MAYER’S 2 FOR TUESDAY PROS

Apr 27, 2004 6:05 AM

NBA

First round playoffs

EAST

Heat (+2) at Hornets: Miami needs to show it can win on the road. 71 points is pathetic. But to win with 77 is just as bad. That’s what New Orleans must deal with. Hornets lack backbone and without Mashburn will fall in 5. MIAMI.

T’wolves (-3½) at Nuggets: Though seeded No, 1, Minny must prove it can take a series. Nuggets’ blowout win in Game 3 shows they can push this to at least 6. Need biggie from Andre. DENVER.

Last week: 0-2

Season: 31-21

NHL

Second round playoffs

EAST

Game 3

Lightning at Canadiens: Tampa Bay has too many weapons for Montreal, which is feeling it from tough 7-gamer with Boston. And now Lecavaliere is hot after bad series against Isles. TAMPA BAY.

Red Wings at Flames: Calgary fans have waited some 15 years for a game this big. Detroit lost 2-of-3 road games at Nashville and figures to have a hard time here. Jerome Iginla will score. CALGARY.

Last week: 1-1

Season: 25-27.