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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, and MLB Previews and Odds - 05/24/22

by Big Al Staff

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Tuesday sports card features NBA, NHL, and MLB action.The National Basketball Association continues the Western Conference finals with Game 4 of the best-of-seven game series between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks on TNT at 9 PM ET. Golden State took a 3-0 lead in the series with a 109-100 upset victory as a 3-point underdog on Sunday. Dallas is a 1-point favorite, with the total set at 215.5.The conference semifinals in the National Hockey League playoffs continue with two games on ESPN. Carolina plays at the New York Rangers at 7:07 PM ET. The Rangers won their first game of the series with a 3-1 victory at home on Sunday. Both teams are priced as a -110 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Edmonton plays at home against Calgary at 9:37 PM ET. The Oilers took a 2-1 lead in this series with a 4-1 win on Sunday. Edmonton is a -110 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Tuesday card in Major League Baseball has 15 games on the schedule. Colorado plays at Pittsburgh at 6:35 PM ET. The Rockies pitch Kyle Freeland against a Pirates pitcher yet to be named. Two more MLB games start at 6:40 PM ET. Tampa Bay hosts Miami with Shane McClanahan of the Rays pitching against Pablo Lopes of the Marlins. The Rays are a -165 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Chicago Cubs play at Cincinnati with Marcus Stroman pitching for the Cubs against the Reds Tyler Mahle. Both teams are priced as a -110 money line favorite with a total of 8. Two MLB games throw out the first pitch at 7:05 PM ET. The Los Angeles Dodgers visit Washington with Walker Buehler pitching for the Dodgers against Josiah Gray of the Nationals. The Dodgers are a -235 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The New York Yankees play Baltimore with Jordan Montgomery pitching against Bruce Zimmermann. The Yankees are a -235 money line favorite with a total of 8. Atlanta hosts Philadelphia at 7:20 PM ET. Max Fried pitches for the Braves against Kyle Gibson of the Phillies. Atlanta is a -160 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. Minnesota plays at home against Detroit at 7:40 PM ET. The Twins pitch Sonny Gray against the Tigers Beau Brisk. Minnesota is a -255 money line favorite with a total of 8. Toronto visits St. Louis at 7:45 PM ET. Kevin Gausman pitches for the Blue Jays against Jordan Hicks of the Cardinals. Two MLB games begin at 8:10 PM ET. The Chicago White Sox are at home against Boston with Dylan Cease pitching for Chicago against Nick Pivetta of the Red Sox. Chicago is a -165 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Houston hosts Cleveland with Framber Valdez of the Astros pitching against Zach Plesac of the Indians. The Los Angeles Angels are at home against Texas at 9:38 PM ET. Noah Syndergaard pitches for the Angels against Dane Dunning for the Rangers. Los Angeles is a -160 money line favorite with a total of 8. Three more MLB games start at 9:40 PM ET. Arizona hosts Kansas City with Zac Gallen pitching for the Diamondbacks against Jonathan Heasley of the Royals. Arizona is a -190 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. Seattle plays at home against Oakland with George Kirby pitching for the Mariners against James Kaprielian of the A’s. Seattle is a -160 money line favorite with a total of 7. Milwaukee travels to San Diego on TBS with Corbin Burnes of the Brewers pitching against Blake Snell of the Padres. Milwaukee is a -135 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. San Francisco hosts the New York Mets at 9:45 PM ET. The Giants pitch Logan Webb against the Mets’ Chris Bassitt. San Francisco is a -130 money line favorite with a total of 7.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and MLB Previews and Odds - 05/23/2022

