Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and MLB Previews and Odds - 04/08/2021

by Big Al Staff

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

The NBA has seven games on the docket. Chicago plays Toronto at 7:30 PM ET. A doubleheader on TNT begins at 7:30 PM ET with Miami hosting the Los Angeles Lakers. The Heat had their four-game winning streak snapped with a 124-112 upset loss to Memphis as a 6.5-point favorite on Tuesday. The Lakers have won four of their last six games even without LeBron James and Anthony Davis after their 110-101 win at Toronto as a 1-point favorite on Tuesday. Miami is an 8-point favorite with the total set at 204.5 (all odds from BetOnline). 

Cleveland visits Oklahoma City at 8 PM ET as a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 212.5. Milwaukee travels to Dallas at 9 PM ET. 

The NBA card concludes at 10 PM ET with three games. Utah plays at home against Portland as a 7-point favorite with a total of 230.5. Detroit visits Sacramento. The Los Angeles Clippers are at home against Phoenix in the nightcap on TNT. The Clippers have won eight of their last ten games after their 133-116 win against Portland as a 6.5-point favorite on Tuesday. The Suns have won seven straight games after their 117-113 upset win in overtime against Utah as a 2.5-point underdog on Wednesday. Los Angeles is a 5-point favorite with an over/under of 223.5.

The NHL has ten games on the slate, with none on national television. The puck drops with eight games starting at 7 PM ET. Carolina plays at home against Florida as a -141 money line favorite with the total at 6. Tampa Bay visits Colorado as a -208 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Winnipeg plays at Montreal. The New York Rangers hosts Pittsburgh as a -120 money line favorite with the total at 6. The New York Islanders are at home against Philadelphia as a -160 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. The New Jersey Devils visit Buffalo as a -130 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. Edmonton plays at Ottawa. 

Nashville travels to Detroit at 7:30 PM ET as a -155 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Dallas plays at Chicago at 8 PM ET as a -110 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. 

Nine games are on the MLB schedule, with none on national television. The slate begins at 1:10 PM ET with Miami visiting the New York Mets. The Chicago Cubs play at Pittsburgh at 1:35 PM ET as a -133 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. 

Boston plays at Baltimore at 3:05 PM ET as a -159 money line road favorite with the total at 9. Colorado plays at home against Arizona as a -116 money line favorite with an over/under of 11.5. 

Minnesota hosts Seattle at 4:10 PM ET as a -180 money line favorite with a total of 8. The Chicago White Sox plays at home against Kansas City as a -158 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Milwaukee travels to St. Louis as a -130 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. 

Toronto is at home against the Los Angeles Angels at 7:07 PM ET as a -114 money line favorite with a total of 10. Houston plays at home versus Oakland as a -158 money line favorite with an over/under of 9.5.

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