2012.3.30 Picks

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2012.3.30 Picks

* Cheonan Hyundai Capital Skywalkers at Incheon Korean Air Jumbos

* Dowon Gymnasium, Incheon

* Saturday, 2 p.m.

The winner of this best-of-three series will face the regular season champions, Daejeon Samsung Fire Bluefangs, in the V-League Finals.

The Skywalkers reached the second round of the playoffs by beating Suwon Kepco 45, while the Jumbos directly advanced to this stage as the postseason’s No. 2 seed.

The Jumbos beat the Skywalkers five times in the regular season, only losing to the Cheonan side once.

The key to this match will be how well the Skywalkers can handle the Jumbos’ powerful serves.

The way the matchup between the Skywalkers’ Dallas Soonias of Canada and the Jumbos’ Martin Nemec of Slovakia goes will also be a deciding factor in the series.

WKBL Finals

* Ansan Shinhan Bank S-Birds (2-0) at Cheongju KB Stars (0-2)

* Cheongju Gymnasium, Cheongju, North Chungcheong

* Friday, 5 p.m.

The S-Birds are just one victory away from becoming this season’s women’s basketball champions.

In this best-of-five series, the S-Birds crushed the No. 3 seed Stars 83-59 in Game 1 and collected an easy 79-59 win in Game 2.

A victory tonight would continue the S-Birds’ historic championship streak, making it the first Korean professional sports club to clinch the double crown of regular season champs and winners of the postseason for six consecutive seasons.

The Stars hope forward Beon Yeon-ha, the third-best scorer in the league, can step up her game. She has scored only 15 points in the first two games of the WKBL Finals.

KBO Preseason

* Seoul Nexen Heroes (6-0-3) at Seoul LG Twins (4-2-4)

* Jamsil Baseball Stadium, Seoul

* Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m.

This is the last weekend of the KBO preseason, and two teams in the nation’s capital will have their finale before heading into the regular season on April 7.

The Heroes - the league’s worst team in last season’s standings - are doing well in the preseason. The team is currently atop at the standings, although they have no influence on the regular season.

Two of the Twins’ starting pitchers were indicted in connection to a match-fixing scandal, but new manager Kim Ki-tae and team captain Lee Byung-kyu have tried their best to push the team past off-field distractions.

Preseason games are free admission. Fans should arrive early to claim seats.
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