24 Jan

2024 NBA picks, Jan. 22 predictions from proven computer model

The Cleveland Cavaliers (25-15) will try to extend their seven-game winning streak when they face the Orlando Magic (23-20) on Monday night. Cleveland won all six games during its recent homestand before adding a 116-95 win at Atlanta on Saturday. Orlando lost five times in a six-game stretch, but it responded with a 105-87 win over Miami on Sunday. The Cavaliers are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while the Magic are in eighth place.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on Monday at the Kia Center in Orlando, Fla. Cleveland is favored by 1.5 points in the latest Magic vs. Cavaliers odds, while the over/under is 215.5 points, per SportsLine consensus. Before entering any Cavaliers vs. Magic picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model entered Week 13 of the 2023-24 NBA season on a sizzling 42-23 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning nearly $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

The model has set its sights on Cleveland vs. Orlando. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Cavaliers vs. Magic:

Magic vs. Cavaliers spread: Magic +1.5
Magic vs. Cavaliers over/under: 215.5 points
Magic vs. Cavaliers money line: Magic: +104, Cavaliers: -124
Magic vs. Cavaliers picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Magic can cover
Orlando was on the road for seven of its first nine games this month, so it is happy to be back at home for the conclusion of this three-game homestand. The Magic are coming off an impressive performance, blowing out the Heat in a 105-87 final on Sunday. Power forward Paolo Banchero scored a team-high 20 points on 7 of 14 shooting, and he completed his double-double with 10 rebounds.

All five starters scored in double figures for Orlando, as its season-opening starting lineup was back together for the first time in more than two months. They held the Heat to a season-low point total and forced 18 turnovers, boosted by Markelle Fultz’ first start since Nov. 9. Franz Wagner scored 19 points and dished out five assists in his return to the starting lineup after missing eight games due to a sprained right ankle. See which team to pick here.

Why the Cavaliers can cover
Cleveland lost to Toronto in its first game of 2024, but it has rattled off seven consecutive wins since then to move into fourth place in the conference standings. The Cavaliers won all six games during their homestand, wrapping it up with a 135-95 win over the Bucks. Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points and dished out seven assists, while Georges Niang had a team-high 33 points off the bench.

The Cavaliers stayed hot on Saturday, cruising to a 116-95 win as 2-point road favorites at Atlanta. Mitchell had 18 points and eight assists to lead a balanced scoring attack and extend the league’s longest active winning streak. Cleveland scored the first 10 points of the game and never trailed, holding the Hawks to a season-low in points. Darius Garland (jaw) and Evan Mobley (knee) remain out for Cleveland, while Caris LeVert (wrist) is questionable. See which team to pick here.

How to make Magic vs. Cavaliers picks
The model has simulated Cavs vs. Magic 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Over, and it also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

24 Jan

Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic meet again, Lakers try for 3-0 vs. Clips

For the second-straight season the NBA is billing a handful of upcoming games this week as NBA Rivals Week where teams with some sort of history or intriguing matchup will take center stage to highlight the various storylines and past drama between franchises and players. The rivalries range from classics, like the Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks, to budding ones, either between teams or players.

Rivals Week runs from Jan. 23 through Jan. 27 with 11 games highlighting these matchups, all of which will be nationally televised. It’s an interesting wrinkle to add to the NBA calendar in an effort to add some entertainment to regular season games, and while there may no longer be true rivalries like we saw in the ’80s, ’90s and early 2000s, some of these matchups do bring a bit more to the table than others. As the league gets set to celebrate some old and new rivalries it only makes sense to take a look at the games and see which ones stand out amongst the rest. With that being said, here’s a look at the top five matchups taking place during Rivals Week.

  1. Denver Nuggets vs. Philadelphia 76ers
    Date: Saturday, Jan. 27 | Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
    Location: Ball Arena — Denver
    TV channel: ABC | Live stream: fubo (try for free)
    If the last meeting between these two teams is any indication of what to expect for Round 2, then this might end up being the best matchup of the week. We’ve got two guys who have won the last three MVP’s and one of them could potentially walk away with the award again this year, too. Earlier this month, when Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic faced off, it resulted in Embiid taking over in the fourth quarter to carry the Sixers to a win. He put up 41 points for the second-straight game which was also on the second night of a back-to-back. It also extended his streak of dropping 30+ points to 18 games, a streak he’s since extended to 20.

