Sportsbetting3’s Sunday/Weekend Recap + Free Plays: Monday, April 16, 2012

Heat clinch Southeast with win over the Knicks, Lakers down Mavs in OT

The Miami Heat clinched it’s division with a hard fought 83-85 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Lebron James had 29 points and 10 rebounds, DWade had 28/9/4, and Chris Bosh had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony continued his outstanding play with 42 points and 9 rebounds. New York still leads Milwaukee by two games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

Kobe Bryant missed his fifth straight game but Andrew Bynum stepped up with 23 points and 16 rebounds and Pao Gasol hit two key threes in overtime as the Lakers beat Dallas 112-108. Dirk had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Mavs who dropped to 34-27 and lead a five-team log jam (all within two games) for the final three playoff spots in the West. Dallas and Utah both have five games left, Denver, Houston, and Phoenix all have six.

On the court, Denver used a 39-17 third quarter to turn back Houston in a key Western Conference head-to-head. The Nuggets are one back of the Mavs in the win column with a game at hand. Chicago inched closer to locking up home court throughout the Eastern Conference with an OT win over Detroit. Toronto, Orlando, and Boston all won on the road. Sacramento edged Portland 104-103 and New Orleans stunned red-hot Memphis 88-75 to round out the Sunday nine-game “Association” card.

Flyers and Kings send Pens and Canucks to the brink, Preds and Panthers also win

On frozen pond, Philadelphia beat Pittsburg 8-4 and Los Angeles beat Vancouver 1-0 to take 3-0 series leads and sending the Penguins and Canucks to the brink of elimination. The Flyers have shredded the Penguin defense and goaltending for 20 goals in three games to take control of that series. LA goalie Jamie Quick stopped 41 Vancouver shots on Sunday and has been impenetrable between the King pipes. Nashville drew first blood vs the Red Wings and never trailed in a 3-1 win at Joe Lewis Arena. The Preds lead the series 2-1. Florida evened its series with New Jersey at 1-1 scoring the first three goals in their 4-2 win at South Beach.

There are three games tonight in the NHL playoffs, all three series are tied at 1-1. The Rangers are -120 road favorites at Ottawa. The total is five flat with the over -140. Boston is a -130 road favorite at Washington. The total is five flat even. San Jose hosts St Louis and is a small -120 favorite. The total is five flat with the under a whopping -145. There are no key injuries to report.

Dodgers equal best start in franchise history, Vin Scully returns to the booth

The Dodgers improved to 9-1 with a wild 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres. The Bums turned their first triple-play since 1998 in the top of the ninth and got a walk off single from Dee Gordon in the bottom of the ninth to get the win. Matt Kemp hist his third homer in four game and became just the sixth player in MLB hit .450 with six homers and 16 RBIs in a team’s first ten games. 84-year-old Vince Scully returned to the booth after missing five games with a cold.

Check out the Dodger’s very strange triple play

The Braves won their fifth straight game and completed a three-game sweep of the Brewers with a 7-4 win at Turner Field. Boston beat Tampa Bay 6-4 beating the Rays three times over the weekend. The Reds got three in the top of the 11th inning to beat the Nats 8-5 in extra time. Derek Jeter was two for five with a three-run homer as the Yankees spanked the Angels 11-5 on the ESPN late game.

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Sadly, two more sports death to report from over the weekend. Ex-Florida Gator big man Dwayne Schintzius (43) and former Ram and seven-time All-Pro Ram center Rich Saul (64) both died Sunday from complications of leukemia. On Saturday we reported the death of Italian soccer player Piermauro Morisini. Below are the final tragic seconds of Livorno’s game with Pescara.

The UFC returned with it’s first ever show in Sweden. Native son Alexander Gustafsson sent the home folk happy with a unanimous decision victory over veteran Thiago Silva. The win puts Gustafsson in line with a possible title shot vs the Jon Jon Jones/Rashad Evans winner to fought this Saturday. Judge for yourself whether Gustafsson is going to be the next big thing.

Free Plays

(NBA) New Orleans/Charlotte Over 185.5

(NBA) San Antonio -10-5 over Golden State

(NHL) Boston/Washington Under 5 -115

(MLB) WSox (Humber) -130 over Baltimore (Arrieta)