Here’s an overview of some of the top games in sports being played on May 26. Today, we’re taking a closer look at five games from the NHL, MLB, and the NBA Playoffs.
New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 6:40 PM ET
Two AL East teams will face off tonight as the Yankees take on the Rays. New York, with a record of 31-13, has established itself as one of the best in MLB. However, they’ll face a tough test when they take on the 26-17 Tampa Bay Rays. On the mound is Nestor Cortes, with a 3-1 record as a starter and a 1.80 ERA.
The Rays will send out Ryan Yarbrough, who has yet to be credited with a win or a loss. Over the last five games, the Rays have won three. They’ve won their last two games, beating the Miami Marlins twice. However, they’re not facing the Miami Marlins tonight. Instead, they’re facing a team with a batting average of .241. We’ll go with the Yankees -130 here.
New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes – 7:00 PM ET
This series is tied at 2-2 after two huge wins by the New York Rangers. The defense of the Rangers has been lights out, allowing just one goal in each of the last two games. Their offense has also taken a step forward, but they still need a strong push tonight. They’ll be on the road against the Hurricanes and another loss will have them facing elimination.
The Hurricanes’ offense was stalled out over the last two games. In fact, over the course of the series, the Hurricanes have averaged just 1.5 goals per game. This is much lower than their season average of 3.38 goals per game. It’s clear they’re having a tough time with the Rangers. However, since they’re at home, we’ll take the Hurricanes -150.
Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins – 7:40 PM ET
The Kansas City Royals have a poor record of 14-28. At the moment they’ve lost six straight games, three of which were to the Twins. To get back on track, the Royals need to get a win on the road tonight. The 2-3 Daniel Lynch will get the start tonight and will be tasked with slowing down the Twins batters. They’ll look to Andrew Benintendi for a little help on offense.
The Minnesota Twins are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Minnesota couldn’t close out the game in the ninth inning and gave up a two-run homer in the 10th. Pitching is a concern for the Twins, but this game will see Devin Smeltzer take the mound. Smeltzer is 1-0 with an ERA of 1.74 over the course of 10.1 innings.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors – 9:00 PM ET
The Western Conference Finals will continue tonight as the Mavericks face the Warriors. The Mavericks staved off elimination in Game 4 of the series. They put up 119 points and only allowed 109. The question is, can they do this again but on the road? The Mavericks held Stephen Curry to just 20 points in Game 4. They’ll need to do so again tonight.
The Warriors come into this game as seven-point favorites, which is no surprise. They’re a better offensive team and they’re playing at home. Up until Game 4, the Warriors looked as if they’d easily sweep the Mavericks. Now, they’ll get a chance to win the Western Conference Finals in front of their home crowd. Look for the Warriors to do exactly that tonight.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames – 9:30 PM ET
Our final game of the night is between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. The series at the moment sees the Oilers ahead of the Flames 3-1. Edmonton’s offense has been impressive this series, averaging five goals per game. With such a strong offense we don’t see the Oilers slowing down any time soon. The question is, can they get one more win on the road?
The last time Edmonton came to Calgary, the Oilers won the game 5-3. However, in the first game of the series, the Flames were able to secure a 9-6 win. Through the series, the Flames have averaged four goals per game, just under Edmonton’s. However, the defense of Calgary has taken a step back. Still, we think the Flames will earn a win at home tonight at -150.
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