Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Lakers and Celtics meet in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, NASCAR drivers take the track at Michigan, and the World Cup continues.
Tipping off on the hardwood . . .
The NBA Finals reaches its pivotal contest on Saturday, with the Lakers at Boston in Game 5 of the best-of-seven series. The Celtics tied up the series 2-2 with a 96-89 home win in Game 4 on Thursday night. Paul Pierce scored a team-high 19 points for Boston in that victory, while Glen Davis chipped in with 18 points off the bench. Kevin Garnett added 13 points and six rebounds. Kobe Bryant had 33 points in the losing cause for the Lakers, and Pau Gasol scored 21 points. Andrew Bynum's sore knee limited him to only two points in 12 minutes. Oddsmakers have listed the Celtics as 3-point home favorites for Sunday night's matchup, with the total pegged at 188 points.
Chasing the World Cup . . .
There are three more games on the World Cup schedule for Sunday, with Algeria vs. Slovenia, Serbia vs. Ghana, and Germany vs. Australia. The Germans are the biggest favorite for Sunday, as they're listed at -250 compared to the Australians' +650 odds (with a draw priced at +330). Slovenia (+115) is the favorite against Algeria (+230), with draw odds of +220, while Serbia (+105) is favored over Ghana (+250), with draw odds of +225. Serbia (+275) and Ghana (+500) both trail favored Germany (-125) on the odds list to win Group D, with Australia well back at +900 to claim that group crown.
Meeting up on the diamond . . .
The only NL vs. NL matchup for Sunday has St. Louis at Arizona, with the Cardinals' Chris Carpenter (7-1, 2.54 ERA) slated to take on the Diamondbacks' Edwin Jackson (3-6, 5.38 ERA). Righthander Carpenter had to settle for a no-decision against the Dodgers in his last trip to the mound despite holding Los Angeles scoreless on six hits over his seven innings of work. Carpenter faced Arizona back on April 21, giving up three runs over seven innings. Righthander Jackson was the opposition in that April 21 matchup, and he picked up a no-decision after giving up four runs over eight innings.
Meanwhile, the interleague slate for Sunday has Pittsburgh at Detroit, Houston at the Yankees, Kansas City at Cincinnati, the Mets at Baltimore, Philadelphia at Boston, Florida at Tampa Bay, Atlanta at Minnesota, Texas at Milwaukee, Toronto at Colorado, Seattle at San Diego, Oakland at San Francisco, the Angels at the Dodgers, the White Sox at the Cubs, and Washington at Cleveland. Lefthander David Huff (2-7, 5.46 ERA) will get the ball for the Indians in that last contest, and he'll face off against Nationals rookie righthander Stephen Strasburg (1-0, 2.57 ERA). Strasburg lived up to the hype in his debut against the Pirates, giving up two runs while fanning 14 in seven innings.
Roaring around the track . . .
It's the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway for the drivers of the Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, with Jimmie Johnson set as the +300 sportsbooks' pick to take the checkered flag despite his zero career Cup wins at the track. Kyle Busch is next on that list at +400, followed by Denny Hamlin at +500, and Jeff Gordon at +600. Mark Martin, who won this event last season, is back at +1800 odds to visit victory lane, with points leader Kevin Harvick also at +1800 for the event.
Meanwhile, Formula 1 returns to Montreal on Sunday for the Canadian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton is the +175 favorite for the weekend, followed by Sebastian Vettel (+275), Jenson Button (+400), and points leader Mark Webber (+550). Fernando Alonso is sitting at +750 odds to win in Montreal, with Robert Kubica at +1500. Kubica won the Canadian Grand Prix the last time it was held in 2008, beating Nick Heidfeld across the finish line by 16 seconds. Hamilton had an accident and had to retire early.
Rounding out the Roundup . . .
Finally, there are three games on the WNBA schedule for Sunday, with Minnesota at Los Angeles, Connecticut at Indiana, and San Antonio at Atlanta. The Silver Stars (3-5 straight-up, 3-5 against-the-spread) got back into the win column last time out, getting past Tulsa in an 87-75 victory. Chamique Holdsclaw had 19 points for San Antonio in that win. The Dream (7-3 SU, 7-3 ATS) fell 91-79 on the road to New York in their last game. Erika Desouza led the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta that day.