BTS will miss TV K-pop awards because of South Korea quarantine rule


BTS is set to finish out a handful of dates in Los Angeles on Friday before heading back to South Korea. Their return will coincide with tighter quarantine requirements that health authorities in South Korea announced Thursday, when it broke its daily record for new coronavirus cases (5,200) for the second straight day. The country had confirmed six omicron cases as of Thursday, the Associated Press reports. South Korea is requiring all inbound travelers, including citizens and people who are vaccinated, to quarantine for 10 days. Vaccinated people were previously exempt from quarantine. The ramped-up measure is in place for at least two weeks.



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The Best California TV Shows


A few weeks ago, I wrote about the rise of a certain kind of Los Angeles television show.

Instead of exclusively depicting L.A.’s rich and famous, this newer crop of shows reflects a majority-minority city, where the median annual income is below $30,000 and, for most people, life isn’t all that glamorous.

For me, an Angeleno who lives far from the beach and knows few people who work in Hollywood, the joy of these shows is seeing a version of my life reflected back.

Many of you wrote to me about TV shows that feel true to your experience of California. Some reveal the grittier side of San Diego, or showcase reliably stunning views of the Central Coast.

I’ve shared your recommendations below, which include productions spanning nearly half a century:

The Rockford Files” (1974), Los Angeles

“Rockford may have lived in a trailer on the beach in Malibu, but he spent most of his time in less rarefied parts of L.A. As a kid in Aptos, Ventura Boulevard and downtown L.A. (long before lofts!) defined L.A. for me. Even now, when I’m in some of the more workaday sections of the Southland, something I see triggers the ‘Rockford Files’ theme music in my head.” — Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Monte Rio

Lou Grant” (1977), Los Angeles

“The show portrayed all sections of Los Angeles, from downtown, to the beach, to Bel-Air, to like, y’know, the Valley and stuff, and to the scruffier sections in the east and south. I first watched the show when I lived back east, and was thrilled to visit many of those locations after I moved to Southern California in the early ’80s.

Recently, I picked up several DVD box-sets of ‘Lou Grant,’ and was amazed at how well the show holds up after all these years. One episode, first broadcast in 1979, dealt with undocumented immigrants. Forty-two years old, and it easily could have been written 42 minutes ago.” — Bob Haus, Oakland

Nash Bridges” (1996), San Francisco

“I used to watch ‘Nash Bridges’ in part as a scavenger hunt trying to determine exactly where in San Francisco the scenes were filmed. I even saw the crews in action around town. There’s something special about seeing the real places you know show up onscreen.” — Mark Jones, Sacramento

Monk” (2002), San Francisco

“The opening of the show with Monk walking to his apartment at the top of one of San Francisco’s many steep hills is priceless!” — Chick Harrity, Calistoga

Terriers” (2010), San Diego

“Not only was it a very good show with intricate plotting, crackling dialogue and great acting, it also shone a light on a bit of a seedy underbelly of the San Diego beach towns. If I recall correctly it took place in Ocean Beach.

I had never seen a show that took away the fun and sun of San Diego beach culture and instead replaced it with the scrappy day-to-day (or as was often the case on this show, night-to-night) living in a part of California most people consider idyllic.” — Dan Hess, Los Angeles

Bosch” (2014), Los Angeles

“My husband and I were huge fans of ‘Bosch.’ Sadly, my husband died in March, and months later I finally got around to watching the last season. In the last episode, Bosch’s daughter is sitting outside Du-Par’s.

I have spent the past few months moving from Connecticut to Los Angeles. I now live a mile away from there — rounded the corner one day after first moving here and there it was.” — Marlene Cavagnuolo, Los Angeles

Lucifer” (2016), Los Angeles

“My favorite is ‘Lucifer’ because it shows the L.A. I remember most from 11 years lived there: the kind of morally amorphous city the devil would surely choose to live in.” — Ney M. Fonseca Jr., Teresópolis, Brazil

Big Little Lies” (2017), Monterey

“I was born and raised on Monterey Bay. I spent much of my adult life living and working there, though not since 2005. One of my family’s greatest joys was Sunday drives around the region.

I adored ‘Big Little Lies’ for all the iconic Central Coast, Monterey peninsula and Big Sur locations that were beautifully showcased.” — Rhoda Flint, Bellingham, Wash.

The Rookie” (2018), Los Angeles

“The star of the show is Los Angeles. It’s a well-done police procedural with a good cast and excellent plot. It stays interesting episode to episode.

Being a former Southern California girl, I have developed a love for SoCal that I didn’t have for the first 20 years of my life.

