Hawks vs. Kings Game 4 Pick
LOS ANGELES, CA (The Spread) - The Kings will look to build on their series lead when they host the Blackhawks tonight at 9:00PM ET in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Kings are currently -128 money line favorites over the Blackhawks, who are +118 money line underdogs. The total, meanwhile, is currently sitting at 5 goals as Los Angeles leads the series two-games-to-one.
The Blackhawks opened as +120 money line underdogs but their line has dropped slightly to +118, while the Kings' odds have gone from -130 down to -128. Most NHL totals don't change after they open at either 5 or 5.5, and this game is no different. The total opened at 5, and that's where it remains.
Of the current wagers placed on tonight's game, 74% of the NHL betting public favors the Blackhawks. Clearly the betting public hasn't been phased by the poor play of the Hawks over the past four periods.
NHL Free Pick: Take Los Angeles. According to latest NHL trends, the home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams. The Kings are also 4-1 in their last five games overall, 38-13 in their last 51 home games versus a team with a losing road record and 19-7 in their last 26 games following a win. On the other side, the Hawks are just 7-19 in their last 29 road games and 7-19 in their last 26 road games versus a team with a winning home record. The Kings have made outstanding in-game adjustments the past two games to pick up wins despite falling behind on multiple occasions. Look for L.A. to pick up another home win tonight and put itself within one more victory of heading to the Stanley Cup Finals.
2014 NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS FREE PICK: L.A. KINGS -128