Preach, Dam Of Prominent Sire Pulpit, Dies At Age 31

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Preach, a cornerstone of the Claiborne Farm broodmare program and dam of the highly influential sire Pulpit, has died due to the infirmities of old age at 31 years old, per Claiborne's social media channels.

A homebred for the Claiborne operation, Preach was by another of the farm's pillars – the mighty Mr. Prospector – out of the Grade 3-winning mare Narrate, herself a home-grown Claiborne product.

Preach wasted no time carrying the Claiborne gold colors into the winner's circle, winning on debut as a juvenile, then taking the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes two starts later before running in the 1991 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs.

She came back at age three to win the listed Bourbonette Stakes at Turfway Park and run third in the G1 Test Stakes and G2 Prioress Stakes. The end of her on-track career came in January of her 4-year-old season, finishing with four wins in 15 starts, all with trainer Shug McGaughey, for earnings of $304,656.

Preach retired early enough in the 1993 breeding season to make it into the first book of 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy. The ensuing foal was Pulpit, whose abbreviated racing career saw him win the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes and Blue Grass Stakes, then run fourth in the 1997 Kentucky Derby before being retired due to injury.

Like his dam, Pulpit's greatest contribution to both Claiborne Farm and the greater scope of Thoroughbreds came in the breeding shed. Pulpit sired Grade 1 winner and commercial juggernaut stallion Tapit, who set the single-season record for freshman sire progeny earnings with his first crop of juveniles, then broke the single-season record for total progeny earnings before eclipsing his own high-water mark in each of the following two years.

Other horses of note sired by Pulpit include Lucky Pulpit – himself the sire of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome – Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Corinthian, and Grade 1 winners Ice Box, Mr Speaker, Pyro, Power Broker, Purge, Sky Mesa, and Stroll.

Preach had two more black type earners under her produce record: English Group 3-placed Urban Poet (by Dynaformer) and U.S. stakes-placed Tell It (by Storm Cat).

Beyond the success of Pulpit, Preach kept her name on pedigree pages for generations to come through her daughters. The list of runners that list Preach as their second dam include Grade 3 winner Wild Shot, Grade/Group 1-placed Endless Chatter and Whitecliffsofdover, and stakes winners Dream Nettie and Nunnery.

“Though known for her tough and often stubborn demeanor, Preach has always been a farm favorite and will be deeply missed by all of us at Claiborne,” the farm wrote in a Facebook post.

Even after her death, Preach's impact could be felt on the Claiborne property. Soon after her passing, the star mare became the second dam to another foal, per the Twitter account of Claiborne president Walker Hancock.

Orate, a winning full-sister to A.P. Indy, had an Empire Maker filly, who will herself be a member of her sire's final crop. Orate is arguably the most successful of Preach's daughters as a broodmare, having produced both Endless Chatter and Whitecliffsofdover.

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West’s Kentucky Derby Top 20: Dennis’ Moment Awaiting His On Road To Louisville

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Horse racing journalist Gary West is producing a weekly ranking of this year's Kentucky Derby contenders, leading up to the 146th running of the Derby May 2 at Churchill Downs. Here is the week's Top 20. Click here for last week's rankings.

No. Horse (Trainer) Starts-Wins-Seconds-Thirds Earnings Sire

1. Dennis' Moment (Dale Romans) 4-2-0-0 $167,800 Tiznow

Comment: It would be a mistake to make too much of a workout, but also a mistake to ignore its insinuation. And so, for the moment, let's just agree that the recent workout by Dennis' Moment is intriguing. Saturday at Gulfstream Park, he breezed five-eighths of a mile in 58.78 seconds. Fast as it was, this wasn't the bullet, or the day's fastest workout at the distance. That distinction went to his workmate, Admire (:58.48). This might say more about the speedway nature of the surface or about the talent of the workmate than about Dennis' Moment. Still, it was rather surprising he couldn't catch his target. On the other hand, would you really have wanted him to work any faster? He left the pole about about a length behind, and that quickly became two lengths; he dropped further behind in the turn and then made up some ground late, finishing less than two lengths back. Dennis' Moment caught and eventually passed Admire on the gallop-out, no insignificant consolation, but the image of his dropping back in the turn remains vivid. Admire, by the way, is a talented if relatively unaccomplished sort who tried but failed to join the Derby procession a year ago. So what does it all mean? Well, for one thing, it means there will be even more anxious anticipation going into the Fountain of Youth, on Feb. 29, at Gulfstream, where Dennis' Moment will make his seasonal debut.    

