The Los Angeles Kings will look to continue its success at home on Thursday night when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
Face off in this matchup is scheduled for 9:00 pm EST from Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA; and can be seen live on television with national broadcast coverage provided by the NBC Sports Network.
Sportsbooks are siding with the home team in this one, albeit by a slim margin, listing the Kings as -125 favorites on the money line, while offering a return of +105 on the Blackhawks.
Bettors backing the Kings also have the option of giving up -1 ½ goals, with a generous payback of +260 on the NHL odds. Taking the Blackhawks +1 ½ comes at a high cost of -320 and is not recommended.
The games total is set at 4 ½ goals, with a price of -135 on the over, while under bettors can grab +115 on the NHL odds. It’s still early and numbers are always subject to change, but as it stands right now 78.6% of the money is coming in on the under.
Let’s take a look at both teams coming into this crucial Game 4 matchup and determine where the best value lies for our NHL picks tonight.
Despite the Game 3 loss, the Blackhawks have shown us they are more than capable of winning on the road – especially in Los Angeles where they have taken five of seven versus the Kings. However, Chicago is just 2-5 (overall) in their last seven games played on the highway.
The Blackhawks are under in ten of their last twelve played away from the United Center (10-1-1), including the last four in a row.
Meanwhile, with its Game 3 victory, the Kings pushed their home record to an astounding 40-11 over their last 51 matchups played at Staples Center, which includes a perfect postseason in Los Angeles.
The low-scoring Kings have now stayed under the posted total in 13 of 21 at home (13-4-4) and five of their last seven games played in the Western Conference Finals.
In head to head action, Chicago owns a 14-6 record against Los Angeles in the last 20 games, but the home team is 4-1 in the last five.
Under the total is a frequent trend when these adversaries clash on the ice, as 35 of the last 58 meetings have fallen short of the number (35-18-7), including six of the last eight played in Los Angeles.
Chicago offers a much better offense than Los Angeles, who is struggling to score goals as of late. But, this is a home game for the Kings and they usually find ways to win; and tonight won’t be any different.
I like the Kings to win this one as slim favorites and tie the series at two games apiece before heading back to Chicago for Game 5.NHL Picks: Los Angeles Kings -125 at William Hill