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NBA Predictions for December 28, 2012

 

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It’s a packed card tonight in the NBA.  Not a lot of interesting matchups but the Clippers try to keep it rolling as they’ve been dominating the Association in December.

Suns 84 187.5
Pacers 94 -7.5
Magic 94 184
Wizards 91 1.5
Heat 100 191.5
Pistons 94 7
Hawks 97 190.5
Cavs 91 5
Bobcats 91 193
Nets 103 -10.5
Raptors 92 183.5
Hornets 91 -2.5
Rockets 101 214
Spurs 113 -8
Nuggets 105 210
Mavericks 106 2.5
Clippers 97 192.5
Jazz 95 3
Knicks 101 199
Kings 98 4
76ers 97 198.5
Warriors 101 -5.5
Blazers 96 206
Lakers 110 -10

College Basketball Predictions for December 28, 2012

 

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Some good games tonight in college basketball as Missouri travels to UCLA and Baylor visits Gonzaga.  Definitely tune in to those.  Here’s how they’ll play out.

TEAM SCORE VEGAS LINE
Detroit Mercy 68 0
Temple 78 -7.5
Providence 71 130
Brown 63 12.5
Baylor 65 143
Gonzaga 78 -8.5
Yale 58 128.5
Nevada 72 -12.5
Missouri 71 150.5
UCLA 78 -4
Austin Peay 70 143
Utah Valley 73 -1.5
High Point 67 131.5
Chattanooga 64 2
Howard 52 124
Central Florida 73 -15.5
Boston U 63 138
Belmont 76 -9.5
Iona 71 147.5
St. Joseph’s PA 76 -7
Rider 61 138
Rutgers 77 -10.5
Southern Miss 64 124.5
Morehead State 60 2
Bowling Green 65 123
North Dakota 59 2.5
SIU-Edwardsville 50 121
St. Louis 70 -21.5
Jacksonville 52 153
Indiana 94 -37

 

College Basketball Predictions for December 27, 2012

 

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New Mexico at Cincinnati is the premier game of the day and can have tournament implications.  Both should be dancing in March but the winner here could see a higher seed.

TEAM SCORE VEGAS LINE
Florida Atlantic 63 130.5
Troy 67 -5
LA-Lafayette 61 134
Arkansas St 72 -7
Florida Int’l 65 135
Western Kentucky 69 -8.5
New Mexico 63 137.5
Cincinnati 75 -6
Rhode Island 58 138
St. Mary’s CA 80 -19.5
IUPU-Ft Wayne 67 142
Indiana-Purdue 73 1
Oakland 57 126
Western Illinois 66 -5
Northern Arizona 65 149
BYU 84 -17.5

NBA Predictions for December 27, 2012

 

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Big news out of the NBA today as the Nets let go of head coach Avery Johnson.  The ugly Christmas Day loss must have been the nail in the coffin after the apparent rift with Deron Williams.  Is this the second coach Williams has had fired in his career?  Many pointed at him when Jerry Sloan was let go in Utah.

A light night in the NBA.

TEAM SCORE VEGAS LINE
Mavericks 96 207.5
Thunder 109 -10
Celtics 92 190
Clippers 99 -8.5

XHL Draft Results

 

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The XHL draft was completed today at XHL headquarters.  Here are the players selected in the six round draft.

First Round

1.  San Jose Toros –  Evgeni Malkin (C)

2.  New York Bridgade – Henrik Lundqvist (G)

3.  Calgary Pumas – Sidney Crosby (C)

4.  Toronto Foxes – Claude Giroux (C)

5.  Boston Jackals – Jonathan Quick (G)

6.  Philadelphia Marauders – Steven Stamkos (C)

7.  Minneapolis Moose- Daniel Sedin (LW)

8.  Montreal Wolves- Alex Ovechkin  (LW)

9.  Chicago Towers- Patrick Sharp (LW)

10.  Ottawa Lynx- Corey Perry (RW)

11.  Portland Lumberjacks – James Neal (LW)

12.  Las Vegas Barons – Rick Nash (LW)

13.  Detroit Fenders- Pavel Datsyuk (C)

14.  St. Louis Stag – Pekka Rinne (G)

15.  Washington Bandits- John Tavares (C)

16.  Los Angeles Quakes –Anze Kopitar (C)

17.  Vancouver Bears- Jason Spezza (C)

18.  Denver Bison- Ilya Kovalchuck (LW)

19.  Pittsburgh Oxen- Jonathan Toews (C)

20.  Kansas City Rhinos – Henrik Sedin (C)

 

