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Tuesday, Jan 10

   by Larry Ness - 01/10/2006

Before getting to Tuesday night's marquee matchup in the NBA, let's congratulate Kobe for his 45-point effort last night against the Pacers. He becomes the first player to score at least that many points in four consecutive games since Wilt did it in November of 1964.

Kobe's averaged 47.0 PPG in the four games, along with 8.8 RPG and 4.8 APG. For you history buffs, Wilt averaged 50.8 PPG in his four-game streak, along with 26.8 RPG but had a total of just five assists in the four games. Wilt didn't start passing the ball until later in his career.

My free play is on the Mem Grizzlies over the Sac Kings at 8:05 ET. In tonight's college hoops I've got one of my coveted 15* plays while in the NBA, it's my 10* Eastern Conf Game of the Month plus my first Las Vegas Insider Play in 2006.

The Nets will meet the Spurs tonight in San Antonio. New Jersey comes in on a 10-game winning streak (7-3 ATS), after edging the Raptors in Toronto on Sunday, 105-104. Vince Carter, who has averaged 33.5 PPG during the team's winning streak, scored 42 points in that game, including 24 in the 4th quarter. His three-point basket with .1 seconds remaining, was the game-winner.

The Spurs have won 11 straight home games and own an NBA-best 16-1 home mark, but are just 9-8 ATS. The Spurs are favored by 8 1/2 with a total of 185.

The relatively light college hoops schedule features two games on ESPN and another on ESPN2. At 7:00 ET on ESPN, it's Wisconsin at Minnesota in the Big-10, where the Badgers are favored by 1 1/2 points with a total of 134. At 9:00 ET, Vandy is at Kentucky in the SEC. The Wildcats, off an embarrassing 73-46 loss at Kansas on Saturday, are favored by five with a total of 133. At 7:30 ET on ESPN2, North Carolina is at Va Tech in an ACC clash. The Tar Heels are a 1 1/2-point road favorite, with a total of 141 1/2.

Two of the NFL's eight coaching vacancies have now been filled but there still remain SEVEN openings. A few days ago, Philadelphia assistant Brad Childress was named to replace Mike Tice in Minnesota and yesterday, Herm Edwards took the job in Kansas City, replacing the retiring Dick Vermeil. However, Edwards' move now leaves an opening in New York with the Jets.

Teams still looking for new head coaches other than the Jets are Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, New Orleans, Oakland and St Louis. Since 1990, there have been an average of 6.4 coaching changes per season, with the biggest coaching upheaval coming in 1996, when 11 coaching changes took place!

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