Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, MLB and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 04/14/2021

by Alec McMordie

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

The NBA has 12 games on the docket. The card begins at 7 PM ET with Brooklyn traveling to Philadelphia in the opening game of an ESPN doubleheader. The Nets had their two-game winning streak end with a 126-101 upset loss at home to the Los Angeles Lakers as an 11.5-point favorite on Saturday. The 76ers have won three of their last four games after their 113-95 win at Dallas as a 3.5-point favorite on Monday.

The nightcap on ESPN has Dallas playing at Memphis. The Mavericks lost for the third time in four games after their loss to the Sixers on Monday. The Grizzlies ended their two-game losing streak with a 101-90 win against Chicago as a 2-point favorite on Monday. Dallas is a 1-point road favorite with the total set at 226 (all odds from BetOnline). 

The NBA card closes out at 10 PM with two games. Washington plays at Sacramento. Denver is at home against Miami as a 4-point favorite with an over/under of 213.

Six games are on the NHL schedule. The opener is at 2 PM ET, with Minnesota playing at home against Arizona after this game rescheduled for the daytime. The Wild are a -194 money line favorite with a total of 5.5.

A doubleheader on the NBC Sports Network begins at 7:30 PM ET with Colorado playing at St. Louis. The Avalanche have won eight of nine games with their 4-2 victory against Arizona on Monday. The Blues have won three in a row after their 3-2 win against Minnesota on Saturday. Colorado is a -177 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5.

Vegas plays at Los Angeles in the second game on the NBC Sports Network at 10 PM ET. The Golden Knights won their third in a row with a 4-2 win on the road against the Kings on Monday. Los Angeles has lost two of their last three games. Vegas is a -205 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. 

Fifteen games are on the MLB slate, including a doubleheader between Boston and Minnesota. The card begins at 1:07 PM ET with the New York Yankees playing at Toronto as a -130 money line road favorite with an over/under of 10.5. The MLB schedule finishes at 10:10 PM ET with the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting Colorado as a -270 money line favorite with a total of 8.

The second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals concludes with two matches at 3 PM ET. Liverpool plays at home at Anfield against Real Madrid, needing a 2-0 victory or a win by at least three goals. Los Blancos won the opening leg last Tuesday by a 3-1 score. A 2-0 win for the Reds would have them advance to the semifinals from the away goals tie-breaker. A two-goal Liverpool victory by any other score clinches the away goal tie-breaker for Real Madrid.

Manchester City plays at Borussia Dortmund in the second quarterfinals match in the Champions League. Man City won the first leg by a 2-1 score last Tuesday. The Black and Yellows must either win by a 1-0 score or earn a victory by at least two goals. Borussia Dortmund advances to the semifinals with a 1-0 win by claiming the away goal tie-breaker. Man City is a -0.75 goal line road favorite with a total of 3.25. Both matches are on Paramount+ (formerly CBS All-Access).

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