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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB, NHL, NBA and EPL Previews and Odds - 05/07/2021

by Big Al Staff

Friday, May 07, 2021

The Friday sports card features action in the NBA, NHL, MLB, and the English Premier League.Ten games are on the NBA docket. The card begins at 7 PM ET, with Philadelphia hosting New Orleans as an 8.5-point favorite with the total set at 228.5 (all odds from BetOnline unless indicated otherwise). Boston travels to Chicago in the first game of an ESPN doubleheader at 7:30 PM ET. The Celtics have won three of their last four games with their 132-96 victory at Orlando as a 12-point favorite on Wednesday. The Bulls have lost four in a row after their 106-94 loss to Philadelphia as an 8-point underdog on Monday. Boston is a 3.5-point road favorite at DraftKings. Milwaukee plays at home against Houston at 8 PM ET as a 16.5-point favorite at DraftKings. Charlotte is at home against Orlando as a 9-point favorite with an over/under of 216. Miami hosts Minnesota as a 6-point favorite at DraftKings. Dallas plays at home against Cleveland at 8:30 PM ET as a 10.5-point favorite at DraftKings. Utah hosts Denver at 9 PM ET as a 3-point favorite at DraftKings. Phoenix plays at home against New York at 10 PM ET as a 6-point favorite with a total of 218. San Antonio visits Sacramento as a 4-point road favorite at DraftKings. Portland is at home against the Los Angeles Lakers in the nightcap on ESPN at 10 PM ET. The Trail Blazers have won five of their last six games with their 141-105 victory at Cleveland as a 12-point favorite on Wednesday. The Lakers have lost four of five after their 118-94 loss to the Clippers as an 8.5-point underdog on Thursday. Portland is a 6-point favorite at DraftKings. Seven games are on the NHL schedule. Columbus hosts Detroit at 7 PM ET as a -145 money line favorite with an over/under of 5. Washington plays at home against Philadelphia as a -180 money line favorite with a total of 6. Tampa Bay is at home at Dallas as a -152 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Minnesota hosts Anaheim at 8 PM ET as a -280 money line favorite with a total of 5.5.Vegas plays at home against St. Louis at 10 PM ET as a -164 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Colorado visits Los Angeles as a -270 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. San Jose is at home against Arizona at 10:30 PM ET as a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Fifteen games are on the MLB slate. The Chicago Cubs are at home against Pittsburgh at 2:20 PM ET as a -143 money line favorite in the lone afternoon game.The New York Yankees play at home against Washington at 7:05 PM ET as a -185 money line favorite with a total of 9. Boston travels to Baltimore as a -157 money line road favorite with an over/under of 9. Miami is at home against Milwaukee at 7:10 PM ET as a -132 money line favorite with a total of 7. The New York Mets host Arizona as a -129 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Cleveland plays at home against Cincinnati as a -138 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. Minnesota visits Detroit as a -146 money line road favorite with an over/under of 9. Atlanta is at home against Philadelphia at 7:20 PM ET as a -160 money line favorite with a total of 8.5.Texas hosts Seattle at 8:05 PM ET as a -110 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Chicago White Sox travels to Kansas City at 8:10 PM ET as a -153 money line road favorite with a total of 8.5. Houston plays at home against Toronto as a -140 money line favorite with an over/under of 9. St. Louis is at home against Colorado as a -200 money line favorite with a total of 7. The Los Angeles Dodgers visit the Los Angeles Angels at 9:38 PM ET as a -160 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Oakland hosts Tampa Bay at 9:40 PM ET as a -133 money line favorite with a total of 8. San Diego plays at San Francisco at 9:45 PM ET as a -140 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.Matchweek 35 of the English Premier League begins at 3 PM ET, with Leicester City playing at home against Newcastle United on the NBC Sports Network. The Foxes are a -1.25 goal line favorite with a total of 2.75.

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Fantasy Football Rookies with Perfect Landing Spots

by ASA, Inc.