I was blown away by the detailed street-to-street detail, and the different downtown L.A. neighborhoods. The cast are all very likable and tough. Plus the diversity of the cast is what it should be, with Black and Hispanic actors making up the main characters.” — Iris Buckley-Jacobson, Atascadero

City of Ghosts” (2021), Los Angeles

“‘City of Ghosts’ on Netflix is a little miracle of a show — humane portraits of L.A. neighborhoods outside the ones we’ve seen for years, naturalistic performances and a delightful art direction and animation style. Super great for adults AND kids! Hope you like it.” — Paul Kimball, Campbell

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Today’s travel tip comes from Jacqueline Leventhal:

“The Lafayette water storage reservoir is a 975-acre site located on the west end of Lafayette in Northern California’s East Bay. It is the perfect place to walk all year long. Birds, wildlife, picnic areas, benches and bathrooms are scattered throughout.

There are two trails. The popular 2.8-mile trail is easy and flowing around the reservoir. The four-plus-mile unpaved rim trail is good for the more hearty and offers great views.

It is a little oasis in the middle of urban life. You can walk the ‘rez’ any time of day — with strollers, dogs. It’s about an hour around and you will leave refreshed and inspired by this gorgeous natural setting.”

Tell us about your favorite places to visit in California. Email your suggestions to [email protected]. We’ll be sharing more in upcoming editions of the newsletter.


Has your child been vaccinated against Covid-19?

Share stories of your children receiving their coronavirus shots and how it has affected your holiday plans. Please include your child’s name, age and city of residence — and even a photograph, if you’d like.

Email me at [email protected] and your submission may be included in a future newsletter.


California has found an especially cute way to fight climate change: sea otters.

Successful efforts to increase the animals’ numbers off the California coast have led to the growth of kelp forests, which gobble up carbon from the atmosphere.

Read more from Wired.


Thanks for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow. — Soumya

P.S. Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Game for world champion Magnus Carlsen (5 letters).

Jack Kramer, Steven Moity, Mariel Wamsley and Jaevon Williams contributed to California Today. You can reach the team at [email protected].

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Omicron Fears Shaking Global Film, TV Industry – The Hollywood Reporter


News from the World Health Organization that a new coronavirus variant, dubbed Omicron, discovered in southern Africa, was a “variant of concern” has hit the global entertainment industry with a sickening sense of déjà vu.

While little is yet known about Omicron, including its potential resistance to existing COVID-19 vaccines, the reaction to the news has been swift, with countries across the world introducing travel restrictions in an effort to slow down the global spread of the new variant. More than 40 countries, including the United States, the U.K., the European Union countries and Australia have imposed temporary restrictions on travel from southern African countries deemed “at-risk” including South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. A few, including Japan and Israel, have shut down their borders entirely to non-citizens.

The moves come as COVID cases involving the Omicron variant have been confirmed in at least 15 countries, including Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, Israel and Canada. The Omicron variant has a high number of mutations — around 30 — in the coronavirus’ spike protein, which could allow the virus to spread more quickly and may make it harder for COVID vaccines to target.

That’s bad news, particularly for countries already seeing a spike in COVID infections involving the Delta variant. Europe has been particularly hard hit, with Austria introducing a new nationwide lockdown on Nov. 22, shutting cinemas, restaurants and other public venues, the Slovak government declaring a state of emergency and curfew on Nov. 24, and the Netherlands imposing a partial lockdown involving a 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew for most businesses, including theaters, from Nov. 28.

Elsewhere, governments are tightening COVID restrictions, a move many see as a prelude to a full lockdown. Several German states now require cinema-goers to prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID or have recovered from a COVID infection, with some requiring the vaccinated to also produce a negative PCR test for entry, a restriction called “lockdown through the backdoor” by Christine Berg, chair of German exhibitors association HDF Kino.

The impact of the new regulations, and growing safety concerns from visitors, is already showing up in attendance figures. There were 505,000 movie tickets sold in Germany this past weekend, a 37 percent week-on-week drop and the worst weekend showing since Sept. 24, 2020. Box-office receipts across Europe have been sliding over the past three weeks, notes Rob Mitchell, a box office analyst with Gower Street Analytics in London, though it’s not clear COVID has been the main cause of the decline.

There are serious concerns, however, that public fears over Omicron could prove a major blow to holiday returns. One U.K. exhibition executive pointed to the British government’s response to Omicron, which has included reintroducing compulsory mask-wearing in shops and public transport. If this measure were extended to include hospitality and cinemas, the exec notes, it would have an immediate impact.

“We know from every previous occasion that this [such measures are] a strong deterrent from impulse visits to the cinema, which is the lifeblood of what we do,” he said.

