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Sports Betting Preview — October 11: Dodgers vs Cards & Isles vs Hawks

Sports Betting Preview — October 11: Dodgers vs Cards & Isles vs Hawks

What’s up for Friday? Baseball action is back on deck with the start of the NLCS and the NHL brings you the match-up between two Hart Trophy candidates.

Sports Betting Preview for October 11

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Brandon Marshall scored two touchdowns and Jennings had two of the Chicago Bears’ three interceptions against Eli Manning in a 27-21 victory over the now 0-6 New York Giants.

Baseball: Tigers Beat A’s, Advances to ALCS

The Detroit Tigers took Game 5 and advanced to the ALCS for the third straight time after beating the Oakland Athletics, 3-0.

Hockey: Avalanche Improves to 4-0

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 39 saves in his 37th NHL shutout, and the Avalanche stayed perfect with a 2-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals (8:30 PM ET)

Two of baseball’s most storied franchises square off when the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers meet in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers rose to contention thanks to the 42-8 stretch, beating the Atlanta Braves in four games. The Dodgers have a stellar pitching rotation in Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke.

St. Louis advanced to its third straight NLCS – and eighth since 2000 – by surviving Pittsburgh in five games behind ace Adam Wainwright. The Cardinals can’t match the power of the Dodgers but they have a deep and balanced lineup that led the NL in runs and doubles. The Cards will put Joe Kelly on the mound, who helped staged a two-game comeback in the NLDS.

Odds: LA Dodgers (-115) vs. St. Louis (+105), O/U: 7.0

PITCHING MATCH-UP: Dodgers RH Zack Greinke (0-1, 3.00 ERA) vs. RH Joe Kelly (0-0, 3.38)

Entering the NLCS, the Dodgers are stellar with Greinke on the mound, especially on the road, as they are 9-2 in Greinkes last 11 road starts. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 6-1 in Kelly’s last 7 home starts.



New York Islanders vs. Chicago Blackhawks (8 PM ET)

The New York Islanders are off to a fast start, and they’re in position to hand the Chicago Blackhawks their first three-game winless streak since February 2012 when the teams meet at the United Center on Friday night.

The Islanders have followed up a surprising playoff berth last season by starting 2-0-1 in 2013-14, and they’re coming off a 6-1 home victory over Phoenix on Tuesday. Chicago (1-1-1), coming from a 3-2 defeat at St. Louis, will try to prevent that and get back on the winning track.

Odds: NY Islanders (+160) vs. Chicago (-190) O/U: 5.5

The Islanders will have Evgeni Nabokov defending the net and he has been fine on the road so far, as the Isles are 5-2 in Nabokov’s last 7 starts on the road. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, are feeling good going against an Eastern Conference foe, as they are are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. the East.

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