Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA and MLB Preview

by Big Al Staff

The NBA Finals and the MLB Divisional playoffs feature on the Tuesday card.

Game 4 of the NBA Finals take place at 9 PM ET after Miami won their first game in this series on Sunday with their 115-104 upset victory the Lakers as a 9-point underdog. Jimmy Butler put his team on his shoulders by scoring 40 points while adding 13 assists and 11 rebounds for his first triple-double in the playoffs in his career. That was a throwback performance for Butler when considering that none of his points came from a made 3-pointer.

The Heat won that game despite not having the services of Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo. Dragic remains doubtful for tonight with his foot injury, but Adebayo has been upgraded to questionable. Adebayo was claiming that he wanted to play on Sunday despite his neck injury, but the Miami staff decided against it. With another two days of rest and healing, Adebayo may return to the court tonight. It remains uncertain for how long he will play along to what level of effectiveness he can perform. ABC has the broadcast. The Lakers are 7.5-point favorites with the total set at 218.5 (all lines from BetAnySports).

The first of four MLB playoff games start at 2:08 PM ET with the Miami Marlins playing the Atlanta Braves in the opening game of their best-of-five series. The Marlins send out Sandy Alcantara as their starting pitcher with the Braves countering with Max Fried. This series takes place in the National League bubble at Minute Maid Park in Houston, with Atlanta designated the technical home team who will bat last. The Braves are -192 money-line favorites with the total set at 8. FS1 has the broadcast.

The Houston Astros look to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five series at 4:37 PM ET against the Oakland A’s. The Astros won the Game 1 of this series yesterday with their 10-5 victory. Houston will use Framber Valdez as their starting pitcher with the A’s countering with Sean Manaea. This series will be played in the Los Angeles bubble at Dodgers Stadium, with Oakland batting last as the home team. The A’s are -107 money-line favorites with the over/under at 8. TBS has the broadcast. 

The second game of the New York Yankees/Tampa Bay Rays series tales place at 8:10 PM ET. The Yankees won Game 1 last night with their 9-3 victory. They will use Deivi Garcia as their starting pitche, with the Rays giving the ball to Tyler Glasnow. Tampa Bay is a -124 money-line favorite with the total set at 8. The Rays are the home team tonight playing in the San Diego bubble. TBS has the broadcast.

The final MLB game tonight takes place at 9:38 PM ET in the opening contest of the San Diego Padres/Los Angeles Dodgers series. The Dodgers send out Walker Buehler with Padres’ manager Jayce Tingler finally settling on Mike Clevinger as his starting pitcher for this game. Los Angeles is the technical home team, with this game being played in the Arlington, Texas bubble.  The Dodgers are a -151 money-line favorite with the total set at 8 runs. FS1 will televise the game. 

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