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April National League Overachievers

by Nelly's Sports

Friday, Apr 29, 2022

April National League Overachievers With a month of the season underway there is enough pitching data to draw some early conclusions and the marketplace will start to adjust to the current season numbers more than history and reputation. In a four-start sample several starters have had fortunate results however and here are four NL starters that could see adjustments in their upcoming outings.   Drew Smyly – Chicago Cubs:  The Cubs have competed reasonably well in the first month this season with a positive scoring differential and the pitching has been capable with Smyly off to a solid start to the 2022 season. Smyly has bounced around significantly in recent years without sustained success but wound up in the right spot last season as a contributor for the World Series champion Braves. That led to a one-year deal with the Cubs that so far has paid off with a 2.79 ERA in four starts.  Smyly has a K/9 of only 6.1 this season while he has had unusual ground ball success this season at nearly 55 percent compared with a career average of around 37 percent for a huge difference. Smyly has the best strand rate in the NL at this point in the season as more than 97 percent of his base runners have failed to score and his CSW% below 27 percent that is the lowest of his career at this point in 2022 despite his solid conventional line through four starts. Smyly has allowed four home runs in last two starts as things are likely going to head in the wrong direction moving forward.  Julio Urias – Los Angeles Dodgers: Urias was a slight overachiever last season going 20-3 in 32 starts with a 2.96 ERA despite a 3.73 xFIP. His career xFIP is 4.10, more than run higher than his career ERA but the gap in those numbers is more than two runs at this point in 2022, with a 2.50 ERA compared to a 4.51 xFIP. Fading the Dodgers will always be difficult, but compared to the other options in the rotation, Urias looks beatable for several opposing lineups.  Urias faced struggling Cincinnati and Arizona in his two most successful starts this season and he has a 7.5 K/9 and a 4.0 BB/9 so far in the 2022 season, hardly elite figures that would suggest a front-line starter that Urias will often be valued as. Urias is only 25 and has a bright future but he has managed a .170 BABIP so far this season as a lot of things have gone right in the first month.  Dakota Hudson – St. Louis Cardinals:  Hudson has been lucky so far in 2022 with a 2.75 ERA built on a .180 BABIP through four starts. His xFIP is 4.48, right in-line with his career average but he has managed to get away with a high walk count and a low strikeout rate this season. Hudson has always been an effective ground ball pitcher but so far this season his ground ball rate would be the lowest of his career. Hudson has topped 40 innings in an MLB season just once in his career back in 2019 and he is likely to be an erratic option as the season moves on. Hudson has a CSW% of below 25 percent, a rate that will be among the worst of NL starters by season’s end and right near 25% has been the career norm for Hudson whether as a starter or a reliever. St. Louis looks like a playoff threat in the NL with a solid first month from the offense, but Hudson is not in the same class as the rest of the rotation even if the early season numbers are right there at first glance. Sandy Alcantara – Miami Marlins:  Alcantara has been deserving of a breakthrough season, 22-34 in his career despite elite potential pitching for typically lousy Marlins teams. This year Miami looks like a group that can compete and so far, Alcantara has a 1.78 ERA. He is going to face steep pricing moving forward even through the current clip is not likely sustainable. Alcantara was a dramatically worse pitcher in his road starts last season and in 2022 his two road starts have been favorable pairings.  Alcantara has stranded nearly 85 percent of his baserunners this season and has only allowed one home run after allowing 21 last season and only stranding 72 percent of baserunners in 2021. Alcantara’s xFIP is 3.94 in 2022, with a career xFIP of 4.31. His strikeout rate so far in 2022 is down from the past two seasons while his BB/9 is as high as it has been since 2019. Alcantara is one of the better NL starters, but he may start to be valued as one of the very best, which just hasn’t been the case this season or in his career. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL and MLB Previews and Odds - 04/29/2022

by Big Al Staff

Friday, Apr 29, 2022

The Friday sports card features NBA, NHL, and MLB action.The National Basketball Association continues the conference quarterfinals with one game in the first round of the playoffs. Memphis travels to Minnesota on ESPN at 9 PM ET. The Grizzlies took a 3-2 lead in this best-of-seven series with their 111-109 victory against the Timberwolves as a 6.5-point favorite on Tuesday. Memphis is a 1-point road favorite with the total set at 229 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise).Fifteen games are on the slate in the National Hockey League. Seven games drop the puck at 7:07 PM ET. Pittsburgh plays at home against Columbus as a -330 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Buffalo is at home against Chicago as a -130 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. Toronto hosts Boston as a -130 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Florida visits Montreal as a -280 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5. New Jersey plays at home against Detroit as a -155 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. The New York Rangers are at home against Washington as a -115 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Philadelphia is at home against Ottawa as a -125 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Tampa Bay plays at New York against the Islanders at 7:37 PM ET as a -180 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. Three more NHL games start at 8:07 PM ET. St. Louis hosts Vegas as a -190 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Colorado travels to Minnesota as a -135 money line road favorite with a total of 6. Calgary is at Winnipeg as a -175 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6. Dallas plays at home against Anaheim at 8:37 PM ET as a -235 money line favorite with a total of 5.5.Edmonton hosts Vancouver at 9:07 PM ET as a -185 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Seattle is at home against San Jose at 10:07 PM ET as a -120 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Nashville visits Arizona at 10:37 PM ET as a -285 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The Friday card in Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. San Diego plays at Pittsburgh at 6:35 PM ET as a -180 money line road favorite with a total of 7. Seattle is at Miami at 6:40 PM ET as a -120 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Boston travels to Baltimore at 7:05 PM ET as a -145 money line road favorite with a total of 9. Toronto hosts Houston at 7:07 PM ET as a -120 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Three MLB games begin at 7:10 PM ET. Tampa Bay plays at home against Minnesota as a -140 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. The New York Mets are at home against Philadelphia as a -120 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. The Chicago White Sox host the Los Angeles Angels as a -130 money line favorite with a total of 7. Atlanta visits Texas at 8:05 PM ET as a -145 money line road favorite with an over/under of 9. Two more MLB games start at 8:10 PM ET. The New York Yankees play at Kansas City as a -210 money line road favorite with a total of 8. Milwaukee plays at home against the Chicago Cubs as a -145 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. St. Louis is at home against Arizona at 8:15 PM ET as a -190 money line favorite with a total of 7. Colorado hosts Cincinnati at 8:40 PM ET as a -120 money line favorite with an over/under of 10.5. Oakland plays at home against Cleveland at 9:40 PM ET as a -140 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. The Los Angeles Dodgers are at home against Detroit at 10:10 PM ET as a -225 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. San Francisco hosts Washington at 10:15 PM ET as a -210 money line favorite with a total of 7.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, MLB and EPL Previews and Odds - 04/28/2022