2. Tiz the Law (Barclay Tagg) 4-3-0-1 $498,900 Constitution

Comment: When he drew clear to win the Holy Bull Stakes by three lengths, he gave the best performance of his generation. Still, he hasn't reached the level of performance that's typically needed to win a Kentucky Derby, but of all these, he's closest. He's to skip the Fountain of Youth and make his next start March 28 in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream. 

3. Thousand Words (Bob Baffert) 3-3-0-0 $211,000 Pioneerof The Nile

Comment: He worked an easy five-eighths of a mile Monday at Santa Anita in company with a maiden named Mastering, who was urged to keep up. Running several paths off the rail, they finished together in 1:00.60. A two-time stakes winner who isn't as flashy or brilliant as some of his stablemates, Thousand Words nevertheless is very professional, and he has shown an ability to do whatever's necessary. His Hall of Fame trainer, Bob Baffert, calls him a “grinder.” Thousand Words will make his next start March 7 in the San Felipe Stakes.

4. Nadal (Bob Baffert) 2-2-0-0 $153,000 Blame

Comment: In winning the San Vicente Stakes, Nadal ran the opening half-mile in 44.09 seconds and defeated last season's juvenile champ, Storm the Court; so expectations are justifiably soaring. “Only the good ones can do stuff like that,” said his trainer, Bob Baffert, about the sizzling half-mile and the victorious outcome. “He's tough.” A brawny sort, Nadal indeed looks tough, and his pedigree suggests he should have no problem stretching out. But he'll have to learn to control his speed. In other words, despite all his talent, his success on the road to Kentucky will depend on his intelligence. Baffert said Nadal will travel to Oaklawn Park for his next start, on March 14, in the Rebel Stakes.

5. Sole Volante (Patrick Biancone) 4-3-0-1 $196,310 Karakontie

Comment: He looked like a popped champagne cork when he rallied to win the Sam F. Davis. The move was quick, sustained and effective. Although he was largely unknown and unheralded going into that Tampa Bay race, he has the connections, the pedigree and the talent to be a major player on the road to Kentucky and in the shade of the Twin Spires.

He'll probably make his next start March 7 in the Tampa Bay Derby, although the Louisiana Derby on March 21 is another option.

6. Honor A.P. (John Shirreffs) 2-1-1-0 $42,200 Honor Code

Comment: Honor A.P. worked seven-eighths of a mile Saturday at Santa Anita in 1:27, an excellent clocking for a day when the surface wasn't very glib. He went alone, running in the four path. A too-big-for-a-jockey exercise rider nudged him along, but otherwise offered little encouragement, and Honor A.P. galloped out willingly and strongly. His trainer, John Shirreffs, appears to be tightening the screws in preparation for the San Felipe. Next week's move could be telling.

7. Silver Prospector (Steve Asmussen) 8-3-0-2 $713,051 Declaration of War

Comment: Silver Prospector looked like a winner every step of the journey, which is one way of saying jockey Ricardo Santana navigated a perfect trip for the gray colt in Monday's Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park. And Silver Prospector was prepared to take advantage of it. Unlike his performance in the Smarty Jones Stakes, where he fell far behind on a speed-favoring wet surface, his Southwest impressed from start to finish: He got into the race early, saving ground, a few lengths off the leader; and then, after waiting behind horses, he angled to the outside and finished powerfully, running the fourth quarter-mile in 24.73 seconds and drawing clear to win by a length. Just to emphasize the quality of the effort, his winning time, 1:43 for the 1 1/16 miles, was virtually the same as that for the older Warrior's Charge in the Razorback Stakes. Silver Prospector will remain at Oaklawn Park for the next two lucrative stakes in the series, the Rebel on March 14 and the Arkansas Derby on April 11.

