Friday's Finest Sports Picks & Tasty Trends Based on Odds Movement

Doug Upstone

Friday, April 3, 2015 5:07 PM GMT

If you are seeking more betting odds, Monday will be a good day with MLB odds up and baseball wagering can commence. Until then we will work with the sportsbooks numbers in the NBA and NHL today. 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies  8:05 ET  ESPN
With two key starters out, Oklahoma City has managed to somehow stay relevant, thanks largely to the efforts of Russell Westbrook. The Thunder is 7-4 SU and ATS in their last 11 games, yet those placing NBA picks are not convinced they can win at Memphis and changed them from +3.5 to +6 road underdogs. That sounds like quite a few points for the Grizzles to overcome since prior to beating Sacramento 97-83, they has lost three in a row by double digits and never sniffed a cover. Memphis has enjoyed more success in this rivalry when playing at home with its recent 6-3 and 6-2-1 ATS record.

NBA Pick – Lean Oklahoma City

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Orlando Magic vs. Minnesota Timberwolves 8:05 ET FSN-FL, FSN-N
This looks like a case of bettors boredom lifting the total of this “who cares” contest from 201 to 205 on the posted NBA odds. A general review of both these crummy squads has not much defense being played as they likely just want the season to end. Orlando is surrendering 108.6 points a game in their last eight and Minnesota is an equally inept 108.7 PPG in their past seven. While this might seem like the right choice for sports picks, when teams like the Magic have dropped four or more in a row and take on opposing team which is on a five game or longer losing streak, the UNDER is 45- 17 the last several years.

NBA Pick – Lean Under

 

Portland Trailblazers vs L.A. Lakers  10:35 ET  ESPN  (side and total)
While Portland is about to wrap up the Northwest Division crown, they are still trying to catch Memphis for the third spot in the West and attempt to not fall to fifth overall and lose any home court edge they could have. Tonight the Trail Blazers should take care of their business in L.A. and have been bumped from -9 to -10.5 point road favorites at the Lakers. The Los Angeles defense has been shoddy in their last few outings (110.3 PPG) and that would explain the total rising four points to 203. The stronger play here would appear to be the total, with Portland scoring what they need and executing their first season sweep of the Lakers in 21 years.

NBA Pick – Play Over and lean with Lakers

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Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks 10:05 ET  ALT, FSN-PT
With not many choices, had to go in this direction for a line moves. Few NHL hockey handicappers are going to recommend placing the NHL picks on favorites like Anaheim who have been jettisoned from -220 to -235 on the money line. But with the Western Conference's top seed and a Presidents' Trophy to pursue, the Ducks aren't content with settling for another Pacific Division title and 50-win season. "We've put ourselves in a good spot," Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano said. "But it's just one part of the puzzle. Until we reach our goal, I don't think anyone will be satisfied. It's an achievement because the league is tough. To be in our spot speaks to the team we have." With the Ducks 15-2 at home when on a four-game win streak, hard to pass them up even at this NHL betting odds

NHL Pick – Anaheim wins

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Sports Book Review Tasty Trends

NBA ATS Trend
Boston is 9-0 ATS versus teams who average nine or more steals a game this season. 

NBA Totals Trend
Detroit is 17-6 UNDER away after playing a game as an underdog this season. 

NHL Money Line Trend
?San Jose is 16-2 off a home win by three goals or more the last two seasons.