Embiid and the Sixers got the win, but Jokic also showed out for the Nuggets, putting up 25 points and 19 rebounds in a duel that pit the top two big men against each other. And after it was all said and done, Embiid said Jokic was the best player in the league, tipping his cap to the two-time MVP. The only thing keeping this matchup from reaching its full potential is if one of Embiid or Jokic doesn’t play. Embiid would be the bigger concern as he hasn’t played in Denver in each of the last three years due to injuries. There’s no reason to expect him to sit as of right now, especially as he told Jokic after their first game, “I’ll see you in two weeks.” So let’s all hope both stars can stay healthy so we can get another dose of this exciting rivalry.

  1. Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers
    Date: Tuesday, Jan. 23 | Time: 10 p.m. ET
    Location: Crypto.com Arena — Los Angeles
    TV channel: TNT
    The co-tenants of Crypto.com Arena are an obvious choice for this list, and it should shape up to be an entertaining matchup. The stars are there on both sides, and for the Clippers, injuries haven’t hit this season like they have in the past, so Kawhi Leonard and Paul George should be ready to go. And while the Lakers have struggled since winning the inaugural In-Season Tournament, going just 7-13 since hoisting up that trophy in Las Vegas, you can always count on LeBron James and Anthony Davis to put on a show.

The Lakers already hold a 2-0 advantage against the Clippers this season, and both games came down to the wire with the first needing overtime to be decided and the second match coming down to the final shot for the Lakers to edge out a three-point win. Despite the Clippers being winless against the Lakers this season, they’ve been nearly unstoppable since Jan. 1 against everyone else, holding the league’s top offense while posting an 8-2 record, the second-best mark during that span. But even with all that recent success, the Lakers seem to be the Clippers kryptonite this season, which should make for an exciting game when these two face off during Rivals Week.

  1. Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns
    Date: Wednesday, Jan. 24 | Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
    Location: American Airlines Center — Dallas
    TV channel: ABC | Live stream: fubo (try for free)
    You can trace this rivalry back to the 2022 playoffs when the Mavericks dismantled the top-seeded Suns in the second round in shocking fashion. In every meeting that’s followed there always seems to be some tension on both sides, and the star plays on both teams — Luka Doncic and Devin Booker — certainly play up to that. Doncic and Booker are some of the most competitive players in the league, and neither shy away from talking trash, so when they face each other you can always bet on some words being exchanged during the game. But despite the trash talking both players have shared their mutual respect for each other, despite how heated and competitive they can get during the game.

Doncic and Booker’s competitive nature alone would make this a worthwhile matchup, but when you also factor in that this matchup features Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Bradley Beal then it’s must-watch television. The Suns and Mavericks are also only separated by just a half-game in the West standings, adding extra motivation to this game. There’s also the fact that the last time these two teams suited up opposite each other, Doncic dropped 50 points on the Suns in their arena on Christmas in a win without Irving. Basically any way you spin it, this is one of those matchups worth watching.

  1. San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
    Date: Wednesday, Jan. 24 | Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
    Location: Frost Bank Center — San Antonio
    TV channel: ESPN | Live stream: fubo (try for free)
    The Spurs likely won’t be competitive in this game, but the matchup worth watching is Victor Wembanyama vs. Chet Holmgren, the two favorites to win Rookie of the Year. When you hold their stats up next to each other they’re almost mirrors but how they’re getting there is vastly different. Wembanyama is at the center of the Spurs’ offense, and he gets over four more shot attempts per game than Holmgren. But while the OKC rookie isn’t the No. 1 option on his team, Holmgren’s already become a crucial piece to the Thunder’s success. His scoring, playmaking and rim protection have all been part of why the Thunder hold the No. 2 seed in the West standings.

This will be the second time we get Wemby vs. Holmgren this season, and hopefully the second time will live up to the expectation a bit better. In the first meeting between these rookies neither really had a standout performance, reminding us that they’re both just getting their feet wet. But with over half the season under their belts, this time around should be different.

