It’s hump day, but there’s no time for sports to take a break. There’s always some game on tap and, fortunately for sports fans, tonight there are quite a few. If the picks have gone well this week, keep the streak going and check out some of the NBA and NHL contests to improve the run. In both leagues, there could be some upsets tonight that could make some bettors very happy.
The Washington Wizards are 2-4 and will be going up against the Indiana Pacers, who are just one game better. The Wizards haven’t had a great season against Western Conference teams, but both of their wins have come in their own Eastern Conference. Perhaps they’ll be able to keep their perfect conference record intact tonight against the Pacers.
If history were to be repeated, the money would have to be put on the Pacers. They’re 99-79 against the Wizards and have won three of the last four contests. However, the Pacers are dealing with some injuries and have lost Victor Oladipo, out for the season due to a bum knee. They’re also having to go for their third game in the past four days, which has mostly likely taken a toll on the energy levels. The Wizards are going to win and a +145 moneyline could prove lucrative.
The Houston Rockets are going to come out with a strong game as they try to set the pace against the injured Golden State Warriors. Having Russell Westbrook back in the game will most likely help, as the Warriors are going to do what warriors do – refuse to go down without a fight. Westbrook will be able to count on help from James Harden, unless he loses his mojo again, and Eric Gordon, and the trio will be working the ball every chance they get.
The Warriors are having to play without D’Angelo Russell and Stephen Curry, both of whom are out due to injury. Draymond Green won’t be able to make it onto the court, either, having to recover from an injury to his finger. Losing key players are going to bring the team down and the chances of the Rockets winning up. Eric Paschall can’t do it on his own and the smart money will be on Houston taking the win.
Skating over to hockey, The Detroit Red Wings are taking on the New York Rangers in a game that brings together two Original Six rivals. While the Red Wings may have a stronger showing in their head-to-head series overall, they haven’t had a great season so far. Then again, neither have the Rangers.
Detroit has beaten this New York squad five times in a row. However, they only have one win in their last 12 games – New York has only five over the same amount, which means this is going to be a close game. What will most likely be the difference is with the Rangers’ offense, which should prove just a little too much for the Red Wings. It’s not worth taking the +135 moneyline on Detroit in this matchup.
The St. Louis Blues take on the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place tonight and the Oilers will once again be playing without Riley Sheahan. He’s going to miss his third consecutive game for an undisclosed injury, but Colby Cave will be in to try to hold down the fourth-line center in his place.
The Blues currently lead the Western Conference and are currently 10-3-3, but are only slightly ahead of the Oilers in the rankings – 23 to 22 points. The Blues are coming off a five-game winning streak, but this is where it will most likely end. The Oilers are favorites to win and there’s no reason to believe they won’t.