Memphis beats Clippers, Denver gets one back
They say that a series doesn’t start until the road team wins. Well, the series between the Grizz and Clippers has officially started after Memphis’ 103-93 win at the Staple Center. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combined for 49 points and 19 rebounds overcoming a 35-6-4 night from Chris Paul. Blake Griffin left in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. He’s listed as day-to-day. Denver lived to fight another day with a 107-100 win over Golden State. The Nuggets roughed up the Warriors whit-hot shooters with extremely physical play. Andre Iguodala led six Nuggets in double figures with 25 points. Denver still trails the series 3-2.
The Knicks can finish off the Boston Celtics tonight with a win in Game V of that series in Madison Square Garden. New York is a -8.5 point favorite with the total 180. The Knicks lead the series 3-1 and will get J.R. Smith back after the NBA’s Sixth-Man of the Year sat out Sunday’s game in Boston serving a suspension. Indiana is -7 to snap a 2-2 tie with the Atlanta Hawks. The over/under has been bet up a half tick to 188. In the 9:35 PM EST triple-header finale, Oklahoma City is -8.5 over Houston. The total has not moved of the 208 opener. The Thunder lead the series 3-1 and can finish off the Rockets with a win here.
FYI ….. regarding the Grizzles win over the Clippers ….. in NBA, in best-of-seven series that are tied 2-2, the team that win Game Five is 52-11 (83%) to go on and win the series. Not good news for the Clippers.
Selanne’s 42nd career playoff goal lifts Ducks
Ageless (42) Teemu Selanne scored on his only shot on goal to get the game winner in Anaheim’s 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. It was the Finish Flash’s 42nd career playoff goal and his 11th career playoff game winner. Tuesday’s other two series openers were both settled in overtime as Chicago beat Minnesota 2-1 and the St Louis Blues beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings 2-1. Bryan Bickell got the game winner for the Blackhawks while the Blue’s Alex Steen got their short-handed winner after a King goalie Jamie Quick turned it over behind his own goal.
The puck drops in three new series tonight starting at 7:05 PM EST when Boston faces the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins are -190 with the total 5 shaded 30 cents to the over. At 7:30 PM EST, the Islander take on Pittsburg at the Igloo. The Penguins are a prohibitive -250 with the over/under 5 1/2 even. Sideny Crosby has been ruled out of the opener. In the nightcap, Vancouver is -140 over San Jose with the high/low 5 -140.
48 homers on Tuesday night the most in one day since 2007
If chicks do dig the long ball, they were diggin’ the MLB on Tuesday. Hitters went yard a whopping 48 times for the most dingers in a single day in six years. Most of the damage was done by the Cleveland Indians who hit seven bombs against Roy Halladay and Co. in a 14-2 win by the Tribe. The Brave’s Tim Hudson got it done with his arm and the bat going seven innings and hitting a homer while recording his 200th career win in a 8-1 pasting of the Nats.
Jag’s Blackmon suspended four game for substance abuse
Just when things were starting to look up for the Jacksonville Jaguars, last year’s top draft pick Justin Blackmon was suspended four games by the league for a violation of it’s substance abuse policy. The violation triggers language in Blackmon’s contract that voids nearly $10 million dollars in guaranteed money still owed to the second year man out of Oklahoma State. Blackmon had 64 catches for 865 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie.
Dortmund loses at Real Madrid but still advances
Dortmund survived two Real Madrid goals in the final seven minutes to advance to the May 25th Champion’s League final at Wembley in London. Dortmund lost 2-0 Tuesday but advanced on a 4-3 aggregate after winning 4-1 at home last Wednesday. Bayern Munich faces Barcelona in Spain today with a 4-0 win in hand and basically needs to lose by less than four goals or score and lose by less than five goals to move on and set up an all German Champion’s League final.
(NBA) Celtics/Knicks Over 180 (Wednesday, May 1, 7:05 PM EST )