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Nowitzki warming up with Grizzlies on deck

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is inching higher and higher on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Nowitzki has 31,063 points and on Saturday against the host Memphis Grizzlies, he will have a chance to climb closer to Wilt Chamberlain, who is next on the list with 31,419 points. In three

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Capitals aim to end California skid at Sharks

The Washington Capitals’ annual visits to California have ended in futility in recent years. The San Jose Sharks have been unkind hosts for much longer. The Sharks continue a lengthy homestand on Saturday night against the Capitals, who have one last chance this season to snap a long losing streak

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Predators put 10-game streak on line vs. Devils

Taylor Hall’s club-record 26-game point streak ended Thursday night in the New Jersey Devils’ 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Hall will try to get back on the scoresheet against the NHL’s hottest team Saturday night when New Jersey starts a potentially season-defining six-game road trip against

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Maple Leafs face Penguins minus Matthews

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been dealing with an injury to star center Auston Matthews, but the Pittsburgh Penguins have two new injury problems of their own. A shoulder injury is expected to keep Matthews out of the game Saturday night when the Peng…

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Avalanche aim for win over Coyotes in tight West race

The Colorado Avalanche have gone winless for a week, but they’ve remained in the thick of the race thanks to salvaging a point in all three losses. While getting to overtime against tough matchups — home against the red-hot Nashville Predators and road games against Chicago and Columbus — the

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Kings remain in playoff chase as they host Blues

Two teams heading in different directions the past four weeks will meet Saturday afternoon when the Los Angeles Kings host the St. Louis Blues at Staples Center. The Kings (37-25-5) are 7-3-0 since Feb. 17, keeping them in the second wild-card spot in…

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Surging Panthers await visit from Rangers

The host Florida Panthers and New York Rangers, who meet on Saturday night at the BB&T Center, have switched places. Florida (33-25-7), which has made the playoffs just five times in its 25-year history, is the hottest team in the NHL since Jan. 3…

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Sizzling Jets take on fizzling Flyers

The Winnipeg Jets will go for their fifth straight win when they visit the slumping Philadelphia Flyers for a Saturday matinee. Winnipeg (41-17-9) is 8-2 in its last 10 games but has actually lost ground to Central Division-leading Nashville, which ha…

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Bruins go for 6th in row vs. Blackhawks

What will Brad Marchand do next? “He just keeps on ticking,” Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said after Marchand scored a third straight game-winning goal in his team’s fifth straight win, a 3-2 decision over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. After two overtime winners in a

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Spurs, Thunder could use a win in playoff race

The San Antonio Spurs aren’t used to this. The Spurs (37-28) have been the model of consistency in the NBA, making the playoffs in each of Gregg Popovich’s 20 full seasons at the helm, winning at least 50 games each season and never finishing below second in their division. Of course, a big

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Hornets hope to use Suns to recover from stinging loss

The Charlotte Hornets will attempt to rebound from one of their most disappointing losses of the season Saturday night when they host the NBA’s losingest team, the Phoenix Suns. Needing every victory possible in a seriously uphill climb in the Eastern Conference playoff race, the Hornets let a winnable

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Trail Blazers host Curry-less Warriors

The Portland Trail Blazers’ eight-game winning streak began Feb. 14, when the Golden State Warriors came for a pre-All-Star break visit to Moda Center. The Trail Blazers came away with a 123-117 victory, with Damian Lillard bombing in 44 points to lead the way. The Warriors will be without Stephen

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Bucks hope to regain footing vs. Knicks

The Milwaukee Bucks are still somewhat comfortably in playoff contention but they’re starting to run out of time for a climb back up the Eastern Conference ladder. The Bucks, losers of six of the last seven games, have dropped into eighth place in the Eastern Conference and will get a chance to

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Clippers host Cavs with playoff position at stake

Excuse the Los Angeles Clippers if they are intent on waiting a bit before paying back a debt of gratitude to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Clippers moved into the eighth and final spot for playoff eligibility in the Western Conference when the Cavalie…

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Kings hoping to find home success vs. Magic

The season can’t end fast enough for the Sacramento Kings and the Orlando Magic, two teams that essentially acknowledged right away they’d be doing plenty of losing this season and have not disappointed. The place has proven to be anything but hospitable for the tenants — Sacramento’s

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With Davis doubtful, Pelicans’ win streak could be in danger vs. Wizards

The New Orleans Pelicans have reeled off a franchise-record-tying 10 consecutive victories, but on Friday night they face the prospect of hosting the Washington Wizards without All-Star forward Anthony Davis. Davis, who has been on a tear during the Pelicans’ winning streak, rolled his left ankle

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