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Sports Saturday for the Ages!

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Today is one of those days where if you are a sport fan, it doesn’t get much better!  You have the NBA and NHL playoffs, a full slate of baseball, the Kentucky Derby and to top it all off, a big boxing match.  My suggestion is to start off with a few beers and a comfortable couch for some hockey and basketball this afternoon, then find a nice lounge and order a few Mint Juleps and enjoy the derby, then switch over to a bar, order some tequila in any form, and watch the fight!  For you gamblers out there, get your wallets ready and read below because this is a great day to wager on some action!

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NHL Playoffs: Rangers vs. Capitals- This series has been played very close throughout.  Both teams play solid defense, have great goaltending and contains dangerous scorers who are capable of hitting the nets.  However, the Rangers have all the momentum in the world after their last game, a triple OT win on Wednesday night.  I expect the Rangers to carry their solid play into today’s game, and even though it is in Washington, New York has played excellent away from the Garden so this won’t be much of a factor.  Look for the Rangers to win another close, exciting game and take a 3-1 lead in the series.

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NBA Playoffs:  Pacers vs. Magic- The Pacers are coming off 2 straight wins, the last being in Orlando and I don’t expect anything different from today.  Danny Granger is the best player on the floor, coming off a 26 point, 9 rebound game.  In game 3, Roy Hibbert had a solid 18 points, 10 rebound game, taking advantage of the huge void left by Dwight Howard, and I don’t see how Orlando can match his size.  Indiana had a solid season all year long, though received very little attention.  Look for them to take a stranglehold on this series today by beating the Magic and taking the series back to Indiana up 3-1.

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NBA Playoffs: Spurs vs. Jazz- Although San Antonio is a favorite to win the entire thing this year, as the Spurs have had a great season lead by Tony Parker, I believe the Jazz have a little more fight in them then they have shown.  Though Utah lost the first two games in San Antonio by a combined 46 points, Utah has always enjoyed a great home court advantage.  I do not think the Jazz have the talent to match up with the Spurs over the course of a series, but I also don’t see them getting swept.  I think today is when they get their first and only win, and look for Derrick Favors to play more minutes and have a positive impact for the Jazz.

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NBA Playoffs: Thunder vs. Mavericks: Though the first two games were very close, Oklahoma prevailed in both and then dominated the Mavs in Dallas to take game 3, 95-79.  The defending champion Mavericks have a lot of veteran leadership, and Dirk and company have been in this position before.  The only difference this year is they are going against a younger, hungrier, and better basketball team.  Kevin Durant threw up 31 points in game 3, and it appears that the Thunder are trying to make a statement that they are ready for the big time.  Look for Durant’s hot shooting to carry over and the Thunder to sweep the champs out of this year’s tournament.

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NBA Playoff: Grizzlies vs. Clippers-  This series has been my favorite of the playoffs so far.  The Clippers had a great comeback in game 1, the Grizz matched them in game 2 behind OJ Mayo’s 20 points off the bench, and now the series returns to Los Angeles.  The Clipper fans have been overshadowed by Kobe and the Lakers for so many years, and this is the series and chance they have been waiting a while for.  When they brought Chris Paul in this season it was for games like todays.  I like both of these young, talented teams, and I really feel like this series has a great shot of going the distance.  Though I am leaning towards to Grizzlies to take the series, I think the home crowd, who haven’t had a home playoff game since 2006, will give Paul, Griffin and the rest of the Clippers team the energy needed to match Memphis’s physical play and allow LA to take Game 3.

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The 138th Kentucky Derby- I am not going to pretend I know a lot about horse racing.  Every now and then (and by that I mean three times a year), I’ll tune in just because I like the half a minute of excitement and I enjoy hearing the announcers call the winner.  I have not been researching the horses, I do not know how they each run on different tracks, and I’m not sure which jockeys have the inside advantage.  However, from what I know, this particular field seems to be very open.  As a result, I will predict my winner by using my usual strategy, pick a horse that has a cool name and pays out well.  Since I plan on drinking a decent amount today, and plan on uttering the phrase, “I’ll Have Another”, then I don’t see how picking any other horse makes sense.  I’ll Have Another is paying out 17-1, so as I’m at the bar, I’ll be simultaneously ordering drinks and rooting on this beautiful chestnut colt.

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Junior Middleweight Title Match: Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto- Floyd “Money” Mayweather has taken a lot of heat over the past few years for who he hasn’t fought, mainly Manny Pacquiao.  However, in tonight’s match, he will certainly be tested by the 31 year old Miguel Cotto, who has a career 37-2 record, with one of those losses extremely questionable.  His only other loss came at the hands of Pacquiao, so Cotto can definitely hold his own in the ring.  Cotto is much more humble than the 35 year old Mayweather, who is the biggest showman in the sport.  Though Cotto might be easier to root for, Floyd is the best in the business hands down.  With a 42-0 lifetime record, it is very hard to argue that point.  I think Floyd will win tonight, as he is just a better boxer than Cotto. I don’t see a knockout, as both fighters are technically sound, though I believe at the end of the night, Mayweather will receive the judge’s decision on the score cards.

Enjoy the day and night in sports and good look with your bookies and at the OTB!

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7 responses

  1. Ellen

    I can’t believe you didn’t bet on I’ll have another !!!

    May 7, 2012 at 2:17 PM

  2. Read this to hear how unpredictable NYBOBBY’s pick really was.
    http://m.espn.go.com/wireless/story?storyId=7894768

    May 6, 2012 at 7:53 AM

  3. I have to give a shout out to my boy NYBOBBY, because your predictions from yesterdays sporting events was near perfect. The only thing you got wrong was the one game you were slightly biased about, but besides that you’re a genius. I am most impressed with your 17-1 Kentucky derby prediction that was correct because after reading some articles about it you seem to be in the minority by picking it right. Once again the Sports Debaters have proven their sports knowledge trumps all.

    May 6, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    • thanks for the love, though I have to be honest, i predicted the Jazz to step up at home and beat the Spurs which was really off based…i fell into the same trap all NBA analysts have all year and slept on San Antonio…Also, yeah, I’m definitely biased towards the Rangers but I truly felt the 3OT winner would give the Rangers a huge edge yesterday, so even though I called the came from by heart, my head was also involved…

      But overall, 3 out of 4 basketball games, the derby and the boxing match (not only saying Floyd would win but how he won)…It was a good Saturday

      May 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

  4. NO BIG DEAL…GOT THE HORSE RACE RIGHT! And I’m also 3 for 3 on basketball games…hope everyone got their money out!

    May 5, 2012 at 10:49 PM

  5. I have to agree with pretty much everything you said except the boxing section. Mayweather is doing this fight for all the wrong reasons and it will result in his first ever defeat. The only reason he is doing this fight is because he is making 32 million dollars, which is the largest single fight payout in boxing history. I am really hoping for a Cotto win and I believe it will happen. Mayweather needs to be knocked down a peg or two.

    May 5, 2012 at 1:56 PM

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