Happy Friday! Today bettors have a loaded slate to get down on, including 9 NBA games, 7 NHL games and roughly a dozen college basketball games.
For an updated breakdown of Friday's betting action, be sure to tune in to the VSiN Market Insights Podcast with Josh Appelbaum. It will be posted by 1 p.m. ET. I'll also be co-hosting Betting Across America with Mike Pritchard from 3 to 4 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, let's discuss where the money is flowing for a trio of NHL games tonight...
7:30 p.m. ET: Nashville Predators at New Jersey Devils
The Predators (15-10-1) are riding a three-game winning streak and just beat the Islanders 4-3 last night as 105 road dogs. Meanwhile, the Devils (10-9-5) just blanked the Flyers 3-0, cashing as -150 home favorites. This line opened with Nashville listed as a -130 road favorite and New Jersey a 110 home dog. We're seeing some books adjust the Predators down from -130 to -125, signaling some respected money grabbing the home dog Devils ( 110 to 105). This is a "Rest vs Tired" advantage for the Devils, who were off yesterday while the Predators are on the second leg of a back-to-back. Fading teams on the second leg of a back-to-back has gone 66-49 (57%) this season.
9 p.m. ET: Detroit Red Wings at Colorado Avalanche
The Red Wings (13-11-3) have dropped two straight, including a 6-2 loss to the Blues last night as 135 road dogs. On the flip side, the Avalanche (14-7-2) have won two straight and just iced the Rangers 7-3, cashing as -175 road favorites. This line opened with Colorado listed as a hefty -310 home favorite and Detroit a 250 road dog. We've seen Colorado quickly shoot up to -320, signaling big money willing to lay the big price. Home favorites off a win playing teams off a loss are 60-19 (76%) this season. Home favorites -200 or more off a win are 32-7 (82%). Detroit is on the second leg of a back-to-back while Colorado is rested. This rested vs tired spot has gone 39-18 (70%). The Avalanche are also a "puck-line" option at -1.5 (-130). Colorado is 13-7 as a favorite and 7-2-1 at home. Detroit is 7-12 as a dog and 4-8-1 on the road.
9 p.m. ET: Florida Panthers at Arizona Coyotes
The Panthers (17-4-4) have the 2nd-best record in the NHL but are coming off a 4-3 loss to the Blues, losing outright as -165 road favorites. Meanwhile, the Coyotes (5-18-2) have the worst record in the NHL and have lost three straight, most recently losing to the Stars 4-1 as 270 road dogs. This line opened with Florida listed as a -270 road favorite and Arizona a 220 home dog. Pros aren't outsmarting themselves on this one. They're laying the chalk with Florida, steaming the Panthers up to -300. Big favorites -200 or more are 63-19 (77%) this season. Non-division road favorites are 65-43 (60%). Florida is 16-5 as a favorite. Arizona is 5-20 as a dog. The Panthers are -1.5 (-120) on the puck-line.