NHL Picks: Kings vs. Blackhawks Game 5 Odds Analysis

PJ Laferla

Saturday, June 8, 2013 11:21 AM GMT

Will the road woes continue for the Los Angeles Kings or will they have enough in their tank to live another day and force a Game 6?

NHL Picks: Kings vs. Blackhawks Game 5

With a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Finals and Game 5 hosted on their home ice, the Chicago Blackhawks are in a great position to close out the Los Angeles Kings tonight and move on to the next round where they would face the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup.

Face off in this pivotal matchup is scheduled for 8:00 pm EST from the United Center in Chicago, IL; 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, listing the Blackhawks as heavy -175 favorites on the money line, while offering a nice return of +155 on the Kings.

Bettors backing the Blackhawks also have the option of giving up -1 ½ goals, with a generous payback of +175 on the NHL odds. Taking the Kings +1 ½ comes at a high cost of -210 and is not recommended for your hockey picks nor is it worth the risk.

The games total is set at 4 ½ goals, with a price of -135 on the over, while under bettors are rewarded +115 on the NHL odds. We still have a ways to go before game time, but as it stands right now 52.9% of the money bet on the total is coming in on the over.

Let’s take a look at both teams coming into this Game 5 contest and determine if it’s Los Angeles or Chicago that holds the best value on the NHL odds boards.

Facing elimination and playing on the road is not a good formula for the Kings, as they have won just seven of their last 20 games on the highway. Furthermore, they are just 3-9 in their last 12 meetings with the Blackhawks at the United Center.

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks have been sensational on their home ice, producing a 39-15 record during a 54 game span. They have also been able to handle the Kings, winning 16 of their last 21 head-to-head matchups.

With three wins so far in this series, the Blackhawks have moved to an impressive 7-1 in their last 8 Western Conference Finals games.

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Prediction

Los Angeles’ quest to repeat as NHL champions ends tonight, as Chicago puts an end to their season and eliminates them from the postseason; while earning the right to play for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

The price is a bit steep, but backing the Blackhawks is the right play to make for your sports picks in this Game 5 matchup.

NHL Picks: Chicago Blackhawks -175 at William Hill