Monday’s betting tips: Kobe questionable vs. Hornets

Weather to watch

Los Angeles Angels at Minnesota Twins: As of Sunday evening, 21 mph winds were expected to be blowing out to center field.

Who’s hot

NBA:  Golden State has covered in five straight.

NBA: New Orleans is 5-2 against the spread in its last seven overall.

MLB: The over is 12-3 in Kansas City’s last 15.

MLB: The Chicago White Sox are 10-3 in their last 13 games in Cleveland.

Who’s not

NBA: Minnesota has dropped seven straight against the spread.

NBA: Denver is 6-16 against the spread in its last 22 games as a favorite.

MLB: Atlanta is 8-20 in its last 28 dating back to last year and has lost each of Brandon Beachy’s last five starts.

MLB: San Francisco is 0-3 this season and is 2-10 dating back to last year.

Key stat

1966 – The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have started the year 0-3. The last time both teams were winless three games into a season was way back in 1966. New York visits Baltimore Monday while the BoSox are in Toronto for a date with the Jays.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers  - Bryant sat out Saturday’s loss to Phoenix with a shin injury and remains questionable for Monday’s game against the New Orleans Hornets. Bryant is averaging 28.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

Game of the day

Los Angeles Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies (-4, 186)

Notable quotable

“It’s been like this for a month. We’ll beat Chicago, then lose to Toronto. Beat Orlando, and then we lose to New Orleans. We just need to have more focus. It’s getting ridiculous at this point. We’re losing to teams we shouldn’t lose to, especially with the magnitude of what’s going on in the season with the playoff run. We can’t be losing these games.” – Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson on his team’s inconsistent play. The Nuggets host Golden State as 9-point favorites Monday.

Notes and tips

Chelsea hopes to have some of its walking wounded back in the lineup for Monday’s Premier League match against Fulham. John Terry (ribs), Ashley Cole (ankle), Frank Lampard (thigh), and Ramires (illness) all missed Saturday’s win over Wigan and will be reassessed before Monday’s game. Chelsea opened as a +110 favorite with the draw at +225 and a Fulham victory also at +225.

Daniel Bard could be out of the Boston Red Sox's starting rotation before he makes his first start. After watching closer Alfredo Aceves blow his second save and set-up man Mark Melancon serve up a game-winning home run Sunday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said changes could be coming.  The Red Sox fell to 0-3 Sunday after Aceves surrendered a game-tying three-run homer in the ninth and Melancon was tagged for a two-run shot in the 11th in a 13-12 defeat. Bard, who was the set-up man for longtime closer Jonathan Papelbon, was told in the offseason to prepare as a starter. The 26-year-old righthander, whose fastball regularly reaches the high-nineties, has blown 15 of 20 saves opportunities in his career.

The Florida Panthers may give backup goaltender Scott Clemmensen the starting nod for their playoff opener against the New Jersey Devils. A rocky finish to the season by starter Jose Theodore, combined with a strong effort by Clemmensen, has left Panthers coach Kevin Dineen with a "very tough decision" in naming the Game 1 starter.  Clemmensen went 3-0-1 and allowed five goals in his last four starts, including a 34-save performance in the regular-season finale against Carolina. The 34-year-old Clemmensen, who had his best season with the Devils in 2008-09, is also 4-0 lifetime against his former team. Theodore, meanwhile, failed to win in his last seven starts (0-3-4) and is 8-14-3 in his career against New Jersey.

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