Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche - 3/12/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche - 3/12/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche (14-8-2) vs Los Angeles Kings (11-8-6)

Game Info: Friday, March 12, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -220 / Los Angeles Kings +180 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Kings and the Colorado Avalanche meet in NHL action from the Ball Arena on Friday night.

The Los Angeles Kings will look to build on their 5-1 win over Anaheim last time out. Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in scoring with 31 points including a team-high 24 assists while Drew Doughty has 22 points with 6 goals and 16 assits this season. Adrian Kempe and Dustin Brown each have 19 points with a combined 24 goals between the two while Alex Iafallo has 16 points with 6 goals and 10 assists and Jeff Carter has 14 points with 5 goals and 9 helpers this season. Cal Petersen’s made 13 starts in goal for L.A., picking up 4 wins with a 2.74 GAA while Jonathan Quick has a 6-6 record with 3 shutouts and a 2.87 GAA in 12 appearances but is questionable for this one with an upper body injury.

The Colorado Avalanche will be looking to build on their 2-1 OT win over Arizona last time out. Mikko Rantanen leads the Avs in scoring with 25 points including 12 goals and 13 assists while Nathan MacKinnon has 22 points with a team-high 17 assists and Sam Girard has 19 points with 15 assists this season. Nazem Kadri’s got 18 points with 6 goals and 12 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 16 points with 7 goals and 9 assists while Brandon Saad and Andre Burakovsky each have 15 points with Saad logging 9 goals and 6 assists and Burakovsky adding 5 goals and 10 apples this season. Cale Makar has 14 points with 13 assists while Joonas Donskoi has 13 points with 6 goals and 7 apples and Devon Toews has 12 points with 8 assists this season. Philipp Grubauer’s made 20 appearances for Colorado this season, going 13-7 with 3 shutouts and a 2.05 GAA this season.

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Los Angeles is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 20-43 in their last 63 road games while the under is 18-6 in their last 24 games following a win. Colorado is 21-9 in their last 30 games against a team with a losing record and 4-0 in their last 4 Friday games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Los Angeles is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Colorado.

I get why the Avs are favored here as they’re the better team side-by-side and have been more consistent over the course of the season. However, The only way to really get value here is to lay the puck line, and Los Angeles is one of the best in the league against the puck line, going 19-6 against it this season and I just don’t think there’s much value to it otherwise. Los Angeles has picked up points in 8 of the last 10 and I think they can at least get a point here, so I’ll take the Kings +1.5 on the puck line to get near even money out of the wager.

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Chris’s Pick Los Angeles +1.5

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