  1. Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics
    Date: Thursday, Jan. 25 | Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
    Location: Kaseya Center — Miami
    TV channel: TNT
    This is a rematch of the 2023 Eastern Conference finals, and with the way that ended — the Celtics falling behind 0-3 then storming back to push it to a Game 7 only to lose — has likely fueled Boston in what’s been a dominant season thus far. But last season’s conference finals isn’t the only thing that makes this a rivalry. The Celtics and Heat have faced each other in three of the last four Eastern Conference Finals, so there’s familiarity between the two sides. And even though the Heat haven’t made a ton of noise this season — hovering around the No. 6 spot and the play-in tournament — we know from history that Miami always brings it in big games.
24 Jan

2024 NBA picks, Jan. 22 predictions from proven computer model

The Philadelphia 76ers (28-13) will return home and aim for their sixth consecutive victory when they host the San Antonio Spurs (8-34) on Monday night. Philadelphia won back-to-back road games over the weekend, beating the Magic and Hornets. San Antonio snapped a four-game losing streak with a 131-127 win at Washington on Saturday, but it still has the worst record in the Western Conference. This is the first of two meetings between these teams this season, with the rematch slated for April.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Sixers are favored by 14 points in the latest Spurs vs. 76ers odds, while the over/under is 237 points, per SportsLine consensus. Before entering any 76ers vs. Spurs picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model enters Week 14 of the 2023-24 NBA season on a sizzling 48-25 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning over $2,200. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

The model has set its sights on San Antonio vs. Philadelphia. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Spurs vs. 76ers:

76ers vs. Spurs spread: 76ers -14
76ers vs. Spurs over/under: 237 points
76ers vs. Spurs money line: 76ers: -1097, Spurs: +696
76ers vs. Spurs picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the 76ers can cover
Philadelphia got off to a slow start this month when it lost three of its first four games, but it has responded with a five-game winning streak. The 76ers beat the Kings and Nuggets during a three-game homestand before beating the Magic and Hornets on the road over the weekend. Reigning MVP Joel Embiid posted a double-double with 33 points and 10 rebounds, scoring at least 30 points for the 20th consecutive game.

The 76ers are sitting in third place in the Eastern Conference standings, despite playing without Embiid for 10 games. They were without several important key role players on Saturday, but Tobias Harris scored 21 points and Tyrese Maxey added 16. Philadelphia has covered the spread in four of its last five games, and it has covered in 10 of its last 13 home games. De’Anthony Melton (back) is out for Monday. See which team to pick here.

Why the Spurs can cover
San Antonio picked up its eighth win of the season on Saturday, springing an outright upset at Washington as a 2-point underdog. The Spurs erased a 12-point deficit in the final five minutes, as Victor Wembanyama returned from a one-game absence to score 24 points and grab eight rebounds. Guard Tre Jones nearly posted a triple-double, finishing with 11 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.

Wembanyama, who has been on a minutes’ restriction, played 28 minutes against the Wizards, including critical moments down the stretch. He leads the team with 19.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, while Devin Vassell is adding 17.8 points. The Spurs have quietly been underrated by the betting market in recent weeks, covering the spread in eight of their last 10 games. Zach Collins (ankle) is questionable for Monday. See which team to pick here.

How to make 76ers vs. Spurs picks
The model has simulated Spurs vs. Sixers 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Under, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that has is hitting in almost 60% of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

24 Jan

2024 NBA picks, Jan. 22 predictions from proven computer model

The Dallas Mavericks (24-18) will try to slow down the league-leading Boston Celtics (33-10) when they meet on Monday night. Dallas had its game at Golden State postponed last Friday, so the Mavericks have not played since losing to the Lakers last Wednesday. Boston bounced back from a loss to Denver with a 116-107 win at Houston on Sunday, maintaining a 3.5-game lead over Milwaukee atop the Eastern Conference standings. The Celtics and Mavericks will meet again in Boston at the beginning of March.

Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Boston is favored by 3 points in the latest Mavericks vs. Celtics odds, per SportsLine consensus, while the over/under is 239.5 points. Before entering any Celtics vs. Mavericks picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model enters Week 14 of the 2023-24 NBA season on a sizzling 48-25 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning over $2,200. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

The model has set its sights on Boston vs. Dallas. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Celtics vs. Mavericks:

Mavericks vs. Celtics spread: Mavericks +3
Mavericks vs. Celtics over/under: 239.5 points
Mavericks vs. Celtics money line: Mavericks: +128, Celtics: -151
Mavericks vs. Celtics picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Mavericks can cover
Dallas is well rested heading into this game, as it has not played since last Wednesday. The Mavericks lost to the Lakers in that contest, but they previously beat the Pelicans at home last Monday. Veteran guard Kyrie Irving poured in 42 points and dished out seven assists, while shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. added 41 points on 11 of 23 shooting.

The Mavericks were without Luka Doncic for three games due to a sprained right ankle, but he returned with 33 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in 33 minutes against the Lakers. He has seven triple-doubles this season and 63 overall in his career. Dallas has covered the spread in five of its last seven home games, and it has won outright in four of its last five games as an underdog. See which team to pick here.

Why the Celtics can cover
Boston has thrived in its road games at Dallas in recent years, covering the spread in 13 of its last 18 visits. The Celtics have won four of their last five games this season, including a 116-107 win at Houston on Sunday. Kristaps Porzingis scored 32 points on 11 of 21 shooting, knocking down 6 of 11 attempts from 3-point range.

Small forward Jaylen Brown posted a triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, while shooting guard Derrick White chipped in 21 points and 11 rebounds. The Celtics raced out to a 70-55 lead at halftime and were able to rest some of their key players down the stretch. They have covered the spread in six of the last nine meetings between these teams. Jrue Holiday (elbow) and Al Horford (rest) are game-time decisions after not playing on Sunday. See which team to pick here.

How to make Mavericks vs. Celtics picks
The model has simulated Celtics vs. Mavs 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Under, and it also says one side of the spread has all of the value. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

24 Jan

2024 NBA picks, January 22 predictions from proven model

The Toronto Raptors will face off against the Memphis Grizzlies at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto is 16-27 overall and 10-11 at home, while Memphis is 15-27 overall and 11-12 on the road. The Raptors have dominated this series in recent years, winning 15 of the last 20 meetings against the Grizzlies.

The Raptors are favored by 7 points in the latest Raptors vs. Grizzlies odds, and the over/under is 226 points. Before entering any Raptors vs. Grizzlies picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model enters Week 13 of the 2023-24 NBA season on a sizzling 42-23 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning nearly $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

The model has set its sights on Memphis vs. Toronto. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for the game:

Raptors vs. Grizzlies spread: Raptors -7
Raptors vs. Grizzlies over/under: 226 points
Raptors vs. Grizzlies money line: Raptors: -275, Grizzlies: +224
Raptors vs. Grizzlies picks: See picks here
What you need to know about the Raptors
The Raptors managed to keep up with the Knicks until halftime on Saturday, but things quickly went downhill from there. Toronto suffered a bruising 126-100 defeat at the hands of New York. The Raptors have not had much luck with the Knicks recently, as the team’s come up short the last two times they’ve met.

Despite the defeat, the Raptors will be confident they can secure the victory on Monday night. Toronto is 7-3 in its last 10 games against Memphis and the Raptors are 11-3 against the spread in their last 14 contests against the Grizzlies.

What you need to know about the Grizzlies
Meanwhile, it’s hard to win when you’re outrebounded 13 to 3 on the offensive glass, a fact the Grizzlies found out the hard way on Saturday. Memphis’ painful 125-96 defeat to Chicago might stick with the Grizzlies for a while. The Grizzlies have now lost four of their last five games.

Despite the loss, the Grizzlies got a productive performance out of Jaren Jackson Jr., who scored 26 points along with six rebounds and five assists. For the season, Jackson is averaging 21.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

How to make Raptors vs. Grizzlies picks
The model has simulated Raptors vs. Grizzlies 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Under, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that hits in well over 50% of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

24 Jan

2024 NBA picks, January 22 predictions from proven model

The Phoenix Suns will face off against the Chicago Bulls at 9 p.m. ET on Monday at Footprint Center. Phoenix is 24-18 overall and 13-11 at home, while Chicago is 21-23 overall and 7-13 on the road. The Suns have dominated this series in recent years, winning eight consecutive games against the Bulls.