Second Round

21.  Vancouver – Marian Hossa (RW)

22.  New York – Eric Staal (C)

23.  Chicago – Henrik Zetterberg (C)

24.  Montreal – Tyler Seguin (RW)

25.  Detroit – Marc-Andre Fleury (G)

26.  Minneapolis – Erik Karlsson (D)

27.  Boston – Scott Hartnell (LW)

28.  Calgary – Shea Weber (D)

29.  Portland – Jimmy Howard (G)

30.  Toronto – Patrick Marleau (LW)

31.  Ottawa – Zdeno Chara (D)

32.  St. Louis – Patrick Kane (RW)

33.  Denver – Mike Smith (G)

34.  Las Vegas – Martin St. Louis (RW)

35.  Washington – Kris Letang (D)

36.  Los Angeles – Jarome Iginla (RW)

37.  Pittsburgh – Jordan Eberle (RW)

38.  Kansas City – Ryan Miller (G)

39.  Philadelphia – Dustin Byfuglien (D)

40.  San Jose – Phil Kessel (RW)

 

Third Round

41.  Minneapolis – David Backes (C)

42.  Ottawa – Jamie Benn (C)

43.  Vancouver – Taylor Hall (LW)

44.  Las Vegas – Brad Richards (C)

45.  New York – Marian Gaborik (RW)

46.  Pittsburgh – Jaroslav Halak (G)

47.  Toronto – Joe Pavelski (RW)

48.  Portland – Ryan Getzlaf (C)

49.  Philadelphia – Bobby Ryan (LW)

50.  Calgary – Milan Lucic (LW)

51.  Montreal – Cory Schneider (G)

52.  Chicago – Ale Pietrangelo (D)

53.  Los Angeles – Evander Kane (LW)

54.  Denver – Logan Couture (C)

55.  Washington – Gabriel Landeskog (LW)

56.  Boston – Nicklas Backstrom (C)

57.  Kansas City – Johan Franzen (RW)

58.  St. Louis – Dan Boyle (D)

59.  Detroit – Loui Eriksson (LW)

60.  San Jose –  Carey Price (G)

 

Fourth Round

61.  Minneapolis – Teemu Selanne (RW)

62.  Toronto – Mikka Kiprusoff (G)

63.  Montreal – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (C)

64.  St. Louis – Thomas Vanek (LW)

65.  Las Vegas – Cam Ward (G)

66.  Denver – Dustin Brown (RW)

67.  Washington – Kari Lehtonen (G)

68.  New York – Max Pacioretty (LW)

69.  Detroit – Drew Doughty (D)

70.  Chicago – Dany Heatley (RW)

71.  Vancouver – Roberto Luongo (G)

72.  San Jose – Joffrey Lupul (LW)

73.  Kansas City – Brad Marchand (LW)

74.  Philadelphia – Tuukka Rask (G)

75.  Ottawa – Ryan Suter (D)

76.  Portland – Erik Cole (RW)

77.  Pittsburgh – Ray Whitney (LW)

78.  Los Angeles – Brian Elliott (G)

79.  Calgary – Alexandre Burrows (RW)

80.  Boston – Ryan Callahan (RW)

 

