Here’s an overview of some of the top games in sports being played on April 28th. Today, we’re taking a closer look at five games from MLB the NBA Playoffs, and the NHL.
Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox – 2:10 PM ET
Getting a fast start to our rundown is the Royals vs. White Sox. This series has been a back and forth showdown, with each team splitting games. Most recently, the Royals suffered a 7-3 loss to the White Sox yesterday. However, in Game 1, the Royals dealt the White Sox a 6-0 loss. The 0-2 Brad Keller will be on the mound for Kansas City, which could mean trouble.
The Chicago White Sox have a 5-3 record at home this season. Making his first start of the season is Michael Kopech. Kopech has thrown 15 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched and has an ERA of 0.64. The only problem we see for Chicago is the numerous injuries they’ve suffered. Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada, and Luis Robert are all on the 10-Day IL.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors – 7:00 PM ET
Pivoting to the NBA playoffs, we have a game that could decide the series. Up 3-2, the 76ers just need one more win to eliminate the Toronto Raptors. However, the 76ers have lost the last two games, allowing the Raptors to climb back into it. Joel Embiid and James Harden need to come together tonight to finish off this series.
The Raptors won’t go down without a fight, that much is clear. They’ll hope to have Fred VanVleet back in the lineup tonight, who is currently on the day-to-day list. The Raptors won the last game by a large margin (103-88), but come in as a narrow underdog here. Can they tie the series tonight? Or will they be eliminated by the 76ers?
Phoenix Suns at New Orleans Pelicans – 7:30 PM ET
Another team on the brink of elimination is the New Orleans Pelicans. The Phoenix Suns lead this series 3-2 after a 112-97 win on Tuesday night. The Pelicans are a tough matchup for the Suns who lost Devin Booker earlier in the series. Without Booker, you can see how the Suns’ offense took a massive step back.
The Pelicans have an opening here, but they need to capitalize on it quickly. This will be their last game at home before returning to Phoenix. If they can get one win here, they’ll give themselves a chance to win it all in Suns territory. The last thing they’ll want to do is lose this series on their home court.
Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild – 8:00 PM ET
A game that is always entertaining is the Calgary Flames against the Minnesota Wild. The Flames are currently 50-20-10, ranking first in the Pacific. Jacob Markstrom will be in goal tonight, protecting Calgary from the scorers of the Wild. The great news for the Flames is that they’re fully healthy, with no players on the injury list.
The Wild can’t say the same when it comes to injuries. A few of the names on the list are Marcus Foligno, Mats Zuccarello, and Matt Dumba. Jared Spurgeon is also out, leaving the Wild without two of their best defensemen. This makes it tough on whoever they decide to put in goal tonight, likely to be Cam Talbot. The Wild are 51-22-7, second in the Central Division.
Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz – 10:00 PM ET
Although this is a late-night game, you likely won’t want to miss this one. The Mavericks lead this series 3-2 after winning at home on Monday night. Now, they return to the Utah Jazz who won their last home game against the Mavericks 100-99. The Mavericks beat the Jazz 102-77 on Monday night and will rely on defense again to win here.
If the Jazz can’t find an answer for the Mavericks defense, they’ll be eliminated tonight. This entire series has been a back-and-forth affair. However, something that is glaringly obvious is the Jazz’s struggles on offense. Tonight could be their last chance to have a strong offensive outing, they need to take advantage of it.
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