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

by Big Al Staff

The MLB Wild Card playoffs continue today with two games. The Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs look to play the second game of their best-of-three National League Wildcard series after yesterday's game was postponed. The Marlins won Game 1 of this series on Wednesday with their 5-1 victory over the Cubs. Miami still plans to send out rookie Sixto Sanchez with Chicago countering with Yu Darvish. The Cubs are -195 money-line favorite with the total set at 7 (odds provided by BetAnySports). ABC has the broadcast beginning at 2 PM ET.

The San Diego Padres forced a third game with their NL Wildcard Playoff series with the St. Louis Cardinals last night with their 11-9 triumph. The Padres have yet to officially announce a starting pitcher for this game with their starting pitching staff decimated with the injuries of Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet. Lefthander Adrian Morejon may get the call, in what would likely be a bullpen-heavy workload for the San Diego pitching staff. The Cardinals have tapped Jack Flaherty as their starting pitcher. The Padres are a -111 moneyline favorite with a total of 9. ESPN has the game with the start time set for 7:08 PM ET.

The NBA Finals continue tonight with Game 2 of the Miami Heat/Los Angeles Lakers series. The Lakers rallied from a 13-point deficit in the 1st quarter to outscore the Heat by a 104 to 73 margin the rest of the way to cruise to a 116-98 victory. Los Angeles covered the -4.5-point spread with the game staying under the 217 point total. 

Miami suffered two significant injuries in that game, which will have a substantial impact as this series moves forward. Bam Adebayo suffered a strained neck while Goran Dragic endured a plantar tear in his left foot. Both are listed as doubtful for this game, with their possible return in this series very much in doubt. These are second and third-leading scorers on the team, with Adebayo averaging 17.8 points per game and Dragic adding 19.9 points per game. Jimmy Butler also has an ankle issue after Wednesday’s game, but he is listed as probable to play. 

The Lakers have jumped to a -9.5-point favorite for Game 2 with the oddsmakers and the market estimating that the loss of Adebayo and Dragic being worth about five points. The total is 216.5. ABC has the broadcast at 9 PM ET.

The fifth week of the college football season kicks off tonight with Louisiana Tech traveling to Provo to play Brigham Young in a battle of two unbeaten teams. Louisiana Tech comes off a 66-38 victory last week at home over Houston Baptist. BYU made a statement last Saturday night with a 48-7 blowout victory at home over Troy.

BYU is a 24-point favorite with the total set at 59. The game will be on ESPN2 with the kickoff slated for 9 PM ET.

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