Playoff battles from East to West
NBA: Two more conference semifinals tip tonight, one in the East and one in the West. The top overall seed Chicago Bulls host their first second-round playoff game since 2007 against the Atlanta Hawks (8 p.m., TNT). The Bulls won the season series 2-1 and averaged 16 more points per game than Atlanta. This is the third straight second-round appearance for the Hawks, who hope to avoid a third straight second-round sweep. Atlanta will be without guard Kirk Hinrich for Game 1 and possibly the entire series due to a severely strained hamstring, so expect Derrick Rose to dominate even more than usual.
Forget any plans of going to sleep early tonight, as the Lakers and Mavericks face each other in the playoffs for the first time since the 1988 Western Conference finals (10:30 p.m., TNT). Though both Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki have been in the league for more than 10 seasons and have faced each other 41 times in the regular season, this marks the first playoff showdown between the two stars. Can Dallas contain Andrew Bynum inside? The Lakers' center was the offensive and defensive difference in the two-time defending champions' first-round win over New Orleans. On the injury front, all eyes will be on Bryant's sprained ankle. The Lakers won the season series 2-1.
NHL: The Boston Bruins stole home ice advantage over Philadelphia with a 7-3 rout in Game 1 on Saturday. Will the Flyers' goaltending woes continue in Game 2? Philadelphia has pulled its starting goalie in four of its eight playoff games. Flyers coach Peter LaViolette has not announced his Game 2 starting goalie yet. The Bruins are still looking for their first postseason power play goal, going 0 for 26 so far (7:30 p.m., Versus).
MLB: It's an abridged schedule in the big leagues tonight, with 10 teams getting the day off. Monday night baseball brings us the Yankees and Tigers at Comerica with a resurgent Bartolo Colon taking the mound for New York against Detroit ace Justin Verlander (7 p.m., ESPN). ... After being scratched from Sunday's start due to a stomach virus, Jered Weaver seeks to start the season 7-0 when the Angels play the first of four against Boston at Fenway (7:10 p.m., Weaver vs. Clay Buchholz).
Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.