by Big Al Staff

Monday, May 23, 2022

The Monday sports card features NBA, NHL, and MLB action.The National Basketball Association continues the Eastern Conference finals with Game 4 of the best-of-seven game series between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics. Miami took a 2-1 lead in this series with their 109-103 upset victory as a 6-point underdog on Saturday. The Celtics are a 6.5-point favorite with the total set at 208 (all odds from DraftKings).The conference semifinals in the National Hockey League playoffs continue with two games on TNT. Tampa Bay hosts Florida at 7:07 PM ET. The Lightning lead 3-0 in the series after their 5-1 victory at home on Sunday. Tampa Bay is a -120 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Colorado visits St. Louis at 9:37 PM ET. The Avalanche have a 2-1 series lead after beating the Blues, 5-2, on Saturday. Colorado is a -160 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5. The Monday schedule in Major League Baseball has 12 games on its schedule. Pittsburgh hosts Colorado at 6:35 PM ET. J.T. Brubaker pitches for the Pirates against Chad Kuhl of the Rockies. Pittsburgh is a -125 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Chicago Cubs travel to Cincinnati with Drew Smyly pitching for the Cubs against Vladimir Gutierrez pitching for the Reds. Two MLB games throw out the first pitch at 7:05 PM ET. The New York Yankees are at home against Baltimore at 7:05 PM ET. The Yankees send out Gerrit Cole to duel against the Orioles’ Jordan Lyles. New York is a -290 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Los Angeles Dodgers play at Washington. Tyler Anderson pitches for the Dodgers against Joan Adon of the Nationals. Los Angeles is a -195 money line road favorite with an over/under of 9.5. Philadelphia is at Atlanta at 7:20 PM ET. The Phillies pitch Zack Wheeler against the Braves Tucker Davidson. Philadelphia is a  -115 money line road favorite with a total of 8. Minnesota hosts Detroit at 7:40 PM ET. Chris Archer is the starting pitcher for the Twins against Elvin Rodriguez for the Tigers. Minnesota is a -180 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. St. Louis plays at home against Toronto at 7:45 PM ET. The Cardinals pitch Miles Mikolas against the Blue Jays’ Jose Berrios. St. Louis is a -115 money line favorite with a total of 8. Houston is at home against Cleveland at 8:10 PM ET. Luis Garcia pitches for the Astros against Zach Plesac of the Indians. Houston is a -200 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Three MLB games start at 9:40 PM ET. Seattle plays at home against Oakland with Marco Gonzales pitching for the Mariners against Zach Logue for the A’s. Seattle is a -170 money line favorite with a total of 7. Arizona hosts Kansas City pitching Zach Davies against Zack Greinke. The Diamondbacks are a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Milwaukee visits San Diego with the Brewers pitching Adrian Houser against a starting pitcher yet to be named for the Padres. San Francisco is at home against the New York Mets at 9:45 PM ET. Alex Cobb pitches for the Giants against David Peterson of the Mets. San Francisco is a -140 money line favorite.

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WNBA shootaround: Week of May 22nd

by Sean Murphy

Sunday, May 22, 2022

We're already a few weeks into the WNBA season and many of the usual suspects have asserted themselves as the league's elite teams, with a couple of surprises in the mix as well. Here's a quick look at team news and notes from around the league as we head into the final week of May.Storm brewingAs Breanna Stewart goes, so go the Seattle Storm. Stewart was forced to miss time due to Covid protocols earlier in the campaign but has returned to lift the Storm back to an even 3-3 on the season with consecutive victories. Seattle certainly isn't accustomed to looking up at multiple teams in the Western Conference but that's the case as we head into the final week of May. Note that the Storm will have ample opportunity to pad their record and their stats with each of their next five games coming at home including consecutive matchups with the reeling Liberty next weekend.Aces are wildThe Las Vegas Aces have dealt with plenty of playoff disappointment over the years but they're once again proving to be regular season front-runners, jumping out to a 6-1 start to the campaign. As a result of a scheduling quirk, they've already faced the Phoenix Mercury three times, going a perfect 3-0 in those contests. Las Vegas' schedule is about to get a lot tougher, however, with a stop in Chicago later this week followed by consecutive home games against perennial contender Connecticut. Missing LynxA number of early season roster absences have led the Lynx to a miserable 1-6 start to the season. While they will have an opportunity to find their footing with a pair of home dates against New York and Los Angeles (their only previous win this season came against the Sparks), they'll need to turn things around in a hurry defensively, noting they've been torched for 82 or more points in all but one of their seven contests this season. Natalie Ochonwa, Napheesa Collier and Damiris Dantas remain sidelined without a clear timetable for their return.Into the MysticsDespite managing Elena Delle Donne's workload with scheduled off days, the Mystics have jumped out to a red hot 6-1 start and are well-positioned to improve on that record with consecutive home games against Chicago and Atlanta on deck. Washington might have one of the most underrated duos in the league in Ariel Atkins and Myisha Hines-Allen. While Delle Donne gets most of the press, the Mystics are loaded with unsung contributors capable of stepping up at both ends of the floor on any given night. No fewer than four players have registered double-figures in scoring in five of Washington's last six games. 

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