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Staff picks: April 25



Arizona baseball vs. ASU
The Wildcats are back to their losing ways. Arizona lost three consecutive games against USC for its 12th Pac–12 Conference loss of the season. Maybe the Wildcats can get out of their rut again to win the Territorial Cup series. A series win would be a nice way to save the botched season.
Arizona 2 games, ASU 1

Arizona softball vs. Utah
This weekend should be a clean sweep at Hillenbrand Stadium. Coming off a doubleheader sweep, including one five-inning game, the Wildcats should have no problem dominating the Utes this weekend. The Wildcats are undefeated 24-0 in home games, and it seems they will be unstoppable for the foreseeable future.
Arizona 3 games, Utah 0

San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks
On Wednesday night, the Mavericks evened the series by beating the Spurs 113-92. While the third game of the series will be played in Dallas, the Spurs should take Game 3. The Spurs have always played better than the Mavs in the playoffs. Besides, who in Tucson isn’t rooting for the Spurs? Can anyone say Sean Elliott?
Spurs 115, Mavericks 103

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Arizona baseball vs. ASU
While the Trojans broke the Wildcats’ string of Pac-12 Conference series wins last week at USC, the games were very close, and if Arizona had had Jetpax for more than one game the series would’ve been different. Scott Kingery, the Pac-12’s best batter when healthy, should give the UA a boost.
Arizona 2 games, ASU 1

Arizona softball vs. Utah
A day may come when the Wildcats lose a game at home, but it is not this day, or Saturday or Sunday. Arizona is 24-0 at home and 18 of those were by the mercy rule. The Utes are 5-8 on the road, and four of those wins came against Utah Valley or Weber State.
Arizona 3 games, Utah 0

San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks
While the Spurs were the toast of the NBA not too long ago, they find themselves in a Texas-sized battle after losing home court advantage on Wednesday. Dallas won by 21 points in San Antonio, the Spurs’ first 20 point loss at home since 2006. The Mavs will carry that momentum into Game 3.
Mavericks 111, Spurs 102

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Arizona baseball vs. ASU
The season hasn’t gone as planned, but head coach Andy Lopez’s squad has a nice opportunity to gain momentum with this weekend’s three-game series against the Arizona State Scum… I mean Sun Devils. The Wildcats have lost three in a row and will need to play better against ASU than they did against USC last weekend.
Arizona 2 games, ASU 1

Arizona softball vs. Utah
The Wildcats are a perfect 24-0 at home and have a great chance to make that 27-0 after this weekend’s series against Utah. With senior Alex Lavine back from injury and the offense leading the nation in home runs, there’s no way Arizona loses a game here.
Arizona 3 games, Utah 0

San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. The Spurs and Mavs play in the same division, and the two have faced off in the playoffs several times over the past decade. That familiarity will provide a hostile Game 3 in Dallas that I see San Antonio stealing.
Spurs 103, Mavericks 94

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