“The unfortunate thing about Omicron hitting now is that October was the first month where we were incredibly close to average box office returns pre-pandemic,” says Mitchell of Gower Street, noting that global box office for October was just 7 percent down from the three-year average for the month from 2017-2019.

Cinema closures in select territories and concerns over further lockdowns have led Gower to adjust downward its year-end prognosis for worldwide box office from $21.6 billion (its mid-October estimate) to $21.0 billion.

That figure represents a best-case scenario, in which there are only a few, smaller territories in lockdown and the studios continue to release their big titles as planned. A worst-case would see theater closures and declining box office trigger the studios to postpone or cancel their upcoming tentpoles, leading to the sort of negative feedback loop seen during the third wave of COVID last fall, where MGM’s decision to pull James Bond release No Time to Die led to exhibitor Cineworld shutting its doors, which in turn triggered further postponements and further closures.

“The title everyone is looking at right now is [Sony and Marvel’s] Spider-Man: No Home, which is the film exhibitors worldwide are counting on for the end of the year,” says Mitchell. “If Sony pulls Spider-Man, and everyone is hoping they don’t do that, or if the film does really poorly and people attribute that to COVID, we could see the studios start to pull their titles for the first quarter of 2022.”

So far, conditions in North America appear significantly better than in Europe and the major studios have not signaled plans to postpone or cancel the theatrical rollouts of major tentpoles. Alongside Sony’s Spider-Man sequel, 20th Century Studios’ Steven Spielberg-directed West Side Story adaptation and Warner Bros.’ The Matrix Resurrections are still holding to their planned December release dates.

But the situation remains uncertain. While lockdowns in Austria and the Netherlands alone are unlikely to push the majors to push their tentpoles and scrap multi-million dollar ad campaigns, closures in major territories such as Germany, France or the U.K. could change the calculation. Here is where China could play an oversized role. The fact that Matrix Resurrections and Spider-Man: No Way Home have both been approved for Chinese release could tip the scales in favor of the scheduled rollout, with a staggered bow, or postponement, for smaller territories.

On the production side, there are also no signs, so far, of Omicron shutting down global film and TV shoots.

“Producers have come through the first three COVID waves and know what to do to keep things moving,” one veteran producer noted. But any potential wobbles could impact what is already a very overcrowded market, with studio space and crews at a premium.

“There’s a lot of push now where people are looking at Eastern Europe – the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary – so I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a lot more things moving there,” says British producer Jonathan Weissler. Unfortunately for studios in the region, COVID cases in the region are among the highest in Europe and vaccination rates among the lowest.

Omicron is casting a shadow of uncertainty over international industry events, including film festivals and trade fairs scheduled for the coming months. The International Broadcasting Convention canceled its in-person event, set to kick off in Amsterdam on December 3. International television showcase Content London, which runs Nov. 29-Dec. 2, appears to have narrowly escaped restrictions, with most delegates arriving just before the UK introduced new travel restrictions requiring a negative PCR test for overseas arrivals. For those arriving after, an on-site PCR testing site will offer same-day results.

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival, due to kick off Dec. 6, could become the first of many festivals to cancel in the wake of Omicron. The inaugural event, which was originally scheduled for March 2020 but became one of the first cancellations in the first COVID-19 wave, hopes to welcome a sizable number of African filmmakers, most from North Africa. Saudi Arabia has suspended flights from 14 southern African nations, but has said people “from all countries” would be able to travel so long as they had received one dose of the vaccine. Festival guests are currently being told they need proof of vaccination and a recent negative PCR test to attend.

The Berlin Film Festival is still planning to hold an in-person event from Feb. 10-20, 2022 with attendees required to be either fully vaccinated or prove they have recovered from a COVID infection. A Berlinale spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter that the festival was looking at other options, including requiring negative PCR tests, capacity restrictions and stricter masking requirements.

“The rapid development in the number of infections [in Germany] is of course worrying, so it is very important to consider further containment measures,” she noted. “It goes without saying that we are closely monitoring further developments.”





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Holiday travel at Dayton International Airport shining light on airport’s pandemic rebound – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio


DAYTON — One of the busiest travel days of the year is putting a spotlight on air travel and its impact on the economy.

While the Dayton International Airport is seeing an uptick in travel the day before Thanksgiving, city leaders said the airport has been seeing a nice recovery from the worst part of the pandemic.

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News Center 7′s Mike Campbell was at Dayton International Airport on Wednesday when plenty of people were prepared to travel to catch up with loved ones. Darryl Monfels, of Dayton, did fly a little during the COVID-19 pandemic, but feels safer to do so now.

