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  • January 16, 2024
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Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer can become college basketball’s all-time wins leader this week when the Cardinal face Oregon and Oregon State at home. The Hall of Fame coach already has the most victories in women’s basketball. She sits one win behind former Duke men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski's record of 1,202 for the most ever. Sitting seven wins behind VanDerveer is UConn coach Geno Auriemma. The ninth-ranked Huskies have had to find ways to reinvent themselves again after another rash of season-ending injuries changed the roster that Auriemma expected to have.

Being good at the halfway point of the NBA season guarantees absolutely nothing. Take last year for example, when only three of the top 11 teams at halftime of the season would go on to win a playoff series and another three of those teams missed the postseason entirely. A lot can and will change between now and April. That said, there are some surprises as this season hits halftime none are bigger than the success stories being crafted in Minnesota and Oklahoma City.

Milwaukee will try to keep its three-game win streak alive when the Bucks take on Cleveland. Wednesday's game is the second meeting of the season between the two teams. The Bucks won the previous matchup 119-111. Cleveland is 4-3 against the Central Division, and Milwaukee is 6-5 against division opponents.

Los Angeles is looking to prolong its five-game home win streak with a victory over Oklahoma City. Tuesday's game will be the second meeting of the season between the two teams. The Thunder won the last matchup 134-115. Los Angeles is 19-11 against the Western Conference, and Oklahoma City is 15-9 against conference opponents.

The Hawks will play host to conference foe Orlando. The teams meet Wednesday for the third time this season. Atlanta is 4-5 against the Southeast Division, and Orlando is 5-3 against division opponents.

Philadelphia hosts the Denver Nuggets after Joel Embiid scored 41 points in the Philadelphia 76ers' 124-115 win against the Houston Rockets. The teams square off Tuesday for the first time this season. Philadelphia is 15-6 at home, and Denver is 11-9 on the road.

Miami will try to continue its three-game win streak with a victory against Toronto. Wednesday's game is the second meeting this season between the two teams. The Heat won the previous matchup 112-103. Toronto is 9-18 against the Eastern Conference, and Miami is 18-10 against conference opponents.

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Anthony Davis had 27 points and 15 rebounds, LeBron James scored 25 and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped the Oklahoma City Thunder’s four-game winning streak with a 112-105 victory. D’Angelo Russell had 14 points and seven assists as the Lakers held off the powerhouse Thunder in the fourth quarter for only their sixth victory in 18 games. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half while playing through a right knee sprain for the Thunder, who lost for only the fourth time in 16 games. Two of those defeats came against the Lakers.

Dallas plays the Los Angeles Lakers after Kyrie Irving scored 42 points in the Mavericks' 125-120 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans. Wednesday's meeting will be the third of the season between the two teams. Los Angeles is 15-14 against the Western Conference, and Dallas is 18-14 against conference opponents.

Boston comes into a matchup with San Antonio as winners of 19 straight home games. Wednesday's game is the second meeting of the season between the two teams. The Celtics won the last matchup 134-101. Boston is 19-0 at home, and San Antonio is 4-16 on the road.

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