Hoops. It's what's for dinner

NBA: The East-leading Celtics look to bounce back from Monday's loss to Charlotte when they host the Lakers tonight. Keep an eye on Ray Allen, as he needs just two treys to break Reggie Miller's NBA record of 2,560 career 3-pointers. Out in Denver, the Mavericks look to extend their win streak, the longest active streak in the NBA, with an 11th consecutive victory. The Nuggets will try to slow the Mavs' roll and avoid losing a third straight at home for the first time in four seasons. And finally, good news for Cleveland fans, the Cavs are 100 percent guaranteed not to lose today ... because they're not playing.

Men's college basketball: Madison Square Garden has been good to St. John's; they've knocked off three top 15 teams there this year. The Red Storm will try to take out a fourth tonight when they face the ninth-ranked UConn Huskies, who have dropped two of their last three games.

Women's college basketball: It's a Big Ten battle at the Bryce Jordan Center tonight as No. 23 Penn State hosts No. 13 Michigan State. The Nittany Lions sit atop the conference at 9-2, with the Spartan nipping at their heels at 8-2. Two more ranked teams meet in Miami, as the 21st-ranked Hurricanes welcome the 11th-ranked Maryland Terrapins to town. Both teams are 20-3 on the year and 6-2 in the ACC.

NHL: The Kings, winners of five of their last six games, will look to take advantage of a depleted Penguins team tonight. Pittsburgh, already just getting by without sidelined stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, lost Mark Letestu and Chris Kunitz to injuries earlier this week and Matt Cooke to suspension yesterday. If Kunitz can't return tonight, the Penguins will take the ice without five of their top seven forwards. In Philly, the Flyers look to stay hot in the new year with a 13th win in 16 contests when they host the Hurricanes. Carolina has lost eight straight to Philadelphia in regulation dating back to 2006.

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