Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, MLB and WNBA Previews and Odds - 05/20/2021

by Big Al Staff

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

The play-in tournament for the NBA playoffs continues with the Eastern Conference elimination game. Washington hosts Indiana on TNT at 8:10 PM ET. The Wizards lost their play-in game in Boston, 118-105, as a 1.5-point underdog on Tuesday. Indiana has won four of their last six games after winning their play-in game against Charlotte, 144-117, as a 1.5-point favorite on Tuesday. Washington is a 3-point favorite with the total set at 238.5. The winner earns the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff and a first-round series with top-seeded Philadelphia, beginning on Sunday. 

The Stanley Cup playoffs continue with four games. Tampa Bay plays at home against Florida on the USA Network at 6:30 PM ET. The Lightning took a 2-0 lead against the Panthers with their 3-1 victory on Tuesday. Florida is a -136 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5.

The New York Islanders are at home against Pittsburgh on the NBC Sports Network at 7 PM ET. The Penguins evened this series at one game apiece with their 2-1 victory on Tuesday. The Islanders are a -108 money line favorite with the total at 5. 

Toronto is at home against Montreal at 7:30 PM ET in the opening game of their seven-game North Division series. The Maple Leafs have lost two in a row after playing on Friday in a 4-2 loss at Winnipeg. The Canadiens have lost five in a row after their 4-3 loss to Edmonton last Wednesday. Toronto is a -200 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. The NHL Network begins the broadcast with the USA Network moving to the game at the conclusion of the Panthers/Lightning game. 

Vegas visits Minnesota on the NBC Sports Network at 9:30 PM ET. The Golden Knights evened this series at a game apiece with their 3-1 victory on Tuesday. Vegas is a -111 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. 

Eleven games are on the MLB slate. The card begins at 12:35 PM ET with Cincinnati playing at home against San Francisco as a -137 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Tampa Bay visits Baltimore as a -159 money line road favorite with the total at 9. The New York Yankees travel to Texas at 2:05 PM ET as a -132 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Chicago Cubs are at home against Washington at 2:20 PM ET as a -115 money line favorite. Houston plays at Oakland at 3:37 PM ET as a -117 money line road favorite with the total at 8.5. Minnesota visits the Los Angeles Angels at 4:07 PM ET in the opening game of their seven-inning doubleheader. 

Philadelphia hosts Miami at 7:05 PM ET as a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. The second game of the Twins/Angels doubleheader is set for 7:07 PM ET. Atlanta is at home against Pittsburgh at 7:20 PM ET as a -191 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. Toronto plays at home against Boston at 7:37 PM ET as a -122 money line favorite with an over/under of 10. 

The MLB card concludes at 10:10 PM ET with Arizona playing in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

One game is on the WNBA docket. Seattle visits Minnesota at 8 PM ET.

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