Dec 23, 2003 3:13 AM


Suns (+6) at Sonics: This game comes down to which teams shoots the 3s better. It’s Rashard Lewis vs Stephon Marbury. Phoenix misses Amare Stoudamire, who won’t return until January. Seattle is home and more rested. SEATTLE.

T’wolves (—4) at Knicks: The return of Latrell Sprewell to Madison Square Garden, but the Knicks better find someone to put on Kevin Garnett. NY playing better lately with return of Antonio McDyess. Golden State won big at the Garden and we think Wolves will too. MINNY.

Last week: 1-1

Season: 11-5


Blues at Blackhawks: Chicago has found it difficult to win at home and St. Louis was just one point behind Toronto and Philadelphia for the best mark in the NHL. Price improves with Blues on the road. Last game before Christmas break so expect a good one. ST. LOUIS.

Oilers at Flames: The battle for Alberta may favor Calgary right now. The Flames are second in the West to St. Louis in goals allowed and own a fine 17-9-2 record. Edmonton has yielded 97 goals, which is a lot today. CALGARY.

Last week: 1-0-1

Season: 9-10