Happy Friday! Today represents the calm before the Final Four Weekend storm. Bettors have 7 NHL games and 10 NBA games to choose from today.
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 3 p.m. ET. I'll also be joining The Lombardi Line at 1:30 p.m. ET and then co-hosting Betting Across America with Mike Pritchard from 3 to 4 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, let's take a look at where respected money is leaning for tonight's NHL action...
7 p.m. ET: Nashville Predators (39-24-4) at Buffalo Sabres (24-33-11)
These non-conference foes are trending in opposite directions. The Predators have won two straight and just beat the Senators 4-1, taking care of business as -225 home favorites. Nashville currently occupies the top Wild Card seed in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Sabres have lost three of their last four and just fell to Winnipeg 3-2, losing as +130 home dogs. Buffalo is well below the playoff threshold. This line opened with Nashville listed as a -170 road favorite and Buffalo a +150 home dog. Pros have laid the chalk with the Predators, steaming Nashville up from -170 to -190. Road favorites -175 or more are 107-39 (73%) this season. Favorites off a win are 396-205 (66%). Nashville also enjoys a rest advantage, having last played on Tuesday while Buffalo played Wednesday. The Sabres will also be playing their 3rd game in five days. Nashville is 22-13 as a favorite and 18-13 on the road. Buffalo is 22-42 as a dog and 12-16 at home.
9 p.m. ET: St. Louis Blues (37-20-9) at Edmonton Oilers (38-25-5)
Both of these Western Conference foes find themselves in the 3rd playoff spot in the respective divisions. The Blues have won two straight and just beat the Canucks 4-3, cashing as +100 road dogs. Similarly, the Oilers have also won two straight and just edged the Kings 4-3, cashing as -200 home favorites. This line opened with Edmonton listed as a modest -130 home favorite and St. Louis a +110 road dog. Sharps have laid the chalk with Edmonton at home, steaming the Oilers up from -130 to -140. Home favorites with a line move in their favor are 247-116 (68%). Edmonton is 31-16 as a favorite this season. St. Louis is 10-12 as a dog. We could also be looking at a higher scoring game in this one. The total is 6.5 with the over juiced to -120, signaling a possible rise to 7.
10 p.m. ET: Vegas Golden Knights (37-28-4) at Seattle Kraken (21-40-6)
These teams play each other for the second time in two nights, both of which take place in Seattle. The Knights beat the Kraken 3-0 on Wednesday, cashing as -150 road favorites. In tonight's rematch, Vegas opened as a -160 road favorite and Seattle a +140 home dog. Pros seem to be thinking "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," steaming Vegas up from -160 to -170. Road favorites are 259-148 (64%) this season. Seattle will be playing their third game in five days, while Vegas will be playing just their second game since March 27th. Vegas holds a distinct edge offensively (3.2 GPG vs 2.6 GPG for Seattle). The Knights are 27-16 as a favorite and 17-15 on the road. The Kraken are 13-37 as a dog and 11-19 at home. Motivation also favors Vegas, who is on the playoff bubble while Seattle has already been eliminated from postseason contention.