Here’s an overview of some of the top games in sports being played on May 23. Today, we’re taking a closer look at five games from the NHL, MLB, and the NBA Playoffs.
Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – 7:00 PM ET
The Florida Panthers are down 3-0 in this series and things aren’t looking good. Tonight, they’re on the road again taking on the Lightning who just beat them 5-1 on Sunday. Facing elimination, the Panthers’ goal-scorers need to step it up. Throughout this series, they’ve averaged just one goal per game, which is absolutely awful. Throughout the season, the Panthers averaged 4.11 GF/G.
The Tampa Bay Lightning seem to have this series locked up. However, they can’t get ahead of themselves too quickly. First, they’ll need to get through Game 4. Tonight they have a chance to eliminate the Panthers in Tampa Bay. They can get this win in front of their own home crowd, and the momentum should help. We think Tampa will close the series tonight, Lightning -130.
Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins – 7:40 PM ET
The Detroit Tigers are fourth in the AL Central with a record of 14-26. Tonight, they begin their series against the Minnesota Twins who rank first in the AL Central. On the mound for the Tigers is Beau Brieske, who has an 0-3 record this season. Brieske has an ERA of 5.13 which won’t help him against the Twins batters.
Minnesota’s batters have a combined batting average of .244, ranking 10th in MLB. Unfortunately, the Twins pitching hasn’t been great this season. Today, they’ll send out the 0-1 Chris Archer who has a 4.10 ERA. Through the season, Archer has pitched 26.1 innings, throwing 24 strikeouts. The problem is, he’s allowed nearly just as many hits this season.
Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics – 8:30 PM ET
Jumping to the Eastern Conference Finals, we’ll see the Miami Heat vs. the Boston Celtics. At the moment, the Heat lead this series, 2-1. There’s also even better news for the Heat as they could add Kyle Lowry back into the lineup. They’ve done well against the Celtics offense this series, recently beating them 109-103.
The Boston Celtics injury list continues to grow and multiple players are questionable. Jayson Tatum is also dealing with a shoulder injury, but he’s likely to play. Still, even if it’s just soreness, it could impede Tatum’s ability to shoot. Because of this, we’ll take the Miami Heat +7 in tonight’s game. Boston could win, but the Heat are likely to cover the spread tonight.
Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues – 9:30 PM ET
Later in the night we’ll see another NHL playoff game. This time it’s between the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues. Colorado currently leads the series 2-1 and has averaged three goals per game. With their offense performing well, it’s no surprise that Colorado is favored to win. However, taking on the Blues at home again won’t be an easy task.
When playing at home, the Blues went 26-10-5 during the regular season. Tonight, they need more from their defensive players, who have been outworked by Colorado. If the defense can step up, the Blues could win a much-needed game at home. However, if they can’t, they’ll find themselves down 3-1 in the series.
Milwaukee Brewers vs. San Diego Padres – 9:40 PM ET
To close the day we’ll see the Milwaukee Brewers take on the San Diego Padres. Milwaukee is coming off of an 8-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. It is important to note, however, that the Brewers won that series two games to one. On the mound for Milwaukee is Adrian Houser, who is 3-4 as a starting pitcher. Houser has an ERA of 3.22 over the course of 36.1 innings pitched.
The Padres have won four games in a row, led by remarkable batting. As a team, the Padres have a batting average of .233, but they’ve been much better recently. Leading the game is SP Nick Martinez, who has a 2-2 record as a starter. Although they’ve been really strong lately, we’ll take the Brewers -105 in tonight’s game.
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