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, Apr 28, 2022

The Thursday sports card features NBA, NHL, MLB, and EPL action.The National Basketball Association continues the conference quarterfinals with three in the first round of the playoffs. Philadelphia visits Toronto on NBA-TV at 7 PM ET. The Raptors won Game 5 in a 103-88 upset victory as a 7.5-point underdog on Monday. The 76ers still hold a 3-2 lead in this best-of-seven series. Philadelphia is a 1.5-point road favorite with the total set at 209.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise).Phoenix plays at New Orleans in the opening game of a doubleheader on TNT at 7:30 PM ET. The Suns took a 3-2 lead in this series with their 112-97 victory as a 6-point favorite on Tuesday. Phoenix is a 2.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 214.Dallas travels to Utah in the nightcap on TNT at 10 PM ET. The Mavericks have a 3-2 lead in the series after beating the Jazz, 102-77, as a 3-point favorite on Monday. Dallas is a 1-point road favorite with a total of 210.5.Nine games are on the slate in the National Hockey League. The puck drops at 7:07 PM ET for five games. Boston hosts Buffalo as a -295 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Florida is at Ottawa as a -220 money line road favorite with a total of 7. Carolina host New Jersey as a -250 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Tampa Bay plays at Columbus as a -260 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5. Washington visits New York to play the Islanders as a -135 money line road favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Calgary travels to Minnesota at 8:07 PM ET as a -115 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5. Two NHL games begin at 9:07 PM ET. Colorado hosts Nashville as a -295 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Edmonton plays at home against San Jose as a -320 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. Vancouver is a home against Los Angeles at 10:07 PM ET as a -185 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Thursday card in Major League Baseball has 12 games. The first pitch gets thrown for two games at 12:35 PM ET. Cincinnati is at home against San Diego as a -110 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. Milwaukee plays at Pittsburgh as a -145 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7. Three MLB games start at 1:05 PM ET. Philadelphia hosts Colorado as a -200 money line favorite with a total of 7. Miami visits Washington as a -140 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The New York Yankees are at home against Baltimore as a -220 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. Tampa Bay plays at home against Seattle at 1:10 PM ET as a -150 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. Houston travels to Texas at 2:05 PM ET as a -155 money line road favorite with a total of 8. The Chicago White Sox are at home against Kansas City at 2:10 PM ET as a -160 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. Toronto hosts Boston at 3:07 PM ET as a -135 money line favorite with a total of 7. The Los Angeles Angels play at home against Cleveland at 4:07 PM ET as a -145 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Atlanta hosts the Chicago Cubs at 7:20 PM ET as a -225 money line favorite with a total of 8. St. Louis is at home against Arizona at 7:45 PM ET as a -180 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5.Matchweek 34 in the English Premier League concludes with one match on the USA Network at 2:45 PM ET. Chelsea plays at Manchester United as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with a total of 2.5.

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Ness Notes: Early Look at 2022

