Colorado took advantage of Vegas’ salary cap problems that left them three players short for their clash on Monday by defeating the Golden Knights 2-1. The Avalanche continue to control their own destiny as they try to finish in first place in the West Division and claim the NHL’s President’s Trophy, awarded to the team with the best regular season record. Tonight, they will try to take a big step towards those goals when they host the Kings.
Let’s take a look at this matchup, the seventh between Los Angeles and Colorado this season, from a betting perspective in our Kings vs. Avalanche betting preview with odds, picks and predictions.
Seemingly, this is a favorable matchup for the Avalanche as the Kings have dropped three straight games and are just 1-5-0 against them this season.
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Kings vs. Avalanche Betting Pick (May 12, 2021)
The Avalanche are currently on the second-longest home point streak in franchise history with at least one point in 15 straight games at Ball Arena (14-0-1). This stretch includes seven consecutive home victories. Overall, Colorado is 20-4-2 at home this season, the second-best mark in the NHL.
Colorado is also really good in the front end of back-to-back games this season, going 8-1-0, tied for the best mark in the league.
Meanwhile, the Kings have been a pretty solid road team of late, going 5-2-0 in their last seven away from home. Despite a three-game losing streak (0-2-1), all three losses have been by one goal while six of their last eight games have been decided by one goal ( 2-3-1).
Kings vs. Avalanche Odds
Spread: Kings (+1.5 +118), Avalanche (-1.5 -141)
Moneyline: Kings (+283); Avalanche (-345)
Over/Under: Over 5.5 (-113)/Under 5.5 (-108)
Here are the lines for Kings vs. Avalanche at DraftKings Sportsbook:
Bets We Like With an Avalanche Win
Avalanche to win AND UNDER 6.5 goals (-105, DraftKings)
Colorado is an overwhelming favorite. They’re going to win this game because they have too much riding on it and Los Angeles has nothing to play for. But how do you get those odds down close to even money? Why, you bump the over/under line up an entire puck and take the under and parlay that with a Colorado win. All six games between these two teams have come in under 6.5 goals this season, and this one should be no different.
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Bets We Like With a Kings Win
Gabriel Vilardi OVER 0.5 goals (+460, FanDuel)
Vilardi was the Kings’ first round draft pick in 2017, and now at 21 years old, he’s starting to show why he was so highly touted. Vilardi has points in four straight games for the Kings, and after a career-long eight-game point drought last month, Vilardi has points in eight his team’s past 11 games. He has scored two goals against Colorado this season, including one last weekend in Los Angeles.
With the odds as hugely in the bettor’s favor as they are, and with Vilardi finding his game, this is a worthy gamble for a nice payout.
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Bets We Like Independent of Outcome
Andre Burakovsky OVER 0.5 points (-132, FanDuel)
If you’ve followed our betting advice for much of the past six weeks, you know we believe in riding player hot streaks. Nathan MacKinnon made you a lot of money last month doing that. Burakovsky is the latest Avalanche player to get on that kind of roll. He is riding a six-game point streak (4-5-9) and has points in 9-of-11 (6-8-14). The odds aren’t horrible in case this misses, but it’s likely to hit, and keep you rolling in the winnings on your Avalanche player props.
Kings vs. Avalanche Prediction
The Kings will keep it close for awhile, as they are wont to do, but the game just means too much to Colorado. The Avalanche play like they have a man advantage for 60 minutes at Ball Arena. Look for the Avs to pull away late and get within a win of the division crown.
Pick: Avalanche 4, Kings 2