Let's make a checklist of sports to keep an eye on this week: There's the NHL playoff that's underway and the NBA which is in it's final month of regular season. There's the MLB, which is ushering in spring and summer as well as NASCAR — for those that like their cars fast and their action faster. Overall, it's another great week to be a sports fan. Check out below some of the top action of the week and plan accordingly!
(MLB) Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs 7 pm ESPN
(NBA) Phoenix at Minnesota 9 pm ESPN2
(NBA) Boston at Miami 7 pm ESPN
It's the old guard versus the heavy favorites when the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics clash in this primetime game in what could be a preview of a future playoff series. The Celtics, who looked old and tired for a big chunk of the season, have turned it on this past month, winning 7 out of their last 10 games and looking like a team capable of one last run. The Heat, on the other hand, is a team that is playing some inconsistent ball and need this win to show they still have what it takes.
(NBA) New York at Chicago 9:30 pm ESPN
(MLB) Miami at Philadelphia 7 pm ESPN2
Philadelphia, coming off a disappointing opening series against the Pirates that saw them squander two potential wins, is looking to shake off the rust against Miami. Can they get enough offense to support their great pitching? That's the question whose answer may decide a World Series.
(NBA) New York at Milwaukee 8 pm ESPN
(NBA) Golden State at Portland 10:30 pm ESPN
(MLB) Miami at Philadelphia 7:05 pm MLB Network
(NBA) Miami at Chicago 8 pm TNT
The Heat face their second big challenge of the week when they travel to Chicago to face their biggest threat to a title out of the East. The Bulls have got their MVP point guard, Derrick Rose, back on the court and are looking to gain some momentum heading into the playoffs. A win against Miami would be huge for them.
(NBA) Dallas at Golden State 10:30 pm TNT
(NBA) Phoenix at Houston 8 pm ESPN
(NASCAR) NASCAR Nationwide Series at Texas 8:30 pm ESPN2
(NBA) Dallas at Portland 10:30 pm ESPN
The Mavericks have parted ways with Lamar Odom, the big man they expected to help lead them to a possible repeat title, and are looking as vulnerable as they have all season. With as deep as the West is, it's hard to see them making much noise in the upcoming postseason.
(NHL) Washington at Boston 3 pm NBC
(NASCAR) Samsung Mobile 500 7:30 pm FOX
(NBA) Phoenix at San Antonio 9 pm ESPN
San Antonio continues to quietly amass one of the best records in the NBA. Winners of their last ten games, the Spurs are running on all cylinders and are ready to go deep into the postseason. A nice mix of youth and veterans, this squad could go all the way.
(NHL) Nashville at Detroit 12 pm NBC
(NBA) Miami at New York 1 pm abc
The Heat finish their week with a potential preview of their first round in the postseason as they travel to New York to face the surging Knicks. The Knicks are starting to gel together at the right time and will be a hard out when the playoffs get here.
(MLB) Tampa Bay at Boston 1:35 pm TBS
(NHL) Pittsburgh at Philadelphia 3 pm NBC
(NBA) Dallas at LA Lakers 3:30 pm abc
(MLB) LA Angels at NY Yankees 8 pm ESPN