by Larry Ness

Thursday, Apr 28, 2022

The 2022 MLB season enters its fourth week on Thursday (Opening Day was Thursday, April 7th) and here's a few "random thoughts." Few, if any, still consider baseball "America's Pastime'' but there is something about MLB and its history that can still gain national attention. That was the case last weekend when Miguel Cabrera joined the 3,000-hit club on Saturday, becoming the 33rd member of that exclusive club. What's more, he became just the SEVENTH member of the 3,000-hit, 500-HR club, joining Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Eddie Murray. Most impressively, Cabrera is just the THIRD player to reach 3,000 hits, top 500 HRs AND own a lifetime BA of over .300. He joins Hank Aaron (.305, 3,771 hits and 755 HRs) and Willie Mays (.302, 3,283 and 660). Through games played Wednesday, Cabrera's 'triple crown' line sits at .310, 3,002 and 502).Albert Puljos is the only other active player in the 3,000-hit, 500-HR club and at 42, is playing the final season of his career. His rookie season with the Cardinals was 2001 and he hit over .300 in each of his first 10 years (low of .312 and a high of .359), while also driving in 100-plus runs in all 10 (average of 123 per season). He also hit 403 HRs in that time frame. The Cards won the World Series in 2006 and then again in 2011, when Pujols failed to hit .300 for the first time (.299 with 42 HRs and 118 RBI). He became a free agent for the first time in his career after 2011 and decided to not take the Cards' offer (reportedly a 10-year, $210 million deal with $30 million deferred. He instead signed a 10-year deal with the Angels worth around $254 million. I think all know how that worked out. After averaging 40 HRs/year through his first 11 seasons, Puljos only reached the 40-HR mark ONCE while with the Angels (hit 40 HRs in 2015) and after batting .285 in his first season with them (2012), he never came close to hitting .300. He hit .256 as an Angel from 2012-2021 with 222 HRs. Pujols signed a one-year contract to return to the St Louis Cardinals back on March 28, 2022, announcing that 2022 would be his final season. We'll see how the season plays out but the saying "You can never go home again," comes to mind. Through the season's first three weeks, Pujols has played in nine games, batting .259 with two HRs and four RBI.That said, we should take a moment to appreciate both Cabrera and Pujols. Cabrera is 39 and will likely play beyond this season but as noted, Pujols is 'walking away' after the 2022 season. At the moment, his 681 HRs rank 5th all-time, his 2,135 RBI rank third and his 3,308 hits rank 12th. Cabrera joined the 3,000-hit club last Saturday but It's going to be a while until we see another player join the 3,000-hit club. There are only FIVE active players with 2,000 hits, INCLUDING Pujols and Cabrera. Robinson Cano (2,631 hits) is 39, Yadier Molina (2,117) is retiring this fall and Joey Votto (2,035) is 38. The Mariners and Dodgers opened the 2022 season as MLB's biggest 'streakers.' Seattle finished second in the American League West in 2021 with a 90-72 record, just two games out of a wild-card berth. That extended Seattle's postseason drought (the longest active one in MLB) to 20 years, as the Mariners last made the playoffs back in 2001. Ironically, that team won 116 games, tying a MLB record for most wins in a single season (one COULDN'T make that up!). Seattle also finished as MLB's best moneyline team in 2021 (+$3,670 at $100/game), barely edging out the 107-win Giants ($3,626). It may come as a surprise that the 76-85 Tigers were the third-best moneyline team (+$2,303), dwarfing the 106-win Dodgers, who finished -$73 at $100/game. The Dodgers saw their streak of EIGHT consecutive NL West titles end in 2021 but they entered the 2022 season having made the postseason NINE straight seasons, the longest-active streak in MLB.Let me check in on some other active streaks, both good and bad. I'll start with the bad. The Phillies have missed the postseason for 10 straight years, while the Angels and Tigers have failed to make the playoffs in each of the last SEVEN. The Angels won the franchise's only World Series title back in 2002 but I'm sure it seems like even more than two decades ago to Angel fans, as the team has missed the postseason 11 times in the last 12 years (got swept 3-0 in a 2014 ALDS in its lone appearance in that span). Note the Angels own two of the biggest and brightest stars in the game in Ohtani (2021 MVP in the AL) and Mike Trout. Ohtani hit 46 HRs with 100 RBI and 26 SBs in 2091, while going 14-9 with a 3.18 ERA and 156 Ks in 130.1 IP. All Trout has accomplished is finishing among the top-5 in the MVP voting in each of his first NINE seasons, winning in 2014, 2016 and 2019. Trout played in just 36 games last season and didn't play at all after May 17! The Pirates and Royals have each sat out the postseason for the last SIX years. KC deserves a mention in that the Royals played in back-to-back World Series in 2014 (lost to the Giants 4-3) and in 2015 (beat the Mets 4-1) but six playoff-less seasons have followed. The 2016 team went 81-81 and the 2017 went 81-81. However, the last four seasons have seen KC go 217-329 (.397). KC fans may be sensing some "deja vu," as after the 1985 team won the franchise's first World Series crown, the Royals didn't make the playoffs again until 2014 (that's a span of 28 years!).As noted, the Dodgers own the longest-active postseason run at NINE but playoff success had been lacking for this legendary franchise, as the team's 2020 World Series win came in a season in which  MLB played a 60-game schedule due to COVID. It still counts but the Dodgers hadn't won a World Series since 1988 ('crickets' from 1989 thru 2019!). The Astros and Yankees have the second-longest active streaks at five in a row. The Astros remain the team everyone 'loves to hate' because of the team's "sign-stealing" scandal. However, Houston has made the World Series in THREE of the last five years. Houston won the 2017 World Series (over the Dodgers), lost the 2019 World Series (to the Nats) and then lost it again last season to the Braves. The Yankees are MLB's most famous and successful franchise (27 World Series titles) but since winning FOUR World Series titles in a five-year span (1996-2000), the Yankees lone World Series win came back in 2009. It HAS to 'kill' Yankee fans that in the past 21 seasons, the-hated Red Sox have won four World Series (2004, 2007, 2013 and 2018) and the Giants have won three (2012, 2014 and 2016). MLB 2022 (Three Weeks In).Despite no Jacob deGrom, the Mets own MLB's best record at 14-6 (first team to play 20 games) and have captured all of the SIX series they've played. For every Yin, there has to be a Yang, and that would be the Cincinnati Reds. Cincy lost 11 straight from April 12-23, scoring a total of 20 runs in that span (note: The Reds scored two or less runs in the final eight losses of that streak). The Reds check in at 3-15 and also own MLB's worst moneyline mark (-$1,041). Arizona pulled off that unwanted 'daily double' in 2021, going 52-110 and -$3.941. The D'backs aren't 'lighting it up' in the early going but are off to an 8-11 (.421) start, after playing .321 baseball last season. Watch out Cincy fane, the Reds' winning percentage (if you radon the pun) is .167.Where do things stand after just three weeks around the two leagues? The 12-6 Yankees lead the AL East over the 12-7 Blue Jays and 10-8 Rays (Tampa Bay has won this division each of the last two seasons). The Twins went just 73-89 in 2021 (20 games behind the division-winning White Sox), after winning the AL Central in 2019 and 2020. Minnesota is back atop the division after three weeks, at 10-8. The White Sox ended an 11-year postseason drought in 2020 with a wild card appearance. They then ran away with the American League Central title last season with a 93-69 record, winning the division by 13 games. Chicago expected even more in 2022 but just ended an eight-game losing streak Wednesday night and check in at 8-10. The Angels have missed the postseason for SEVEN straight years (2014) but lead the AL West at 12-7. Seattle is hoping to end its 20-year postseason drought and is 11-7. Meanwhile, the Astros (winners of the division in FOUR of the last five seasons) are just 9-9.Over in the NL, the 14-6 Mets lead the East and the defending World Champion Braves are just 8-11 (Braves have won the East the last four seasons). As noted earlier, the Phillies have missed 10 consecutive postseason and are off to a 9-10 start. The Brewers lead the Central at 12-7, with the Cards checking in at 10-7. The Giants ended the Dodgers run of EIGHT consecutive NL West titles last season (Giants had 107 wins to the Dodgers 106) and many thought that was a fluke. However, the Giants are 13-6 and the Dodgers 12-6. The Giants played .660 baseball in winning 107 games in 2021 and right now are playing .684. Let me close with a note on the Dodgers. LA won its first five home games of the 2022 season, before losing 3-1 to the Braves on April 19. That ended a streak of 20 consecutive regular season home wins by LA, going back to a home loss in August of 2021 (August 29th, to be exact). Which team beat LA in that game? Naturally, the Braves.I'll check back on the current MLB season come Memorial Day.Good luck...Larry

