Jan 27, 2004 3:14 AM


Spurs (-2 1/2) at Knicks: MSG is rocking again since the deal with Phoenix for point guard Stephon Marbury. Maybe Isiah has finally done something right! Both the Knicks and Spurs were 6-4 in their last 10. The crowd may be enough to overcome Duncan. NEW YORK.

Mavs (-4) at Sonics: Tough to figure enigmatic Sonics, who one night can shoot lights out with Lewis, Barry and Allen, then stink the next. With Dallas you know what’s there ”” Dirk, Antoine, Nash and host of great scorers. DALLAS.

Last week: 1-1.

Season: 17-9.


Canadiens at Sabres: Last week Montreal visited Philly. Buffalo is no Philly, in fact may not be Rochester. Sabres were seven points behind the Isles for the eighth and final playoff slot in East and slipping. Buffalo just 3-6-1 in last 10 and has struggled at home. MONTREAL

Lightning at Penguins: Tampa Bay has lost just twice in its last 10 games and leads the Southeast Division. Pittsburgh just not the same without Lemieux and sinking deeper into Atlantic cellar. Incentive with visitors. TAMPA BAY.

Last week: 0-2

Season: 13-15