Special Report

20 Best Events in Sports This Week

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1. Oklahoma Sooners at West Virginia Mountaineers
> Sport: NCAA basketball
> Date: Monday, Feb. 5
> Time (ET): 9:00 p.m.
> Where to watch: ESPN

There are always new faces in college basketball that capture the nation’s attention, but few have ever come on as strong as Oklahoma’s Trae Young. The freshman guard has scored a NCAA-leading 29.8 points per game, and also is first in the league in assists. Young will have his work cut out for him as he goes up against the defense of West Virginia. This Big 12 showdown could reveal whether Young is gifted enough to take the Sooners deep into March Madness.

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2. Las Vegas Golden Knights at Pittsburgh Penguins
> Sport: NHL hockey
> Date: Tuesday, Feb. 6
> Time (ET): 7:00 p.m.

When the season started, a game between the newly-formed Las Vegas Golden Knights and the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins would have seemed like a mismatch. Now, Las Vegas is first in the Western Conference and has already set the record for most wins by an NHL expansion team in its first season — with two months still left to play. The Penguins struggled at times in the early season, but now they’re one of the hottest teams in hockey again, going 10-4 in January. This is shaping up as a showdown between two of the best teams in hockey.

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3. Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors
> Sport: NBA basketball
> Date: Tuesday, Feb. 6
> Time (ET): 7:30 p.m.
> Where to watch: Local TV

LeBron James has been to seven straight NBA Finals, but if the streak stops there it will likely be due to one of these two teams. The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics have been the class of the Eastern Conference this season. No team in the East scores more points than Toronto, which sits two games behind Boston in the fight for the top seed in the East.

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4. Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors
> Sport: NBA basketball
> Date: Tuesday, Feb. 6
> Time (ET): 10:30 p.m.
> Where to watch: TNT

There have been very few NBA games that can claim to have the three most recent league MVPs on the floor at the same time. But going into the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors game, that’s hardly the biggest story. The drama created when Kevin Durant spurned the Thunder to play for the Warriors is sure to live on in NBA history. The friendship-turned-rivalry between Durant and Russell Westbrook is certainly enough to get any NBA fan to tune in.

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5. Houston Rockets at Miami Heat
> Sport: NBA basketball
> Date: Wednesday, Feb. 7
> Time (ET): 7:30 p.m.
> Where to watch: Local TV

When Chris Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets, many questioned how he and James Harden would work together. More than halfway through the season, Harden is the NBA scoring leader and the Rockets are 38-13, the second best record in the NBA behind the Golden State Warriors. But the Rockets face a tough matchup with the Miami Heat and newly-announced All-Star Goran Dragic.

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