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2022 WNBA Season Preview: Part One

by Sean Murphy

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2022

While the NBA and NHL playoffs not to mention the early stages of the MLB season consume most bettors' attention, the 2022 WNBA season is a little over a week away from tipping off. We've found plenty of success exposing soft lines on the ladies hardwood over the years and expect more of the same this season.Here's part one of our look at what to expect from the league's 12 teams.Odds to win the WNBA title are courtesy BetOnline.Connecticut Sun (+350)The Sun proved to be the 'cream of the crop' during the regular season last year but couldn't keep it going in the playoffs. Most believe the Sun are rightly positioned as the preseason favorite to win the WNBA title this year. Health will of course play a key role and all indications are that all of Connecticut's key pieces are full-go entering the season, led by reigning league MVP Jonquel Jones. Courtney Williams is back after a brief stop-over in Atlanta to relieve some of the scoring burden from Jones. Jasmine Thomas recently reported to camp after returning from overseas league play in Turkey. You'd be hard-pressed to find a deeper team with no fewer than six players having been previously elected as league All-Stars. Chicago Sky (+425)The Sky are the reigning champs so it's not surprising that they're projected as a championship contender again this season. It may seem odd to talk about a 'window of opportunity' closing just months after a championship run but Chicago's roster isn't getting any younger, with a number of veterans looking to repeat last year's performance and perhaps ride off into the sunset. The addition of 2019 WNBA Finals MVP Emma Meeseman and Julie Allemand among others have the Sky optimistic that, to quote the Counting Crows, this year could (actually) be better than the last.Phoenix Mercury (+500)Brittney Griner's ongoing ordeal in Russia certainly hangs over the Mercury franchise. Phoenix did load up in the offseason, adding the likes of Tina Charles and Diamond DeShields - two proven performers that should fit right in. Diana Taurasi is back in the mix as well, perhaps for a final run at a title. It remains to be seen how it will all work with first-year head coach Vanessa Nygaard at the helm but there's no question the talent is there for the Mercury to finish near the top of the standings once again.Washington Mystics (+1400)The Mystics appear to fit the bill as a solid sleeper pick, provided Elena Delle Donne can stay healthy which is always a big question mark. Ariel Atkins and Myisha Hines-Allen are one of the more underrated one-two punches in the league in my opinion. Add in some savvy drafting with Shakira Austin poised to make an immediate impact (unfortunately their other draft choice Christyn Williams will miss the season after suffering an injury during the preseason) and Washington is capable of making some noise in an uneven Eastern Conference.New York Liberty (+2500)There are those that believe this might just be 'the year' for the Liberty but I think that's a little optimistic (and the oddsmakers seem to agree). Health concerns always seem to swirl around Sabrina Ionescu. If she can stay on the floor, there's reason to believe the Liberty could contend in the top half of the East. New head coach Sandy Brondello comes over from Phoenix to lead a talent-laden roster that also includes last year's Rookie of the Year Michaela Onyenwere. The addition of Stefanie Dolson from the reigning champion Sky gives New York some much-needed stability and production down low. Atlanta Dream (+6600)The Dream were in desperate need of a franchise reset and got just that in the offseason with changes across the board, both on and off the court. Nia Coffey, Kia Vaughn and Erica Wheeler have joined the down-trodden Dream through free agency and it always helps to have the number one overall pick in the draft, with the Dream opting to go with Rhyne Howard who should be able to help right away. Atlanta's prospects could hinge on how Aari McDonald develops after an up-and-down rookie campaign a year ago. While Atlanta is still likely a year or two away from contending for a playoff spot, there's no question the franchise is once again pointed in the right direction. Check back next week as we look at the WNBA's other six teams in part two of our season preview.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, MLB, and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 04/27/2022

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2022

The Wednesday sports card features NBA, NHL, MLB, and UEFA Champions League action.The National Basketball Association continues the conference quarterfinals with two games on TNT in the first round of the playoffs. Milwaukee hosts Chicago at 7:30 PM ET. The Bucks took a 3-1 lead in this series with their 119-95 victory on the road as a 4.5-favorite on Sunday. Milwaukee is a 12-point favorite, with the total set at 218.Golden State plays at home against Denver at 10 PM ET. The Nuggets won their first game in this series with a 126-121 upset victory as a 4.5-point underdog on Wednesday. Golden State has a 3-1 lead in the series and is a 9-point favorite with an over/under of 226.Five games are on the slate in the National Hockey League. The puck drops at 7:37 PM ET for two games. Winnipeg is at home against Philadelphia as a -185 money line favorite with a total of 6. The New York Rangers host Montreal as a -380 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Two NHL games begin at 8:37 PM ET. Vegas visits Chicago as a -230 money line road favorite with a total of 6. Dallas plays at home against Arizona as a -500 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Los Angeles is at Seattle at 10:07 PM ET as a -180 money line road favorite with a total of 6. The Wednesday card in Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. The New York Mets travel to St. Louis at 1:15 PM ET as a -120 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7. The Chicago White Sox is at home against Kansas City at 2:10 PM ET as a -180 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. The Los Angeles Dodgers play at Arizona at 3:40 PM ET as a -195 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.Milwaukee visits Pittsburgh at 6:35 PM ET as a -170 money line road favorite with a total of 7.5. Two more MLB games start at 6:40 PM ET. San Diego is at Cincinnati as a -180 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Tampa Bay hosts Seattle as a -130 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. Philadelphia plays at home against Colorado at 6:45 PM ET as a -220 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Two MLB games begin at 7:05 PM ET. Miami is at Washington as a -150 money line road favorite with a total of 7.5. The New York Yankees are at home against Baltimore as a -250 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. Toronto hosts Boston at 7:07 PM ET as a -145 money line favorite with a total of 9. Atlanta plays at home against the Chicago Cubs at 7:20 PM ET as a -210 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Minnesota is at home against Detroit at 7:40 PM ET as a -170 money line favorite with a total of 7. Houston travels to Texas at 8:05 PM ET as a -130 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Los Angeles Angels are at home against Cleveland at 9:38 PM ET as a -200 money line favorite with a total of 8. San Francisco hosts Oakland at 9:45 PM ET as a -145 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The semifinals of the UEFA Champions League continue with one match on CBS at 3 PM ET. Liverpool plays at home against Villarreal as a -1.5 goal line favorite at PlayMGM with a total of 3.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, MLB and UEFA Champions League Previews and Odds - 04/26/2022

