tablets and PC browsers.
You can sign up and cancel anytime, no contract required.
All of them offer free trial periods, so you can sign up to watch and then cancel.
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Sling TV Orange ($15)
Sling TV’s Sling Orange package includes ESPN and ESPN2 and costs usually costs $25 a month, but it’s currently discounted at $15 a month for the first three months for new subscribers.

NCAA Tournament 2019

NCAA Tournament 2019: March Madness bracket picks, top predictions from advanced computer model The 2019 NCAA Tournament features one of the most memorable March Madness brackets in recent history.

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The ACC became just the second conference ever to have three No. 1 seeds when Duke, Virginia and North Carolina all claimed the top spot in their region.

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Duke is the overall No. 1 seed in the entire NCAA Tournament for the 14th time and first in four years. Meanwhile, Gonzaga, the runner-up two years ago, was awarded the fourth No. 1 seed in the 2019 NCAA tournament, the first time the Bulldogs have sat atop their region since 2017. However, don’t expect all four No. 1 seeds to advance to the Final Four. In fact, all four top seeds have won their regions only once, and that was more than a decade ago in 2008. With so much uncertainty surrounding which teams will dish out NCAA Tournament upsets and which schools will turn heads, you’ll want to see what SportsLine’s advanced computer model has to say before locking in your 2019 March Madness picks.

Their proven projection model has simulated every game in the tournament 10,000 times. It absolutely crushed its March Madness picks last year, finishing in the top five percent of all CBS Sports brackets and calling Villanova to win it all.

It knows how to spot an upset as well. The same model has produced brackets that have nailed 12 of the 18 first-round upsets by double-digit seeds the last three years. It also nailed some massive upsets last year, including huge wins by No. 13 seed Buffalo over No. 4 seed Arizona, No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago over No. 6 seed Miami, and No. 10 seed Butler over No. 7 seed Arkansas.

There’s simply no reason to rely on luck when there’s proven technology to help you dominate your 2019 NCAA Tournament pools. Now, the model has simulated every possible matchup in the 2019 NCAA Tournament and revealed its optimal bracket. You can only see it over at SportsLine.

If you’re looking for a pick that will give you a huge edge in your 2019 March Madness bracket, SportsLine’s model says you should back No. 5 Marquette with confidence. Look for the Golden Eagles to bounce back from a tough end of the season to make a Sweet 16 run.

The Golden Eagles are coming off a strong 24-9 season in which they finished second in the Big East and had several head-turning victories. They defeated Louisville, Kansas State, and Wisconsin during the non-conference slate and went 12-6 in the Big East even though they ended the season with a tough stretch.

The model projects that Marquette bounces back and makes a run to the Sweet 16 now that its offense has turned it around, scoring an average of 83 points in its last three games after failing to break 65 in its three previous contests. The Golden Eagles will start their tournament run with a highly-anticipated 5 vs. 12 matchup against Murray State that has many people calling an early March Madness upset.

That game will pit Big East Player of the Year Markus Howard against a future top-five pick in the NBA Draft, Murray State’s Ja Morant. Both guards are explosive scorers, but the model gives the edge to Howard and Marquette with the expectation that they’ll put their recent struggles behind them. Both teams can score, but Marquette is a much better three-point shooting team (39 percent to 34 percent), which is why you should lock in the Golden Eagles to the Sweet 16 as one of your top 2019 March Madness picks.

Another curveball: the No. 9 seed Baylor Bears win the always-tough-to-predict 8 vs. 9 matchup against Syracuse. Baylor stumbled down the stretch, losing four of its last five games entering March Madness 2019. However, the Bears will have a distinct advantage over Syracuse in the first round.

Baylor enters Thursday’s game ranked 11th in the nation in offensive rebounding at 13.39 per game, while Syracuse is just 273rd in defensive rebounding (24), making for a perfect storm. If the Bears are able to crash the glass and get plenty of second chance opportunities against the Orange, they’ll have a strong shot of advancing to the second round.