“Each time we feel like the restrictions and requirements, and attention to detail, has gotten much better, especially in the last three to four months,” Monfels said.

The more travelers feel safer has impacted the amount of flying they do. The passenger numbers, and revenue, at Dayton International Airport recovered much quicker than expected, according to city officials.

“They are expected to be about 12 percent off of 2019 revenues, so that’s good news,” Shelley Dickstein, Dayton City Manager, said.

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Dickstein said the rebound is amazing when compared to the original projections.

“We were 80 percent off,” Dickstein said. “This was an industry that almost completely shut down for a good chunk of time.”

Dickstein said a lot of Dayton travel returning to 100 percent will depend on business travelers returning to airports for travel.

While the number of travelers is up, it has not returned to pre-pandemic levels. City leaders told News Center 7 that they will wait and assess the numbers throughout 2022 to determine whether they will reach that level again.





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Men’s College Basketball TV and Streaming Guide: Sunday, November 21, 2021


For a more complete listing of today’s games, visit the daily schedule at Matt Sarz’s Sports, adjustable by time zone.

All times are Eastern.

Championship: Villanova (Big East, 3-1, 8 KenPom) vs. Purdue (Big Ten, 4-0, 4 KP), 1 p.m. (ABC)
Consolation: Tennessee (SEC, 2-1, 19 KP) vs. North Carolina (ACC, 3-1, 48 KP), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

In Saturday’s semifinal doubleheader, Nova had no trouble with the Vols, rolling to a 71-53 victory, while the Boilermakers used a red-hot shooting performance—one that produced three 20-plus-point scorers—to take down the Tar Heels, 93-84. Villanova-Purdue should be a pre-Thanksgiving Elite Eight/Final Four type contest, but the loser of Tennessee-UNC will be unfortunate to leave the Mohegan Sun with consecutive losses.

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Championship: Utah State (MW, 3-1, 75 KP) vs. Oklahoma (Big 12, 4-0, 40 KP), approx. 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
3rd/4th Place: New Mexico State (WAC, 3-1, 111 KP) vs. Indiana State (MVC, 3-2, 157 KP), approx. 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
5th/6th Place: Davidson (A 10, 2-2, 86 KP) vs. East Carolina (American, 4-1, 152 KP), 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
7th/8th Place: Penn (Ivy, 2-4, 214 KP) vs. Old Dominion (C-USA, 2-3, 171 KP), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN News)

On Friday, Porter Moser’s Sooners had no trouble with the Sycamores in an impromptu Valley reunion in the second semifinal of the day, while Utah State routed New Mexico State in the reunion of WAC Aggies. Oklahoma is a clear favorite in the championship game, but Ryan Odom’s Aggies can claim an important win for a Mountain West that’s hungry for multiple NCAA bids.

Spare a thought for Penn in the 7th place game, particularly since Utah State needed two OTs to defeat the Quakers on Thursday.

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Championship: St. Bonaventure (A 10, 4-0, 30 KP) vs. Marquette (Big East, 5-0, 71 KP), approx. 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
3rd/4th Place: Clemson (ACC, 4-1, 45 KP) vs. West Virginia (Big 12, 3-1, 50 KP), 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
5th/6th Place: Boise State (MW, 2-2, 66 KP) vs. Ole Miss (SEC, 3-1, 57 KP), approx. 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
7th/8th Place: Temple (American, 1-3, 136 KP) vs. Elon (CAA, 2-3, 218 KP, 10:30 a.m. (ESPNU)

Tonight’s final (and third-place game for that matter) should be intense, as the Bonnies have had the habit of starting slowly so far this season and the Golden Eagles are going out of their way to exceed expectations. In Friday’s semis, St. Bonaventure had to rally late to defeat Clemson, 68-65, while Marquette moved to 5-0 by dominating West Virginia in the second half to claim an 82-71 victory. Unfortunately for the Tigers and Mountaineers, only one of them will be able to recover from their loss with a getaway win.

FloHoops ($) will stream all four games.

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Championship: Utah (Pac-12, 4-0, 77 KP) vs. Tulsa (American, 3-1, 131 KP), approx. 7:30 p.m.
Consolation: Boston College (ACC, 3-2, 130 KP) vs. Rhode Island (A 10, 3-1, KP 98), 5 p.m.

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Championship: Bethune-Cookman (SWAC, 1-3, 355 KP) vs. Air Force (MW, 3-1, 272 KP), approx. 2:30 p.m.
Consolation: Bryant (NEC, 1-3, 248 KP) vs. Holy Cross (Patriot, 1-3, 337 KP). 12 p.m.