8. Independence Hall (Michael Trombetta) 4-3-1-0 $250,000 Constitution

Comment: His runner-up finish in the Sam F. Davis Stakes, although disappointing to those that made him the 3-5 favorite, was actually solid. A little too eager early, he chased a lively pace, but he still ran the fourth quarter-mile with some determination in 24.80 seconds. Moreover, he didn't exhibit the recalcitrant behavior that had been his calling card as a juvenile. The options are many, according to his trainer, Michael Trombetta. His next race will be telling. With a step forward, he could be a major player in Kentucky.

9. Authentic (Bob Baffert) 2-2-0-0 $91,200 Into Mischief

Comment: He worked a half-mile Wednesday in 47.60 seconds at Santa Anita, where he'll make his next start in the San Felipe Stakes. His trainer, Bob Baffert, calls him a “raw talent,” with the words equally weighted. Both the rawness and the talent were on display when Authentic dominated the Sham Stakes, winning easily despite ducking towards the inside rail in mid-stretch. The Sham runner-up, Azul Coast, returned to win the El Camino Real Derby. A late foal who'll need to mature rather quickly, Authentic will wear earplugs in the San Felipe.

10. Storm the Court (Peter Eurton) 4-2-0-1 $1,172,951 Court Vision

Comment: With his fourth-place finish behind Nadal in the San Vicente, the champion probably dashed many of the high expectations that had accompanied him into the season. But from here, Storm the Court's San Vicente looks like the perfect start to the campaign. His effort there was much better than some might be willing to acknowledge, and, in fact, he might have won the race had he drawn an inside post position. A wide trip cost him more than the 2.25 lengths that were the margin of his defeat. He should be poised to take a significant step forward when he returns, in either the Rebel or the San Felipe.

11. Gouverneur Morris 
(Todd Pletcher) 3-2-1-0 $161,500 Constitution

Comment: Making his first start in more than five months, he returned Friday at Tampa Bay and won an allowance affair in impressive fashion. He bobbled at the break and stalked a nice horse, Untitled, before edging clear late. On a day when the surface was conducive to quick times, Gouverneur Morris just missed a track record for the mile and 40 yards, stopping the clock at 1:38.88. Most impressive, though, especially for a horse returning from a layoff, was his ability to sustain his move. John Velazquez called on Gouverneur Morris in the second turn, and although the big colt needed a moment to respond, when he answered, he took his reply all the way to the wire. The Florida Derby could be in his future, or perhaps the Blue Grass Stakes on April 4.

12. Enforceable (Mark Casse) 8-2-2-2 $347,150 Tapit

Comment: Moving forward, Enforceable might have more Derby potential than the colt that defeated him in the Risen Star, Mr. Monomoy. A stretch-runner who won the Lecomte Stakes, Enforceable didn't leave the gate sharply in the Risen Star and so burdened himself with the task of having to rally from last in a paceless race. He advanced on the backstretch only to have his momentum stopped in traffic; he waited and then advanced again in the turn; and then he swung to the outside and finished strongly to be second. Although more than two lengths back at the wire, he galloped out with the winner. With more pace and a modicum of racing luck, he could be a major factor down the road.

13. Mr. Monomoy (Brad Cox) 5-2-1-1 $367,162 Palace Malice

Comment: He won the faster division of the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds to leap atop the leaderboard on the road to the Derby. He has 52 qualifying points, and that'll get him into the new 20-stall starting gate at Churchill Downs, or at least earn him a reservation. The minimum number of points needed to qualify for the Derby since Churchill began its designated-races point system has ranged from 10 to 40, with 27 as an average. So he's in, but will he be a contender? Maybe. He is, after all, an improving young horse and a half-brother to a champion (Monomoy Girl). But the Risen Star was as much a tribute to the skill of jockey Florent Geroux as to Mr. Monomoy's talent. They shot to the lead from an outside post position and then slowed the pace down to a sluggish slither — 48.57 seconds, which was slower than the same split in a couple of two-turn maiden races earlier in the day. When challenged, Mr. Monomoy had enough in the tank to run the fourth quarter-mile in 24.80 seconds and cruise home. They probably won't be allowed such leisure in the Louisiana Derby, but, then again, they might not need it.