The Bears are also a strong defensive team, holding opponents to just 67.2 points per game. That bodes well for Baylor since Syracuse’s offense has struggled recently, scoring 55 points or fewer in two of its last four games. SportsLine’s optimal 2019 March Madness bracket says you can bank on the Bears to pull off the upset in over 50 percent of simulations and get a date in the Round of 32 with Gonzaga.

Warriors vs Spurs

Warriors vs Spurs : Warriors star ruled out against Thunder Steve Kerr expects him to play Monday vs. Spurs. The San Antonio Spurs are enjoying a season-best eight-game winning streak heading into a home date with the Golden State Warriors. The road trip continues in San Antonio on Monday as the Dubs get set to take on the Spurs in the first game of a back-to-back.

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The goal looked a little more in focus after the Sixers’ 130-125 victory. What it lacked in drama — after the early minutes of the second quarter, Philadelphia’s lead only slipped to within a single possession in the final seconds, with Milwaukee desperately fouling — it made up for in moments. And individual performances. And strategies and counters to file away should they see each other again in May (they also meet April 4 in Philadelphia).

More than a few Sixers referred afterward to Milwaukee as the NBA’s best team “by record,” an asterisk implied. You’ll get arguments on both sides whether there truly are “statement games” that have legs into the playoffs. So let’s just say Philadelphia laid down a marker.

And its greatest challenge will come from within.

“The key thing is we’ve all got to stay healthy,” Embiid said of the next four weeks. “We go from there. We play together. We’re learning how to play with each other. We feel comfortable with each other. We know where all of us want the ball at when we’re all comfortable. We’ve got time to figure it all out. We’ve won four games in a row, so that’s a good start.”

Durant is out again tonight against his former team as he continues to nurse an injured ankle. The Dubs will count on Klay Thompson, who has led the Warriors in scoring in each of the last three games. Meanwhile, the Thunder are coming off a last-second loss to the Pacers on Thursday and currently sit in 5th place in the West. Superstars Russell Westbrook and Paul George lead the way for OKC.

Embiid was a monster for the Sixers with 40 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and three steals. His most promising stat might have been his 15-of-31 shooting. Twice this season, the Philadelphia center had been limited (by his team or the other guys) to single digits in field-goal attempts. Eight of the 11 games in which he shot the ball 15 times or fewer came before Christmas.

But he’s averaging about 22 shots in his four games back after missing eight (left knee soreness) after the All-Star break. That’s a career high level and a better number both for him and his team, made possible by the threats surrounding him now.

Butler, meanwhile, scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, taking command at his favorite time of the game and taking air out of the ball from Milwaukee’s late gasps.

As for Giannis Antetokounmpo’s monster performance — a career-high 52 points, with 16 rebounds, seven assists, a plus-12 rating, 19-of-21 from the foul line and three 3-pointer in eight tries — even that meant something positive for the Sixers. They stuck to their schemes, didn’t overreact to the Greek Freak’s enormity and got some video to bone up on, should they meet for four or more this spring.

Nuggets vs Celtics

Nuggets vs Celtics : The Nuggets maintain their recent momentum or will the Celtics come up with a home victory when the teams meet in Beantown Monday. Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets, two teams near the playoffs with few victories necessary to reach post season. The Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics meet Monday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

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The Sixers, meanwhile, were jazzed about starting their preferred lineup for only the seventh time all season. Tobias Harris’ arrival last month before the trade deadline, followed by injuries to Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler, had limited coach Brett Brown to just a half dozen games to all three with backcourt Ben Simmons and J.J. Redick. Continuity matters for contenders, as does familiarity, so Philadelphia had four weeks beginning Sunday to get fully acquainted.

Said Brown: “There is no right to have a fluid side and a chemistry and symmetry. [We] have no right to have that. It’s not anybody’s fault but the calendar’s. Growing and being excited about that and trying to polish that before the playoffs begin is our goal.”

