Daily Sports Betting Preview 5/18/21: NHL, NBA, MLB

  • The Vegas Golden Knights are -160 favorites to even up the series 1-1 against the Minnesota Wild.
  • The Washington Wizards are +115 betting underdogs and projected to see their season end at the hands of the Boston Celtics.
  • The San Diego Padres are -230 on the moneyline after their 7-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies last night.

LAS VEGAS – It’s a good day to be a sports fan. Multiple leagues have a slate of games today as we’ll dive into a game in the NHL, NBA and MLB on today’s Daily Sports Betting Preview.

We’ll touch on game two of the Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild series before getting into the win-or-go-home play-in game between the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics. Finally, we’ll wrap up with a late-night MLB game between the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres.

Let’s get right into it.

NHL Betting: Golden Knights vs Wild

Despite dropping Game 1 of the series, the Vegas Golden Knights are the betting favorites in Game 2.

Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild Moneyline

  • Vegas Golden Knights -160
  • Minnesota Wild +140

Vegas largely dominated game one by winning 62.1% of the faceoffs and getting 42 shots on net, but couldn’t find a hole as the Wild’s goalie, Cam Talbot, saved each shot sent his way as the Wild won 1-0 in overtime.

Fans of the Golden Knights shouldn’t be too worried considering sports betting sites still have Vegas as the favorite to win the series.

Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild Series Price

  • Vegas Golden Knights -120
  • Minnesota Wild EVEN

However, NHL bettors may find the best value in a different area; the total.

The total is set at 5.5 goals with the Under being slightly favored, but still might be the best bet of the game. Game 1 saw just one goal on 72 shots which may not be too surprising since Vegas allowed the fewest goals per game in the regular season with just 2.18.

Vegas Golden Knights vs Minnesota Wild Total

  • Over 5.5 +105
  • Under 5.5 -125

The game will start at 10 p.m. EST and will be aired on NBCSN for those who want to watch their bets cash.

NBA Betting: Celtics vs Wizards

The Boston Celtics will host the Washington Wizards in a play-in game for the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are narrow favorites in the matchup despite their recent struggles and the Wizards’ surprising play.

Boston Celtics vs Washington Wizards Moneyline

  • Boston Celtics -135
  • Washington Wizards +115

Since Jaylen Brown suffered a season-ending injury, the Celtics are 2-5 SU with their only wins coming against the Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves who are both among the top three worst records in the NBA.

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The Wizards have won 15 of their last 20 games and some would argue their record should be even better. Their five losses over that span are by a combined 10 points.

Betting on the Wizards could very well be the best play of the game given their form and the Celtic’s extreme struggles. Getting plus money value might be an opportunity that NBA bettors just can’t pass up.

The game is set to start at 9 p.m. EST and will be broadcasted on TNT.

MLB Betting: Rockies vs Padres

The Colorado Rockies will look to bounce back after an embarrassing loss to the San Diego Padres last night. This will be the second game of a three-game series and the Padres will be coasting off of the 7-0 win in game one.

Things won’t get much easier for the Rockies as the Padres will send former Cy Young winner Blake Snell to the mound in tonight’s game as they look for their fifth straight win.

Colorado Rockies vs San Diego Padres Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: COL +195, SD -230
  • Spread: COL +1.5 (-110), SD -1.5 (-110)
  • Total: O/U 7.0

The best MLB betting odds of the game may be the Over given how these teams have been playing.

Each of the Rockies’ last five games has had seven or more runs with an average total of a whopping 13.4 runs per game. Four of the Padres’ last five have at least matched this number with an average of nine runs per game.

Both starting pitchers in this matchup have an ERA north of 4.00 and the Colorado bullpen has a 5.87 ERA over the last two weeks. Even further, Colorado has the third-highest batting average in the MLB this year against left-handed pitchers, which Snell happens to be.

This game will start at 10:10 p.m. EST and can be watched on MLB Extra Innings, MLB. TV, Bally Sports Arizona or Bally Sports San Diego.

Godspeed, bettors.