There’s a loaded slate of sports action on Tuesday, April 12. Every MLB team returns to the diamond on Tuesday with all 30 teams playing. There are also 14 NHL games, as well as two NBA play-in games with loads of intrigue.
Here are our top picks for Tuesday!
With a 3-0 win in Monday’s opener, the Blue Jays (3-1) pulled even with the Rays for the AL East lead. They now try to beat the Yankees (2-2) again while throwing Yusei Kikuchi against Nestor Cortes at 7:05 p.m. ET. The Yankees are one-run favorites with an over/under of 9.5.
Kikuchi is set to make his Toronto debut after an All-Star appearance with Seattle last year. He’s allowed 11 runs in four games. Cortes made 14 starts in 22 appearances a season ago.
Toronto is 5-2 over the last seven meetings and the under is 8-2 in the last 10 games in New York. We’ll go Blue Jays +1 and under 9.5.
The Braves and Nationals are each 2-3 after Monday’s 11-2 Nationals win. The Nats send Patrick Corbin to the bump against an unnamed starter for the defending champions as of this writing. Without having a starter, the Braves are favored by a run with an over/under of 9.5.
Washington is 2-6 over the last eight and the over is 4-1 in the last five in Atlanta. That being said, and Corbin allowing two runs over four innings in his season debut, allows us to pick Atlanta -1 with the over.
First place in the Metropolitan Division is on the line as the New York Rangers host the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Just two points separate the teams in the standings, and as the season winds down, this game could be a playoff preview.
Vezina Trophy frontrunners Frederik Andersen (34-13-3, .925 save %, 2.07 GAA, four shutouts) and Igor Shesterkin 34-10-4, .935 save %, 2.07 GAA, four shutouts) should both get the call in net. The teams have split their previous two meetings.
The Rangers are home underdogs at +105 while Carolina is -125 on the road. Take the home team at plus money in what should be a thriller.
Two clubs looking to challenge the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference will go head-to-head in St. Paul Tuesday night as the Minnesota Wild host the Edmonton Oilers. Connor McDavid (46 goals, 66 assists) and Leon Draisaitl (50 goals, 51 assists), rank first and third in the league in points, respectively. Meanwhile, Kirill Kaprizov (42 goals, 47 assists) needs one more goal to set the Wild’s single-season franchise record.
Minnesota won the previous contests this season 4-1 and 7-3, but things should be closer this time around. Consider Edmonton at around +125 on the road.
In the first of two play-in games on the evening, the Brooklyn Nets hope to lock up a playoff spot at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant should be at their best, but a scrappy Cavs team can still make this one a challenge.
Still, it’s hard to bet on Cleveland given their 3-7 run over their final 10 games. With a spread at 9.5, expect the Nets to win, cover, and clinch the #7 seed in the East.
Tuesday’s game between the Clippers and Timberwolves should be a chippy affair as both teams battle for their playoff lives. LA’s brutal road record (17-24) doesn’t look great against Minnesota’s home record (26-15), but the Clippers won three of four regular season meetings.
The spread for this one is down to just three points, and it wouldn’t surprise me if a last-second shot determined the winner. For that reason, taking the Clippers at +3 on the road isn’t a bad play here.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
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