In Saturday’s semifinals in Daytona Beach, the Utes picked up a 68-61 victory over the Eagles, while the Golden Hurricane took down the Rams, 77-71. That sets up a third-place game that’s an instant rematch of the regularly-scheduled BC-Rhody game from Wednesday, one won by the Rams, 57-49. In the final, Craig Smith’s new team can claim a championship mere hours after his former team, Utah State, will do the same.

Championship: Arizona (Pac-12, 4-0, 28 KP) vs. Michigan (Big Ten, 3-1, 3 KP), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Consolation: Wichita State (American, 3-1, 67 KP) vs. UNLV (MW, 3-1, 127 KP), approx. 12 a.m. 11/22 (ESPN2)

On Friday night, the Wildcats needed overtime to defeat the Shockers, 82-78. In the nightcap, the Wolverines used a big second half to knock off a Runnin’ Rebels squad that was playing a virtual home game to immediately rebound from Tuesday’s loss at Seton Hall. Tonight’s championship game provides a Pac-12 team not named “UCLA” with a great opportunity to boost its tournament bona fides, though Michigan will want to continue its recovery from its first loss of the season.

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CBSSN will air both games.

Loyola Marymount (WCC, 2-1, 80 KP) vs. Florida State (ACC, 2-1, 32 KP), 5:30 p.m.
Missouri (SEC, 2-1, 113 KP) vs. SMU (American, 3-1, 60 KP) approx. 8 p.m.

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Pass The Ball ($) will stream both games.

Boston University (Patriot, 2-2, 184 KP) vs. Northern Illinois (MAC, 1-2, 315 KP), 12 p.m.
Little Rock (Sun Belt, 3-1, 291 KP) vs. Sam Houston State (WAC, 1-2, 212 KP), approx. 2:30 p.m.

This is a new event that will take place at North Florida’s on-campus arena, not JU’s or the much larger Veterans Memorial Arena downtown. Florida State is a heavy favorite to win this event, particularly with Missouri struggling early and SMU losing to their best opponent so far (Oregon) by 23.

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ESPN3 will stream both games.

Colorado State (MW, 4-0, 61 KP) vs. Creighton (Big East, 4-0, 56 KP), 7:45 p.m.
Northeastern (CAA, 2-2, 165 KP) vs. Southern Illinois (MVC, 2-1, 121 KP), approx. 10 p.m.

With the Salukis knocking off Colorado in Friday’s quarters, the winner of tonight’s first quarterfinal will be expected to claim the trophy on Monday night on St. Thomas.

Green Bay (Horizon, 0-4, 309 KP) vs. Weber State (Big Sky, 4-0, 105 KP), 12 p.m. (Pluto.tv)
Ball State (MAC, 1-3, 281 KP) vs. UMass (A 10, 3-2, 112 KP), approx. 2:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
UNCG (SoCon, 4-1, 176 KP) vs. FIU (C-USA, 3-1, 295 KP), approx. 5 p.m. (Pluto.tv)

On Friday, UMass handed UNCG its first loss of the season (after OT), while FIU kept Green Bay winless and Weber State remained perfect by handling Ball State. The Wildcats will end up winning this event if they defeat the Phoenix early this afternoon.

Princeton (3-1, 150 KP) at Oregon State (1-3, 94 KP), 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
The Beavers will host the Tigers looking to end a three-game losing streak before traveling to Florida for the Emerald Coast Classic late next week. Princeton has lost just once this season, to Minnesota in the Asheville Championship final one week ago, and the Golden Gophers needed two OTs to do that.

Navy (2-2, 168 KP) at Furman (3-1, 101 KP) (Furman MTE), 3 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
Both the Midshipmen and Paladins took care of Radford in the first two games of this MTE. Navy took down the Highlanders by a 47-33 score on Saturday, while Furman won by an 81-64 count on Friday night.

Morehead State (2-2, 169 KP) at Mississippi State (3-0, 46 KP), 3 p.m. (SECN+/ESPN+ ($))
Last season’s OVC champs travel to Starkville riding a two-game win streak but still looking for their first victory over a D1 opponent.

Texas Southern (0-4, 235 KP) at NC State (3-1, 62 KP), 6 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ACCNX)
Last time out, the Wolfpack dropped their Hall of Fame Showcase showdown with Oklahoma State, 74-68. The Tigers, meanwhile, are in the midst of a 13-game road trip to start the season. Texas Southern has only been defeated by double figures once so far though, at Oregon on Opening Night.

Louisiana (3-0, 161 KP) at Indiana (3-0, 36 KP) (Indiana Classic), 7:30 p.m. (B1G Network)
This event will see the Ragin’ Cajuns—who have only defeated a single D1 opponent, Southern Miss—visit Indiana and Marshall in a 48-hour span before returning home to face Jackson State next Saturday. The Hoosiers, meanwhile, will next host the Tigers on Tuesday and the Thundering Herd on Saturday.



