Here’s an overview of some of the top games in sports being played on May 19. Today, we’re taking a closer look at five games from Major League Baseball, the NHL, and the NBA Playoffs.
New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles – 12:35 PM ET
Kicking off our daily sports bets is an early game between the Yankees and Orioles. Through the series so far, the Yankees have made quick work of the Orioles. They’ve won four of their last five games and are sending out Jordan Montgomery today. Montgomery is 0-1 to start the season but has an ERA of 3.06.
The Baltimore Orioles have a record of 14-24 after losing their last six games. Of those six three of them were to the New York Yankees. With their performances recently being so poor, it’s hard to trust them to win tonight. On the mound is Bruce Zimmermann, the 2-2 LHP with a 2.72 ERA. Even with Zimmermann starting, we’ll take the Yankees today.
San Diego Padres vs. Philadelphia Phillies – 1:05 PM ET
The Padres will face the Phillies shortly after the Yankees game begins. The Padres are 23-14 this season but is coming off a 3-0 loss to the Phillies. Yu Darvish, who has had a solid start to the year, will take the mound to start the game. Darvish has a record of 3-1 this season with an ERA of 4.62.
Another 3-1 pitcher will get the start for the Philadelphia Phillies tonight, Kyle Gibson. Gibson is one of the Phillies best pitchers and currently has an ERA of 4.10. The Phillies also have a sizable advantage over the Padres in terms of batting. As a team, the Phillies have a batting average of .251 compared to the Padres .226. We’ll take the Phillies to win at home again.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers – 7:00 PM
Moving into the NHL, the first game of the night is between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers. The Lightning, surprisingly lead this series 1-0 after many thought the Panthers would lead. The last game saw the Lightning put up four goals against the Panthers, while Florida scored just one. Tampa Bay will attempt to create the same outcome in tonight’s game.
Florida, on the other hand, will try to get itself back into action tonight. Normally, their offense averages 4.11 goals per game and only allows 2.95. The recent loss could see them shift their lines tonight to allow for better defense. They’re also playing at home, where they went 34-7 during the regular season. We think Florida will even the series at home today.
Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat – 8:30 PM ET
The Boston Celtics were outplayed in Game 1 of this series. Losing 118-107, the Celtics are behind 1-0 to start the Eastern Conference Finals. To get back into it, they’ll need to do much better at containing the Heat. In that game, the Celtics allowed Jimmy Butler to score 41 points. This is wildly uncharacteristic for the Boston Celtics defense.
The Miami Heat needs to continue to put pressure on Boston’s defense. If they can, they might be able to have another strong offensive performance. It’s important to note that starting PG Kyle Lowry has been ruled out again for tonight’s game. This isn’t too much of a problem considering Boston is dealing with injuries too. Still, we like the Boston Celtics to win this one.
St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche – 9:30 PM
Our final game of the night is between the Blues and Colorado Avalanche. To start the series, the Blues are 0-1 after losing 3-2 in Game 1. The good news is St. Louis kept the score pretty close, the bad news is two defensemen are out. Both Torey Krug and Marco Scandella could be sidelined tonight. This leaves the Blues with a massive opening on defense.
The Colorado Avalanche is on a hot streak right now, winning five games in a row. They easily swept the Nashville Predators and are looking to do the same to the Blues. With an offense that averages 3.76 goals per game while allowing just 2.83, Colorado looks unstoppable. They’re also healthy, something the Blues aren’t. We’ll go with the Avalanche to win again tonight.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
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