Daily Sports Betting Preview 4/22/2021: NBA, Serie A, NHL

  • The Phoenix Suns have -175 odds to defeat the Boston Celtics.
  • Atalanta has -135 odds to defeat AS Roma on the three way moneyline.
  • The New York Rangers are -170 favorites over the Philadelphia Flyers.

LAS VEGAS - Welcome to this Thursday edition of the Daily Sports Betting Preview!

First up on the Preview, the blazing hot Phoenix Suns face off against the Boston Celtics. Then, in Serie A action, AS Roma takes on Atalanta. Finally, in the NHL, the Philadelphia Flyers take on the perplexing New York Rangers.

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

NBA Betting

The Phoenix Suns have won 13 of their last 15 games, and their red-hot pace has them as one of the very best teams in the NBA.

The Suns are currently in second place in the Western Conference at 42-16, and hold the second-best record in the NBA as a whole. Their opponents today, the Boston Celtics, are improving after a poor first two-thirds of the season.

The Celtics are 31-27, but they have a record of 8-2 in their last ten games, which demonstrates the amount they’ve come on in recent weeks.

Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics Moneyline

  • Phoenix Suns -175
  • Boston Celtics +155

The Suns are favored in this matchup, as they should be, but the Celtics are definitely in with a shot against this team. The Suns have been dominant in the last few months, but the Celtics are a team that has the talent to hang with anyone in the NBA.

Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics Spread

  • Phoenix Suns -4.0 (-110)
  • Boston Celtics +4.0 (-110)

The story of the spread for this game illustrates the degree to which the betting public tends to believe in the talent on the Celtics. The game opened with the Suns favored by 6.5 points, but betting has moved that line all the way down to Suns -4.0.

This could also speak to the degree the Suns are underrated, even after being the best team in the league for a few months, and proving that they belong with the elite teams in the game.

NBA betting fans can watch this game at 7:00 p.m. EST on NBA League Pass and local broadcasters.

Soccer Betting

The collapse of the European Super League means that Champions League spots are still up for grabs in Serie A.

Atalanta, currently fourth in the competition, finds itself in the mix for one of those slots, and faces off against AS Roma today in a bid to make it there. A win for Atalanta would put them in second place in the league, on 67 points, which would go a long way towards securing Champions League qualification.

They’ve been doing a lot of winning recently, winning their last five games in the league - although they did lose a Champions League matchup to Real Madrid in this time frame.

Still, it’s not a surprise to see them favored over the seventh place Roma.

AS Roma vs. Atalanta Three Way Moneyline

  • AS Roma +330
  • Atalanta -135
  • Draw +145

Atalanta’s hot streak stands in stark contrast to Roma’s form as of late, as they’ve only won one of their last five matches.

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With Lazio also on a winning streak, Roma is now fighting simply to maintain a place in the top 8 teams in the league.

Given all of this, Atalanta being favored by the online sportsbooks is not a surprise, and the fact that they are outright favorites is also not a surprise.

Atalanta’s -135 odds speak to their current form and the quality of their team, and they deserve to be the favorites in this matchup.

Soccer betting enthusiasts can wager on this matchup at 12:30 p.m. EST, and it will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Hockey Betting

The Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers are right next to each other on the standings, but their goal differentials couldn’t be farther apart.

The Flyers are in sixth place in the East Division, while the Rangers are in fifth place.

The Rangers have a 23-17-4-2 record, while the Flyers have a 20-18-3-4 record. Not a huge gap, right? Wrong.

The Rangers have a goal differential of +28, which is actually the highest in the division, while the Flyers have a goal differential of -34. In other words, the Rangers are capable of elite play, while the Flyers are winning games by the skin of their teeth.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers Moneyline

  • Philadelphia Flyers +150
  • New York Rangers -170

The odds are in favor of the Rangers, but given the underlying numbers here, they might not be in favor of the Rangers enough.

It can’t be overstated what a gigantic gulf this is between two otherwise similar teams in terms of record.

The Rangers have one of the largest gaps between goal differential and actual record in the modern era of hockey, and at some point, one wonders when they’ll start making good on that.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers Puck Line

  • Philadelphia Flyers +1.5 (-165)
  • New York Rangers -1.5 (+145)

The puck line sees the Flyers, spotted 1.5 goals, as favorites, while the Rangers -1.5 occupy the underdog spot. The Rangers are an astonishing 32-14 on the puck line this season - with numbers like that, it’s hard to bet against them.

Hockey betting enthusiasts can watch this game at 7:08 p.m. EST on local broadcasters in the Philadelphia and NY media markets.

Good luck!