14. Basin (Steve Asmussen) 3-2-1-0 $261,000 Liam's Map

Comment: “He's coming around,” said his Hall of Fame trainer, Steve Asmussen, about last year's Hopeful Winner. Basin has had six workouts since the first of the year, the most recent being Friday's five-eighths of a mile in 1:01.60 at Fair Grounds. He should be ready for a return to competition in early March, perhaps in the Rebel or, a week earlier, in the Gotham at Aqueduct.

15. Max Player (Linda Rice) 3-2-1-0 $173,500 Honor Code

Comment: Max Player is an intriguing member of the cavalcade largely because of his potential to improve with more distance. On a slow Aqueduct surface, without much pace in front of him (49.16 seconds for the opening half-mile), he rallied to win the recent Withers Stakes despite a wide trip. Yes, it was a relatively slow race, but Max Player could make some noise on the New York road to Kentucky. He worked an easy half-mile Wednesday in 50.24 seconds.

16. As Seen on Tv (Kelly Breen) 4-2-2-0 $108,205 Lookin At Lucky

Comment: Flattered by Sole Volante, As Seen On Tv moved into the top 20 last week. Last Thursday, he worked an easy five-eighths in 1:03.85 as his trainer, Kelly Breen, contemplates the next move for the runner-up in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes. His pedigree suggests he'll continue to improve with added distance. His sire, Lookin At Lucky, won the Preakness and Haskell, of course, and on the bottom of the pedigree there's Pulpit, A.P. Indy and Alydar. As Seen On Tv is the sort who could fill a basket with low-hanging fruit, or he just might be talented enough to compete with the best of his class.

17. Three Technique (Jeremiah Englehart) 5-2-3 $154,750 Mr. Speaker

Comment: Flattered by Silver Prospector, who finished behind him in the Smarty Jones, Three Technique moves into the top 20. His trainer, Jeremiah Englehart, explained that he decided to give Three Technique a break after the Smarty Jones Stakes and point for the Rebel and then, “if he's good enough,” the Arkansas Derby. Owned by Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Parcells, Three Technique has worked in company with the older Wendell Fong, a stakes winner in New York last year.

18. Anneau d'Or (Blaine Wright) 4-1-2-0 $403,000 Medaglia d'Oro

Comment: What was that? “I haven't a clue,” said Blaine Wright about Anneau d'Or's dismal performance as the favorite in the second division of the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds. He made a little move outside around the second turn and then retreated. He had nothing down the lane, and this from the colt who narrowly lost the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Wright said he would put the race in the rearview mirror and move forward, back to California to aim for the Santa Anita Derby on April 4.

19. Chance It (Saffie Joseph) 6-4-2-0 $444,910 Currency Swap

Comment: This guy is so sharp and admirable, and such a beautiful mover, that he demands inclusion. He jumps into the top 20 after a head-turning workout Monday at Gulfstream Park. He left the pole about 10 lengths behind his workmates, an unraced 3-year-old named Coach Temple and an older winner of $187,000 named Flora Fantasy. Racing three-to-four wide, Chance It caught them at the top of the stretch and without much encouragement drew clear, competing five-eighths of a mile in 58.33 seconds. He's by Currency Swap, a precocious winner of the Hopeful who was best sprinting; so seeing Chance It go on to contest the first event in the Triple Crown requires considerable imagination. But he loves Gulfstream, and he loves to win; so it's not much of a stretch to see him making a splash in the Fountain of Youth.