by Big Al Staff

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2022

The Tuesday sports card features NBA, NHL, MLB, and UEFA Champions League action.The National Basketball Association continues the conference quarterfinals with three games in the first round of the playoffs. Miami hosts Atlanta on NBA-TV at 7 PM ET. The Heat took a 3-1 lead in this series with their 110-86 victory against the Hawks as a 1-point road favorite on Sunday. Miami is a 7-point favorite with the total set at 217.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Memphis plays at home against Minnesota in the opening game of a doubleheader on TNT at 7:30 PM ET. The Timberwolves evened this series at 2-2 with their 119-118 upset victory as a 2.5-point underdog on Sunday. Memphis is a 6-point favorite with an over/under of 232.5. Phoenix is at home against New Orleans in the nightcap on TNT at 10 PM ET. The Pelicans made this a 2-2 series with a 118-103 upset win at home as a 2-point underdog on Sunday. Phoenix is a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 215.5. Thirteen games are on the slate in the National Hockey League. Seven games drop the puck at 7:07 PM ET. Toronto hosts Detroit as a -450 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. Florida visits Boston as a -130 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Ottawa plays at home against New Jersey as a -130 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. Tampa Bay is at home against Columbus as a -380 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. The New York Rangers are at home against Carolina as a -130 money line favorite with a total of 5.5. Washington hosts the New York Islanders as a -175 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Pittsburgh plays at home in the first game on ESPN as a -155 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. Two NHL games start at 8:07 PM ET. Calgary travels to Nashville as a -140 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6. Minnesota is at home against Arizona as a -600 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. Dallas hosts Vegas at 8:37 PM ET as a -120 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Colorado plays at home against St. Louis in the second game on ESPN at 9:37 PM ET as a -175 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. Vancouver hosts Seattle at 10:07 PM ET as a -225 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. San Jose is at home against Anaheim at 10:37 PM ET as a -135 money line favorite with a total of 5.5.The Tuesday card in Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. Milwaukee visits Pittsburgh at 6:35 PM ET as a -170 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7. Two more MLB games begin at 6:40 PM ET. San Diego plays at Cincinnati as a -170 money line road favorite with a total of 8. Seattle is at Tampa Bay. Philadelphia is at home against Colorado at 6:45 PM ET as a -165 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. Two MLB games start at 7:05 PM ET. Miami travels to Washington as a -135 money line road favorite with a total of 7.5. The New York Yankees are at home against Baltimore as a -280 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. Toronto hosts Boston at 7:07 PM ET as a -180 money line favorite with a total of 8. The Chicago White Sox play at home against Kansas City at 7:10 PM ET as a -145 money line favorite with an over/under of 9. Atlanta is at home against the Chicago Cubs at 7:20 PM ET as a -165 money line favorite with a total of 8. Minnesota hosts Detroit at 7:40 PM ET as a -140 money line favorite. The New York Mets play at St. Louis on TBS with both teams priced at -110 with an over/under of 7.5. Houston visits Texas at 8:05 PM ET as a -120 money line road favorite with a total of 9.5. The Los Angeles Angels are at home against Cleveland at 9:38 PM ET as a -155 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Los Angeles Dodgers play at Arizona at 9:40 PM ET as a -195 money line road favorite with a total of 9. San Francisco is at home against Oakland at 9:45 PM ET as a -265 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5.The semifinals of the UEFA Champions League begin with one match on CBS at 3 PM ET. Manchester City hosts Real Madrid in the first leg as a -1 goal line favorite at PlayMGM with a total of 2.5.

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La Liga and Serie A: Latest Look

by Power Sports

Monday, Apr 25, 2022

I already hit the EPL and Bundesliga. Now it’s time to check in on La Liga and Serie A. At the top, one race is all but decided while the other is very much up in the air. Relegation battles in both leagues have also gotten quite interesting. La Liga Whereas Bayern Munich has already clinched a 10th straight Bundesliga title, it is not yet official that Real Madrid will be champions of La Liga this season. But that will happen as Los Blancos currently enjoy a 15-point cushion over Barcelona and Sevilla with just five matches to go. Therefore, Real Madrid can now concentrate on the Champions League where they’ll be facing off with Manchester City in the semifinals, starting Tuesday.Speaking of Barcelona, they have lost three consecutive home matches for the first time in their history. The club clearly misses Pedri, but should still finish top four. Though it would be a small consolation, this could be the second year in a row Barca finishes 1st in La Liga in expected points (xPts) despite not actually winning the league.While Real Madrid’s 35th title is all but assured at this point, the race for the remaining three Champions League spots has gotten quite interesting. I already hit on slumping Barcelona. You’ve also got Sevilla and last year’s champions, Atletico Madrid, currently in position to make next year’s Champions League. Personally, I think Sevilla is NOT as strong as its record indicates, though only four losses is huge and will probably ensure they stay in the top four. It should be noted they are only eighth in xPts. I’d also be surprised to see Atletico drop out of the top four, even though they have just one win in their last five competitions and have failed to score in four of them. Waiting in the wings, four points out of the top four, is Real Betis, who already has clinched a Europa League spot for next year by virtue of winning Saturday’s Copa del Rey Final over Valencia. If Betis finishes in the top five, then you’ll see another Europa League spot open up to the sixth place finisher in La Liga. That race likely comes down to Real Sociedad (who is better than their +1 goal differential indicates) and Villarreal (who is still playing in the Champions League).The Champions League figures to be the focus of Villarreal right now, but it is unlikely they will win it. It would be a shame if this side is somehow locked out of European football next season. They are tied for third in GD in La Liga. Seventh place will likely gain entry into the Europa Conference League, but the Yellow Submarine must be wary of Athletic Bilbao, who is a solid side and only four points behind them. There’s a big gap between the top eight and everyone else in La Liga. Mid-table sides assured of safety (from relegation) for next season would include: Osasuna, Valencia, Rayo Vallecano, Celta Viga, Espanyol and Elche. I *think* Getafe might be okay as well, though compared to the aforementioned sides, they could really use one more win.Therefore, you’re likely looking at five sides in the relegation battle. Levante (despite being 9th in xPts!) and Alaves are probably cooked. The third spot has gotten very interesting with Mallorca, Cadiz and Granada all separated by only two points. Mallorca has the worst GD of the three, but as I’ve previously said, Cadiz and Granada were both bottom three in xPts last season. Granada is currently last in xPts this season.Serie AWhile title races in the Bundesliga and La Liga are wrapped up, here in Serie A it’s just like the Premier League - a very tight two-team battle at the top. AC Milan’s last gasp victory over Lazio on Sunday put them back ahead of Inter by two points. Had Sando Tonali not scored in the second minute of stoppage time, then the two Milan sides would be entering this week tied atop the summit. Inter has the better GD (+45 vs. +30) and is also ahead on xPts. Thus I still would not be shocked if they captured their second straight Scudetto. Also note that Inter just drilled AC Milan 3-0 to advance in the Coppa Italia. Napoli looked to be a title challenger for much of this season, but now looks destined for third place after earning just a single point from their last three matches. Blowing a two-goal lead to Empoli on Sunday was just horrific. The similarity with La Liga is that I don’t see the top four changing here in Italy. Juventus, still with a five-point cushion, should stay in the top four and note they are onto the final of the Coppa Italia where they’ll face Inter. (Note Juve’s cushion could get even larger as they’ve still got a fixture Monday that was not complete at the time of this writing). Assuming both Inter and Juve finish top four, that means an extra European spot opens up here in Serie A. That should be a fascinating race with Roma, Fiorentina, Lazio and Atalanta all grasping. I would bank on Roma and Atalanta finishing as the top two of that quartet. Lazio has drastically overachieved this season when it comes to goal scoring. In fact, no side in all of Europe has exceeded its xG (expected goal) total more! (I’ve brought this up previously). I could see Fiorentina being the one left out of European football next season.The gap between the top eight and everyone else isn’t quite as stark here as it is in La Liga as you’ve got solid mid-table sides like Hellas Verona, Sassuolo and a side that has been very kind to me in recent weeks, Torino.After that, it is a big drop, though Udinese, Bologna, Empoli and Spezia have all probably done enough to remain in the top flight next season. The relegation battle is interesting as all of a sudden, Salernitana, who has been in last place basically all season, has won three straight to move within three points of safety. They still have the worst GD (-42) and are tied with Genoa (-29), who won for just the third time all season on Sunday (1-0 over Cagliari), at 25 points. Now stuck in last place is Venezia with 22 points. Cagliari (28 points) and Sampdoria (30 points) both have work to do, but I still predict the bottom three will remain unchanged by season’s end. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, MLB and EPL Previews and Odds - 04/25/2022

