Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Yankees play host to the Phillies, Brazil meets North Korea in the World Cup, and the Celtics head to Los Angeles in search of a title.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The Celtics will try to wrap up the championship on Tuesday when they play on the road against the Lakers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Boston took a 3-2 series lead with a 92-86 home win as a 2-point favorite in Game 5 on Sunday night. Paul Pierce was good for 27 points for the Celtics in that victory, while Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo scored 18 points apiece. Ray Allen had 12 points on the night. Kobe Bryant had a game-high 38 points in the losing cause for Los Angeles. The Lakers were opened as 6.5-point favorites at home for Game 6, with the total for the contest at 187.5 points.
Chasing the World Cup . . .
More teams get their World Cup schedules underway on Tuesday, with New Zealand vs. Slovakia, Ivory Coast vs. Portugal, and Brazil vs. North Korea. The Brazilians are the biggest favorite so far at the tournament - they're getting -1600 odds to knock off North Korea (+2000) on Tuesday, with draw odds of +1000. Slovakia (-240) is favored over New Zealand (+700), with draw odds of +300, while Portugal (+110) is favored over Ivory Coast (+240), with draw odds of +225. Brazil is the -188 favorite to win Group G, with Portugal next at +275, Ivory Coast at +500, and North Korea at +10,000.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
Interleague action features a high-powered pitching matchup at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, with Roy Halladay (8-4, 1.96 ERA) and the Phillies taking on CC Sabathia (6-3, 4.01 ERA) and the Yankees. Righthander Halladay didn't get any support from his team in his last outing, getting tagged with the loss despite giving up just one run on six hits over eight innings of work (and fanning eight). Lefthander Sabathia faced the Orioles in each of his last two starts and picked up the win both times, surrendering five earned runs on 12 hits over his 14 innings of work those days.
Filling out the MLB slate for Tuesday: the Dodgers at Cincinnati, the White Sox at Pittsburgh, the Mets at Cleveland, Washington at Detroit, Arizona at Boston, Tampa Bay at Atlanta, Texas at Florida, Oakland at the Cubs, Colorado at Minnesota, Houston at Kansas City, Seattle at St. Louis, Milwaukee at the Angels, Baltimore at San Francisco, and Toronto at San Diego. Brett Cecil (7-2, 3.22 ERA) will take on Mat Latos (6-4, 3.24 ERA) in that Jays/Padres matchup. Lefthander Cecil has won five straight starts, holding the Rays to one run in 6 2-3 innings last time out. Righthander Latos beat the Mets in his most recent outing, giving up just two runs over six innings worked.
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
Finally, there's one game on the WNBA schedule for Tuesday night, with Atlanta at Chicago. The Dream (8-3 straight-up, 7-3-1 against-the-spread) got past San Antonio 90-83 in their last game; Sancho Lyttle poured in 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Atlanta in that contest. The Sky (4-6 SU, 5-5 ATS) were pounded 95-78 by Washington last time out; Sylvia Fowles tossed in 23 points for Chicago in that defeat.