The goal looked a little more in focus after the Sixers’ 130-125 victory. What it lacked in drama — after the early minutes of the second quarter, Philadelphia’s lead only slipped to within a single possession in the final seconds, with Milwaukee desperately fouling — it made up for in moments. And individual performances. And strategies and counters to file away should they see each other again in May (they also meet April 4 in Philadelphia).

Durant is out again tonight against his former team as he continues to nurse an injured ankle. The Dubs will count on Klay Thompson, who has led the Warriors in scoring in each of the last three games. Meanwhile, the Thunder are coming off a last-second loss to the Pacers on Thursday and currently sit in 5th place in the West. Superstars Russell Westbrook and Paul George lead the way for OKC.

It’s become reflexive at this point: You see a marquee matchup on the regular season schedule and even as your pulse starts to quicken, you talk yourself down.

Sure, you want to see the big-name teams with the brightest stars in the network games. But if the calendar says anything before the second weekend in April, you’ve learned to have your guard up. Injuries, “load management,” rotation tinkering and even occasional sandbagging can thwart a showdown in the regular season that would have NBA fans salivating in the postseason.

Fortunately for folks showing up and tuning in Sunday afternoon, neither the Philadelphia 76ers nor the Milwaukee Bucks were in position to play left-hand through their matinee at Fiserv Forum.

Though he very much would have preferred a win over Philadelphia, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 52-point performance on Sunday marked a different sort of achievement. The Bucks superstar became the 11th different player to score at least 50 points in a game this season, which sets a new NBA record.

It didn’t take the league long to break the previous record of 10 set in 2016-17. All but one of this season’s 50-point scorers were 2018-19 All-Stars, the lone exception being Minnesota’s Derrick Rose.

Harden has accounted for the most 50-point games this season (six), with three of them coming in a 12-day span in January. No other player has reached the 50-point plateau more than once in 2018-19. The Warriors face the Thunder on Saturday night in a potential Western Conference playoff preview. Golden State is coming off one of its best wins of the season, beating the Rockets on Wednesday without star forward Kevin Durant.

Trail Blazers vs Pacers

Trail Blazers vs Pacers : The Indiana Pacers have been in a bit of a rut lately as they’ve lost six of Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers have been in great Indiana travels to Portland to take on Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers on Monday, March 18 at 10:30 PM ET. The Portland Trail Blazers (42-27) host the Indiana Pacers (44-26) Monday night at the Moda Center. The Pacers found their way back after recent lopsided losses at the Portland Trail Blazers, L.A. Clippers and Golden State Warriors.

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“He’s a problem down there,” Myles Turner said of Sabonis, his backup who spent his rookie season with the Thunder before being traded to Indy with Victor Oladipo for George. “They can’t single-team him. They had to come with double-teams and he was unstoppable tonight. It has to feel good coming against a former team.”

Young could’ve returned to the game, but the veteran urged coach Nate McMillan to let him sit even though his defense against George and Russell Westbrook (19 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists) was needed. The combination of Turner and Sabonis, who don’t often play together this late in games, clicked.

Matthews (16 points, seven rebounds, two steals), a 6-5 guard who can defend small forwards, did the job on both ends late. He had a pair of 3s and an extra pass to get Bojan Bogdanovic (23 points) a 3. Collison (17 points, seven assists, six rebounds, four steals) cut the deficit to 99-98 on a layup with 4:04 left.

They took the lead 104-101 playing through Bogdanovic. He found Turner (10 points, six rebounds) diving to the rim off of a ball screen for a dunk. They ran a similar action again and Bogdanovic used a hesitation dribble for the layup.

George’s 3 tied the score, and he gave Oklahoma City (42-27) the lead one last time with free throws. Sabonis tied it on a post-up move.

When Wesley Matthews hit the market as a free agent last month, he had his share of suitors, including the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Paul George led his recruitment. He said no to George, and on Thursday night, his tip-in with 1.8 seconds left gave the Indiana Pacers an improbable 108-106 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to cap a 19-point comeback in the second half.

“I’m glad he came here,” said Thaddeus Young, who stayed on the bench during the final 6:25, leaving with the Pacers behind 96-85. “That would’ve been a problem on our hands if he wound up against us. He’s coming up huge for us day by day. He has great leadership, a powerful voice in this locker room.”

