Bet Jamaica Daily Sports Roundup: March 7

by Dirty on March 7, 2010

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: Kentucky hosts Florida, the Lakers take on the Magic, and the drivers of the Sprint Cup Series race in the Kobalt Tools 500.

Tipping off on the hardwood . . .

The NBA offers up six games on Sunday, with Philadelphia at Toronto, Houston at Detroit, Washington at Boston, Oklahoma City at Sacramento, Portland at Denver, and the Lakers at Orlando. The Lakers and Magic have met just once since their NBA Finals matchup last season, with Los Angeles pulling out a 98-92 home win over Orlando on January 18 as a 6.5-point favorite. Shannon Brown had a team-high 22 points for Los Angeles off the bench in that game, while Kobe Bryant tossed in 11 points on the day. Dwight Howard led the Magic with a game-high 24 points in that loss, while Vince Carter was held to only nine points.

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As well, there is one Top-10 team in action on the college basketball schedule for Sunday, with Florida at No. 3 Kentucky. The Wildcats (28-2 SU, 16-12 ATS) rolled to an 80-68 win over Georgia in their last game on Wednesday night; John Wall was good for 24 points in that contest for Kentucky. The Gators (20-10 SU, 13-12 ATS) were beaten 64-60 by Vanderbilt in their last game on Tuesday night, despite Vernon Macklin’s 21 points. Florida and Kentucky faced off back on January 12, with the Wildcats picking up an 89-77 road victory in that matchup.

Taking a trip around the rink . . .

There are nine games on the NHL’s schedule for Sunday, with Boston at Pittsburgh, Vancouver at Nashville, Calgary at Minnesota, Carolina at Atlanta, Buffalo at the Rangers, Toronto at Philadelphia, New Jersey at Edmonton, Montreal at Anaheim, and Detroit at Chicago. The Red Wings and Blackhawks last met on the ice on January 17, with Chicago pulling out a 4-3 shootout win on the road. Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, and Troy Brouwer had the Hawks’ goals in that win, while Antti Niemi made 35 saves. Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, and Patrick Eaves replied for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard was good for 26 stops.

Roaring around the track . . .

Finally, the Sprint Cup Series offers up the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Jimmie Johnson, who is coming off consecutive race wins in Fontana and Las Vegas, is the 9/5 Vegas favorite to take the checkered flag once again on Sunday. Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin are next on the odds list at 6/1 and 8/1, respectively, with Tony Stewart at 17/2, and Denny Hamlin at 11/1. Last year’s Kobalt Tools 500 winner, Kurt Busch, is farther back at 28/1 odds to win on Sunday, with ’08 champ Kyle Busch pegged at 13/1 odds.

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