BRUINS at MAPLE LEAFS (NHL):
Boston has been on the slide and is just two games in front of cellar-dwelling Toronto. The Leafs have won three straight and ready to escape last place. MAPLE LEAFS.
PANTHERS at LIGHTNING (NHL):
Tampa Bay may be NHL’s worst team. Florida needs the win. PANTHERS.
Bonus play: Phoenix Coyotes (San Jose has clinched playoff spot).
2 FOR TUESDAY Mark Mayer... last wk: 3-0. ’08 record: 14-14
CLIPS +11½ at MAVS (NBA):
No Dirk? No sweat. The Clippers have lost seven straight and are 2-7 ATS in their last 9. Dallas hasn’t beaten a team above .500 since getting Jason Kidd. The Clips don’t know .500. MAVERICKS.
WIZ +1½ at BLAZERS (NBA):
Washington is a stout 21-11 ATS on the road and 6-1 SU in the last 7. Portland is playing second of back-to-back. WIZ....Bonus play: Utah Jazz (-13).