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Starters, odds, prediction and TV channel


The Cleveland Cavaliers continue their strong start to the season, now sitting at 8-5 and right in the mix in the Eastern Conference. They have no bad losses (the Lakers were the worst one) and wins over the LA Clippers, Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks, among others. Friday night they faced their first “cupcake” and throttled the Pistons 98-78.

The Cavs host the Celtics Saturday night on national television. What do you need to know about who is playing and how to bet?

The Cavs have now won five of their last six games, the lone loss by three points against the Eastern Conference leading Washington Wizards. The Celtics, on the other hand, have righted the ship after a scuffling start and won four of the last five themsleves, including some dominant defensive performances; their lone loss over that stretch was by three points as well.

Going into tonight’s game, what should you know about these two teams and who is expected to win? Let’s break down the odds, the expected lineups and how you might approach betting the game, with a prediction of how we expect the final score to turn out.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Opponent: Odds, spread, over/under

The Cavaliers (8-5) will host the Boston Celtics (6-6) tonight. According to our partners over at WynnBet, the Celtics are favored by 3.5 points despite playing on the road. The over/under for the game is 203.5, which seems low but is only the third-lowest of the night with a number of tough defensive teams taking on shaky offenses across the league.

The Cavs are playing back-to-back for the third time this season after their 20-point victory over the Detroit Pistons Friday night. They are 1-1 in the second game of a back-to-back thus far this season, dropping the Atlanta Hawks in the third game of the season but then losing in Phoenix to the Suns on October 30th.

The Celtics are likewise coming off of a back-to-back as they hosted the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday with an identical tip-off time of 7:30pm ET. The difference is that the Celtics went to overtime to beat the short-handed Bucks, and four different players logged at least 41 minutes for Boston.

Cavs vs Opponent: Project starting lineups, injury report

Celtics starters: Dennis Schroder, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Robert Williams III

Cavs starters: Darius Garland, Isaac Okoro, Dean Wade, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen

The Celtics’ key injuries: Jaylen Brown (out, leg)

The Cavaliers’ key injuries: Collin Sexton (out, knee); Kevin Love (questionable, health and safety protocols); Lauri Markkanen (out, health and safety protocols); Lamar Stevens (questionable, ankle)

Cavs vs Pistons: Prediction

The Cleveland Cavaliers were expected to be worse than the Boston Celtics this season. They were an unlikely pick to even make the play-in game, while the Celtics were thought to be in contention for home court in the Eastern Conference. Yet through the first four weeks of the season the Cavs have a better record against a tougher schedule and have a higher point differential as well. At some point they need to start getting a little more respect from Vegas; it’s a little surprising that Boston is clearly favored playing in Cleveland with a 3.5 point spread.

The injuries muddy the water somewhat. Jaylen Brown is a better player and more crucial to his team than Collin Sexton, but the Cavs are down two rotation bigs in Lauri Markkanen and Kevin Love (unless Love makes a surprise return tonight) and now might be missing one of their replacements in Lamar Stevens. The health advantage probably tips slightly to Boston.

The rest advantage tips the other way even though both teams played last night. Only two Cavs players, Evan Mobley and Darius Garland, played more than 30 minutes, and neither more than 35. As stated above the Celtics had four players hit at least 41. Boston then had to board a plane and fly to Ohio, while the Cavs got to stay home.

Boston is arguably the more talented team, and they certainly have more experience. Even so this looks like a game the Cavs have a great chance to win, and are a clear pick to at the least cover the spread.

The total of 203.5 is a low one, as one hot quarter by a team could easily lift them above this line. The average NBA team is scoring 107.3 points per game, which should produce an average “line” of 214.5. Why would you bet the under?

Well, because the Cavs’s defense has leveled up this season, and combined with their slow pace are putting out low point totals for both sides, in wins and losses. Five times this season an NBA team has scored fewer than 80 points; the Cavs were responsible for two of those, holding the LA Clippers to 79 points and the Pistons last night to 78. In three of their last four games Cleveland’s games have combined for fewer than 203.5 points.

Boston is a more explosive offensive team, averaging 109.5 points per game, but perhaps only because they have now played six overtime periods. If the Cavs and Celtics stay in regulation, the under has a great chance of hitting. With tired legs for jumpshooters let’s target the under, but just barely.

