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Battle for ACC lead...Rockets look for sixth straight...Hurricanes continue playoff push

March 5, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — Third-ranked North Carolina needs a win over Boston College tonight to remain tied with second-ranked Virginia for the Atlantic Coast Conference lead heading into the final weekend before the tournaments begin. Fourth-ranked Duke, a game behind UNC in the ACC, plays at Wake Forest.

UNDATED (AP) — Fifth-ranked Tennessee, which is back in the mix for an NCAA Tournament number-one seed, plays at Mississippi State tonight. Sixth-ranked Kentucky, coming off of Saturday’s loss to Tennessee, is at Ole Miss.

TORONTO (AP) — The Houston Rockets carry a five-game winning streak into tonight’s game against the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors, with the NBA’s second-best record, are coming off of an overtime loss to the Detroit Pistons, during which they rested Kawhi Leonard. The Raptors have a 27-and-6 record at home this season. The Rockets are just 16-and-16 away from home.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Boston Celtics, who were the Houston Rockets’ latest victims on Sunday, have lost five of six since returning from the All-Star break. They travel to Oakland to take on the Western Conference-leading Golden State Warriors, who are back from a four-game East Coast road trip.

BOSTON (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes continue their push for a playoff berth when they visit the Boston Bruins tonight. The Hurricanes have won five in a row, while the Bruins are winners of three straight. Boston hasn’t lost in regulation since a 3-2 setback to the New York Rangers on January 19th.