Kings vs. Hawks Game 5 Pick

Kings Blackhawks 2014 NHL playoffs predictions odds trends

CHICAGO, IL (The Spread) – The Blackhawks will look to stave off elimination tonight when they host the Kings in Game 5 at 8:00PM ET.

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ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Blackhawks are -143 money line favorites over the Kings, who are +132 on the money line. The total, meanwhile, is currently sitting at 5 goals as Los Angeles currently owns a three-games-to-none lead in this best-of-seven game series.

LINE MOVEMENT: The Kings opened as +125 money line favorites but their odds have jumped to +132, while the Blackhawks’ odds have gone from -135 up to -143 on the money line. The total hasn’t moved since opening at 5 goals.

PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers that have currently been placed on this game, 69% of bettors favor the Blackhawks. 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 Kings are 5-1 in their last six games overall, 4-1 in their last five after scoring five goals or more in their previous game, and 20-6 in their last 26 games following a win. They’re also 6-2 in their last eight road games, 8-3 in their last 11 when playing on one day of rest, and 14-6 in their last 20 when their opponent scores two goals or less in their previous contest. The Hawks, meanwhile, are 1-4 in their last five versus the Pacific and 1-4 in their last five games following a loss of three or more goals. Chicago is simply finished. The defending champs battled back from the same 3-1 deficit last year to beat Detroit but this has been domination at its best. Bettors should be able to capitalize on L.A. at a nice price.

2014 NHL PLAYOFFS FREE PICK: LOS ANGELES KINGS +125

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