By Erin Nagel
Itâ€™s a busy weekend for sports with the chase for the Stanley Cup and the NBA playoffs underway. Letâ€™s not forget the MLB, which is closing out the third week of the season. Youâ€™re already spending the holiday weekend with your family and friends. So, why not watch a game or two while youâ€™re at it. Just think of the fun you can rooting against the favorite team of your family members. Not that I have any experience in that. Ok, maybe I do.
NBA: We start the weekend at Madison Square Garden where the Knicks are hosting their first postseason game since April 2000. Boston leads this the series 2-0. The Knicks have two questions on their bench as Chauncey Billups likely will not play and Amare Stoudemire is listed as questionable. In Atlanta the Hawks and Magic tip off Game 3 of their 1-1 series at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. The Lakers are in New Orleans as the defending champs look to take the lead in this series over the Hornets at 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.
Saturday gives us four more playoff games starting at 2:30 p.m. when the Derrick Rose lead Bulls seek to complete their four-game sweep of the Pacers at Indiana on TNT. Portland looks to tie its series against Dallas at 2-2 at 5 p.m. on TNT. Will the Grizzlies defend their home court against the West’s top-seeded Spurs? Weâ€™ll find out at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN).Â Â The Thunder won Game 2 in commanding fashion, but can they maintain their dominating play in Denver? The Nuggets look to climb back into it after trailing 2-0 on ESPN at 10 p.m. ET.
The NBA action on Sunday starts at 1 p.m. ET on ABC when LeBron James and the Heat seek to sweep the Sixers with a fourth win. The Knicks and Celtics tip off Game 4 at Madison Square Garden at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. Atlanta hosts Orlando for Game 4 of their series at 7 p.m. on TNT. The weekend ends with the Lakers and Hornets tipping off Game 4 in New Orleans at 9:30 p.m. on TNT.
NHL: Pittsburgh, Washington and San Jose look to close out their respective series this weekend with a win. Tonightâ€™s games feature tied series at 2-2. The night gets started in Philadelphia when the puck drops for the Buffalo-Philadelphia series at 7:30 p.m. ET on Versus. For the second game of the night we head out west where Nashville is in Anaheim to take on the Ducks at 10 p.m. ET on Versus.
Saturday has a full slate of games to keep you busy starting with Pittsburgh (3-1) going for the series win against Tampa Bay at noon. After a heartbreaking double OT loss at home in Game 4, the Rangers head to Washington to take on the Capitals (3-1) in hopes of extending the series another game. (3 p.m. ET, NBC). We ship up to Boston for a decisive Game 5 between Montreal and the Bruins. With the series tied 2-2 can Boston be the first to win at home this series?Â Â (7 p.m., Versus). With a 3-1 series lead over the Kings, San Jose tries to close out the series to join the Red Wings in the Western Conference semifinals.
Sunday has Buffalo hosting Game 6 against Philadelphia (3 p.m., NBC).Â Â Anaheim heads east to take on Nashville for Game 6 on Sunday (6 p.m.). The Canucks failed to eliminate the Stanley Cup champions on Thursday, so the series heads back to Chicago on Sunday with Vancouver leading 3-2 (7:30 p.m. ET, Versus).
MLB: Baseball celebrates Earth Day today, with all MLB teams wearing specially designed green caps. Depending on your location youâ€™ll be able to see one of Foxâ€™s three national broadcasts on Saturday. This weekâ€™s match ups are White Sox at Detroit, Braves at Giants or Reds at Cardinals. All games on Fox start at 4:10 p.m. ET. The Sunday Night Baseball game this week is the Reds at Cardinals. First pitch at 8:05 p.m. ET.