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NBA playoff jockeying continues...Zags eye another title...NHL West lead up for grabs

March 12, 2019

UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks are in action tonight as the teams jockey for playoff position in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. The 76ers host the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Pacers entertain the New York Knicks and the Bucks are in New Orleans against the Pelicans. The Bucks are 50-17 and lead the conference by 2 ½ games over Toronto, while the 76ers and Pacers are tied for third in the East at 42-25.

UNDATED (AP) — There are three NBA games tonight involving Western Conference playoff contenders. The Minnesota Timberwolves visit the Denver Nuggets, who are second in the West and 1 ½ games behind the Golden State Warriors. The Portland Trail Blazers are fifth in the conference heading into their game against the Los Angeles Clippers. San Antonio takes on the Mavericks in Dallas as the Spurs attempt to stay ahead of the Clippers for the final playoff slot in the West.

UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Gonzaga goes for its seventh consecutive West Coast Conference title and an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament tonight against Saint Mary’s. The Bulldogs are 30-2 and riding a 21-game winning streak following last night’s 100-74 rout of Pepperdine. There are also automatic NCAA bids up for grabs for the winner of tonight’s Colonial Athletic Association, Horizon League, Northeast Conference and Summit Conference title games.

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL’s Western Conference lead is up for grabs tonight as the San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames play separate games. The Sharks lead the conference by one point heading into their road game against the Winnipeg Jets, who lead the Central Division by one point over Nashville. The Flames host New Jersey as Calgary tries to make up its one-point deficit on San Jose.

UNDATED (AP) — Tonight’s NHL slate includes a big Metropolitan Division matchup in Pittsburgh as the Penguins host the Washington Capitals. The Pens trail the division-leading Caps by six points and are two points ahead of fourth-place Carolina and four in front of Columbus. The Blue Jackets host the Boston Bruins, who saw their 19-game point streak end with Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Penguins.