Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB, NBA and NHL Previews and Odds - 04/01/2021

by Big Al Staff

The Thursday sports card features action in the NBA, the NHL, and MLB.

Seven games are on the NBA docket. The card tips off at 7 PM ET with two games. A doubleheader on TNT begins at 7:30 PM ET with Charlotte visiting Brooklyn. The Hornets have won four of their last five games with their 114-104 win at Washington as a 5-point favorite on Tuesday.

The nightcap on TNT has Denver playing in Los Angeles against the Clippers at 10 PM ET. The Nuggets won their third in a row with their 104-95 win against Philadelphia as a 5-point favorite on Tuesday. The Clippers had their six-game winning streak end with a 103-96 upset loss at home to Orlando as an 11.5-point favorite on Tuesday.

Nine games are on the NHL slate. Five games begin the card at 7 PM ET. A doubleheader on the NBC Sports Network at 8 PM ET with Carolina traveling to Chicago. The Hurricanes’ three-game winning streak ended on Tuesday in a 2-1 loss on the road against the Blackhawks. Chicago ended their two-game losing streak with the victory. Carolina is a -156 money line road favorite with the total set at 5.5 (all odds from BetOnline).

The NHL card concludes with Vegas hosting Minnesota on the NBC Sports Network at 10:30 PM ET. The Golden Knights had their two-game winning streak end on Wednesday in a 4-2 loss at home to the Los Angeles Kings. Vegas registered 40 shots, yet it was only William Karlsson and Shea Theodore who scored. Marc Andre-Fleury made 26 saves. The loss ended a six-game winning streak on their home ice at T-Mobile Arena, and it was just their third loss at home in regulation this season.

The Wild have lost two in a row after a 4-2 loss at San Jose on Wednesday. This defeat came on the heels of a 4-3 road loss in a shootout against the Sharks on Monday. Kirill Kaprizov and Matts Zuccarello scored for Minnesota.

Opening day in Major League Baseball has 15 games. ESPN broadcasts four games. The first pitch takes place at 1 PM ET, with the New York Yankees hosting Toronto. The Yankees send out Gerrit Cole to battle against the Blue Jays' Hyun-Jin Ryu. New York is a -172 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers visit Colorado on ESPN at 4 PM ET. Clayton Kershaw takes the hill for the World Series champions while German Marquez pitches for the Rockies. The Dodgers are a -210 money line road favorite with a total of 11.5.

The New York Mets play at Washington on ESPN at 7 PM ET. Jacob DeGrom pitches for the Mets, and Max Scherzer takes the mound for the Nationals. New York is a -147 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5.

The MLB card concludes on ESPN at 10 PM ET with Oakland playing at home against Houston. The A’s send out Chris Bassitt to face the Astros' Zack Greinke. Oakland is a -106 money line favorite with the total at 8.5.

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