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Nov 25, 2003 3:23 AM


Suns (-2) at Nuggets: Denver continues to be a very reliable cover team as a home underdog. Carmelo Anthony has fit in nicely for this improved team. Suns have a home game 24 hours later against Dallas. We think Mavs want that one more. DENVER.

Hornets (+4) at Heat: Charlotte finds ways to win, while Miami is in the rebuilding mode. Odom and Jones are playing well and Heat return to Miami after several tough road losses on West Coast. Upset Special. MIAMI.

Last week: 0-2.

Season: 5-3


Oilers at Blue Jackets: After last Saturday’s first-ever outdoor game with Montreal that drew over 57,000 at Edmonton, expect a big letdown coming to Columbus.The Blue Jackets are off a shutout win over Detroit at home. COLUMBUS.

Rangers at Lightning: The Islanders went to Tampa Bay last week and lost. New York’s other team, with the NHL’s largest payroll, will do the same. The Ning Dynasty and the Atlanta Thrashers are the league’s top stories in the first month of play. TAMPA BAY.

Last week: 1-0-1

Season: 5-7