20. Modernist (Bill Mott) 4-2-0-1 $288,800 Uncle Mo

Comment: Modernist won the second division of Saturday's Risen Star Stakes in New Orleans with a clocking that was about four lengths slower than the first. Otherwise, though, they were similarly run races. The winners raced inside — on the lead in the first division, just off the early lead in the second, in soporific fractions. A pattern here? Modernist isn't among the 20 best 3-year-olds in the country, but he has 50 qualifying points for the Derby, which means he has a reserved stall in Churchill Downs' starting gate. Another reason for his inclusion here is that he's trained by Bill Mott, one of the best horsemen ever to tighten a girth, which means Modernist could be among the 20 best by May.


21. Charlatan (Bob Baffert) 1-1-0-0 $33,000 Speightstown

Comment: Amazing — that's what his debut was Sunday at Santa Anita. He had to amaze everybody who saw it: Under restraint, he dragged jockey Drayden Van Dyke to the lead, streaked through an opening half-mile in 44.72 seconds, drew clear by nearly six lengths, stopped the teletimer at 1:08.84 after three-quarters of a mile and then galloped out so strongly that he was in front by about 20 lengths when he pulled up. That said, if Charlatan was in any other barn, he wouldn't be included here because, well, it's February, and that was his first race. But it's worth recalling that Justify, the 2018 Triple Crown champion, won his debut for Baffert on Feb. 18. Unlike Justify, however, Charlatan is the son of a champion sprinter. At the very least, it's going to be fun to watch Baffert try to keep his talented 3-year-olds apart as they travel the road to Kentucky.

22. Silver State (Steve Asmussen) 4-1-2-1 $136,106 Hard Spun

Comment: Once again Silver State disappointed as the favorite, this time in the first division of the Risen Star. And once again he had more trouble than success; racing wide and getting compromised by the slow pace. Still, he had a better trip Saturday than he had in the Lecomte Stakes, where he also disappointed as the favorite. Enforceable ran right by him in both races. Silver State has talent and potential, and the big colt will put it all together at some point.

23. Answer In (Brad Cox) 3-1-2-0 $153,412 Dialed In

Comment: He actually ran fairly well in the Southwest Stakes, all things considered. Forced out in the first turn, he raced five-to-six wide; he advanced into a lively pace approaching the second turn, where he raced three-wide; and then he faltered down the stretch, where he ducked in and out and back in before switching strides. He finished more than six lengths behind Silver Prospector, as it turned out, but with a bucket of excuses. Answer In could improve significantly in his second start of the year.

24. Maxfield (Brendan Walsh) 2-2-0-0 $354,412 Street Sense

Comment: Returning from a convalescent layoff, he put in his first published workout of the year Monday, going a very casual three-eighths of a mile in 38.20 seconds at the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida. He's far behind in terms of conditioning and experience, but he's included here because somewhere down the road, from this perspective, he could indeed prove himself to be one of the best horses of his generation. His victory in the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland was one of the outstanding juvenile performances of 2019. 

Gary West is a nationally acclaimed turf columnist, racing analyst, author and handicapper who helped pioneer pace figures. 

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Thursday’s Projected NBA Starting Lineups & Injury News

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Below are the projected starting lineups for each NBA team for Thursday’s six-game slate, along with notable news for each squad. For real-time updates to these lineups, check out the NBA Labs Insiders tool.

Last updated at 11:15 a.m. ET.

Projected NBA Starting Lineups for Thursday, February 20

ECU-Marshall moved up to remember ’70 tragedy

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Marshall and East Carolina will play their opener on Aug. 29 after the NCAA granted a waiver to move the game to Week Zero to honor the 50th anniversary of the Marshall plane crash tragedy, which claimed 75 lives.

NHL Betting Odds and Picks: Canadiens vs. Capitals, Penguins vs. Maple Leafs and More (Thursday, Feb. 20)

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All of a sudden the playoff race in the Eastern Conference is flush with teams falling all over themselves:

  • Columbus Blue Jackets (0-3-3 in last six games)
  • New York Islanders (0-4-0 in last four)
  • Washington Capitals (2-5-0 in last seven)
  • Florida Panthers (4-6-1 in last 11)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs (3-5-1 in last nine)

And then there’s the big boys. The Tampa Bay Lightning have won 12 in a row. The Boston Bruins have won nine of 10. The Pittsburgh Penguins are 7-2-1 in their last 10. The cream has certainly begun to rise to the top.

