Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, MLB, NHL, EPL and English FA Cup Previews and Odds - 04/17/2021

by Big Al Staff

The Saturday sports card features action in the NBA, NHL, MLB, the English Premier League, and the English FA Cup.

The NBA has six games on the docket. The card begins at 4:30 PM ET with Utah playing at Los Angeles against the Lakers on ESPN. The Jazz have won four of five with their 119-111 win against Indiana on Friday. The Lakers have lost two of three with their 121-113 loss to Boston as a 6-point underdog on Thursday.

Golden State visits Boston on ABC at 8:40 PM ET. The Warriors have won four in a row after their 119-101 victory at Cleveland as a 6-point favorite on Thursday. The Celtics have won five in a row with their 121-113 win at Los Angeles against the Lakers as a 6-point favorite on Thursday.

The NBA card concludes at 10 PM ET with Phoenix hosting San Antonio as a 9-point favorite with the total set at 230.5 (all odds from BetOnline).

Eleven games are on the NHL schedule. The puck drops at 12:38 PM ET with two games. The New York Rangers are at home against New Jersey as a -230 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Washington visits Philadelphia as a -135 money line road favorite with the total at 6. 

Pittsburgh travels to Buffalo on NBC at 3 PM ET. The Penguins had their three-game winning streak end with a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday. The Sabres have won two of three with their 5-2 win at Washington on Thursday. Pittsburgh is a -255 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.

Two games at 8 PM ET close out the NHL card. Dallas is a -180 money line favorite with a total of 5. San Jose visits Minnesota.

Fifteen games are on the MLB slate including two seven-inning doubleheaders between Toronto/Kansas City and the New York Mets/Colorado. The first pitch is at 1:05 PM ET with two games. Washington is at home against Arizona as a -106 money line favorite with a total of 9. Tampa Bay visits the New York Yankees as a -110 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8. 

Boston plays the Chicago White Sox on FS1 at 4:05 PM ET after their game got postponed because of rain on Friday.  The Dodgers will once again do battle with their NL West division rival, San Diego, after outlasting the Padres, 11-6, in 12 innings last night.  Clayton Kershaw is a -120 favorite over Yu Darvish.  Minnesota visits the Los Angeles Angels on FS1 at 9:07 PM ET. The Angels won the opener on Friday by a 10-3 score. They send out Jose Quintana to face the Matt Shoemaker. The Twins are a -111 money line road favorite with a total of 9.

The MLB schedule ends at 9:10 PM ET with the Houston Astros visiting Seattle as -127 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8. 

Matchweek 32 of the English Premier League continues with two matches. West Ham United plays at Newcastle United on the NBC Sports Network at 7:30 AM ET as a -0.25 goal line road favorite with the total at 2.5. Wolverhampton hosts Sheffield United on Peacock at 3:15 PM ET as a -0.75 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.25. 

The semifinals of the FA Cup take place this weekend with the first match on Saturday at Wembley Stadium. Manchester City plays Chelsea as a -0.5 goal line favorite with the total of 2.25. ESPN has the game at 12:30 PM ET.

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