It’s a crucial point in the season as the Pacers try to maintain a top-four seed in the East, which would bring homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. It’s also a grand sendoff as the Pacers leave home on a two-game win streak to start a Western swing at the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, L.A. Clippers and Golden State Warriors.

They’d lost five of their previous seven games and haven’t been themselves post All-Star break.

Then it was Matthews saving the game. He harassed George into a mishandle and a turnover by stepping on the sideline with 38.3 seconds left.

Bogdanovic turned it over, but Collison stole it back from George. That set up the final sequence as Matthews crashed the boards on Bogdanovic’s miss, climbing over Westbrook to send the sellout crowd into a frenzy.

Jazz vs Wizards

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The Bucks were at home, defending a 27-5 mark in Milwaukee while coping with the loss of starting guard Malcolm Brogdon (right foot, plantar fascia tear). Brogdon is the only player in the league shooting at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from the arc and 90 percent from the foul line. His absence would show in a shaky shooting performance by his teammates.

The Sixers, meanwhile, were jazzed about starting their preferred lineup for only the seventh time all season. Tobias Harris’ arrival last month before the trade deadline, followed by injuries to Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler, had limited coach Brett Brown to just a half dozen games to all three with backcourt Ben Simmons and J.J. Redick. Continuity matters for contenders, as does familiarity, so Philadelphia had four weeks beginning Sunday to get fully acquainted.

Said Brown: “There is no right to have a fluid side and a chemistry and symmetry. [We] have no right to have that. It’s not anybody’s fault but the calendar’s. Growing and being excited about that and trying to polish that before the playoffs begin is our goal.”

The goal looked a little more in focus after the Sixers’ 130-125 victory. What it lacked in drama — after the early minutes of the second quarter, Philadelphia’s lead only slipped to within a single possession in the final seconds, with Milwaukee desperately fouling — it made up for in moments. And individual performances. And strategies and counters to file away should they see each other again in May (they also meet April 4 in Philadelphia).

Durant is out again tonight against his former team as he continues to nurse an injured ankle. The Dubs will count on Klay Thompson, who has led the Warriors in scoring in each of the last three games. Meanwhile, the Thunder are coming off a last-second loss to the Pacers on Thursday and currently sit in 5th place in the West. Superstars Russell Westbrook and Paul George lead the way for OKC.

It’s become reflexive at this point: You see a marquee matchup on the regular season schedule and even as your pulse starts to quicken, you talk yourself down.

Sure, you want to see the big-name teams with the brightest stars in the network games. But if the calendar says anything before the second weekend in April, you’ve learned to have your guard up. Injuries, “load management,” rotation tinkering and even occasional sandbagging can thwart a showdown in the regular season that would have NBA fans salivating in the postseason.

Fortunately for folks showing up and tuning in Sunday afternoon, neither the Philadelphia 76ers nor the Milwaukee Bucks were in position to play left-hand through their matinee at Fiserv Forum.

Bulls vs Suns

Bulls vs Suns :  The Chicago Bulls could use a win after Hours after Bulls coach Jim Boylen was ejected for arguing with LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Friday night, Zach LaVine contacted Chicago’s front office, The Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns meet Monday in NBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Kings will host the Nets, Mavs, and Suns this week before heading back out on the road for another five-game trip starting Sunday Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni found himself in a playful mood after his team extended its NBA-best win streak to nine

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In their previous meeting earlier this season the Rockets won on the road with a 110-118 score. Rockets have a 24-10 home record, while the Suns are 6-29 on the road. Rockets are better both offensively, scoring 112.9 ppg to Suns’ 106.8 and defensively, allowing 110.1 ppg to Suns’ 115.9. Suns have a better field goal percentage (45.7% to 44.7%), while Rockets have a better 3-point percentage (34.8% to 33%). Rockets are better both in boards grabbed (41.6 to 40.2) and in turnovers committed (13 to 15.1), while Suns are better in dimes made (23.9 to 20.9). Rockets are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -13 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home victory.

