76ers/Celts Game 7, Devils advance in OT, UFC 146 + Free Plays for Saturday, May 26, 2012

Philadelphia/Boston Game 7: Win or Go Home

For the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics there is no tomorrow, it’s win or go home. Tonight at TD Garden Arena, the Celtics are 5 1/2 point home favorites, the total is 170 1/2. Boston will be without defensive stopper Avery Bradley who had season-ending shoulder surgery on Friday. The winner will meet the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. The game tips at 8:00 PM EST and can be seen on ABC.

Devils eliminate Rangers in overtime

The Stanley Cup final is set and it will the New Jersey Devils vs the Los Angeles Kings. Friday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, the Devils won the Eastern Conference Final in six games over the Rangers with a 3-2 overtime win. Adam Henrique notched the winner at 1:03 of overtime becoming only the second player in NHL history to score two OT series winners in the same playoffs. He also got the winner in the Devils Game seven win over the Florida Panthers in the opening round. The Devils jumped out to a 2-0 on goals by Ryan Carter and Ilya Kovalchul on the power-play but the Rangers got even with two in the second on goals by Ruslan Fedotenko and Ryan Callahan. Both teams had big chances to score in the third but were stopped by Brodeur and Lundqvist who were both superb after subpar Game Fives.

Game One of the Stanley Cup final will be on Wednesday at the Rock in Newark at 8:00 PM EST. At this writing no line has been posted for Game One but several Vegas houses have posted Los Angeles a slight -120 series favorite over the Devils.
Sportsbetting3 will keep you posted on the series daily and have a complete series preview for Tuesday. The teams met twice during the year in the early going, New Jersey winning 2-1 in a shootout at home on October 13th and then blanking the Kings 3-0 at the Staple Center 12 days later.

Nelson Cruz 8 RBIs, Cubs lose 10th straight

The Toronto Blue Jay’s Brandon Morrow had been a monster on the road allowing just two earned runs in 28 2/3 innings pitched …. until Friday’s game at Texas. Morrow faced just 10 batters while throwing 44 pitches and getting just two outs in getting hammered for first-inning six spot at the Rangers CRUZED to a 14-3 win, Nelson Cruz went four-for-five with eight RBIS including a grand slam for Texas who mashed out 18 hits. Josh Hamilton chipped in with his 19th dinger of the season and hit 50 RBIs in just 46 games. Derek Holland was the beneficiary of the support going 7 1/3 and striking out nine to improve to 4-3.

The Cubs Ryan Dempster led the majors in ERA for a good part of the first five weeks of the season. Friday night, he pitched 7 1/3 of one-run seven-hit ball and ….. lost 1-0 to the Pittsburg Pirates at PNC Park. Dempster is now 0-3 with a 2.14 ERA and a 15/50 BB/K ratio. The Cubs have scored just 16 runs in his eight starts this season. It was the 10th straight loss for the Cubs who are now an MLB worst 15-30. AJ Burnett and four Buc relievers scattered 10 hits to record the shutout.

UFC 146: Dos Santos vs Mir … night of the heavyweights

Nobody can say that UFC isn’t the “biggest” card in UFC history as the 10 fighters on the pay-per-view part of the card weighed in at a combined 2,485 pounds. All five feature bouts are heavyweights and that’s a lot of meat on the hoof. The UFC heavyweight championship is up for grabs as Junior Dos Santos defends for the first time against two-time former champion Frank Mir. Cain Velasquez, who lost the championship to Dos Santos in his latest, looks to rebound vs Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva making his UFC debut after a successful run at Strikeforce.

The prelims feature the returns of Jason ‘Mayhem” Miller and Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy back to the Octagon. Both are in must win fights or will likely be asked to ply their vocation elsewhere.

Here is tonight’s entire UFC 146 card, weights and odds are in parentheses. Odds available as of 8:00 AM EST.

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)

• Champ Junior Dos Santos (239, -500) vs. Frank Mir (261, +375)
• Antonio Silva (264, +300) vs. Cain Velasquez (240, -400)
• Dave Herman (233, +175) vs. Roy Nelson (254, -225)
• Shane Del Rosario (246, +105) vs. Stipe Miocic (245, -135)
• Lavar Johnson (248, +105) vs. Stefan Struve (255, -135)


• Diego Brandao (145, -280) vs. Darren Elkins (145, +220)
• Edson Barboza (155, -550) vs. Jamie Varner (156, -375)
• C.B. Dollaway (186, +120) vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller (185, -150)
• Dan Hardy (170, -130) vs. Duane “Bang” Ludwig (171, pick)


• Paul Sass (156, +160) vs. Jacob Volkmann (155, -200)
• Kyle Kingsbury (205, +180) vs. Glover Teixeira (204, -230)
• Mike Brown (145, -135) vs. Daniel Pineda (146, +105)

Free Plays

(NBA) Philadelphia/Boston Over 170.5

(MLB) Washington (Strasberg) -135 over Atlanta (Minor)

(MLB) Cincinnati (Leake) -145 over Colorado (Guthrie)

(MLB) Detroit (Scherzer) -125 over Minnesota (Pavano) 2:10 PM EST