Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, MLB, NHL and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 04/13/2021

by Alec McMordie

The Tuesday sports card features action in the NBA, NHL, MLB, and the UEFA Champions League.

The NBA has six games on the docket. The card begins at 7 PM ET with the opener on TNT with the Los Angles Clippers visiting Indiana. The Clippers won their fifth straight game with a 131-124 victory at home against Detroit as a 12.5-point favorite on Sunday. The Pacers won their third in a row when they upset Memphis on the road, 132-125, as a 3.5-point underdog on Sunday.

The nightcap on TNT has Portland hosting Boston at 10 PM ET. The Trail Blazers lost their third game in their last four with a 107-98 loss at home to Miami as a 1-point underdog on Sunday. The Celtics won their fifth game in six on Sunday with a 105-87 upset win at Denver as a 3-point underdog. Portland is a 1-point favorite with the total set at 228 (all odds from BetOnline). 

Six games are on the NHL slate. The schedule begins at 7 PM ET, with Washington playing at home against Philadelphia. The Capitals won their second straight game with their 8-1 victory at Boston on Sunday. The Flyers have lost three of their last four games after a 5-3 loss to Buffalo on Sunday. Washington is a -150 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.

Seventeen games are on the MLB schedule, with two doubleheaders making up for two of the postponements on Monday. The card begins at 2:10 PM ET with Minnesota at home against Boston as a -143 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. 

Two televised games are on ESPN, beginning at 7 PM ET with Philadelphia playing in New York against the Mets in the second game of their Tuesday doubleheader after the rainout on Monday. The starting pitcher matchup will likely be Aaron Nola pitching for the Phillies against New York’s Marcus Stroman. 

The second game on ESPN has San Francisco hosting Cincinnati at 10 PM ET. The Reds won the series opener with a 3-0 victory on Monday. They turn to Luis Castillo for Game Two against the Giants’ Kevin Gausman. San Francisco is a -108 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. 

The second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals has two matches on Paramount (formerly CBS All-Access) at 3 PM ET. Chelsea plays FC Porto after winning the first leg as the road team, 2-0, last Wednesday. Porto must score at least two goals in a victory to advance to the semifinals. A 2-0 win after regulation time will force extra time with the aggregate score tied at two goals apiece. If both teams scored in the extra time, but the score remains tied after the two after the two 15-minute halves, the road team wins via the away goals tie-breaker. A best-of-five penalty shootout resolves the match if the extra time went scoreless. Chelsea is the technical home team with both legs of this matchup played at Seville, Spain, due to travel restrictions due to COVID. Chelsea is a -0.5 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5.

Paris Saint-Germain hosts Bayern Munich at their Parc des Princes after their 3-2 triumph on the road at Allianz Arena. The Bavarians must either win by two goals or score four goals in a victory, to advance to the semifinals. A 3-2 win after regulation time would force the extra time tie-breaker. Bayern Munich is a -0.50 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 3.5. 

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