Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB, NBA, WNBA and NHL Previews and Odds - 06/30/2021

by Big Al Staff

The Wednesday sports card features games in the NBA, NHL, MLB, and WNBA.

The NBA playoffs continue with Game 6 in the Western Conference finals on ESPN. The Los Angeles Clippers won Game 5, 116-102, in an upset victory at Phoenix as a 7.5-point underdog on Monday. The Clippers have won six of their last nine games as they return home to the Staples Center to host Game 6. The Suns hold a 3-2 edge in the series and can reach the NBA Finals with a win. Phoenix is a 1-point road favorite with a total set at 215 (all odds from BetOnline). The tip-off is at 9:05 PM ET.

The Stanley Cup finals return to action with Game 2 on the NBC Sports Network. Tampa Bay won the opening game of this series with a 5-1 victory on Monday. The Lightning have won three of their last four games. Montreal had their two-game winning streak end with the loss. They have still won 11 of their last 14 games. Tampa Bay hosts Game 2 as a -200 money line favorite with an over/under of 5. The puck drops at 8:08 PM ET.

Fifteen games are on the MLB docket. St. Louis plays at home against Arizona at 1:15 PM ET as a -201 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. Kwang-Hyun Kim pitches for the Cardinals against the Diamondbacks’ Riley Smith. The Chicago Cubs travel to Milwaukee at 2:10 PM ET. The Cubs send out Jake Arrieta to start against the Brewers’ Aaron Ashby. Colorado hosts Pittsburgh at 3:10 PM ET as a -156 money line favorite with an over/under of 11.5. Jon Gray pitches for the Rockies against Chad Kuhl of the Pirates. Tampa Bay visits Washington at 4:05 PM ET as a -116 money line road favorite with a total of 10. The Rays’ Drew Rasmussen gets the start against the Nationals’ Jon Lester. Detroit plays at Cleveland at 4:10 PM ET in the opening game of a seven-inning doubleheader after Tuesday’s rainout. Wily Peralta pitches for the Tigers against the Indians’ Cal Quantrill. The second game of the Detroit/Cleveland doubleheader does not yet have an evening start time or scheduled starting pitchers. 

Miami plays at Philadelphia at 7:05 PM ET. The Marlins’ Jordan Holloway pitches against the Phillies’ Aaron Nola. The New York Yankees host the Los Angeles Angels as a -125 money line favorite with an over/under of 9.5. Domingo German of the Yankees duels against Shohei Ohtani. Toronto plays at home against Seattle at 7:07 PM ET as a -201 money line favorite with a total of 10.5. The Blue Jays’ Steven Matz pitches against the Mariners’ Justus Sheffield. Boston is at home against Kansas City at 7:10 PM ET as a -160 money line favorite with the over/under at 10.5. Martin Perez pitches for the Red Sox against Mike Minor of the Royals. San Diego visits Cincinnati as a -170 money line road favorite with a total of 10. The Padres’ send out Joe Musgrove to face the Reds’ Vladimir Gutierrez. Atlanta plays at home against the New York Mets at 7:20 PM ET as a -155 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Max Fried pitches for the Braves against the Mets’ David Peterson. 

The Chicago White Sox host the Minnesota Twins at 8:10 PM ET as a -130 money line favorite with a total of 9. The White Sox pitch Dylan Cease against Bailey Ober of the Twins. Houston plays at home against Baltimore as a -310 money line favorite with an over/under of 9.5. Luis Garcia of the Astros duels against the Orioles’ Matt Harvey. Oakland is at home against Texas at 9:40 PM ET as a -191 money line favorite with a total of 8. The A’s Chris Bassitt pitches against the Rangers’ Kolby Allard. 

Three games are on the WNBA docket. Chicago visits Dallas on the CBS Sports Network at 8 PM ET. Minnesota travels to Phoenix in the second game of the CBS Sports Network doubleheader at 10 PM ET. Las Vegas plays at Los Angeles at 10:30 PM ET.

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