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NBA Play Boston vs Cleveland Tuesday- UFC 144 RECAP
THE STORY: The Boston Celtics will get to work trying to make up for a miserable first half of the season when they travel to Cleveland to meet the Cavaliers on Tuesday. Rajon Rondo returns after serving a two-2012 NBA Predictions
game suspension for throwing a ball at an official. The Cavaliers were one of the surprise teams of the first half and begin the second half one game behind the Celtics in the loss column for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, CS New England (Celtics), FS Ohio (Cavaliers)
ABOUT THE CELTICS (15-17): Boston stumbled into the All-Star break on a five-game 2012 NBA Basketball Picks
losing streak (the last four on the road) and have lost seven of eight. The Celtics’ Big Four of Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen started 16 of the Celtics’ 32 games in the first half. With all of them finally healthy and available, the pressing question is finding a center because Jermaine O’Neal and Chris Wilcox have struggled with injuries throughout the season.
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (13-18): Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 34 points in the Rising Stars 2012 NBA Point Spreads
game to earn the MVP award during All-Star weekend. Coach Byron Scott called it Irving’s coming-out party since he hasn’t received much national notoriety yet despite being the top pick in last summer’s draft. Irving begins the second half averaging 18.1 points and 5.1 assists to lead all rookies in scoring and rank second in assists.
1. Cavaliers guard Anthony Parker could make his return Tuesday2012 NBA Point Spreads
game.. He has missed the last month with a strained lower back and hasn’t played since facing the Celtics on Jan. 29.
2. Cleveland forward Antawn Jamison is averaging 22 points and nine rebounds during 11 games in February.
3. The Celtics have lost their last three games (on the road at Detroit, Dallas and Oklahoma City) by an average of 15.3 points.
UFC 144 final recap
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main event, Frankie Edgar will defend his UFC lightweight championship against Benson Henderson. In the co-main UFC Picks
event, former UFC champion Rampage Jackson will battle Ryan Bader.
UFC 144 Odds
Benson Henderson def. Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision )
Ryan Bader def. Quinton Jackson via unanimous decision (
Mark Hunt def. Cheick Kongo via first-round TKO (live blog)
Jake Shields def. Yoshihiro Akiyama via unanimous decision (
Tim Boetsch def. Yushin Okami via third-round TKO
Hatsu Hioki def. Bart Palaszewski via unanimous decision
Anthony Pettis def. Joe Lauzon via first-round KO
Takanori Gomi def. Eiji Mitsuoka via second-round TKO
Vaughan Lee def. Norifumi Yamamoto via submission (armbar)
Riki Fukuda def. Steve Cantwell via unanimous decision (
Chris Cariaso def. Takeya Mizugaki by unanimous decision (
Issei Tamura def. Tiequan Zhang via second-round KO (