The San Antonio Spurs edged past the Utah Jazz last night to book their place in the NBA Playoffs conference semi-finals and eliminate the Jazz 4-0.
San Antonio completed their four game rout, thanks to a balanced attack that saw five players score double figures.
Manu Ginobili scored a team-high 17 points and Tim Duncan had 11 points and five rebounds for the top-seeded Spurs, who went on a 20-2 scoring run in the second half to seize command of game four in their Western Conference series.
We didnt lose our composure. That was great, Duncan said.
Djokovic v Murray:
I think this will be a fantastic match! The price on Djokovic seems way too low. He will be out for revenge for Murray beating him in Dubai.
Head to heads are 7-5 to Djokovic. Since they both hit the top 10 (July 2008) they have played 4 times in North America. Murray won all 4 matches. Murray has won their last 5 best of 3 set matches on hard courts. They have met twice in the Oz Open and Djokovic won both matches ( best of 5 sets).
Djokovic played incredible first sets against Ferrer and Monaco. It wasnt a surprise that his level fell away a little in the second sets but especially against Monaco he was struggling with his serve.
The artistry of Juan Mata and Pablo Aimar will be on full display this evening and to celebrate Paddy Power will refund all goal-scoring markets if one of the two players scores the last goal in Benfica v Chelsea at 7:45.
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Tuesday night sees the return of the Champions League and it is a huge night for Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea. The Blues face Benfica, away, in what should prove far from a formality. D
#2 Duke Blue Devils vs. #15 Lehigh Mountain Hawks @ Greensboro, NC The Mountain Hawks might be 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games overall, but the Dookies are going to want to put on a show here in their own backyard. They are a solid 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games after a SU loss, and after falling to FSU in the ACC Tournament, they should take it out on an overmatched Lehigh team. Prediction: Duke 90 – Lehigh 71
#7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. #10 Xavier Musketeers @ Greensboro, NC The Irish are probably under-seeded, and the X-Men are probably overseeded. I
Kohlschreiber v Dodig:
Kohlschreiber won their only previous match in March last year.
Kohlscreiber beat an in-form Rochus surprisingly easily in the last round. He had a poor match against Seppi but was reportedly suffering from flu. That would make sense as it was totally out of sync with the rest of his 2012 performances.
Dodig had a good win over Tomic last week. His serve has generally been very effective although he has had to rely on bringing out a big serve or two to get himself out of trouble. His last 4 matches have gone to the final set. He is likely to start slowly and have 1 bad service game.
I think this will be a close match and that Kohlschreiber will do enough to get the win.