Sharks vs. Kings Game 1 Pick

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LOS ANGELES, CA (The Spread)– The Kings and Sharks will begin a seven game series starting tonight at 10:00PM ET when the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs kicks off its second round.

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ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Kings are -144 money line favorites over the Sharks, who are +133 on the ML. The total, meanwhile, is currently sitting at 5 goals.

LINE MOVEMENT: The Kings opened as -155 money line favorites but their odds dropped to -144, while the Sharks are +133 after they opened as +143 money line underdogs. San Jose knocked off Vancouver while Los Angeles got past St. Louis in six games.

PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers that have currently been placed on this game, 59% of bettors favor the Kings. This information is subject to change, however, so click on the link provided for the most updated public betting stats.

NHL FREE PICK: Take Los Angeles. According to latest NHL trends, the Sharks are 1-4 in their last five games versus the Kings when the game is in Los Angeles. They’re also 17-35 in their last 52 road games, 5-11 in their last 16 games when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous game, and 3-10 in their last 13 road games versus a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600. The Kings, meanwhile, are 4-0 in their last four games overall after essentially sweeping the Blues, are 4-0 in their last four Conference Semifinals games, and 37-14 in their last 51 home games. L.A. has been unbeatable in the Staples Center since the midway point of the regular season and look for the team to build off of its first-round victory with another win tonight.

2013 NHL STANLEY CUP FINALS FREE PICK: LOS ANGELES KINGS -144

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