Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB, NCAAF and NBA Preview

by Big Al Staff

Only three games feature on the Friday card from the four major sporting events, yet all three events are high-profile games that will broadcast on national television.

The last remaining playoff series still to be settled in the divisional round is the AL East showdown between Tampa Bay and New York. The Yankees forced a final fifth game of their ALDS on Thursday with their 5-1 victory over the Rays.

New York turns back to Gerrit Cole as their Game 5 starting pitcher. Tampa Bay counters with Tyler Glasnow, who pitched on Tuesday. Blake Snell will likely be the Rays’ first pitcher coming out of their bullpen with him having an extra day of rest after facing off against Cole in the opening game of this series on Monday. This series is taking place at the neutral site of Petco Park in San Diego. Tampa Bay is the designated home team, who will bat last in this game.

The Yankees are favored -146 on the moneyline, with the total set at 7.5 (all odds provided by BetAnySports). TBS has the broadcast with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM ET. The winner of this game plays the Houston Astros on Sunday in San Diego in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. 

The NBA Finals continues on Friday after a rare two-day break in the Orlando bubble. Los Angeles took a 3-1 lead in this series on Tuesday with their 102-96 victory over Miami. The Heat’s Bam Adebayo played over 33 minutes in the losing effort, despite his neck injury that kept him out of Games 2 and 3 of this series. But Goran Dragic remains doubtful to return to the court for this game with the foot injury he suffered in Game 1. 

The Lakers are a 7-point favorite to win the NBA championship tonight. The over/under is 216. ABC has the broadcast starting at 9 PM ET.

Two teams from the ACC look to snap two-game losing streaks in a nationally-televised game on ESPN at 7 PM ET. Louisville’s season started well with a 35-21 victory over Western Kentucky. But the Cardinals have disappointed, albeit against quality competition, in successive losses to Miami (FL) and then Pittsburgh two weeks ago by a 23-20 score. Georgia Tech opened its season with a 16-13 comeback victory Florida State. The Yellow Jackets have since lost to Central Florida and then at Syracuse two weeks ago by a 37-20 score despite being a 7.5-point favorite. 

These two teams have played only one other time, but it was just two years ago when the Yellow Jackets rolled to a 66-31 victory in the final season of Paul Johnson’s 11 years running the Georgia Tech program. Louisville is a 5-point road favorite with the total set at 64. ESPN televises the game with the kickoff shortly after 7 PM ET.

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