Pacers draw even, Kings still perfect on road, Clemens trial + Free Picks for Wednesday, May 16, 2012

No rust on Spurs, blow out Clippers

The Spurs had won 14 straight games, were 28-3 in their L31, coming off an easy sweep of the Utah Jazz but …. they hadn’t played in eight days. No problem. San Antonio battered the Clippers with body shots in the second period, went to the head in the third period, and then cruised to a 108-92 win over the road weary Clippers. “Mr Fundamental” Tim Duncan had 26 points and 10 rebounds while Manu Ginobli came of the bench to score 22. The Spurs are 29-2 at home vs the Clippers since drafting Duncan. Game Two is at the AT&T Center on Thursday.

They say that a series hasn’t begun until the road team wins. Well ….. Miami and Indiana is a series. Sunday the Heat held Indiana without a FG the final 4:51 to ice Game One. Tuesday, the Pacers held Miami scoreless the final 2:50 and then survived shoddy foul shooting to take Game Two 78-75. The Heat played without Chris Bosh but can only blame themselves for shooting just 35% from the field including 1-15 from downtown. Miami is now 1-22 from beyond the arc for the series.

In the NBA playoff tonight, the Celtics roll into Philadelphia with that series tied at one a piece. The 76ers are two point favorites and the total has held steady at 172. The first game of the TNT double-header tips at 7:00 pm EST. In the nightcap, the Lakers try Oklahoma City again after Monday’s Thunder 29-point blowout win over the Lake Show. Oklahoma City is an eight point home favorite and the total is 195 1/2. Don’t forget to check any of the SP3 sponsors to make sure you get the best of the number. Every half point DOES make a difference.

Coyotes implode in 4-0 home defeat

The Los Angeles Kings continued their rampage through the NHL playoffs improving to 10-1 overall and a perfect 7-0 on enemy ice. Jeff Carter turned the hat trick scoring twice on the power-play and Jonathon Quick pitched the shutout turning away 24 Phoenix shots. The Coyotes fell apart late in the second period taking two game misconducts for boarding including one to captain Shane Doan. Altogether, the Desert Dogs amassed 13 penalties for 56 minutes and now head to LA down two games to none.

Tonight, the Devils and Rangers resume their cross river rivalry at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won Game One 3-0 after heading into the final period 0-0. The Rangers have gone 14 straight games scoring three or less goals and have gone 15 games without allowing an opponent more than three goals. New York is a -130 favorite with the total 4 1/2, the over -125. The Devils are just 2-6 in their L8 at the Mecca.

Second Clemens juror dismissed for sleeping

A second juror was dismissed today in the Roger Clemens trial for falling asleep during the trial. The dismissed juror, from Seat 1, was replaced by the juror in Seat 7, who had been the first alternate.

Brian McNamee continued his testimony at the trail stating that he’d injected Clemens many times and kept the medical waste fearing that he’d be the fall guy if Clemens was ever caught. McNamee kept a swab and cotton ball inside a beer can and then putting the can in a Fed Ex box which he stored in his basement and later his bedroom closet.

Interesting clip on overall scope of steroids in baseball.

Preakness probable starters

Check Sportsbetting3 Thursday for the post position draw

Horse Trainer Jockey Last Race Odds

Bodemeister B. Baffert M. Smith Kentucky Derby, 2nd 2-1

Cozzetti D. Romans J. Lezcano Arkansas Derby, 4th 30-1

Creative Cause M. Harrington J. Rosario Kentucky Derby, 5th 6-1

Daddy Nose Best S. Asmussen J. Leparoux Kentucky Derby, 10th 15-1

Guyana Star Dweej D. Shivmangal A. Solis Belmont allowance, 2nd 50-1

I’ll Have Another D. O’Neill M. Gutierrez Kentucky Derby, 1st 5-2

Optimizer D. Lukas C. Nakatani Kentucky Derby, 11th 30-1

Pretension C. Grove J. Santiago Canonero II, 1st 30-1

Teeth of the Dog M. Matz J. Bravo Wood Memorial, 3rd 15-1

Tiger Walk I. Correas, IV K. Desormeaux Wood Memorial, 4th 20-1

Went The Day Well G. Motion J. Velazquez Kentucky Derby, 4th 6-1

Zetterholm R. Dutrow, Jr. J. Alvarado Patsyprospect, 1st 30-1

The Korean Zombie chokes out Poirier on Fuel 3

The UFC was back in prime time for the second time in ten days and again delivered with an action packed card. In the main event, Chan San Jung “The Korean Zombie” defeated highly favored Dustin “Diamond” Poirier, submitting him with a D’arce choke at UFC on Fuel 3. Jung took home the Submission of the Night bonus while he and Poirier both earned Fight of the Night spiffs. Jung may now be in line for a featherweight title shot against champion Jose Aldo.

Free Plays

(NBA) Philadelphia -2 over Boston

(NHL) New Jersey/New York Rangers Under 4.5 +115

(MLB) NY Mets (Santana) -144 over Cincinnati (Leake)

(MLB) Tampa Bay (Hellickson) -135 over BoSox (Buchholz)