Plenty of these teams are in action on Thursday, so let’s jump into the slate:

Thursday NHL Odds & Picks

Odds as of Thursday at 11 a.m. and via DraftKings. Get up to a $1,000 sign-up bonus at DraftKings today or see more offers and reviews for the best online sportsbooks.

Canadiens at Capitals Odds

  • Canadiens odds: +163
  • Capitals odds: -190
  • Over/Under: 6
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET

This is a buy-low spot for both teams.

Washington returns home after a recent skid that saw them collect just four of a possible 14 points. For the first time all season, the Capitals have dropped out of first place in the Metropolitan Division, supplanted by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Montreal’s most recent tailspin culminated on Tuesday night as the Habs melted down against the historically-bad Detroit Red Wings, losing 4-3 in regulation. The Canadiens are cooked and have begun to trade away assets with an eye on 2020-21.

It’s a real shame that Montreal’s season has gone this way because the Habs boast the third-best expected goals rate (53.5%) this season and have ranked near the top of the xG table for most of the campaign. Injuries, bad luck and a lack of high-end talent has doomed Montreal to mediocrity in 2019-20, but the process looked right.

The Washington Capitals are a different story, posting good results despite mediocre 5-on-5 metrics for most of the season. The Caps have enough elite players to outrun their underlying numbers, but they’ve been playing with fire all season — especially in their own zone.

Washington allows too many scoring high-danger scoring chances (11.2 per 60 minutes at 5-on-5) and the Caps rank 20th in the NHL in expected goals against per 60 minutes at 5-on-5. Those aren’t terrible numbers, but they aren’t good either.

Montreal, for all of its flaws, is able to take advantage of poor defenses. The Habs rank third in the NHL at creating high-danger scoring chances and their 2.64 expected goals for per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 is bested by only two teams in the circuit.

Indians’ Carrasco to undergo testing on right leg

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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco will undergo tests on his right leg after experiencing discomfort during the team's workout on Wednesday.

Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers NBA Expert Betting Picks 2/20/20

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The Brooklyn Nets (25-28; 26-27 ATS) head to Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Thursday night to close down their four-game regular-season series with the 76ers. The Nets beat the 76ers 109-89 as 4-point home dogs in the opener, but they lost the next two games 117-111 as 3-point home dogs and 117-106 as 6.5-point road dogs. The Sixers have dominated the Nets lately, winning six of their previous seven encounters. Also, they eliminated Brooklyn in the first round of this past playoffs, so Thursday’s clash between these two Atlantic Division foes has quite a background.


The Nets are without Kyrie Irving who’s aggravated his shoulder injury that forced him out of 26 games this season. On the other side, the 76ers are coming in full strength.

The Line

Philadelphia opened as an 8-point fave at Betonline and 5Dimes, while the total has been set at 217.0 points on both platforms. The Sixers have been terrific at home this season, winning 25 of their 27 games at Wells Fargo Center and covering 15 times in the process.

What’s at Stake?

The Nets are No. 7 seed in the East, six games behind the sixth-seeded Indiana Pacers and two games ahead of the eighth-seeded Orlando Magic. The 76ers hold the No. 5 seed and are 1.5 games behind the fourth-seeded Miami. The postseason is nearing, so the stake is huge for both Brooklyn and Philadelphia.

The Spot

Brooklyn has won four of its last five games before the All-Star Weekend including a 101-91 home victory over Toronto that put an end to the Raptors’ 15-game win streak. The Nets will play six of their next seven tilts away from home. On the other side, the 76ers entered the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak. They will visit Milwaukee on Saturday to meet the best team in the league.

