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Your Guide to Top Sports Betting Events May 13-21

The NBA and NHL playoffs roll on this week, with pro basketball’s final four getting set to start. Hockey’s second round also begins early this week..

The PGA Championship tees off at Southern Hills on Thursday as bettors anxiously await to see whether Tiger Woods will be a part of the field.

The week closes with the Preakness Stakes, the second Triple Crown race, which reportedly will not feature 80-to-1 Kentucky Derby champion Rich Strike. Still, the race at Pimlico outside of Baltimore will be run in front of a full crowd of 100,000-plus for the first time since 2019.

Here’s a look at the full slate of games and events that we’ll be watching this week.

SPORTS ON TV This Week

Friday, May 13

NBA Playoffs

Game 6 Eastern Conference semifinals, Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks, ESPN, 7:30 p.m.

Game 6 Western Conference semifinals, Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors, ESPN, 10 p.m.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 6 Eastern Conference first round, New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins, TNT, 7 p.m.

Game 6 Eastern Conference first round, Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals, TBS, 7:30 p.m.

Game 6 Western Conference first round, Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars, TNT, 9:30 p.m.

MLB Regular Season

Houston Astros at Washington Nationals, ESPN+, 7:05 p.m.

San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves, Apple TV+, 7:20 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks, Apple TV+, 9:40 p.m.

PGA Tour Golf

Round 2 of the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic, ESPN+, 7:45 a.m.

Tennis

ATP Italian Open Quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 5 a.m.

WTA Italian Open Quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 5 a.m.

Saturday, May 14

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 7 Eastern Conference first round, Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes, ESPN, 4:30 p.m.

Game 7 Eastern Conference first round, Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs, TNT, 7 p.m.

Game 7 Western Conference first round, Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers, ESPN, 10 p.m.

MLB Regular Season

San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves, FS1, 4:05 p.m.

Boston Red Sox at Texas Rangers, ESPN+, 7:05 p.m.

PGA Tour

Round 3 of the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic, CBS, 3 p.m.

MMA

UFC Fight Night, ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.

Boxing

Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano, Showtime, 9 p.m.

IndyCar

GMR Grand Prix, NBC, 3 p.m.

Tennis

ATP Italian Open Semifinals, Tennis Channel, 6 a.m.

WTA Italian Open Semifinals, Tennis Channel, 6 a.m.

Sunday, May 15

NBA Playoffs

Game 7 Eastern Conference semifinals, Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics, ABC, 3:30 p.m.

Game 7 Western Conference semifinals, Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns, TNT, 8 p.m.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 7 Eastern Conference first round, Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers, TBS, 7 p.m.

Game 7 Western Conference first round, Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames, ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.

MLB Regular Season

San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves, Peacock, 11:35 a.m.

Kansas City Royals at Colorado Rockies, 3:05 p.m.

San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals, ESPN, 7 p.m.

Golf

Round 4 of the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic, CBS, 3 p.m.

MLS

New England Revolution at Atlanta United FC, ESPN, 1:30 p.m.

Minnesota United FC at Seattle Sounders, ESPN, 4 p.m.

NASCAR

Cup Series at Kansas, FS1, 3:30 p.m.

Tennis

ATP Italian Open Final, Tennis Channel, 5 a.m.

WTA Italian Open Final, Tennis Channel, 7 a.m.

Monday, May 16

MLB Regular Season

Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers, ESPN+, 7:40 p.m.

Tuesday, May 17

NBA Playoffs

Game 1 Eastern Conference finals, Boston Celtics at Miami Heat, ESPN, 8:30 p.m.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 1 Eastern Conference second round, Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers, TNT, 7 p.m.

Game 1 Western Conference second round, St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche, TNT, 9:30 p.m.

MLB Regular Season

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals, ESPN+, 2:10 p.m.

Wednesday, May 18

NBA Playoffs

Game 1 Western Conference finals, Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors, TNT, 9 p.m.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 1 Eastern Conference second round, New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes, ESPN, 7 p.m.

Game 1 Western Conference second round, Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames, ESPN, 9:30 p.m.

MLB Regular Season

Seattle Mariners at Toronto Blue Jays, ESPN+, 7:07 p.m.

Thursday, May 19

NBA Playoffs

Game 2 Eastern Conference finals, Boston Celtics at Miami Heat, ESPN, 8:30 p.m.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 2 Eastern Conference second round, Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers, TNT, 7 p.m. 

Game 2 Western Conference second round, St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche, TNT, 9:30 p.m.

MLB Regular Season

St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets, ESPN+, 1:10 p.m.

Golf

Round 1 of the PGA Championship, ESPN+, 8 a.m.; ESPN, 2 p.m.

Friday, May 20

NBA Playoffs

Game 2 Western Conference finals, Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors, TNT, 9 p.m.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 2 Eastern Conference second round, New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes, ESPN, 7 p.m.

Game 2 Western Conference second round, Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames, 9:30 p.m.

MLB Regular Season

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates, Apple TV+, 6:35 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies, ESPN+, 7:05 p.m.

Texas Rangers at Houston Astros, Apple TV+, 8:10 p.m.

Golf

Round 2 of the PGA Championship, ESPN+, 8 a.m.; ESPN, 2 p.m.

Horse Racing

Black-Eyed Susan, USA Network, 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 21

NBA Playoffs

Game 3 Eastern Conference finals, Miami Heat at Boston Celtics, ABC, 8:30 p.m.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 3 Western Conference second round, Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues, TNT, 8 p.m.

MLB Regular Season

San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants, FS1, 4:10 p.m.

Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels, FS1, 9:07 p.m.

Golf

Round 3 of the PGA Championship, ESPN+, 8 a.m.; ESPN 10 a.m.; CBS, 3 p.m.

MLS

Atlanta United FC at Nashville SC, FOX, 7:30 p.m.

USFL

Tampa Bay Bandits vs. Philadelphia Stars, NBC, 1 p.m.

Michigan Panthers vs. Birmingham Stallions, NBC, 7:30 p.m.

Horse Racing

The Preakness Stakes, CNBC, 2 p.m.; NBC/Peacock, 4 p.m.

NCAA Lacrosse Tournament

No. 3 Pennsylvania vs. No. 6 Rutgers, ESPNU, noon

No. 4 Yale vs. No. 5 Princeton, 2:30 p.m.