Today we will be previewing three games, one on the MLB slate and two on the NBA playoff slate.
Suns @ Pelicans
The Phoenix Suns will look to close the series out tonight with a win over the New Orleans Pelicans on the road at the Smoothie King Arena. Coming into this game up 3-2 in the series, the Suns will try to advance to the second round tonight, most likely without star player Devin Booker. To this point, the series has been back and fourth, with no team able to string together consecutive victories yet. The Pelicans will try to continue that trend tonight and force a Game 7. Most recently the Suns were able to win a pivotal Game 5, prevailing 112-97 at home. The Pelicans are no stranger to elimination games, defeating the Spurs and Clippers to earn the 8th seed. The winner of this series will take on the winner of the Mavericks-Jazz series. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM Eastern Time.
76ers @ Raptors
The Toronto Raptors will look to take another step towards history tonight, in their attempt to be the first team to ever come back from a 3-0 deficit when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers at home. After the 76ers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in this 7 game set, the Raptors have came roaring back, and will look to force a Game 7 with a win tonight at home. No team in NBA history has won a playoff series after trailing 3-0 to begin the series. Most recently, the Raptors were able to win 103-88 on the road over Philly, despite not having Fred Vanvleet. He is listed as doubtful for todays game. The winner of this series will take on the number one-seeded Heat in the second round, who are coming off a 4-1 series win over the Hawks. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 PM Eastern Time.
Royals @ White Sox
The Kansas City Royals (6-10) will travel to Guaranteed Rate Field today to take on the Chicago White Sox (7-10) for the finale of a 3 game set. The White Sox were able to stop the bleeding yesterday, defeating the Royals 7-3 at home. This win stopped a 7 game losing streak for Chicago, after starting the season 6-2. Kansas City was able to hold Chicago scoreless in Game 1 of the series, securing a 6-0 victory. Both teams come into today with a 1-4 record over their last 5 games. The White Sox will start Michael Kopech today while the Royals will counter with Brad Keller. First pitch is scheduled for 2:10 PM Eastern Time.