Before you lay down a few bucks make sure you tell your Mom “Happy Mother’s Day.” While not everyone has a great or even decent relationship with their mother, still take some time to say “thanks.” Of course it might be a little easier if you have some extra spending money from a few monster games being played today.
First, let me take a quick look back on last night…
The Pacers took a two games to one lead in that series by defeating the Knicks 82-71 behind a dominant defensive effort and nice game from big man Roy Hibbert. In Memphis, the Grizzlies took a two games to one lead over the Thunder by the score of 87-81. Marc Gasol scored 20 points and was tremendous on the defensive end of the floor as well in the winning effort.
On the ice in Long Island last night, the Penguins got an overtime goal from Brooks Orpik, his first of the year, for the 4-3 victory. The Pens close out the Isles four games to two in a series that one could easily argue the Pens were out-played for most. Goalie Tomas Vokoun was not as good as his game five shutout, but he was certainly good enough.
Today on the hardwood…
San Antonio at Golden State (Spurs lead 2-1) – With Golden State guards Steph Curry and Klay Thompson getting all the attention, the Spurs’ future hall of famer Tony Parker has become the guy to watch. Parker is averaging more than 24 points per game in the series and now the attention turns to Curry who is dealing with a bad left ankle.
I really hate using the ‘must-win’ tag as much as we are forced to in the playoffs but let’s be real. There’s no way the Warriors are going to win three in a row should they go down 3-1 today to San Antonio. Thompson and Curry will have to shoot better than they did in game three. The Spurs enter today as a point and a half favorite on the road.
While Golden State will be forced to leave it all on the floor today these are the type of games where the veteran Spurs usually take a mercenary’s approach. I like the Spurs to win and cover today.
On the ice…
Washington at NY Rangers (Caps lead series 3-2) – The Rangers enter as goal and a half favorites to send this series back to Washington for a game seven and I have no doubt that’s exactly where this is headed. Henrik Lundqvist has better goals against average in the series than his counter-part Braden Holtby. I like the Rangers to win, but this will only be a one-goal game.
Boston at Toronto (Bruins lead series 3-2) – Leafs’ goalie James Reimer stopped 43 shots on the road to keep Toronto alive in the series and now must put on another great performance at home to force a game seven. Look for the Bruins to keep throwing pucks at the net at will in an effort to keep Reimer busy. Tuukka Rask is giving up two goals per game in the series and if he does that the Bruins win the series tonight. The Bruins are a goal and half favorites and I like them to win by two or more tonight.
Detroit at Anaheim (series tied 3-3) – The greatest playoff there is in sports. A game seven in any playoff is huge, but on the ice, nothing matches the intensity and finality of it. Tonight in Anaheim, the Ducks and Red Wings are set to play one of these epics and unfortunately, the NHL is getting it wrong by playing it at 10pm Eastern time.
The Wings three victories have all come in overtime while the Ducks have one themselves. I expect another tight game tonight but just feel like the Ducks have the edge. The Wings are just not keeping enough pucks off Jimmy Howard and I think that will be their undoing. Take the Ducks to win and cover the 1.5 goal advantage.