HOUSTON — Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni found himself in a playful mood after his team extended its NBA-best win streak to nine games Monday with a 118-106 victory over the Charlotte Hornets behind a 28-point night from James Harden.

So when the focus shifted toward Wednesday’s showdown against the Golden State Warriors, D’Antoni wasted little time delivering a zinger.

Houston Rockets have a 42-26 record (31-35-2 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Thunder in the third place of the West. In their last game they saw a nine-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Warriors with a 104-106 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 36 ppg, adding 6.5 boards and 7.5 dimes per game. He is followed by Clint Capela with 16.7 ppg and a team high 12.5 boards per game.

Phoenix Suns have a 16-53 record (31-38 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the last place of the West. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they won at home against the Jazz with a 97-114 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Devin Booker with 25.1 ppg, adding 4.1 boards and a team high 6.7 dimes per game. He is followed by TJ Warren with 18 ppg and 4 boards per game he is out with an injury.

Asked what he thought of Warriors guard Stephen Curry, mentioning Oakland has “an opportunity to send a statement” against the Rockets after it fell 115-111 on Sunday to the Phoenix Suns, D’Antoni didn’t hesitate.

“Yeah, well, they should have probably said it before the game,” D’Antoni said, laughing. “I’m sure they are. Why wouldn’t they? I’d be surprised if they didn’t feel that way. They were going to make a statement. They were going to come out, they were going to play. They probably stated the obvious. If they didn’t say anything, I’m sure they’re thinking it. You know how today is. Everybody’s got something to say. I’ve got something to say.”

But if anyone was looking for bulletin-board material headed into Wednesday’s clash at the Toyota Center, they certainly wouldn’t have found it in the Rockets’ locker room after Monday’s win over the Hornets.

Golden State has dropped six of its past 10 outings, and hasn’t captured consecutive victories in almost a month, while the Rockets have racked up a record of 31-11 dating back to December after starting off the season with an 11-14 record.

Harden quickly pointed to “our defense” when asked about the most positive aspect of the team’s current win streak.

“We’ve been guarding, and that’s helping us offensively get out in transition and get easy points,” he said.

What proved difficult, however, was getting Harden to play into the hype surrounding the matchup against the Warriors.

Houston is also experiencing somewhat of a resurgence on defense, having held opponents to an average of 97.8 points over the past five games, after allowing 110 points or more in each of the six outings before. The Rockets have also limited opponents to less than 45 percent shooting in four consecutive games, allowing for a record dating back to last season of 44-9 when they hold opponents to less than a 45 percent clip.

Pistons vs Cavaliers

Pistons vs Cavaliers :  The Pistons continue their late season surge as they travel to the shores of Lake Erie as they face the Cavaliers in a Central Division clash. Get a summary of the Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game. The Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Monday in NBA action at the Quicken Loans Arena.

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Though he very much would have preferred a win over Philadelphia, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 52-point performance on Sunday marked a different sort of achievement. The Bucks superstar became the 11th different player to score at least 50 points in a game this season, which sets a new NBA record.

It didn’t take the league long to break the previous record of 10 set in 2016-17. All but one of this season’s 50-point scorers were 2018-19 All-Stars, the lone exception being Minnesota’s Derrick Rose.

Harden has accounted for the most 50-point games this season (six), with three of them coming in a 12-day span in January. No other player has reached the 50-point plateau more than once in 2018-19. The Warriors face the Thunder on Saturday night in a potential Western Conference playoff preview. Golden State is coming off one of its best wins of the season, beating the Rockets on Wednesday without star forward Kevin Durant.

Durant is out again tonight against his former team as he continues to nurse an injured ankle. The Dubs will count on Klay Thompson, who has led the Warriors in scoring in each of the last three games. Meanwhile, the Thunder are coming off a last-second loss to the Pacers on Thursday and currently sit in 5th place in the West. Superstars Russell Westbrook and Paul George lead the way for OKC.