Fifth Round

81.  San Jose – Alexander Edler (D)

82.  Pittsburgh – Keith Yandle (D)

83.  Chicago – Martin Brodeur (G)

84.  Minneapolis – P.K. Subban (D)

85.  Boston – Brian Campbell (D)

86.  St. Louis – Mark Streit (D)

87.  Philadelphia – Jason Pominville (RW)

88.  New York – Kevin Shattenkirk (D)

89.  Las Vegas – Dion Phaneuf (D)

90.  Ottawa – Niklas Backstrom (G)

91.  Los Angeles – Keith Duncan (D)

92.  Denver – Kevin Bieksa (D)

93.  Montreal – Niklas Kronwall (D)

94.  Calgary – Antti Niemi (G)

95.  Detroit – Alexander Semin (RW)

96.  Portland – Dennis Wideman (D)

97.  Kansas City – Jack Johnson (D)

98.  Vancouver – James Wisniewski (D)

99.  Washington – Christian Ehrhoff (D)

100.  Toronto – Matt Carle (D)

 

Sixth Round

101.  Kansas City – Brent Burns (D)

102.  Los Angeles – Kimmo Timonen (D)

103.  Chicago – Tobias Enstrom (D)

104.  New York – Mike Green (D)

105.  Las Vegas – Michael Del Zotto (D)

106.  Philadelphia – Zach Bogosian (D)

107.  Ottawa – Patrik Elias (LW)

108.  Toronto – Jason Garrison (D)

109.  St. Louis – Patrice Bergeron (C)

110.  San Jose – Ian White (D)

111.  Minneapolis – Craig Anderson (G)

112.  Washington – Jeff Skinner (RW)

113.  Vancouver – Alex Goligoski (D)

114.  Detroit – Sergei Gonchar (D)

115.  Pittsburgh – Brent Seabrook (D)

116.  Portland – Erik Johnson (D)

117.  Denver – Carlo Colaiacovo (D)

118.  Montreal – Cam Fowler (D)

119.  Calgary – Nikita Nikitin (D)

120.  Boston – Willie Mitchell (D)

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NBA Predictions for December 26, 2012

 

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After some great action on Christmas, the NBA returns with a full slate of games today.  Yesterday just affirmed how I like NBA on Christmas much more than watching the Cowboys and Lions on Thanksgiving.  Change this up NFL.  This is how it goes tonight in the Association:

TEAM SCORE VEGAS LINE
Hornets 89 182.5
Magic 94 -2.5
Bulls 87 Postponed
Pacers 92 Postponed
Cavs 94 188
Wizards 95 -1
Heat 105 202.5
Bobcats 93 10.5
Pistons 90 186.5
Hawks 98 -8
76ers 86 182
Grizzlies 97 -9
Nets 93 187
Bucks 97 -3
Rockets 104 208
Timberwolves 108 -5.5
Raptors 92 201.5
Spurs 107 -13
Knicks 102 199
Suns 95 4
Lakers 104 215
Nuggets 108 -3
Warriors 102 203
Jazz 105 -4
Kings 97 198
Blazers 102 -6

NBA Predictions for December 25, 2012

 

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Merry Christmas!  A great lineup of NBA games today headlined by a rematch of the NBA Finals as the Thunder visit the Heat.  I can’t wait to watch that game as I think the Thunder will be out to avenge their finals loss.  For the Lakers, it’s the chance to jump back in the discussion as a factor if they can take down the Knicks.  Here’s what the formula says for today’s games:

TEAM SCORE VEGAS LINE
Celtics 96 186.5
Nets 94 -3.5
Knicks 106 214.5
Lakers 110 -3.5
Thunder 99 204
Heat 97 -3
Rockets 94 197
Bulls 100 -4.5
Nuggets 101 202
Clippers 109 -7

NFL Week 17 Power Rankings

 

The NFL winds down this weekend with Week 17 wrapping up the 2012 season.  We ran our numbers and here are how we rank the 32 NFL teams for NFL Week 17.