The Suns are favored by 5 points in the latest Suns vs. Bulls odds, and the over/under is 227 points. Before entering any Suns vs. Bulls picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model enters Week 13 of the 2023-24 NBA season on a sizzling 42-23 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning nearly $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

The model has set its sights on Chicago vs. Phoenix. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for the game:

Suns vs. Bulls spread: Suns -5
Suns vs. Bulls over/under: 227 points
Suns vs. Bulls money line: Suns: -220, Bulls: +180
Suns vs. Bulls picks: See picks here
What you need to know about the Suns
The Suns waltzed into their game Sunday with four straight wins but they left with five. They walked away with a 117-110 win over Indiana. Winning is a bit easier when your shooting is a whole 13.7% better than the opposition, as the Suns’ was on Sunday.

It was another big night for Kevin Durant, who scored 40 points along with nine rebounds and three blocks. For the season, Durant is averaging 29.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game.

What you need to know about the Bulls
Meanwhile, you can’t lose the contest if you win every quarter, and that was precisely the Bulls’ strategy against the Grizzlies on Saturday. Chicago was the clear victor by a 125-96 margin over Memphis. That was the biggest margin of victory the Bulls have managed all season.

The Bulls have won six of their last eight games and they’re 6-2 against the spread in their last eight contests played on a Monday. Chicago is scoring just 110.6 points per game this season, which ranks 27th in the NBA. However, the Bulls feature a top-10 scoring defense, holding opponents to 112.0 points per game on average.

How to make Suns vs. Bulls picks
The model has simulated Suns vs. Bulls 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Over, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that hits in almost 60% of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

21 Jan

2022 WWE Survivor Series WarGames card, matches, predictions, start time, rumors, match card, location, date

Survivor Series is getting a facelift. The traditional team-based premium live event is evolving with two WarGames matches. The new iteration of WWE’s second longest-running PLE takes place at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on Nov. 26.

WarGames is a team-based match featuring two rings contained within a large cell. One member of each team begins the match with an additional superstar entering one by one in timed intervals. The match cannot conclude until all participants have entered the fray. At that point, the first team to score a victory by pinfall, submission, surrender or knockout is declared the winner. Survivor Series was traditionally contested with traditional multi-person elimination team matches. 2022 marks the debut of WarGames on WWE’s main roster following appearances in NXT, WCW and National Wrestling Alliance (NWA).

On the men’s side, The Bloodline, comprised of Roman Reigns, Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Solo Sikoa and Sami Zayn, will battle Team Brawling Brutes, which consists of Sheamus, Ridge Holland, Butch, Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens. On the women’s side, it will be Team Damage CTRL, which features Bayley IYO SKY, Dakota Kai, Rhea Ripley and Nikki Cross, taking on the team of Bianca Belair, Asuka, Alexa Bliss, Mia Yim and Becky Lynch. Plus, two more title matches tip the bill when the action kicks off.

Take a look below at the confirmed and predicted matches.

2022 WWE Survivor Series WarGames matches
The Bloodline (Roman Reigns, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa) vs. Brawling Brutes (Sheamus, Butch and Ridge Holland), Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens (WarGames match): The building blocks for the men’s WarGames match were set on the SmackDown after Crown Jewel. Sheamus, returning from a storyline injury suffered at the hands of The Bloodline, and his fellow Brawling Brutes took the fight to Reigns’ tribe. A five-on-five WarGames match was confirmed the following week. Sheamus and McIntyre teased a fifth member had been acquired on the penultimate SmackDown before Survivor Series. Owens was revealed as the final participant later that evening, laying out Reigns and staring down his best friend Zayn.

Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Mia Yim and Becky Lynch vs. Damage CTRL (Bayley, Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky), Nikki Cross and Rhea Ripley (WarGames match): Belair, Bliss and Asuka challenged Damage CTRL to WarGames on the Raw following Crown Jewel. Belair successfully defended her Raw women’s championship against Bayley in Saudi Arabia; meanwhile, Kai and Sky took the women’s tag team titles off Bliss and Asuka. Damage CTRL remains a thorn in the side of Belair and her allies. The trio is now boosted by their alliance with an unhinged Nikki Cross. Yim announced on Raw that she was joining up with Belair’s squad, which quickly drew her rival Ripley to be the fifth woman on Bayley’s side. Then on the go-home episode of SmackDown, Becky Lynch made her return after a few months away and announced she would also be joining forces with Belair’s squad, putting aside their rivalry that came to a head at SummerSlam.

SmackDown women’s championship — Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Shotzi: Shotzi won a Six-Pack Challenge on the SmackDown after Crown Jewel to earn a title shot against Rousey at Survivor Series. Shotzi pinned Lacey Evans in a match that also featured Liv Morgan, Sonya Deville, Liv Morgan and Xia Li. Following the match, Rousey’s ally Shayna Bazler choked out Shotzi while Rousey taunted her.

AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor: The issues with Styles and Balor have been ongoing since Balor joined up with The Judgement Day. Balor tried to recruit Styles, which failed repeatedly. Styles eventually brought The O.C. back together and the two factions have engaged in a series of matches and attacks. Styles finally laid out a direct challenge for a pay-per-view match between himself and Balor, which Balor accepted and the two men now will meet at Survivor Series.

United States championship — Seth Rollins (c) vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Theory: Rollins took advantage of a severely compromised Lashley, who had been assaulted by Brock Lesnar moments earlier, in a U.S. title match on Oct. 10 with Rollins emerging victorious. Theory cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on Rollins following an assault by Lashley on the Nov. 7 episode of Raw. Much to Theory’s disappointment, Lashley interfered and cost Theory his title match. Things have only escalated between the trio, leading to the announcement that a triple threat match would go down at Survivor Series.

21 Jan

2022 WWE Survivor Series WarGames predictions, card, matches, PPV preview, start time, date, location

One of WWE’s premier events returns on Saturday when Survivor Series comes to Boston. For the first time, WarGames will be the focal point of the second-oldest pay-per-view in promotional history.

WarGames has been a staple for NXT but the match, which was made famous in NWA and WCW, has never happened on the WWE main roster. That changes this year with five-on-five matches on both the men’s and women’s side of the roster.

The match sees two members of each team start in the ring, with members of the other teams being added one at a time. There is a cage surrounding two rings and the match traditionally features a ton of chaos and wild moments.

On the men’s side, The Bloodline, comprised of Roman Reigns, Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Solo Sikoa and Sami Zayn, will battle Team Brawling Brutes, which consists of Sheamus, Ridge Holland, Butch, Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens. On the women’s side, it will be Team Damage CTRL, which features Bayley IYO SKY, Dakota Kai, Rhea Ripley and Nikki Cross, taking on the team of Bianca Belair, Asuka, Alexa Bliss, Mia Yim and Becky Lynch. Plus, two more title matches tip the bill when the action kicks off.

Plus, SmackDown women’s champion Ronda Rousey is back in action when she defends her title against Shotzi Blackheart. Perhaps the most intriguing title match is the triple threat for the United States championship as Bobby Lashley and Austin Theory look to take the title off Seth Rollins.

Let’s take a closer look at who our CBS Sports experts predict will come out on top at WWE Survivor Series, which begins Saturday at 8 p.m. ET from TD Garden in Boston and streams live on Peacock.

2022 WWE Survivor Series predictions
The Bloodline (Roman Reigns, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Solo Sikoa, Sami Zayn) vs. The Brawling Brutes (Sheamus, Ridge Holland, Butch), Drew McIntyre & Kevin Owens (WarGames Match)

It would make a ton of sense to have The Bloodline eat a loss here and refresh some challengers for Reigns and maybe even send Zayn out of the group to link up with Owens, now knowing inside info about how Reigns and his family tick. But WWE has seemed so committed to protecting the group, even when they could eat a meaningless loss here or there. Holland and Butch provide two bodies who are most likely to eat the loss than anyone on the Bloodline side, aside from Zayn if they choose to move that story forward now. I’d love to see it go the other way but picking The Bloodline always seems safe. Pick: The Bloodline wins — Brent Brookhouse