It’s become reflexive at this point: You see a marquee matchup on the regular season schedule and even as your pulse starts to quicken, you talk yourself down.

Sure, you want to see the big-name teams with the brightest stars in the network games. But if the calendar says anything before the second weekend in April, you’ve learned to have your guard up. Injuries, “load management,” rotation tinkering and even occasional sandbagging can thwart a showdown in the regular season that would have NBA fans salivating in the postseason.

Fortunately for folks showing up and tuning in Sunday afternoon, neither the Philadelphia 76ers nor the Milwaukee Bucks were in position to play left-hand through their matinee at Fiserv Forum.

The Bucks were at home, defending a 27-5 mark in Milwaukee while coping with the loss of starting guard Malcolm Brogdon (right foot, plantar fascia tear). Brogdon is the only player in the league shooting at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from the arc and 90 percent from the foul line. His absence would show in a shaky shooting performance by his teammates.

The Sixers, meanwhile, were jazzed about starting their preferred lineup for only the seventh time all season. Tobias Harris’ arrival last month before the trade deadline, followed by injuries to Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler, had limited coach Brett Brown to just a half dozen games to all three with backcourt Ben Simmons and J.J. Redick. Continuity matters for contenders, as does familiarity, so Philadelphia had four weeks beginning Sunday to get fully acquainted.

“Sixers 3.0,” Redick said afterward of this latest incarnation.

Said Brown: “There is no right to have a fluid side and a chemistry and symmetry. [We] have no right to have that. It’s not anybody’s fault but the calendar’s. Growing and being excited about that and trying to polish that before the playoffs begin is our goal.”

The goal looked a little more in focus after the Sixers’ 130-125 victory. What it lacked in drama — after the early minutes of the second quarter, Philadelphia’s lead only slipped to within a single possession in the final seconds, with Milwaukee desperately fouling — it made up for in moments. And individual performances. And strategies and counters to file away should they see each other again in May (they also meet April 4 in Philadelphia).

Pelicans vs Mavericks

Pelicans vs Mavericks :  NBA history to post five consecutive triple-doubles when his New Orleans Pelicans The New Orleans Pelicans travel to Dallas Monday to face the Dallas Mavericks. Both teams are out of playoff contention The New Orleans Pelicans hope to put an end to a six-game losing streak on Monday when they go on the road to take on the Dallas Mavericks. The New Orleans Pelicans go on the road on Monday for a Western Conference showdown with the Dallas Mavericks Point guard Elfrid Payton looks to become the third player in

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The 19-year-old from Slovenia has become a sensation in the NBA with his charisma and lethal stepback jumper. Doncic is averaging 21.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game, and has already established himself as one of the best crunch-time players in the league.

Doncic is practically a shoe-in to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award, and figures to form a tremendous tandem with newest Mavs acquisition Kristaps Porzingis when both are healthy and available next season.

The New Orleans Pelicans pay a visit to the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center on Monday night

Doncic told Mavericks reporter Gerry Fraley that he felt a “pop” when he went up to collect a rebound in last Sunday’s loss to the Houston Rockets. Despite getting the all-clear to take the floor against the San Antonio Spurs just two days later, Doncic suffered one of his worst shooting nights of the season, going 1-7 beyond the arc and a stunning 1-9 from the free throw line.

Although Doncic nearly recorded a triple-double against the Denver Nuggets with 24 points (including a huge and-one dunk in the closing seconds), 11 rebounds and nine assists, he once again struggled from 3-point range and the charity stripe.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks have been in a serious slump as they’ve lost 12 of their last 14 games, but they will be breathing a little sigh of relief after snapping a seven-game skid with a hard-fought 121-116 home win over the Cavaliers on Saturday. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the team with 22 points on eight of 18 shooting, Dwight Powell and Jalen Brunson each scored 16 points while Max Kleber chipped in with 18 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. As a team, the Mavericks shot 51 percent from the field and 16 of 35 from the 3-point line as they led by double-digits early before holding off a late rally from the Cavaliers thanks to Dirk Nowitzki who scored 10 points in the fourth quarter. With the much-needed win, Dallas improved to 28-41 on the season and 22-13 at home.

