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Feb 3, 2004 5:39 AM


Raptors (+5) at 76ers: An All-Star matchup pitting Vince Carter vs Allen Iverson. This one could go right down to the wire as did last Sunday’s games the two teams played against the Lakers and T’wolves respectively. We will gladly take the points. TORONTO.

Sonics (+9) at Kings: Sac is back home after three straight wins, including Saturday night at Seattle. The Kings are riding high and the sellout crowd at Arco will make things rough for Sonics, who miss Brent Barry. SACRAMENTO.

Last week: 0-2.

Season: 17-11.


Blackhawks at Leafs: Toronto is off an emotional win over province rival Ottawa and should be a $3-plus favorite here. The Hawks are 1-1 in their last two road games after going winless in 13. Good spot to take a chance with a high-priced dog. CHICAGO +1½

Lightning at Capitals: Tampa Bay is by far the hungrier team, moving closer to the Southeast Division title. The Caps are perhaps showcasing longtime goalie Olaf Kolzig for a deal since they’re going nowhere. TAMPA BAY.

Last week: 1-1

Season: 14-16.