NBA And NHL Playoff Preview And Picks For April 27

I never thought I’d say this but thank Gamblor for the NFL draft. 

Saved my night last night after I went 0-3 on the ice and hardwood. I mentioned on the show that Saquon Barkley to go No. 2 at +175 was my favorite play of the draft and that came through along with a few others. 

On to Friday night. Check out our picks in more detail in the video above and join us on Periscope Monday to Friday at noon ET on @OddsShark.  

Now 13-9 in the NHL after a 0-2 Thursday. Up $287 (based on $100/gm bets)
NBA 11-14 ATS after a 0-1 Thursday night.


Raptors at Wizards -2, 214.5 

  • This is some sloppy hoops. 36 turnovers in Game 5. 
  • Raptors have had at least 18 turnovers in three straight games. 1.49 assist-to-turnover ratio in the series, Wizards far better at 2.13. 
  • Raptors made the right adjustments in Game 5 going with Jonas Valanciunas for eight minutes in the fourth quarter. Raps pulled away.
  • Raptors shooting 43.4 percent on threes in the series vs 36.7 percent for the Wizards.
  • Raptors are 1-7 against the spread in their last eight road games. 

Pick: OVER 

Cavs at Pacers -1.5, 204 

  • The UNDER is 7-0-1 in the last eight meetings. This is the lowest total in at least the last 10 meetings.
  • Pacers have bounced back with a cover after each of their last seven losses.
  • Pacers are 4-1 ATS in the series and 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings with the Cavs. 
  • Mentioned on the show before Game 5 – when the Cavs have to rely on LeBron to do it all, I tend to lean to the other side. He had 44 points in Game 5 with the buzzer-beating Sportsbook and the Cavs didn’t cover. 
  • Indiana far better shooting on FGs (47 percent) and FTs (78.4 percent) in the series vs Cavs at 43.8 percent FGs and 71.1 percent FTs. 

Pick: Take the Pacers +525 to win the series 

Thunder at Jazz -6, 207 

  • Thunder struggling to find cohesion. Just 1.13 assist-to-turnover ratio this series. 
  • Carmelo Anthony a major liability for the Thunder. 12.8 points and 37 percent shooting. Hasn’t had an assist since Game 1.  
  • Westbrook + Paul George without Melo: +18.4 this series; Westbrook + PG with Melo: -11.4 
  • I think we might see the Thunder sit Melo longer, which makes for a much better OKC team. If so, this might be too many points but really hard to say. 

Pick: Jazz moneyline and parlay it with the NHL play below


Jets at Predators -150, 5.5 

  • Two best teams in the NHL this year. Second- and third-best bets overall in the NHL this season also – Jets $1,269 profit and Nashville $1,188 based on $100 bets per game.
  • Jets have won 15 of their last 17 games and have two straight shutouts. This line seems out of whack to me. 
  • The way Dustin Byfuglien is playing and with Tyler Myers having had a chance to rest, the Jets might have the best defensive unit left in the playoffs. Also the second-highest scoring team in the regular season. Six of the last seven Jets games played UNDER. 
  • Home ice will be a huge factor in this series with two incredible arenas at playoff time. Jets had the best home record in the NHL this year while Nashville had the best road record. 

Pick: Jets +130