Very rarely is there an opportunity for The Bloodline to lose clean at a major event. Their status as record-setting champions makes them nearly bulletproof, but WarGames omits their titles from the equation. The Bloodline’s continued in-fighting could plant the seeds for something like Zayn’s exit or a coup in the group. Victory for the good guys will present Sheamus and Owens with well-deserved undisputed world title shots against Reigns. Simply, there are too many positive and intriguing outcomes stemming from The Bloodline’s defeat. Pick: The Brawling Brutes, McIntyre & Owens win — Shakiel Mahjouri

Bianca Belair, Asuka, Alexa Bliss, Mia Yim & Becky Lynch vs. Damage CTRL (Bayley, IYO SKY, Dakota Kai), Rhea Ripley & Nikki Cross (WarGames Match)

As of the time of this writing, the fifth member of Belair’s team has not been announced. I’m operating on the assumption that person will be a returning Becky Lynch. If it is Lynch, it’s hard to imagine that her return wouldn’t tip the scales. Everything booked in these spots should set up something else down the road and Lynch’s return would help to shift Damage CTRL’s attention away from an endless feud with Belair. Of course, someone eventually has to take the title off Belair and Bayley felt like the best option. But dragging that out more feels pointless after they’ve had so many matches lately. Pick: Team Belair wins — Brookhouse

The success of Damage CTRL since its debut has been mixed, but Kai and Sky recapturing the women’s tag team titles were a good sign. Simply put: the villainous team is the more cohesive. Bayley’s faction is tight knit, they have a regular collaborator in Cross and Ripley plays well with Judgement Day. Ripley has emerged as her faction’s breakout member and a win here should vault her into a title match with Belair. I’ll reconsider my pick if Beth Phoenix is named the final member of Belair’s squad. Pick: Team Damage CTRL wins — Mahjouri

SmackDown Women’s Championship — Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Shotzi Blackheart

There is no logical reason Shotzi should win. She was not booked like a serious threat before becoming No. 1 contender and that hasn’t changed. There is some juice to squeeze out of a villainous Rousey run and her re-established alliance with Shayna Bazler. Rousey should win without much resistance and then on to the next one. Pick: Rousey retains the title — Mahjouri (Also Brookhouse)

United States Championship — Seth Rollins (c) vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Theory

Yes, Rollins is still fairly early in his run, but WWE has set a lot of twists in place with this story and this is a situation where it’s easy to see the title change hands a few times. Theory had to swallow a pretty ugly situation with his failed Money in the Bank cash-in but now is set to maybe be able to steal the title as Lashley and Rollins pick each other off. Call it a gut feeling, but Theory getting a win and having to somehow navigate Rollins and Lashley hunting him makes a lot of sense here. Pick: Theory wins the title — Brookhouse

Rollins’ U.S. title run is too fresh to give up on now. Rollins put a lot of people over and was finally rewarded with a singles title run. He can have a good match with just about anyone and has the fans behind him. Lashley is on track for a trilogy match with Brock Lesnar. Theory hasn’t been built up in a way to justify winning the title here. Rollins will retain in a fun match that benefits from the various styles involved. Pick: Rollins retains the title — Mahjouri

AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor

The Judgement Day just keeps missing out on fully catching on as a top-level force. Styles recently was joined by his old O.C. teammates and then added Mia Yim to the mix. It feels like a solid time to let Styles get a singles win and remain a presence at the top of the card while Balor can continue spinning his wheels with a Judgement Day group that just isn’t clicking. Pick: Styles wins — Brookhouse (also Mahjouri)

21 Jan

2022 WWE Survivor Series WarGames live stream, how to watch online, start time, card, matches

Survivor Series is getting a dangerous makeover in 2022. The traditional multi-man tag team matches have been replaced by WarGames, a violent team-based match confined inside a steel cage spanning two rings.

Two WarGames matches will take place at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday night. The Bloodline’s unparalleled dominance will be tested against the combined might of The Brawling Brutes (Sheamus, Ridge Holland and Butch), Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens. The other WarGames match features Raw women’s champion Bianca Belair in her ongoing crusade against Damage CTRL. Belair has gathered allies in Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Becky Lynch and Mia Yim to combat the quintet of Bayley, Dakota Kai, Iyo Sky, Nikki Cross and Rhea Ripley.

