The intensity of the NBA Finals is picking up. In a back-and-forth bout, the Boston Celtics have taken command of the series. The Warriors, who previously had the best NBA championship odds, are facing a tougher test with a 2-1 deficit.
Here are need-to-know details about the NBA Finals, NHL East Finals between the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning, and an MLB clash between the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers on Friday evening.
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics
Friday, June 10 | TV: ABC | Time: 9 p.m. ET
After the Warriors evened the series in Game 2, the Celtics responded by winning 116-110 on Wednesday to take the lead again and maintain home-court advantage. The Celtics’ NBA odds for Game 4 are -3.5, and their NBA Finals odds are -225 as of Friday, June 10.
Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have been shining together offensively lately. Tatum, who has the best NBA Finals MVP odds at +115, is averaging 22 points on 34% shooting, 5.7 rebounds, and 8.3 assists for the championship series.
But don’t count out Brown winning that MVP award, as he has the third-best odds at +300. He’s shooting 43% from the field while averaging 22.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists during the series. He also has the best odds to notch Game 4’s first field goal at +400.
At the same time, the Warriors should continue to be taken seriously. They have the second-best offensive rating among teams in the playoffs for a reason.
Stephen Curry, who has the second-best championship MVP odds of +200, has shot 49% from the field on the way to a series-high 31.3 points per game. He’s also totaled five rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.7 steals per outing in the NBA Finals.
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New York Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Saturday, June 11 | TV: ESPN | Time: 8 p.m. ET
The Lightning are back in command of the series.
The reigning Stanley Cup Final champions lost the first two games of the East Final only to storm back, as Tampa Bay won the next three. The Lightning secured a 3-1 victory in New York on Thursday. Ondrej Palat scored with 1:50 to go to break a tie.
Palat is first on his team with eight goals in the postseason and is tied for second with Victor Hedman with 14 points. Nikita Kucherov paces the Lightning with 22 points. Andrei Vasilevskiy, who’s allowed just four goals in Tampa Bay’s last three wins, has surrendered 2.35 goals per game in the postseason with a save percentage of 92.7%.
Mika Zibanejad is the postseason points leader for the Rangers with 24. He’s tied with Chris Kreider for a team-high 10 goals. Adam Fox is second on the team with 23 points on a Rangers-best 18 assists. Artemi Panarin and Kreider are tied for third with 16 points each.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Detroit Tigers
Friday, June 10 | TV: MLB.tv | Time: 7:10 p.m. ET
The clash between the Blue Jays and Tigers on Friday will be a battle between two teams in two different situations. As of Friday morning, Toronto’s MLB odds for the game were -1.5.
Going into the game, the Blue Jays are 33-23 and 7-3 in their last 10 games. They’re third in the AL East, as the New York Yankees are 7.5 games ahead. As of Friday, Toronto had the fifth-best World Series odds at +900.
The Tigers, however, are 23-33, 8.5 games behind the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins. Detroit has won six of its previous 10 games, but its MLB odds to win the World Series were +50000.
Toronto’s Jose Berrios and Elvin Rodriguez of the Tigers will take the mound. In 16 innings, Rodriguez’s ERA is 10.13, and his WHIP is 1.69.
On the other side, Berrios is 4-2 with a 5.24 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. He’s allowed 64 hits, 16 walks and 10 home runs with 49 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings. Berrios’ MLB odds to win the AL Cy Young Award were +12500 as of Friday.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is a batting leader for the Blue Jays, as he has a team-best 13 homers and 31 RBIs with a .243 batting average. He had the fifth-best AL MVP odds at +1800.
At 39 years old, Miguel Cabrera is pacing the Tigers in batting average (.297) and RBIs (20).