Here’s an overview of some of the top games in sports being played on May 9. Today, we’re taking a closer look at five games from Major League Baseball, the NBA, and NHL.
Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers – 7:10 PM ET
Our first game of the day is between the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers. Oakland, with a record of 10-18, is fifth in the AL West at the moment. They’ve lost five of their last five games and now face the 8-19 Detroit Tigers. This five-game series against Detroit will give them a chance to gain some ground. That is if they can actually win a few of these games.
On the mound for the Athletics is the 3-0 Paul Blackburn, their best pitcher. Blackburn has an ERA of 2.22 and has allowed 20 hits in 24.1 innings pitched. Starting for the Detroit Tigers is Michael Pineda, who is 1-1 this year. The Tigers have a slight edge over the Athletics in batting with a team batting average of .220. However, we’ll take the Athletics +105 tonight.
Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks – 7:30 PM ET
It’s time for Game 4 between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. At the moment, the Celtics are down 2-1 in the series. Being on the road, the Celtics can’t afford to fall 3-1 in the series. They narrowly lost to the Celtics in Game 3, 103-101. As always, the focus for the Celtics will have to be on Giannis Antetokounmpo.
For the Bucks, Milwaukee just needs to keep doing what they’ve been doing. If they can dominate the inside the Celtics won’t win this series. Playing physically is what has won the Bucks two of three games so far. Winning this game at home would give them a chance to finish it on the road in Game 5. We’ll take Milwaukee to win this one and cover the spread.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators – 9:30 PM ET
As we move into the later games we’ll see a match between the Avalanche and the Predators. Colorado is already up 3-0 in this series and needs one more game to end it. The Avalanche average 3.76 goals per game, while allowing only 2.83. In this series against the Predators, they’ve averaged 5.33, nearly two goals more.
The Predators’ only way to win here is by playing much better defense. Their offense can’t match the output of the Avalanche so better defense is the answer. Controlling the pace of the game could be how Nashville comes away with a win tonight. Still, with how Colorado has played, we think they complete the sweep tonight.
Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres – 9:40 PM ET
Shortly after the start of the game above, the Cubs will face the Padres. Chicago is 9-18 to start the season with a 5-7 record on the road. The 1-3 Kyle Hendricks will take the mound for the Cubs tonight. Hendricks has a 5.64 ERA over the course of 30.1 innings pitched. Considering he’s pitched so many innings, we wonder how much gas he has in the tank.
The Padres are 19-10 at the moment, winning three of their last five games. The 2-0 MacKenzie Gore will get the start tonight, with an ERA of 1.71. Look for Gore and the rest of the Padres to overwhelm the Cubs and secure a win tonight.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors – 10:00 PM ET
Our final game of the night is between the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors. The Grizzlies are behind in the series 2-1 at the moment. More bad news for the Grizzlies as Ja Morant injured his knee in Game 3. If Morant is on limited minutes, the Grizzlies could be in danger of falling 3-1. They’re also playing the Warriors on the road, which is a tall task.
At home, the Warriors are 31-10, one of the best records in the NBA. In Game 3, they easily handled the Grizzlies 142-112. With no Steven Adams and potentially no Ja Morant, the Warriors come in as heavy favorites. Normally, we wouldn’t consider a 10-point margin, but this time we’ll take the Warriors -10 to cover.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.