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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2019 Christmas Eve
The sellout in Portland at the Moda Center unfortunately saw the Portland Trail Blazers end a four-game homestand with a 102-94 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Portland is now 14-17 overall and 8-7 at home this season. The loss ends a four-game winning streak, their longest of the season thus far, and is their second in as many tries versus the Pelicans this season.
The Blazers rely on three-point shooting, particularly from their starting backcourt, to give themselves a chance to win on a night-to-night basis, but went just 4-of-29 from the three-point line, a disheartening statistic highlighted by Damian Lillard going 0-of-10 from three and CJ McCollum going 2-of-10.
With their holiday homestead now over, the Trail Blazers have Christmas Eve off before boarding a plane to Salt Lake City on Christmas. The next day, they’ll face the Utah Jazz in a nationally-televised game at Vivant Smarthome Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Oregon Women’s Basketball team moved up in the AP poll after ending the 2019 portion of its nonconference schedule.
The Ducks (10-1) are No. 2 and received five first-place votes and 680 points, up one spot from last week, after beating UC Riverside and Kansas State.
As the same time, the undefeated Oregon State Women’s Basketball team moved up to a program-high No. 3 in The Associated Press Top 25 rankings released yesterday.
After beating Northern Arizona and BYU at the Maui Classic last week, the Beavers (11-0) moved up one spot from No. 4 and garnered four first-place votes in this week’s rankings.
UConn (10-0) is the new No. 1 with 19 first-place votes after previously top-ranked Stanford (10-1) lost to then-unranked Texas on Sunday to drop the Cardinal to No. 5.
The Oakland Raiders were able to keep playoff hopes alive as Derek Carr threw for 291 yards and a touchdown, helping the Raiders with a 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Losses by Pittsburgh and Tennessee have given the Raiders renewed hope. Oakland was 7-8 coming into the game, and had low expectations about heading into the postseason. They’ll need a win over Denver next week to advance to only their second postseason since 2003.
Next up, the Raiders will conclude the season next Sunday at Denver. For the Chargesr, they will end the year at Kansas City next Sunday. Los Angeles has dropped 10 of its last 11 against the Chiefs, which included a 24-17 loss in Mexico City in Week 11.
UPCOMING COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME SCHEDULE!
Tuesday, Dec. 24
BYU vs. Hawaii, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Thursday, Dec. 26
Miami vs. Louisiana Tech, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Quick Lane Bowl
Pittsburgh vs. Eastern Michigan, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, Dec. 27
North Carolina vs. Temple, Noon (ESPN)
Wake Forest vs. Michigan State, 3:20 p.m. (ESPN)
Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M, 6:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Iowa vs. Southern California, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Air Force vs. Washington State, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, Dec. 28
Camping World Bowl
No. 14 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State, noon (ABC)
Penn State vs. Memphis, noon (ESPN)
Monday, Dec. 30
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Music City Bowl
Mississippi State vs. Louisville, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Illinois vs. California, 4 p.m. (FOX)
Florida vs. Virginia, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Tuesday, Dec. 31
Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech, noon (ESPN)
Florida State vs. Arizona State, 2 p.m. (CBS)
Kansas State vs. Navy, 3:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Wyoming vs. Georgia State, 4:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Texas vs. Utah, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
Michigan vs. Alabama, 1 p.m. (ABC)
Outback Bowl, Tampa, Florida
Minnesota vs. Auburn, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Oregon vs. Wisconsin, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Sugar Bowl, New Orleans
Georgia vs. Baylor, 8:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Thursday, Jan. 2
Birmingham (Alabama) Bowl
Cincinnati vs. Boston College, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Florida
Indiana vs. Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, Jan. 3
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise
Ohio vs. Nevada, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, Jan. 4
Armed Forces Bowl, Fort Worth, Texas
Southern Miss vs. Tulane, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Monday, Jan. 6
Lendingtree Bowl, Mobile, Alabama
Miami (Ohio) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Championship week: 6-4 straight; 5-5 against the spread.
Season: 255-69 straight; 177-135-9 against the spread.
Upset specials: 3-13 (straight up).
Best bets: 7-6-1 (against the spread).