by Big Al Staff

Monday, Apr 25, 2022

The Monday sports card features NBA, NHL, MLB, and EPL action.The National Basketball Association continues the conference quarterfinals with three games in the first round of the playoffs. Boston travels to Brooklyn in the opening game of a doubleheader on TNT at 7 PM ET. The Celtics took a 3-0 lead in this series with a 109-103 upset victory as a 4-point underdog on Saturday. The Nets are a 1-point favorite with the total set at 220 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Philadelphia hosts Toronto on NBA-TV at 8 PM ET. The Raptors avoided elimination in Game 4 with a 110-102 upset victory as a 2.5-point underdog on Saturday. Philadelphia can close out the series tonight as an 8-point favorite with an over/under of 211.5. Dallas plays at home against Utah in the nightcap on TNT at 9:30 PM ET. The Jazz evened this series at 2-2 with a 100-99 victory as a 5.5-point favorite on Saturday. The Mavericks are a 3-point favorite with a total of 213.One game is on the slate in the National Hockey League. Chicago is at home against Philadelphia at 8:07 PM ET as a -135 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5.The Monday card in Major League Baseball has seven games on its schedule. Milwaukee hosts San Francisco at 6:10 PM ET. The Brewers pitch Corbin Burnes against the Giants’ Sam Long. Milwaukee is a -190 money line favorite with a total of 7. Philadelphia play at home against Colorado at 6:45 PM ET. The Phillies send Kyle Gibson to the mound to face the Rockies’ Kyle Freeland. Philadelphia is a -190 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Toronto is at home against Boston at 7:07 PM ET. Jose Berrios is the starting pitcher for the Blue Jays. He battles Nathan Eovaldi of the Red Sox. Toronto is a -130 money line favorite with a total of 8. The New York Mets visit St. Louis at 7:45 PM ET. The Mets pitch Max Scherzer against the Cardinals’ Miles Mikolas. New York is a -165 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Houston travels to Texas at 8:05 PM ET. Framber Valdez is the starting pitcher for the Astros. He faces Dane Dunning of the Rangers. Houston is a -140 money line road favorite with a total of 8. The Los Angeles Angels host Cleveland at 9:38 PM ET. The Angels send out Michael Lorenzen to battle the Indians’ Shane Bieber. Los Angeles is a -120 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. The Los Angeles Dodgers play at Arizona at 9:40 PM ET. Walker Buehler starts for the Dodgers. Merrill Kelly counters for the Diamondbacks. Los Angeles is a -195 money line favorite with a total of 8.5.Matchweek 34 in the English Premier League continues with one match on the USA Network at 3 PM ET. Crystal Palace hosts Leeds United as a -0.5 goal line favorite at PlayMGM with a total of 2.5. 

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EPL and Bundesliga: Latest Look

