Daily Sports Betting Preview 3/31/2021: NBA, NHL, World Cup Qualifiers

  • The Los Angeles Lakers are nine-point underdogs to the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • The Colorado Avalanche have -300 odds to defeat the Arizona Coyotes.
  • Germany has -1000 odds to defeat North Macedonia on the three-way moneyline.

LAS VEGAS - Welcome to the Daily Sports Betting Preview on this excellent Wednesday!

Today’s Preview kicks off with a look at the NBA matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. Then, the Arizona Coyotes take on the Colorado Avalanche in NHL action. Finally, World Cup Qualifiers bring a matchup between Germany and North Macedonia to the table.

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!

NBA Betting

Entering the 2020-2021 NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks were expected to be top contenders to win the NBA Championship.

The Lakers were coming off of being the 2020 Champions, and the Bucks were expected to dominate a weak Eastern Conference. Both teams are still in the mix, but neither is in as comfortable a position as they would like.

The Lakers are suffering from serious injuries to both Anthony Davis and LeBron James, and are limping without them. The Bucks are suffering from the existence of the Brooklyn Nets, who relegated them to also-ran status in the Eastern Conference.

That said, the Bucks are still a good basketball team, whereas the Lakers without James and Davis...not so much.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks Moneyline

  • Milwaukee Bucks -400
  • Los Angeles Lakers +300

This matchup is defined by the absence of James and Davis, and the Lakers are not a serious team without those two.

They’ve lost four of their last six games, and the two wins were over the Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have a combined 33 wins this season.

The Bucks are still elite, in third place in the Eastern Conference behind the Nets and the 76ers, and are the better team entering this matchup.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks Spread

  • Milwaukee Bucks -9.0 (-110)
  • Los Angeles Lakers +9.0 (-110)

The spread on this matchup is fairly large, given the degree to which the Lakers have struggled without their two stars.

The Bucks are actually fairly poor against the spread, with an overall record of 20-26 ATS, and an away record of 7-14 ATS.

Between the Bucks’ poor ATS record and the fact that everyone is counting out this Lakers team, the Lakers could be a decent play on the spread for NBA betting enthusiasts.

NHL Betting

The Colorado Avalanche are trailing behind the Vegas Golden Knights in the West Division, but there are some indications that they may be a better team.

The Avs have a goal differential of +41, while the Golden Knights only have a goal differential of +33. This gap is due almost entirely to the fact that the Avalanche have scored ten more goals than the Golden Knights over the course of the season.

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Their combination of elite offense and quality defense makes them dangerous for any opponent, and their projected victims on Wednesday are the Arizona Coyotes.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Arizona Coyotes Moneyline

  • Arizona Coyotes +250
  • Colorado Avalanche -300

The Coyotes are a mediocre team, with a record of 16-14-3-2, good for fifth place in the West Division.

The Avs are dominant overall, but at home, they’re a bit more dominant than on the road, with a 14-4-2-0 home record straight up.

Given that the Avs are a dominant team who are playing at home, it’s not a surprise to see them favored at -300 odds on the online sportsbooks.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Arizona Coyotes Puck Line

  • Arizona Coyotes +1.5 (+100)
  • Colorado Avalanche -1.5 (-120)

The puck line almost perfectly splits the difference between these two teams, and accurately reflects how much better the Avs are than the Coyotes - they’re still favored, even on the puck line.

The Avs have not been incredibly good on the puck line this year, with an overall record of 16-18, but the Coyotes have not been much better at 17-18.

The puck line in this matchup could be treacherous for NHL betting enthusiasts, given the clear gap between the two teams and how even the odds are.

Soccer Betting

North Macedonia faces an incredibly tough challenge as they take on the German National Team in World Cup Qualifiers. Germany is one of the powerhouses of the sport internationally, and North Macedonia is decidedly not. Thus, the odds being lopsided is a wholly unsurprising turn of events.

Germany vs. North Macedonia

  • Germany -1000
  • North Macedonia +2500
  • Draw +850

Germany’s -1000 odds represent a 10% rate of return on investment in what seems likely to be a very safe bet on the three-way moneyline.

Germany vs. North Macedonia No Draw Moneyline

  • Germany -5000
  • North Macedonia +1500

The no draw moneyline sees those odds go to -5000, which represents 1/5th the rate of return of betting on Germany on the three-way moneyline.

For most soccer betting fans, this matchup will be an exercise in finding the best possible odds on Germany to win.

This is a chance for a marginal return at a fairly solid rate, as the Germans are overwhelmingly likely to come away with a victory here.

Between these two odds, it seems clear that the three-way provides the best payouts, but bettors could also look to shop lines to find the perfect wagers.

Good luck!