Here’s an overview of some of the top games in sports being played on April 19th. Today, we’re taking a closer look at five games from MLB, the NBA Playoffs, and the NHL.
Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Guardians – 7:10 PM ET
Our first game of the daily rundown will see the Chicago White Sox face the Cleveland Guardians. This is the start of the series between these two teams and should be a good one. The White Sox are 6-3 but are coming off a 9-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. If they want to get back on track, they’ll need to beat the Guardians.
Cleveland has had quite the rough stretch, losing their last three games. However, Shane Bieber will get the start tonight which should give Cleveland some hope. Beiber has a 2.70 ERA and has thrown nine strikeouts in 10 innings pitched. The Guardians come in at -140 on the Moneyline, and we’d take them to win this one.
New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers – 6:40 PM ET
Our second baseball game of the day has the big bats of the Yankees facing the Detroit Tigers. The best part of this game is that we’ll get to see Gerrit Cole on the mound first. Cole has a 5.59 ERA this season and can really show off against Detroit’s batters. As a team, the Tigers rank 27th overall in batting average.
Finding a way to get off the field quickly will be important for the Tigers in this game. The Yankees haven’t had the best start to the season and the Tigers can take advantage of that. New York is 5-5 this season and ranks 26th in total runs. If the Tigers can land some easy outs, they could pull off a win over New York today.
Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues – 5:00 PM PT
Perhaps the best hockey game to watch today is the Bruins versus the Blues. Boston has a 46-24-5 record this season, led by Brad Marchand. Marchand has 31 goals and 42 assists this year, and the Bruins have a 23-11-3 road record. In goal, tonight is Linus Ullmark, who has a 23-10-2 record. On average, Ullmark only gives up 2.57 goals per game.
Ullmark will be tested by the strikers of the St. Louis Blues, who have a record of 46-20-10. Vladimir Tarasenko leads the team in goals with 33 this season, paired with 43 assists. The Blues come in as a -135 favorite here with the total set at six. Between these two teams, we’d take the Blues and the total to stay under six.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Memphis Grizzlies – 5:30 PM PT
The Timberwolves find themselves leading this series 1-0 after a 130-117 victory. Game 2 will go down tonight and although they won the first game, they still come in as underdogs. The Timberwolves are +7 tonight and have a 45-38-1 record against the spread. The matchup to watch tonight will be Karl-Anthony Towns versus Steven Adams.
The Grizzlies’ offense ranks as one of the best in the NBA, but that isn’t their problem. Their biggest problem is their defense which allows 110.17 points per game. Ranking 13th in the NBA, this defense could be their downfall again tonight. The Timberwolves are 2-1 against the Grizzlies in their last three, so we’ll take Minnesota +7 tonight.
New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix Suns – 7:00 PM PT
The final game of the day is the New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix Suns. Already down 0-1 in the series, the Pelicans are hoping to bounce back tonight. The Pelicans come in as 9.5-point underdogs tonight, after losing 110-99 in Game 1. Their offense ranks 21st in the NBA, averaging only 109.16 points per game. Things aren’t looking good for the Pelicans here.
The Phoenix Suns rank fifth in points per game, averaging 114.77 per game. At home, the Suns have a 33-9 record. With their dominance at home, we can’t imagine them losing this game to the Pelicans. In fact, we think the 9.5-point spread might not be enough and the Suns will easily cover. Take the Suns -9.5 to beat the Pelicans and go up 2-0 in the series.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
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