Plus, SmackDown women’s champion Ronda Rousey is back in action when she defends her title against Shotzi Blackheart. Perhaps the most intriguing title match is the triple threat for the United States championship as Bobby Lashley and Austin Theory look to take the title off Seth Rollins.

Below is how you can catch all the action on Saturday night in Boston.

Watch 2022 WWE Survivor Series WarGames
Date: Nov. 26
Location: TD Garden — Boston, Massachusetts
Start time: 8 p.m. ET (kickoff show starts at 7 p.m. ET)
Watch live: Peacock

2022 WWE Survivor Series WarGames match card
Team Bloodline (Roman Reigns, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa) vs. Team Brawling Brutes (Sheamus, Butch, Ridge Holland, Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens) (WarGames match)
Team Belair (Bianca Belair, Becky Lynch, Asuka, Alexa Bliss and Mia Yim) vs. Team Damage CTRL (Bayley, Dakota Kai, Iyo Sky, Nikki Cross and Rhea Ripley) (WarGames match)
SmackDown women’s championship — Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Shotzi
AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor
United States championship — Seth Rollins (c) vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Theory

14 Jan

2024 NBA picks, January 9 predictions from proven model

The New York Knicks will host the Portland Trail Blazers in a cross-conference matchup on Tuesday’s NBA schedule. New York is 21-15 overall and 10-4 at home, while Portland is 10-25 overall and 5-14 on the road. The teams have alternated wins and losses over their last eight matchups, with the Knicks winning on the road the last time out, 123-107, in March 2023. The Blazers are 16-19 against the spread this season, while the Knicks are 20-15-1.

Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Knicks are favored by 12 points in the latest Trail Blazers vs. Knicks odds, per SportsLine consensus, and the over/under is 228 points. Before entering any Knicks vs. Trail Blazers picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model enters Week 12 of the 2023-24 NBA season on a sizzling 112-62 roll on all top-rated NBA picks dating back to last season, returning well over $4,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

The model has set its sights on New York vs. Portland. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Trail Blazers vs. Knicks:

Knicks vs. Trail Blazers spread: Knicks -12
Knicks vs. Trail Blazers over/under: 228 points
Knicks vs. Trail Blazers money line: Knicks: -701, Trail Blazers: +496
Knicks vs. Trail Blazers picks: See picks at SportsLine
What you need to know about the Knicks
The Knicks waltzed into their game Saturday with three straight wins but they left with four. They greeted the New Year with with a 121-105 win over the Washington Wizards. Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle were among the main playmakers for the Knicks as the former scored 33 points to go along with eight assists, while the latter scored 39 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists.

New York is undefeated (4-0) since trading for OG Anunoby from Toronto, and he’s made a big impact defensively. He’s averaging 1.5 steals per game after leading the NBA with 1.9 swipes per contest last season. The Knicks have also covered in those four games, which ties their longest ATS win streak of the season. However, New York has struggled against the spread versus the Western Conference, going 5-6, compared to a 15-9-1 ATS record against fellow East opponents. See which team to pick here.

What you need to know about the Trail Blazers
Meanwhile, it may have taken overtime to finish the job, but the Trail Blazers ultimately got the result they hoped for on Sunday. They came out on top against the Brooklyn Nets by a score of 134-127. The victory was some much needed relief for the Trail Blazers as it spelled an end to their three-game losing streak. Portland can attribute much of its success to Anfernee Simons, who dropped a double-double on 38 points and 11 assists.

The young Blazers have struggled offensively, ranking in the bottom three in points per game, offensive rating and field goal percentage. They also rank last in defensive rebounds, making it very important to note that Deandre Ayton (knee) is doubtful, while Robert Williams III (knee) is out for the season. Thus, a Knicks team, even without Mitchell Robinson (ankle), will look to pound the offensive glass to take advantage of Portland’s lack of size. See which team to pick here.

How to make Knicks vs. Trail Blazers picks
The model has simulated Knicks vs. Trail Blazers 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Under, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that hits in well over 50% of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.