Thursday, May 06, 2021

With the NFL draft wrapped up from this past weekend, we can finally get a look at which rookies have been blessed with ideal situations to succeed. NFL rookies are always tough to gauge where they should be drafted in fantasy football because of the multitude of question marks. Talent alone doesn’t translate to fantasy production but instead it’s a combination of coaching, opportunity, and scheme. This is why a player like Justin Jefferson was able to dominate the rookie wide receiver ranks even though he was the fourth WR off the board in the 2020 draft.   Which undervalued WR and RB are setup for fantasy gold this season? Rashod Bateman (Ravens pick 27 WR5) is a player who reminds me a lot of Jefferson from last year. Both are very technical route runners and both can simply WIN against man coverage. Bateman is landing with the Ravens who have needed to get Lamar Jackson help for a couple years now. Hollywood Brown has struggled to stay on the field and is very boom or bust when he does play. Lamar had a down year in 2020 but he did lead the NFL in touchdown passes in his 2019 MVP campaign. Expect Jackson to bounce back and to develop his passing even more this season, allowing Bateman to be the number one WR on a top 10 scoring offense.  Michael Carter (Jets pick 107 RB5) is in a great situation to make an immediate impact in New York. Adam Gase and his insistence on giving Frank Gore 10+ touches a game are no longer going to hold this offense back. New coach Robert Saleh will prefer to lean on his defense and play a run-first zone scheme. Carter will be the beneficiary as long as he can win the job in training camp (he should). The Jets added Corey Davis and also drafted speedster Elijah Moore to help open up the field. First round rookie offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker will help as well as Zach Wilson of course. The Jets may still be a bad team this year, but Carter could produce numbers similar to what James Robinson did last season. A talented runner who can contribute in the passing game, all he needs is to win Saleh’s trust and the production will follow. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, MLB and UEFA Europa League Previews and Odds - 05/06/2021

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, May 06, 2021

The Thursday sports card features action in the NBA, NHL, MLB, and the UEFA Europa League.Seven games are on the NBA docket. The card begins at 7 PM ET, with Chicago playing at Charlotte as a 2.5-point road favorite at DraftKings. Toronto plays at home at 7:30 PM ET against Washington as a 1.5-point favorite at DraftKings. Brooklyn visits Dallas in the opening game in a TNT doubleheader at 7:30 PM ET. The Nets have lost three in a row with their 124-118 loss at Milwaukee as a 2.5-point underdog on Tuesday. The Mavericks have won four of their last five games after their 127-113 upset win at Miami as a 1-point underdog on Tuesday. Brooklyn is a 4-point road favorite at DraftKings. Memphis travels to Detroit at 8 PM ET as a 10-point road favorite at DraftKings. Atlanta plays at Indiana as a 5-point road favorite at DraftKings. Golden State plays at home against Oklahoma City at 10 PM ET as a 14-point favorite with the total set at 227 (all odds from BetOnline unless indicated otherwise). The nightcap on TNT has the Los Angeles Clippers the designated home team at the Staples Center against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Clippers ended a three-game losing streak with their 105-100 victory against Toronto as an 11.5-point favorite on Tuesday. The Lakers ended a three-game losing streak with a 93-89 upset victory against Denver as a 3.5-point underdog on Monday. The Clippers are an 8-point favorite with an over/under of 211.Six games are on the NHL schedule. Five games begin at 7 PM ET. The New York Islanders host New Jersey as a -240 money line favorite with the total at 5.5. Pittsburgh plays at home against Buffalo as a -310 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Carolina is at home against Chicago as a -265 money line favorite with a total of 6. Toronto takes on Montreal at home as a -190 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.Boston hosts the New York Rangers on the NBC Sports Network at 7 PM ET. The Bruins had their four-game winning streak end with a 4-3 loss at New Jersey on Tuesday. The Rangers have lost four in a row after their 4-2 loss to Washington on Wednesday. Boston is a -205 money line favorite at DraftKings with a total of 5.5. Edmonton plays at home against Vancouver at 9 PM ET as a -230 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.Ten games are on the MLB docket. Milwaukee visits Philadelphia at 1:05 PM ET as a -122 money line road favorite with a total of 7. The New York Yankees play at home against Houston as a -186 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Boston is at home against Detroit at 1:10 PM ET as a -205 money-line favorite with a total of 8.5. Texas visits Minnesota. The New York Mets travel to St. Louis at 1:15 PM ET as a -120 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.Kansas City plays at home against Cleveland at 2:10 PM ET as a -125 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. Toronto travels to Oakland at 3:37 PM ET as a -141 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8. Atlanta plays at Washington at 4:05 PM ET with both teams priced at -105 with the total at 9.5. Miami hosts Arizona at 6:40 PM ET as a -130 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Tampa Bay visits Los Angeles to play the Angels at 9:38 PM ET.The second leg of the UEFA Europa League semifinals takes place at 3 PM ET. Arsenal hosts Villarreal after losing the opening leg last Thursday by a 2-1 score. AS Roma plays at home against Manchester United after losing at Old Trafford by a 6-2 score last Thursday. Paramount+ broadcasts both matches.

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