Bet Jamaica Daily Sports Roundup: March 27

by Dirty on March 27, 2010

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Rockets play host to the Lakers, while the Elite Eight offers up Butler vs. Kansas State, and West Virginia vs. Kentucky.

Tipping off on the hardwood . . .

The NBA has just five games on tap for Saturday, with Utah at Washington, Portland at New Orleans, New Jersey at Chicago, Dallas at Golden State, and the Lakers at Houston. The Rockets will be trying to shake off a three-game losing streak when they take to the hardwood against Los Angeles on Saturday; Houston fell 99-93 to the Clippers in their last game on Thursday night. The Rockets are just 1-2 against the Lakers so far this season, and they lost 88-79 in Los Angeles as a 7-point ‘dog when the teams last met January 5. Kobe Bryant had 22 points for the Lakers that day. Carl Landry scored 19 points for Houston.

As well, the NCAA Tournament hits the Elite Eight round on Saturday, starting with No. 5 Butler vs. No. 2 Kansas State in a 4:30pm ET West Region matchup. Butler knocked off top-seeded Syracuse 63-59 in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night, while Kansas State is coming off a 101-96 double-OT win over Xavier. Oddsmakers have Kansas State as the 4.5-point favorite, with the total at 137.5. The second game then has No. 2 West Virginia taking on No. 1 Kentucky to decide the East Region. West Virginia beat Washington 69-56 on Thursday, while Kentucky cruised past Cornell in a 62-45 victory. The Wildcats are pegged as the 4-point favorites by the oddsmakers in that one, with the total set at 133.5.

Taking a trip around the rink . . .

Finally, there are a dozen games on the busy National Hockey League schedule for Saturday, including a matinee matchup between the Flyers and Penguins in Philadelphia. The 37-31-6 Flyers are riding a four-game losing streak heading into Saturday’s contest, and they were beaten 4-3 by the Wild in overtime in their last game on Thursday. The 42-25-7 Penguins have lost three straight games, as the Capitals beat them 4-3 in a shootout on Wednesday. Pittsburgh, though, has had Philadelphia’s number this season, as they’re 4-1 in five games vs. their rival.

Also on the ice on Saturday: Calgary at Boston, Atlanta at Carolina, the Rangers at Toronto, the Islanders at Columbus, Tampa Bay at Buffalo, Florida at Ottawa, New Jersey at Montreal, Detroit at Nashville, Colorado at Phoenix, Dallas at Los Angeles, and Vancouver at San Jose. The 45-25-4 Canucks got past the Ducks 4-1 in their last game on Wednesday night, with backup goalie Andrew Raycroft stopping 30 of 31 Anaheim shots. The 45-19-10 Sharks blanked the Stars 3-0 in their last game on Thursday, with Evgeni Nabokov stopping 27 shots in that win.

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