Doncic was held out of Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he appears likely to play against the Pelicans on Monday.

Still, given the tenuous feeling surrounding Doncic’s injury and how much of a premium must be placed on his health, the Mavericks will be sure to monitor his status as often as possible..

The New Orleans Pelicans already have one eye on the upcoming offseason as they’ve lost eight of their last 11 games and they will be hoping to snap a six-game skid after falling just short against the Suns in a 138-136 overtime loss at home on Saturday. Julius Randle led the team with 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Elfrid Payton racked up a triple-double of 16 points with 13 rebounds and 16 assists while Anthony Davis and Jahlil Okafor each scored 15 points. As a team, the Pelicans shot 46 percent from the field and 15 of 30 from the 3-point line as the game went right down to the wire, but in a game full of highlights, the biggest play came from the Pelicans’ coach Alvin Gentry who made the big mistake of calling a timeout he didn’t have with the game tied and just 1.1 seconds left on the clock. The Suns’ Devin Booker would go onto make the game-winning technical as the Pelicans fell to 30-42 on the season and 18-17 at home.

Thunder vs Heat

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klahoma City Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook will miss Monday night’s game against the Miami Heat at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Westbrook, who closed with a triple-double in the Thunder’s victory last month at AmericanAirlines Arena, with 14 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds, was assessed his 16th technical foul of the season in the second quarter of Saturday night’s loss to the Golden State Warriors, reaching the league’s threshold for suspension.

The NBA reviews all technical fouls and already had rescinded two Westbrook technical fouls this season, calls that were made on Feb. 5 and Feb. 11. This time though Saturday’s call by referee Tyler Ford proved to be to be textbook, as Westbrook complained when called for a foul against Klay Thompson.

That led to NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki Vandeweghe formally announcing the suspension on Sunday.

Westbrook had declined to address the possibility of a suspension, responding “Next question” three times when asked about the technical foul and the implications of the call.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan said after the loss the decision rested with the NBA.

“Obviously, I want Russell playing and I want him out there,” Donovan said before the league’s announcement, “but we’ll see what happens and how this all shakes out.”

Westbrook shot 2 of 16 in the loss to the Warriors, including 0 for 7 on 3-pointers. He is averaging 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.5 assists.

Westbrook is backed up at point guard on the Thunder roster by veterans Dennis Schroder and Raymond Felton.

The Thunder are in a race with the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers for homecourt advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

The Heat’s leader in technical fouls is guard Justise Winslow, with four, with coach Erik Spoelstra having been called for three.

It is Westbrook’s first suspension for reaching the NBA’s technical-foul threshold. He also reached 16 technical fouls in 2014-15, but later had that 16th technical foul rescinded. The technical-foul meter is reset at the start of the playoffs.

The technical foul carries a $5,000 fine in addition to the loss of a game’s pay.

The game in Oklahoma City opens a three-game trip for the Heat that is followed by stops against the San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards.

Dwyane Wade said the Heat, battling for the No. 8 playoff spot on the East, are in no position to take anyone lightly, even without a leading man.

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“They’ve got Paul George. It’s not just one player,” Wade said after Sunday’s 93-75 victory over the Charlotte Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Waiters is the fourth Heat player this season to establish such a career-best streak.

Josh Richardson did it in 19 consecutive games from Nov. 13 to Jan. 4, Justise Winslow in 14 consecutive games from Nov. 16 to Dec. 14 and Kelly Olynyk in 11 consecutive games from Feb. 11 to March 8.

Winslow, who sat out Sunday with a thigh bruise, has an active 13-game streak that began Feb. 10.

As part of the team’s “Re-Heat” program, that Heat on Sunday delivered unserved food from Sunday game to Camillus House, with former Heat center Alonzo Mourning assisting in the process.

The program has delivered over 49,000 pounds of food to the Miami Rescue Mission and Chapman Partnership and Camillus House.