#5ToFollow

by | April 14, 2014 at 2:00 AM | #5ToFollow, Barclays Premier League, ESPN, MLB, NBA, NBC Sports, NBC Sports Network, Philadelphia, Soccer

Vance McCullough, the voice of @XFINITYSports, delivers his analysis of the five key games to watch online, paired with five Twitter follows to give you insider information on the matchup. Have a matchup that you’d like Vance to feature? Tweet @XFINITYSports with the hashtag #5ToFollow.

1. Braves vs. Phillies

Details: Monday, April 14 @ 7:00 PM ET – Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch? The NL East’s toughest teams square off Monday night in a battle of dominance. How dominant have these two been? Dating back to 1995, Atlanta and Philadelphia have combined to win the division 17 times. We get treated to the Braves Ervin Santana, who threw 20 straight strikes in his last outing, and brings a bevy of zeroes with him in his stat line (0.00 ERA, 0 BBs, and 0 L’s). Will the Phillies lineup muddy up the Braves’ newest arm in their pitching arsenal? Look for Utley, Howard, and Rollins to try to get things going for the Fightin’ Phils Monday night in the Bank.

#5ToFollow Insider: Jim Salisbury
The Phillies insider for CSN Philly, Salisbury is live from the Philadelphia press box and will bring you the best tweets from this monumental series against the Braves.

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2. Athletics vs. Angels

Details: Monday, April 14 @ 10:00 PM ET – Angels Park – Anaheim, CA

Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY

Why Watch? It’s a coast-to-coast double header on ESPN as we begin in Philly and end in Orange County. This is a David vs. Goliath game, as the Angels superstars of Pujols and Trout, match wits with those pesky A’s. The Halos are starting to make contact and turn baseballs into souvenirs, as they’ve scored nine or more runs three times already, and slugged five HRs in their last outing. While the Angels are hitting, the Athletics keep on winning and doing so on enemy grounds. The A’s bring an impressive 5-1 away record to their division foes’ field Monday night and an unlikely ace to the hill in Jesse Chavez. Chavez has emerged from the bullpen and hasn’t allowed more than a run in both of his starts this year. Get ready for big time baseball to takeover your screens Monday night!

#5ToFollow Insider: Joe Stiglich
Stiglich will be in the ballpark for Monday night’s meeting between the A’s and Angels. Get the lineup pregame, the in-game stats, and post-game comments by following Joe.

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3. West Ham vs. Arsenal

Details: Tuesday, April 15 @ 2:45 PM ET – Emirates Stadium – London, England, U.K.

Watch Here: NBCSN on XFINITY

Why Watch? Fresh off a shootout win in the FA Cup semi-finals, the Gunners still have work to do and they’ll look to add a win in the Premier League against their London rivals, West Ham, Tuesday afternoon. Arsenal are looking to climb back into Champions League qualifying position on the Table, but they’ll need the maximum to do so. The Gunners took the full three from the Hammers at Upton Park earlier this season, so Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan will be out for revenge at the Emirates. With Aaron Ramsey back in full fitness, Oxlade-Chamerlain, and Giroud looking spectacular, expect a massive match to stream at the desk Tuesday afternoon! The #BPLonNBC final weeks are here, soak it all up!

#5ToFollow Insider: Gabriele Marcotti
Marcotti is a Londoner and world soccer columnist. He’s recently written that Arsenal has the potential to finish top four, but believes this match will have all the tell tale signs. Follow Marcotti for a pro’s opinion on #AFCvsWHFC.

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4. Knicks vs. Nets

Details: Tuesday, April 15 @ 8:00 PM ET – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY

Watch Here: TNT with XFINITY

Why Watch? The Knicks are mathematically eliminated from the 2014 #NBAPlayoffs, but that doesn’t mean they’ll take the night off against their in-town adversaries. The Knickerbockers believe the BIG APPLE isn’t big enough for the both of ‘em and could take three out of four with a win on the Nets court Tuesday. We will see a stacked lineup on the other end of the floor, as Paul Pierce just eclipsed the 25,000-point mark, Deron Williams is taking that next step as the floor general, and Jason Kidd has taken the reigns on this coaching thing. Can the Nets make it a statement win on the night before the regular season ends or will New York’s original team stake a claim on their city?

#5ToFollow Insider: Beyond the Buzzer
For the latest news on the Association, the sickest dunks and crosses, and top player updates, follow #BTB!

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5. Nuggets vs. Clippers

Details: Tuesday, April 15 @ 10:30 PM ET – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

Watch: TNT with XFINITY

Why Watch? Only THREE teams in the West have a winning record against the Clippers: the Spurs, the Grizzlies, and the Nuggets! Denver can make it three out of four Tuesday night, but both wins came on their home floor, and this matchup is in LA. The Clippers have a 33-7 home record and are outscoring their opposition by a 10-point margin (110.6 points for to 99.9 points against). We will be treated to great one-on-one encounter all over the court. Lawson vs. CP3. The Manimal vs. Griffin Force. Wilson Chandler vs. Matt Barnes. Get ready for plenty of fast break fun as these two play for pride Tuesday night on TNT.

#5ToFollow Insider: Zach Lowe
One of the brilliant basketball minds tweets his insights, opinions, and favorite takeaways from games nightly. Keep an eye on Lowe for this game and make sure to follow throughout the playoffs!

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