Spurs 2-0, Kings/Devils Game One, Halladay DL + Free Plays for Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spurs roll to their 20th straight win

Tony Parker scored 34 points and Manu Ginobli added 20 as the San Antonio Spurs marched to their 20th consecutive win, a 120-111 decision over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The win broke the NBA record of the 2001 Lakers who had 19 consecutive wins bridging the NBA regular season and the playoffs. San Antonio shot a blazing 55% from the field led by Parkers’ 16-21. San Antonio led 28-22 after a quarter and 55-44 at the half. The Thunder were able to cut it to six but another Spur run made it 92-76 after three-quarters and it was garbage time the rest of the way. It was the Spurs 10th win in the last 11 vs OKC. Game Three is Thursday night at the Oklahoma City Arena where the Spurs are 4-1 in their L5 visits. OKC opened up a three-point favorite and at this writing we’re still waiting on a total.

The Celtics and Heat meet in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final tonight in South Beach. Miami is an eight-point favorite and the total is locked in at 177. You would have to figure on a better effort from the Celtics tonight if Boston is to have any chance in the series. Beantown is 3-2 vs the Heat this year. Game One losers are 9-4 ATS in this year’s playoffs after last night’s Spurs win over the Thunder.

Kings/Devils Stanley Cup Final Game One Preview

The Kings and the Devils meet in Game One of the Stanley Cup finals tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark. The Kings are 9-0 on the road and -115 tonight with the total 4 1/2 with the over -120. The series open with the Kings as small -120 favorites and has been bet all the way up to -170. The Devils swept the season series 2-0 (2-1 home shootout win, 3-0 whitewash at Staples) but you have to go all the way back to October 26th for the last meeting.

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Halladay and Weaver headed for the DL, Angels win eighth straight

Roy Halladay and Jared Weaver will both spend time on the DL with injuries. Halladay as a lat muscle problem in his back that gives him shoulder soreness. The Phillies plan is to give him three weeks of complete rest before starting rehab. Halladay is expected to be out 6-8 weeks and will not return before the All-Star break. Weaver has a lower back strain and has been put on the 15-day DL by the Angels.

Speaking of the Halos, they picked up their eighth strait win with a 5-1 over the Yankees. Albert Pujols went yard again for Anaheim continuing his torrid week with the bat. His 453rd career home run moved him to 33rd place on the all-time home run list passing Yaz. It was his first homer off Andy Pettitte in 25 career at bats. Darren Harren pitched seven innings of one-run ball to get the win.

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NBA Draft Lottery is tonight

The NBA Draft Lottery is tonight and the ping pong balls will by flying. Tonight’s lottery will determine the order of selection in the actual June 28th NBA draft. Charlotte has a 25 percent chance of victory, the reward for its 7-59 record that was the lowest winning percentage (.106) in league history. Davis is the college player of the year after leading Kentucky to the national championship. He is considered the best player available. The Washington Wizards have a 19.9 percent chance of picking first, while Cleveland (13.8 percent) and New Orleans (13.7) have the next-best chances.

Will Anthony Davis go to the Bobcats ???

Serena’s first ever first-round loss in a Grand Slam

Leading 6-4 and 5-1 in the second set, Serena Williams looked like a lock to advance in the French Open but …. France’s Virginie Razzano had other ideas storming back to win 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. Williams, a winner of 13 Grand Slam tournaments,17-0 in matches this year, and a -1700 betting favorite, had never lost in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament. She’s now 46-1 LT in the first round of the Big Four. US women were 10-0 in the first round before going 0-2 Tuesday with Serena and Jamie Hampton both losing.

Terrell Owens released by the Allen Wranglers

Terrell Owens has been cut and his ownership stake stripped by the IFL Allen Wranglers. Owens had signed a six-figure deal that included an ownership share during the winter, signing a contract that only required him to play home games but ….. Owens refused to play in two upcoming key road games for the Wranglers and no-showed a mandatory team function at a local children’s hospital. Owens, who will be 39 in December, is still looking for an NFL roster spot and another fiasco on his resume will not help his chances. You’ll be hearing more about this.

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