NHL Betting Odds and Picks: Canadiens vs. Capitals, Penguins vs. Maple Leafs and More (Thursday, Feb. 20)

All of a sudden the playoff race in the Eastern Conference is flush with teams falling all over themselves:

  • Columbus Blue Jackets (0-3-3 in last six games)
  • New York Islanders (0-4-0 in last four)
  • Washington Capitals (2-5-0 in last seven)
  • Florida Panthers (4-6-1 in last 11)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs (3-5-1 in last nine)

And then there’s the big boys. The Tampa Bay Lightning have won 12 in a row. The Boston Bruins have won nine of 10. The Pittsburgh Penguins are 7-2-1 in their last 10. The cream has certainly begun to rise to the top.

Plenty of these teams are in action on Thursday, so let’s jump into the slate:

Thursday NHL Odds & Picks


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Canadiens at Capitals Odds

  • Canadiens odds: +163
  • Capitals odds: -190
  • Over/Under: 6
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET

This is a buy-low spot for both teams.

Washington returns home after a recent skid that saw them collect just four of a possible 14 points. For the first time all season, the Capitals have dropped out of first place in the Metropolitan Division, supplanted by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Montreal’s most recent tailspin culminated on Tuesday night as the Habs melted down against the historically-bad Detroit Red Wings, losing 4-3 in regulation. The Canadiens are cooked and have begun to trade away assets with an eye on 2020-21.

It’s a real shame that Montreal’s season has gone this way because the Habs boast the third-best expected goals rate (53.5%) this season and have ranked near the top of the xG table for most of the campaign. Injuries, bad luck and a lack of high-end talent has doomed Montreal to mediocrity in 2019-20, but the process looked right.

The Washington Capitals are a different story, posting good results despite mediocre 5-on-5 metrics for most of the season. The Caps have enough elite players to outrun their underlying numbers, but they’ve been playing with fire all season — especially in their own zone.

Washington allows too many scoring high-danger scoring chances (11.2 per 60 minutes at 5-on-5) and the Caps rank 20th in the NHL in expected goals against per 60 minutes at 5-on-5. Those aren’t terrible numbers, but they aren’t good either.

Montreal, for all of its flaws, is able to take advantage of poor defenses. The Habs rank third in the NHL at creating high-danger scoring chances and their 2.64 expected goals for per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 is bested by only two teams in the circuit.

Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers NBA Expert Betting Picks 2/20/20

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College Basketball Betting Odds & Picks: How to Bet the Oregon State vs. Arizona Total

The Arizona Wildcats have righted the ship down the stretch, and could wake up on Friday morning in sole possession of first place in the Pac-12. For that to happen, they’ll need to enact some revenge on Oregon State. The Beavers blasted the Wildcats by 17 points up in Corvallis back in mid-January, but have …

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NBA Betting Trend: The Overs to Bet After the All-Star Break

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Thursday College Basketball Odds & Picks: Oregon vs. Arizona State, Hofstra vs. Drexel

The race for the Pac-12 Conference is one of the tightest in college basketball, with six teams separated by just one game. Two of those teams face off in Tempe when Oregon visits Arizona State.

In the CAA, the Hofstra Pride have outperformed preseason expectations and have a second consecutive conference title in sight. They look to maintain their lead when they travel to Philadelphia to battle Drexel.

Let’s see which teams we should back in these important late February matchups.

Thursday College Basketball Odds & Picks


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Arizona State vs. Oregon

  • Spread: Oregon -1
  • Over/Under: 143
  • Time: 9 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN

Oregon (20-6) is tied atop the Pac-12 conference at 9-4 and is on a two-game winning streak. This will be the last regular-season road trip for the Ducks, who end their Pac-12 schedule with three consecutive home games. They are 15-11 against the spread including 3-3 in their last six contests. 

Arizona State (17-8) is on a five-game winning streak and has won four straight conference home games. The Sun Devils are just one-half game behind Oregon and Colorado in the Pac-12 race with six conference games remaining. They are 13-12 ATS but just 1-2 in their last three games. 

The Sun Devils have enjoyed some fortunate luck and favorable scheduling during their recent winning streak. They played Washington (Quade Green) and Stanford (Oscar da Silva) without key starters, and have not played any of the top three teams currently in the Pac-12 during that time.

The Sun Devils have also survived despite shooting just 68.4% from the free-throw line in conference play, while their opponents have only shot 67.7%.

The Ducks have won consecutive games over Colorado and Utah and are starting to regain their early season form. Oregon has tallied 20 wins against the fifth-hardest schedule in the country, and have non-conference victories over Memphis (with James Wiseman), Houston, and Seton Hall, as well as an overtime loss to Gonzaga.

2020 Atlanta Braves Betting Odds, Win Total Prediction & Preview

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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Sacramento Kings Betting Pick 02/20/20

The Sacramento Kings (21-33) will be at home in the Golden 1 Center when they square off against the Memphis Grizzlies (28-26). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 229 points with Sacramento set as a 1.5-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 20, 2020, and it can be […]

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Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers ATS Odds Pick 02/20/20

The Philadelphia 76ers (34-21) can continue an 11-game home winning streak when they square off against the Brooklyn Nets (25-28) at Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia opened as an 8-point favorite, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 217 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 20, 2020. Brooklyn Nets […]

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Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks Free Pick 02/20/20

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