The Matchup

After a tough 20-point defeat in December, the Sixers beat the Nets twice in January in just six days. Interestingly, the Sixers missed Joel Embiid (22.9 PPG, 11.9 RPG) on both occasions in January, while Kyrie Irving (27.4 PPG, 6.4 APG) played in a 117-106 defeat in Philadelphia. Now, the Nets are without Uncle Drew, while Embiid takes the floor for the 76ers.

Joel will have a tough matchup offensively, as both Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan are great defenders. Still, his presence is a huge boost for the Sixers’ defense. Philadelphia surrenders only 106.7 points per 100 possessions (5th in the league), while the 76ers are second in the league in total rebounds allowed per game (41.8).

On the other side, Brooklyn is second in the NBA in total rebounds posted per contest (48.3), so the battle on the glass will be a key factor in Thursday’s clash. Another important thing is Brooklyn’s defense. The Nets surrender 108.1 points per 100 possessions (8th in the league), and they have to be at the highest level defensively to stand a chance against the Sixers.

On the other side of the ball, the Nets are scoring only 107.6 points per 100 possessions (23rd) on 44.5% shooting from the field (24th). They could easily struggle against the Sixers who also have some serious offensive issues. Phila is tallying just 109.1 points per 100 possessions (20th) on 46.5% shooting from the field (10th).

The Bets

The Nets have had some very good games just before the All-Star break, but that’s not enough to convince me they can upset the odds at Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers have been ruthless on the home court, so I expect them to win this game. Still, an 8-point spread could be too much. The Sixers are only 3-9 ATS in their last 12 showings as favorites of eight or more points. Hereof, I suggest you take the hosts as 6-point favorites at slightly lower wages. The Nets are 5-0 ATS over their last five outings, but they are only 1-6 ATS in the last seven encounters with the Sixers.

The previous two encounters between the Nets and 76ers went in the over, but I don’t expect to see a bunch of points in their ultimate clash of the regular season. The Nets love to play at a fast pace, averaging 101.5 possessions per 48 minutes. However, their offensive execution is poor, and the Nets will have a tall task to speed up the tempo against the Sixers. I will go with the under, looking for a tough defensive battle.

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Frank’s Rockette to Make Sophomore Debut in Any Limit

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Kicking off her sophomore season, Frank's Rockette is scheduled to take on a field of seven other 3-year-old fillies in the $75,000 Any Limit Stakes, going six furlongs Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park.

Sportradar and The Action Network Announce Long-Term Partnership for Real-Time Data

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NEW YORK, NY – February 20, 2020 – Sportradar, the global leader in analyzing and leveraging the power of sports data, today announced a long-term partnership with The Action Network to be the company’s official sports data provider.

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College Basketball Betting Odds & Picks: How to Bet the Oregon State vs. Arizona Total

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The Arizona Wildcats have righted the ship down the stretch, and could wake up on Friday morning in sole possession of first place in the Pac-12.

For that to happen, they’ll need to enact some revenge on Oregon State. The Beavers blasted the Wildcats by 17 points up in Corvallis back in mid-January, but have since hit a skid.

Can Arizona return the favor and boat race the Beavers in Tucson, or should they be put on upset alert?

Odds as of Thursday morning and via BetMGM. Get up to a $500 risk-free bet at BetMGM today or see more offers and reviews for the best online sportsbooks.

Oregon State at Arizona Odds

  • Spread: Arizona -10.5
  • Over/Under: 139.5
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV: Pac-12 Network

Both Arizona and Oregon State have gone under the closing number in three straight games, which is why this total has dipped below 140. When you combine their season scoring averages, this matchup checks in at 150.2, but recent performance indicates these offenses have gone cold.

When you drill down deeper and examine home and away splits for Arizona, it’s fairly clear that they’re a cut above at home. The Wildcats’ backcourt deals in extremes, shooting 27.4% from three-point range on the road and 35.3% from deep at home.

Freshman star Nico Mannion must be thrilled to be come back to campus after a two-game road trip to the Bay Area. Mannion shot 5-for-19 from the field and 0-for-7 from long range against Cal and Stanford.

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