Prediction: Cleveland 102, Boston 99

The Bet: Cleveland (+3.5), UNDER

Cavs vs Pistons: Where to Watch

The Cleveland Cavaliers are not scheduled to play any national television games for the major networks, but they do have a handful of NBA TV slates. Tonight will be the first of them, allowing Cleveland fans across the nation to watch their team play. Local residents can still tune into Bally Sports Ohio. The game is scheduled for 8:00 pm ET, which means tip-off should be aorund 8:10.

Cleveland Cavaliers Upcoming Schedule

It will seem like deja vu for fans of both the Cavs and the Celtics as these two teams play again on Monday night. These two-game series popped up last year in the pandemic-shortened season as a way to limit travel while fitting in as many games as possible. The upside here is that the Cavs avoid Jaylen Brown, arguably Boston’s best player this season, in both of their matchups.

From there the Cavs end their homestand for a one-game road trip before playing another four-game stretch in Cleveland. They will spend a week in a little dance with two of the league’s better teams. On Wednesday they will play the Brooklyn Nets one night after Brooklyn hosts the Golden State Warriors. Then both the Cavs and Warriors will head to Cleveland to renew their rivalry, and Brooklyn will chase them there to play the Cavs again next Monday, the 22nd.



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Pac-12 Announces Full Men’s Basketball Schedule With Tip-Times, TV


BOULDER – The Pac-12 Conference has completed the 2021-22 University of Colorado men’s basketball schedule with dates for the final 18 league games.

In addition, tip-times and television partner designations were announced for the majority of the Buffaloes’ schedule.

All but three of Colorado’s 31 regular season games are scheduled to air on either the Pac-12 Networks, FS1, ESPN2 or ESPNU. The Buffaloes will play 10 games against seven different teams that appeared in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. All seven will visit the CU Events Center in addition to road games at UCLA, Oregon and Oregon State.

Colorado’s three games at the Paradise Jam will streamed on ESPN3.

Colorado will begin the main block of its Pac-12 schedule at Oregon on Thursday, Dec. 30 (9 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Network). The Buffaloes will ring in the New Year on Saturday, Jan. 1, at Oregon State (6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network) in a rematch of the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament championship game.

As previously announced with the Pac-12’s weekly pairings, Colorado will alternate two games home, two games away, each week of the conference season with one exception. The Buffaloes will have one three-game homestand the first two weeks of February, hosting Oregon (Thursday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m., FS1), Oregon State (Saturday, Feb. 5, TBA, FS1) and Utah (Saturday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m., Pac-12 Network).

Colorado will play a Thursday-Saturday schedule throughout conference play with two exceptions. The Buffaloes will play two Thursday-Sunday sets with both involving the Washington schools. Colorado hosts Washington State (Thursday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., ESPN2/U) in its first home Pac-12 game after the New Year and follows with Washington (Sunday, Jan. 9, 3 p.m., ESPN2/U).  The script flips three weeks later with Colorado traveling to Washington (Thursday, Jan. 27, 9 p.m., Pac-12 Network) and then visiting Washington State (Sunday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m., FS1).

Colorado’s early season conference games are both set for the Pac-12 Network. The Buffaloes host Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m. and travel to UCLA on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

The Buffaloes will officially tip off the season against Montana State on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the CU Events Center (8 p.m., Pac-12 Network). That game begins a slate of eight home nonconference games, highlighted by match ups with Tennessee on Saturday, Dec. 4 (12 p.m., FS1) and Kansas on Tuesday, Dec. 21 (7 p.m., ESPN2).

Colorado will play two exhibition games prior to the season-opener against Montana State. The Buffaloes will host Colorado School of Mines on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the CU Events Center. Colorado will play at Nebraska in a charity exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. MT.

Secure your seats for what promises to be another exciting season of CU Buffs basketball.  Season tickets start at only $240 per seat for reserved seating and includes all 18 home games highlighted by visits from Tennessee, Kansas and a loaded Pac-12 slate.  Get your season tickets today by clicking here or by calling 303-492-8282.

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Tip times, TV set for Louisville, Kansas games


Kentucky’s 2021-22 basketball schedule is now complete.

Tip times and TV designations are set for UK’s non-conference games against Louisville and Kansas, respectively, it was announced Wednesday.

The Wildcats and Cardinals will renew its annual rivalry at Rupp Arena on Wednesday, December 22 at 6 PM ET on ESPN. The Cats and Jayhawks, meanwhile, will tip off at 6 PM ET from Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence on Saturday, January 29. That game will also be televised on ESPN.

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Kentucky is 11-3 vs. Louisville under head coach John Calipari and 37-17 all-time. UK had won three straight in the series until a 62-59 loss to the Cardinals last season that dropped the team to 1-6 on the year. The Wildcats won a 78-70 overtime thriller in the last matchup at Rupp Arena in 2019.

