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Feb 17, 2004 6:11 AM


Wizards (+11) at Rockets: Just can’t go against Houston, which has been dominant the past two years vs the Eastern Conference. Tough spot for the Wiz, which have no answer at center to stop Yao Ming. HOUSTON.

Celtics (+13) at Kings: Boston probably needed the All-Star break more than any NBA team, but playing at Sacramento is not what the doctor ordered. The Vin Baker fiasco has further divided the C’s, who play little D. Look for 35 from Peja and a rout. SACRAMENTO.

Last week: 2-0

Season: 21-11.


Flyers at Lightning: The NHL’s most exciting young team hosts the injury-ravaged Flyers. Philly must find a way overcome the loss of Roenick for the rest of the regular season. LeCavalliere is heating up finally, which is bad news for the rest of the league. TAMPA BAY

Senators at Capitals: Some might say the best against the worst in the NHL. The Caps have dealt Yagr and are offensively challenged. Ottawa has more than enough firepower to lay half a goal with confidence. OTTAWA.

Last week: 0-2

Season: 15-19.