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This Weekend in Sports: NBA Finals, Stanley Cup, US Open, Euro 2024, More

The Celtics are on the verge of their 18th NBA title, while the Oilers need to defend home ice in their pursuit of the Cup.

June 13, 2024

This Weekend in Sports previews the biggest games and events for the coming weekend.

NBA Finals

Boston Celtics at Dallas Mavericks, Game 4, 8:30 p.m. ET Friday

This series is all but over. The Celtics are 48 regulation minutes away from becoming the 10th team to sweep the NBA Finals. It’s a complete mismatch, and at this point three Celtics are viable options for being named Finals MVP — Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Jrue Holiday. The Celtics are beating the Mavericks inside and outside, playing excellent defense and turning Luka Doncic into a non-factor.

The Celtics won the Eastern Conference by 14 games with a 64-18 record and now are 15-2 in the playoffs. They are on the verge of winning the franchise’s 18th NBA title, breaking the current 17-17 tie with the Lakers.

The conversation might end up being: how does this Celtics team rank among the NBA’s all-time great squads?

Stanley Cup Final

Florida Panthers at Edmonton Oilers, Game 4, 8 p.m. ET Saturday

The Oilers now need to protect home ice after the Panthers did just that in sweeping the first two games in Florida. Only two teams in NHL history have rallied from a 0-2 deficit to win the Cup, most recently in 2011 when the Boston Bruins came back to defeat the Vancouver Canucks in seven games.


MLS

Columbus at New York City, 7:30 p.m. ET Friday

This is a great opportunity for the Crew to make up some ground in the Eastern Conference standings. They are currently in seventh place, five points behind third-place NYC. The Crew have allowed the fewest goals (13) in MLS, but they are also only scoring an average of 1.5 goals per game.

Inter Miami at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday

Miami, who has not won since May 25, will be without Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Matias Rojas and David Ruiz, all of whom are competing for their native countries in the Copa America. Miami is in first place in the East, two points ahead of FC Cincinnati.

Cincinnati at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. ET Saturday

FCC has a chance to take over first place in the East. San Jose is the worst team in MLS, and first-place Inter Miami is without its best players to Copa America competition this weekend. Cincy is looking to rebound after having their seven-match win streak broken by Nashville two weeks ago.

Euro 2024

The European tournament — this year to be played in Germany — kicks off Friday with the hosts playing Scotland. There are three games on Saturday and three more Sunday (full schedule here):

Saturday:

  • Hungary vs Switzerland
  • Spain vs Croatia
  • Italy vs Albania

Sunday:

  • Poland vs Netherlands
  • Slovenia vs Denmark
  • Serbia vs England

England, Germany, Spain, France and Portugal are among the top favorites to win the 24-team tournament. Read our preview of the favorites and top dark horses.

MLB

New York Yankees (49-21) at Boston Red Sox (34-34), Friday-Sunday

The Bronx Bombers are on fire this season, and the only reason they aren’t running away with the AL East is because the Baltimore Orioles are also having a great year. Heading into Thursday’s games, the Yanks are 49-21 (.700) and Aaron Judge and Juan Soto are 1-2 in MLB in OPS.

Philadelphia Phillies (46-21) at Baltimore Orioles (45-22), Friday-Sunday

The NL East leader faces the second-place team in the AL East. Eventual Hall of Famer closer Craig Kimbrel — among the all-time saves leaders in MLB history — has 16 saves in 19 chances, a 2.59 ERA, 12.60 strikeout rate and 0.95 WHIP. Those numbers are better than he had last season — with the team he’s facing this weekend.

Cleveland Guardians (43-23) at Toronto Blue Jays (33-35), Friday-Sunday

Steven Kwan has a .984 OPS and .380 batting average, while fellow MVP candidate Juan Ramirez is tied for the league lead in RBI (62) and is fourth in home runs and extra-base hits. The Guardians are leading the AL Central in what has been their best season in years.

Golf

US Open

Tipico odds: Scottie Scheffler +320, Patrick Cantlay +750, Ludvig Aaberg +750

Check out our preview and best bets options for the major tournament here.

NASCAR

Iowa Corn 350, 7 p.m. ET Sunday

Tipico odds: Christopher Bell +380, Kyle Larson +600, Denny Hamlin +670, Ryan Blaney +850, Martin Truex Jr +950, Joey Logano +950

The Cup Series holds its first race ever at the Iowa Speedway. Richmond is the most similar track, and Larson has finished in the top five in his past three races there. Truex Jr. has 10 top-7 finishes in his last 11 Richmond starts, including three wins and a second place.

UFC Fight Night

Alex Perez vs. Tatsuro Taira

Tipico odds: Taira -190, Perez +160; Over 2.5 -135, Under 2.5 +105

The Japanese Taira has only had five UFC fights, but he’s won all of them. Perez, contrastingly, launched his UFC career in 2017 and has six knockouts and seven submissions.

Alex Valdes
Alex Valdes is Web Content Manager at Tipico North America. He has written, edited and performed user and site analysis at MoneyTalksNews, NBC Sports, MSN, Bing, MSNBC, as well as newspapers and magazines.
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