In what should be a matchup of preseason top-10 teams, Kentucky will travel to Lawrence to take on Kansas in the annual Big 12-SEC Challenge.

More than conference bragging rights could be on the line between UK and KU. The Wildcats enter the 2021-22 season maintaining a slim margin over the Jayhawks as the winningest program in NCAA history.

Kentucky suffered through a 9-16 season in 2020-21, missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013, posting its first losing record since 1989 and recording the worst finish by a preseason Associated Press top-10 team since the poll was first released in 1961. UK, whose season ended with a 74-73 loss to Mississippi State in the second round of the SEC Tournament, sits at 2,327 all-time wins.

The Jayhawks, who ended the year at 21-9 with a loss to USC in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, shaved 12 games off the Wildcats’ lead but still trail by four at 2,323 victories.

Big Blue has been the winningest program in college basketball history since surpassing North Carolina during its national championship season of 1995-96. Finishing 34-2 to the Tar Heels’ 21-11, Kentucky turned a 10-game deficit into a 3-game lead it hasn’t relinquished since.

The Wildcats became the first school to 2,000 wins with an 88-44 victory over Drexel at Rupp Arena on Dec. 21, 2009.

UK holds a 23-10 advantage over KU all-time head-to-head but have lost three of the last four dating back to 2016, including a 65-62 loss in the Champions Classic last season.

Kentucky is 1-2 vs. Kansas in the Big 12-SEC Challenge, 0-1 at Phog Allen Fieldhouse and 2-1 on the road.

The Wildcats open the season with exhibitions vs. Kentucky Wesleyan and Miles College before officially tipping off the 2021-22 season vs. Duke in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.

UK’s non-conference schedule also includes games against Notre Dame, and Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic.

In league play, the Cats will face every Southeastern Conference team once with home-and-away matchups set vs. Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Alabama and LSU.





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Pac-12 Announces Full Men’s Basketball Schedule With Tip-Times, TV


BOULDER – The Pac-12 Conference has completed the 2021-22 University of Colorado men’s basketball schedule with dates for the final 18 league games.

In addition, tip-times and television partner designations were announced for the majority of the Buffaloes’ schedule.

All but three of Colorado’s 31 regular season games are scheduled to air on either the Pac-12 Networks, FS1, ESPN2 or ESPNU. The Buffaloes will play 10 games against seven different teams that appeared in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. All seven will visit the CU Events Center in addition to road games at UCLA, Oregon and Oregon State.

Colorado’s three games at the Paradise Jam will streamed on ESPN3.

Colorado will begin the main block of its Pac-12 schedule at Oregon on Thursday, Dec. 30 (9 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Network). The Buffaloes will ring in the New Year on Saturday, Jan. 1, at Oregon State (6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network) in a rematch of the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament championship game.

As previously announced with the Pac-12’s weekly pairings, Colorado will alternate two games home, two games away, each week of the conference season with one exception. The Buffaloes will have one three-game homestand the first two weeks of February, hosting Oregon (Thursday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m., FS1), Oregon State (Saturday, Feb. 5, TBA, FS1) and Utah (Saturday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m., Pac-12 Network).

Colorado will play a Thursday-Saturday schedule throughout conference play with two exceptions. The Buffaloes will play two Thursday-Sunday sets with both involving the Washington schools. Colorado hosts Washington State (Thursday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., ESPN2/U) in its first home Pac-12 game after the New Year and follows with Washington (Sunday, Jan. 9, 3 p.m., ESPN2/U).  The script flips three weeks later with Colorado traveling to Washington (Thursday, Jan. 27, 9 p.m., Pac-12 Network) and then visiting Washington State (Sunday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m., FS1).

Colorado’s early season conference games are both set for the Pac-12 Network. The Buffaloes host Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m. and travel to UCLA on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

The Buffaloes will officially tip off the season against Montana State on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the CU Events Center (8 p.m., Pac-12 Network). That game begins a slate of eight home nonconference games, highlighted by match ups with Tennessee on Saturday, Dec. 4 (12 p.m., FS1) and Kansas on Tuesday, Dec. 21 (7 p.m., ESPN2).

Colorado will play two exhibition games prior to the season-opener against Montana State. The Buffaloes will host Colorado School of Mines on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the CU Events Center. Colorado will play at Nebraska in a charity exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. MT.

Secure your seats for what promises to be another exciting season of CU Buffs basketball.  Season tickets start at only $240 per seat for reserved seating and includes all 18 home games highlighted by visits from Tennessee, Kansas and a loaded Pac-12 slate.  Get your season tickets today by clicking here or by calling 303-492-8282.

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