by Power Sports

Sunday, Apr 24, 2022

It’s time for our monthly check-in on Europe’s “Big 4” soccer leagues. We’re down the home stretch as the season ends in May!This updates focuses on the EPL and Bundesliga. A look at La Liga and Serie A will come later this week.  Premier League With anywhere from 4-6 matches remaining (depending on the club) there’s the possibility of as many as NINE Premier League sides playing European football next season.So the race at the top has gotten quite interesting, Manchester City is still just one point ahead of Liverpool after the weekend. But it is the Reds that have the better goal differential and also hold a recent 3-2 victory (in the FA Cup) over the Citizens. (The teams also just played to a 2-2 draw in league play). The Reds are as hot as any side in Europe right now, winning 12 straight at Anfield and 14 of their last 15 overall. So it would not be a surprise to see them finish first. Both Liverpool and Man City are still alive in the Champions League where they’ll be favored to meet in the Final. Liverpool has already captured the Carabao Cup this season and could make it a quadruple by claiming hardware in the FA Cup (face Chelsea in the Final), Premier League and Champions League. Meanwhile, Man City could still make it a double (EPL, Champions League), which is obviously impressive.Despite a recent slump, Chelsea has been the presumed third place finisher for a while now. A last gasp 1-0 win at West Ham on Sunday was absolutely huge. It would be a shock if Chelsea didn’t finish top four and book its place in next season’s Champions League. But Wednesday’s loss to Arsenal was the third fixture this month that Thomas Tuchel’s side has conceded 3+ goals! It’s probably going to be Tottenham or Arsenal rounding out the top four. Two weeks ago, the former was the favorite to finish fourth, but is now two points back after picking up just one point from the last two fixtures. Meanwhile, Arsenal has recorded huge wins over Chelsea and Manchester United. Tottenham has the better YTD goal differential, however Arsenal is ahead on xPts (expected points). There was no “new manager bounce” for floundering Manchester United on Saturday and the Red Devils now face a six-point deficit to finish top four. They have just one win in their last six competitions and it came at the expense of last place Norwich City. It looks like the Europa League for them next season. West Ham, currently in seventh, is still involved in this season’s Europa League where they are into the semis and will face Eintracht Frankfurt of the Bundesliga. That competition is probably now the Hammers’ main concern. If they don’t win it, which would qualify them for next season’s Champions League, then the Europa Conference League is still in play by finishing seventh.Wolverhampton will be rooting for West Ham to win the Europa League as it would allow for the Wolves to “steal” the Premier League’s Europa Conference League spot. Leicester City is the ninth and final EPL side still with European hopes for next season. They are currently in the semis of the Europa Conference League, the winner of which gains automatic entry into next season’s Europa League. Got all that?Mid-table sides are a dicey proposition down the home stretch as they know they can’t reach the European places, but are also well clear of the relegation zone. So motivation may be an issue for many of them. But one to keep an eye on right now is Brentford, who is unbeaten in its last four matches and beat both Chelsea and West Ham. The Bees are actually sixth in the league right now in xPts (expected points), ahead of both Man U and West Ham. Newcastle United is also playing inspired football. Crystal Palace deserves to be higher in the table.As I’ve been saying for some time now, Norwich City and Watford certainly seem like they will be condemned to relegation. Both were newly promoted for the 2021/22 season, so it’s “one and done” for them. But the interesting thing at the bottom of the EPL table is who will be the third relegated side. Everton, who has been part of the top flight since 1951, now occupies that dreaded spot. Burnley passed them with this weekend’s win over Wolverhampton. The Toffees’ remaining set of fixtures is not an easy run and they desperately need Watford to beat Burnley next week. Leeds United, with the third worst GD in the EPL, is also still in the relegation mix.  BundesligaBayern Munich has secured a historic 10th consecutive Bundesliga title after defeating second place Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.There’s been much hand-wringing over the current state of the German top flight as there just doesn’t seem to be any real consistent challengers to Bayern and the league could be on the verge of a mass exodus of talent.Case in point, Dortmund will almost certainly finish second this year, but is probably saying goodbye to Erling Haaland at the end of the season. So there’s no reason to believe that BVB is capable of making any noise in next season’s Champions League.RB Leipzig, who got off to a slow start in 2021/22, is probably the Bundesliga’s second best side. They are still in competition for two pieces of hardware: the Europa League and DFB Pokal. Between those two competitions and a likely top four finish domestically, expect Leipzig to again qualify for the UCL. The worst that can happen to them is not winning any hardware and a fifth place finish. But even that would mean the Europa League next season.The side Leipzig faces in the Final of the DFB Pokal will be Freiburg, who is currently in fifth, two points behind Leipzig. There’s a chance they both end up in the Champions League next season, if Leipzig wins the Europa League and Freiburg finishes top four. There’s a very good chance the Bundesliga’s Europa League and Europa League Conference spots will go to either FC Union Berlin, Koln or Hoffenheim. One will be “the odd team out.” Of those three, FCUB is the best side (in my opinion).Fans of Bayer Leverkusen are probably wondering why I’ve neglected to mention their side so far. I apologize for that! Leverkusen has been top three all season, but after settling for a draw over the weekend, their lead over Leipzig stayed at one point and Freiburg is now only three points back. It’s no lock Leverkusen makes it to the Champions League next season. It’s Champions League or bust for ninth place Eintracht Frankfurt at this point. Frankfurt is currently in the semis and must win that competition to have any shot at European football next season. It could be an all-Bundesliga Final vs. Leipzig!Looking at the middle of the table, Mainz, Gladbach, Wolfsburg, Bochum and Augsburg all seem to be safe from the threat of relegation.On Sunday, Hertha Berlin (who has the 2nd worst GD in the league) picked up a huge win over Stuttgart to move four points clear of the relegation playoff, which calls for the 16th place finisher to face the winner of the promotion playoff from the Bundesliga 2 in a winner take all scenario. That’s Stuttgart right now and they are only two points ahead of Arminia Bielefeld. As a reminder, the bottom two are automatically relegated and as has been obvious since the first month of the campaign, Greuther Furth is finishing last. Something I’d mentioned in a previous article is that Bielefeld is actually lower than Greuther Furth on xPts. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NHL, MLB, NBA, and EPL Previews and Odds - 04/24/2022

by Big Al Staff

Sunday, Apr 24, 2022

The Sunday sports card features NBA, NHL, MLB, and EPL action.The National Basketball Association continues the conference quarterfinals with four games in the first round of the playoffs. Milwaukee visits Chicago in the opening game of a doubleheader on ABC at 1 PM ET. The Bucks took a 2-1 lead in this best-of-seven series with a 111-81 victory in Chicago as a 2.5-point road favorite on Friday. Milwaukee is a 4.5-point road favorite with a total of 219 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise).Golden State plays at Denver in the second game on ABC at 3:30 PM ET. The Warriors have a 3-0 lead in this series after their 118-113 victory as a 3-point road favorite on Thursday. Golden State is a 4-point road favorite with an over/under of 225. Miami is at Atlanta in the first game of an evening doubleheader on TNT at 7 PM ET. The Hawks won their first game of this series with a 111-110 upset victory as a 2-point home underdog on Friday. Miami still has a 2-1 lead in this season and is a 1.5-point road favorite with a total of 221. Phoenix travels to New Orleans in the nightcap on TNT at 9:30 PM ET. The Suns took a 2-1 lead in this series with a 114-111 victory against the Pelicans as a 2-point road favorite on Friday. Phoenix is a 2.5-point road favorite with an over/under of 215.5. Eleven games are on the slate in the National Hockey League. The puck drops at 1:07 PM ET in three games. Edmonton is at Columbus as a -255 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5. New Jersey hosts Detroit as a -165 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Carolina visits New York to play the Islanders as a -160 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. Pittsburgh plays at Philadelphia on TNT at 4:07 PM ET as a -265 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Four NHL games start at 7:07 PM ET. Washington plays at home against Toronto as a -120 money line favorite with a total of 7. Colorado travels to Winnipeg as a -210 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Florida is at home against Tampa Bay as a -135 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. Boston plays at Montreal as a -300 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.  Minnesota visits Nashville at 8:07 PM ET as a -120 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5. St. Louis is at Anaheim at 8:37 PM ET as a -265 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6. Vegas plays at home against San Jose at 10:07 PM ET as a -340 money line favorite with a total of 6.5.The Sunday card in Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. Two games begin at 1:10 PM ET. Detract hosts Colorado as a -135 money line favorite. Tampa Bay plays at home against Boston as a -170 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. Three more MLB games throw the first pitch at 1:35 PM ET. Atlanta is at home against Miami as a -135 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. The New York Yankees are at home against Cleveland as a -210 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. San Francisco plays at Washington. St. Louis is at Cincinnati at 1:40 PM ET as a -155 money line road favorite with a total of 8.5. Two MLB games start at 2:10 PM ET. The Chicago White Sox travel to Minnesota. Houston hosts Toronto as a -135 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Chicago Cubs are at home against Pittsburgh at 2:20 PM ET as a -165 money line favorite. Two MLB games begin at 4:07 PM ET. The Los Angeles Angels play at home against Baltimore as a -190 money line favorite with a total of 9. Texas visits Oakland as a -120 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8. Three more MLB games throw out the first pitch at 4:10 PM ET. The New York Mets play at Arizona as a -165 money line road favorite with a total of 8.5. The Los Angeles Dodgers are at San Diego as a -145 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7. Seattle is at home against Kansas City as a -180 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN has Philadelphia playing at home against Milwaukee at 7:08 PM ET. The Phillies are a -155 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. Matchweek 34 in the English Premier League continues with four matches. Three games start at 9 AM ET. Brighton and Hove Albion host Southampton on Peacock as a -0.5 goal line favorite with a total of 2.5. Wolverhampton travels to Burnley on Peacock in a pick ‘em match with an over/under of 2.5. Chelsea plays at home against West Ham United on the USA Network as a -1 goal line favorite with a total of 2. Liverpool is at home against Everton on the USA Network at 11:30 AM ET as a 2-goal line favorite with an over/under of 3.5.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, MLB and EPL Previews and Odds - 04/23/2022

