Daily Archives - April 2, 2018

NHL Expert Picks April 1-8

NHL Expert Picks April 2-8

It’s April. That means the NHL is really kicking it up a notch. My NHL expert picks for April 1 through April 8 starts on Thursday, April 5 when Nashville heads to Washington. Can one of the top teams from the Western Conference, Nashville, take down one of the best from the East?

I also like a game on Friday, April 6. What’s going to happen when Tampa Bay hosts Buffalo?

The final game on my NHL expert picks is on Saturday. The Philadelphia Flyers battle the NY Rangers. Can the Rangers upset the Flyers on the road?

NHL Expert Picks April 2-8

Nashville at Washington
When:  Thursday, April 5 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
TV: NBCSN

Analysis: Nashville heads to DC to take on the Washington Capitals. The Predators are about 15 games above .500 in road matches this year. Nashville has a tough week. They’re at Tampa on April 1. On April 3, they battle Florida.

Still, the Predators are gearing up for another run to the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s difficult for me to think that Nashville won’t manage to beat the Capitals, a team they dominated 6 to 3 last November, on Thursday.

I’m going with the Nashville Predators.

Pick: Nashville

Buffalo at Tampa Bay
When:  Friday, April 6 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
TV: SNO

Analysis:  Tampa Bay hosts Buffalo this Friday. Tampa remains one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. They’ve got a fantastic home record. Not only that, but Tampa Bay battles the Buffalo Sabres on April 6.

Buffalo is the worst team in the Atlantic Division. They’re around 15 games below .500. They have not shot of making the playoffs. Tampa is in a dog fight with Boston for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

It’s hard to see Tampa blowing a game versus the Buffalo Sabres.

Pick: Tampa Bay

NY Rangers at Philadelphia
When:  Saturday, April 7 at 6:00 pm ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC

Analysis: The Philadelphia Flyers definitely have the upper hand on Saturday. The Flyers have a decent home record. Not only that, but the Rangers are one of the worst teams in the Metropolitan Division.

With that being written, the Rangers only lost 3 to 4 the last time these two teams battled. That tells me that NYR can be competitive versus Philly. The Rangers should offer excellent odds on the moneyline.

I’m siding with NYR in this matchup on Saturday. 

Pick: NY Rangers

NBA Expert Picks April 2-8

NBA Expert Picks April 2-8

My top NBA expert picks tip on Wednesday, April 4 when Boston heads to Toronto. Does Boston have any shot to cover the spread versus the Raptors in Toronto?

On Saturday, April 7, the Denver Nuggets battle the L.A. Clippers. Will the Clippers win and cover, or will Denver provide the upset?

The game I like this Sunday has Memphis hosting Detroit. Can Memphis beat Detroit?

NBA Expert Picks April 2-8

Boston at Toronto
When:  Wednesday, April 4 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, CA
TV: ESPN

Analysis: Boston battles Toronto as a 4-point dog on March 31. No matter what happens in that game, I don’t believe it will affect the outcome of this game. Toronto has about the same number of wins against the spread as they do losses.

But, the Raptors match up incredibly well with the Boston Celtics. Right now, Boston will be without Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart. Both of those guys would have been counted on to control DeMar Derozan and Kyle Lowry.

Without Smart and Irving, the Celtics shouldn’t have much of a shot versus the Raptors in a tough road game.

Pick: Toronto

Denver at L.A. Clippers
When:  Saturday, April 7 at 12:30 pm ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: NBA TV

Analysis: In away games, Denver’s got a horrible record against the spread. The Nuggets are about 5 games on the losing side of spreads in their away games this season. That might be good news for Denver heading into next Saturday’s battle with the Clippers.

Because the Nuggets are so awful against the spread in away games, the Clippers might be over favored in this match up. That could lead to a Denver win ATS. More importantly, Denver could win this game on the money line.

Pick: Denver

Detroit at Memphis
When:  Sunday, April 8 at 3:30 pm ET
Where:  FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
TV: NBA TV

Analysis: Memphis is over 30 games below .500 straight up this season. The Grizzlies have a losing record against the spread as well. Memphis is about 6 games on the losing side of the spread in home games.

But, I’m sort of bullish on the Grizzlies versus Detroit on Sunday. Memphis is good enough to beat the Pistons straight up. In the last between these two, Memphis lost by only 2 points. Detroit didn’t get significantly better by trading for Blake Griffin.

Pick: Memphis

MLB Expert Picks April 1-8

MLB Expert Picks April 2-8

My MLB Expert Picks for April 2 through April 8 starts on Thursday when the New York Mets travel to Washington to battle the Nationals. Who takes it in a key NL East battle?

On Saturday, the San Francisco Giants host the top rival L.A. Dodgers. Will the Giants or Dodgers come out on top at AT&T Park?

The final game that makes my MLB expert picks list has Texas hosting Toronto. Can the Texas Rangers hold off Toronto at home?

MLB Expert Picks April 2-8

New York Mets at Washington
When:  Thursday, April 5 at 1:00 pm ET
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, DC

Analysis: Both teams’ aces are scheduled to take the mound on April 5. The New York Mets send Jacob deGrom out to the mound. Washington has Stephen Strasburg pitching. Which top pitcher comes out ahead?

The Nationals only bat .216 versus Jacob deGrom. He’s held Washington in check from 162 at-bats. Strasburg can’t say the same about holding the Mets in check. For some reason, the Mets punish Strasburg every time he takes the mound.

NYM bats .282 against Stephen Strasburg. That’s from 209 at-bats. The batting average is legit enough for me to say the Mets win this game by at least 2 runs.

Pick: New York Mets

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L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco
When:  Saturday, April 7 at 4:05 pm ET
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA

Analysis: The Dodgers are scheduled to start Rich Hill while San Francisco is scheduled to start Chris Stratton. Hill’s first start is on April 1. You guessed it if you believe he battles Chris Stratton on April Fool’s Day.

San Francisco bats .301 versus Rich Hill. That’s why I believe the Giants get it done on April 7. I’m not even worried what happens on April 1 because that game takes place at Dodgers Stadium.

The Giants are better at AT&T Park than they are at Dodger Stadium.

Pick: San Francisco

Toronto at Texas
When:  Sunday, April 8 at 3:05 pm ET
Where: Global Life Park, Arlington, TX

Analysis: Toronto pitcher Jaime Garcia will try to beat Texas ace Cole Hamels on Sunday. Garcia has faced only a single Texas batter during his career. That batter, Shin-Soo Choo, has 2 hits in 8 at-bats.

Shin-Soo Choo won’t beat Toronto by himself while no other Texas batter has an idea of how to take down Garcia. That leads me to believe that Toronto at Texas on Sunday is a great game to take a shot at what should be a huge dog.

The Blue Jays can get to Cole Hamels while Texas might have trouble getting to Garcia. I’m backing the Jays on the money line in this matchup.

Pick: Toronto