Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NCAA Basketball, MLB, EPL and NHL Previews and Odds - 04/05/2021

by Alec McMordie

The Monday sports card features action in NCAA basketball, NBA, NHL, MLB, and the English Premier League.

The college basketball National Championship Game tips off on CBS at 9:20 PM ET. Baylor has won five games in a row with their 78-59 victory against Houston as a 5-point favorite in the Final Four on Saturday. Gonzaga outlasted UCLA, in overtime, 93-90, as a 14-point favorite in the second Final Four game on Saturday. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is the site. The Bulldogs are a 4.5-point favorite over the Bears, with the total set at 159.5 (all odds from BetOnline). 

Seven games are on the NBA docket. Six of the games start at 7 PM ET. The final contest on the card begins at 8 PM ET, with Phoenix playing at Houston.

Six games are on the NHL slate. Two games begin the card at 7 PM ET. The schedule concludes at 10 PM ET with Arizona playing at Los Angeles. 

Fourteen games are on the MLB card. Four of the games are on ESPN. Minnesota travels to Detroit on ESPN at 1 PM ET. The Twins have won two of their first three games after their 8-2 win at Milwaukee on Sunday. The Tigers had their two-game winning streak end yesterday in a 9-3 loss to Cleveland. Minnesota sends out Matt Shoemaker, and Detroit counters with Jose Urena. The Twins are a -140 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5.

Cleveland hosts Kansas City on ESPN at 4 PM ET. The Indians ended a two-game losing streak in their victory against Detroit yesterday. The Royals fell to 2-1 on the season with a 7-3 loss on Sunday to Texas. Cleveland sends out Logan Allen with Kansas City using Danny Duffy. The Indians are a -114 money line favorite with a total of 8.5.

Tampa Bay visits Boston on ESPN at 7 PM ET. The Rays saw their two-game winning streak end in a 12-7 loss at Minnesota on Saturday. The Red Sox lost their third in a row with an 11-3 defeat at Baltimore yesterday. Tampa Bay will debut Michael Wacha as their starting pitcher to face Boston's Nick Pivetta. The Rays are a -122 money line favorite with an over/under of 9.5.

The Chicago White Sox play at Seattle on ESPN at 10 PM ET. The White Sox have lost three of four games after their 7-4 loss at Los Angeles against the Angels on Sunday. The Mariners have won three of four after their 4-0 win against San Francisco yesterday. Carlos Rodon is the starting pitcher for Chicago as he faces Seattle's Justus Sheffield. The White Sox are a -121 money line road favorite with the total at 8.5.

Matchweek 30 of the English Premier League concludes with two matches on Peacock. Everton hosts Crystal Palace at 1 PM ET as a -0.5 money line favorite with an over/under of 2.25. Wolverhampton plays at home against West Ham United in a pick ‘em matchup with a total of 2.

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