by Big Al Staff

Saturday, Apr 23, 2022

The Saturday sports card features NBA, NHL, MLB, and EPL action.The National Basketball Association continues the conference quarterfinals with four games in the first round of the playoffs. Philadelphia visits Toronto in the opening game of a doubleheader on TNT at 2 PM ET. The 76ers took a 3-0 lead in this series with their 104-101 victory as a 2-point road favorite on Wednesday. Philadelphia is a 3-point road favorite with the total set at 213.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). Utah hosts Dallas in the second game on TNT at 4:30 PM ET. The Mavericks have a 2-1 lead in this series after their 126-118 victory as an 8.5-point underdog on Thursday. The Jazz are a 5.5-point favorite with an over/under of 212.5. Brooklyn plays at home against Boston in the first game of a doubleheader on ESPN at 7:30 PM ET. The Celtics took a 2-0 lead in this series with their 114-107 victory as a 3.5-point favorite on Wednesday. The Nets are a 3-point favorite with a total of 223.Memphis travels to Minnesota in the nightcap on ESPN at 10 PM ET. The Grizzlies have a 2-1 lead in this series after a 104-95 victory as a 2-point road favorite on Thursday. Memphis is a 3-point road favorite with an over/under of 232.5.Twelve games are on the slate in the National Hockey League. Three games drop the puck at 12:07 PM ET. The New York Islanders play at Buffalo as a -150 money line road favorite with a total of 5.5. Pittsburgh is at Detroit as a -300 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Carolina visits New Jersey as a -230 money line road favorite with a total of 6.5. Boston plays at home against the New York Rangers on ABC at 3:07 PM ET as a -135 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.5. Three NHL games start at 7:07 PM ET. Ottawa is at home against Montreal as a -160 money line favorite with a total of 6. Tampa Bay hosts Nashville as a -170 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. Florida plays at home against as a -155 money line favorite with a total of 7. Two NHL games begin at 8:07 PM ET. Dallas is at home against Seattle as a -275 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. San Jose plays at home against Chicago as a -150 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. Two NHL games drop the puck at 10:07 PM ET. Calgary hosts Vancouver as a -210 money line favorite with an over/under of 6.5. St. Louis is at Arizona as a -370 money line favorite with a total of 6.5. Los Angeles is at home against Anaheim at 10:37 PM ET as a -260 money line favorite with an over/under of 6. The Saturday card in Major League Baseball has 16 games on its schedule. Two games throw the first pitch at 1:05 PM ET. San Francisco is at Washington as a -160 money line road favorite. The New York Yankees are at home against Cleveland as a -210 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. Detroit plays at home against Colorado in the opening game of their doubleheader at 1:10 PM ET as a -145 money line favorite at PlayMGM with an over/under of 7.5. The Chicago Cubs host Pittsburgh at 2:20 PM ET as a -180 money line favorite.Two MLB games begin at 4:05 PM ET. Philadelphia plays at home against Milwaukee as a -155 money line favorite with a total of 8. Minnesota is at home against the Chicago White Sox on FS1 as a -125 money line favorite with an over/under of 9. Oakland hosts Texas at 4:07 PM ET as a -130 money line favored with a total of 7.5. Two more MLB games start at 4:10 PM ET. Toronto plays at Houston as a -120 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8. St. Louis travels to Cincinnati as a -115 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. Tampa Bay is at home against Boston at 6:10 PM ET as a -110 money line favorite at William Hill with an over/under of 8. Colorado plays at Detroit in the second game of their doubleheader at 6:40 PM ET. Atlanta plays at home against Miami at 7:20 PM ET as a -160 money line favorite with a total of 8. The New York Mets visit Arizona at 8:10 PM ET as a -125 money line road favorite at William Hill with an over/under of 9. The Los Angeles Dodgers play at San Diego at 8:40 PM ET as a -115 money line road favorite with a total of 8. The Los Angeles Angeles host Baltimore at 9:07 PM ET as a -250 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Seattle is at home against Kansas City at 9:10 PM ET as a -150 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. Matchweek 34 in the English Premier League begins with five matches. Arsenal hosts Manchester United on the USA Network at 7:30 AM ET as a -0.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.5. Three more matches start at 10 AM ET. Aston Villa plays at Leicester City on CNBC in a pick ‘em match with a total of 2.5. Manchester City is at home against Watford on the USA Network as a -2.5 goal line favorite with an over/under of 3.5. Newcastle United visits Norwich City on Peacock as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with a total of 2.5. Tottenham travels to Brentford on NBC at 12:30 PM ET as a -0.5 goal line road favorite with an over/under of 2.5.

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