 

Team Power Rating
Seattle Seahawks 100
Atlanta Falcons 98.5
New England Patriots 98
Denver Broncos 98
Green Bay Packers 97.5
Houston Texans 97.5
San Francisco 49ers 96
Chicago Bears 94
Baltimore Ravens 93.5
Cincinnati Bengals 93
Washington Redskins 92
New York Giants 90
Minnesota Vikings 89.5
New Orleans Saints 88.5
Carolina Panthers 85
San Diego Chargers 85
Miami Dolphins 85
Pittsburgh Steelers 85
Dallas Cowboys 84.5
Indianapolis Colts 84
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 84
St. Louis Rams 82.5
Cleveland Browns 82.5
Arizona Cardinals 79
New York Jets 78
Detroit Lions 77.5
Tennessee Titans 76.5
Buffalo Bills 76.5
Philadelphia Eagles 74.5
Oakland Raiders 74
Jacksonville Jaguars 74
Kansas City Chiefs 72

 

College Basketball Predictions for December 25, 2012

 

Merry Christmas.  A few games from Hawaii on this Christmas Day and we’ve got scores for you:

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TEAM SCORE VEGAS LINE
San Francisco 71 131
East Tennessee St 58 11.5
Mississippi 76 149
Hawaii 71 8.5
Indiana St 60 129.5
Miami FL 73 -8
San Diego St 68 133.5
Arizona 78 -5

XHL Draft Lottery Order

 

Earlier today at XHL Headquarters we held a draft lottery for all six rounds of the first ever XHL draft.  Each round was drawn at random from the lottery.  The Draft will begin at Noon ET on Wednesday, December 26, 2012.

Each team will draft six players to fill their roster.

First Round

1.  San Jose

2.  New York

3.  Calgary

4.  Toronto

5.  Boston

6.  Philadelphia

7.  Minneapolis

8.  Montreal

9.  Chicago

10.  Ottawa

11.  Portland

12.  Las Vegas

13.  Detroit

14.  St. Louis

15.  Washington

16.  Los Angeles

17.  Vancouver

18.  Denver

19.  Pittsburgh

20.  Kansas City

Second Round

21.  Vancouver

22.  New York

23.  Chicago

24.  Montreal

25.  Detroit

26.  Minneapolis

27.  Boston

28.  Calgary

29.  Portland

30.  Toronto

31.  Ottawa

32.  St. Louis

33.  Denver

34.  Las Vegas

35.  Washington

36.  Los Angeles

37.  Pittsburgh

38.  Kansas City

39.  Philadelphia

40.  San Jose

Third Round

41.  Minneapolis

42.  Ottawa

43.  Vancouver

44.  Las Vegas

45.  New York

46.  Pittsburgh

47.  Toronto

48.  Portland

49.  Philadelphia

50.  Calgary

51.  Montreal

52.  Chicago

53.  Los Angeles

54.  Denver

55.  Washington

56.  Boston

57.  Kansas City

58.  St. Louis

59.  Detroit

60.  San Jose

Fourth Round

61.  Minneapolis

62.  Toronto

63.  Montreal

64.  St. Louis

65.  Las Vegas

66.  Denver

67.  Washington

68.  New York

69.  Detroit

70.  Chicago

71.  Vancouver

72.  San Jose

73.  Kansas City

74.  Philadelphia

75.  Ottawa

76.  Portland

77.  Pittsburgh

78.  Los Angeles

79.  Calgary

80.  Boston

Fifth Round

81.  San Jose

82.  Pittsburgh

83.  Chicago

84.  Minneapolis

85.  Boston

86.  St. Louis

87.  Philadelphia

88.  New York

89.  Las Vegas

90.  Ottawa

91.  Los Angeles

92.  Denver

93.  Montreal

94.  Calgary

95.  Detroit

96.  Portland

97.  Kansas City

98.  Vancouver

99.  Washington

100.  Toronto

Sixth Round

101.  Kansas City

102.  Los Angeles

103.  Chicago

104.  New York

105.  Las Vegas

106.  Philadelphia

107.  Ottawa

108.  Toronto

109.  St. Louis

110.  San Jose

111.  Minneapolis

112.  Washington

113.  Vancouver

114.  Detroit

115.  Pittsburgh

116.  Portland

117.  Denver

118.  Montreal

119.  Calgary

120.  Boston

Check back here for round by round results of the X Hockey League Draft on December 26, 2012.