Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Friday, April 22

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Phil Agius

NBA· 3 weeks ago

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I've been writing about the NFL and a host of other sports for the UK's top daily betting paper the Racing Post for more than 20 years. An incurable Browns fan (1-31 survivor), I also specialise in all kinds of motorsport betting including F1, MotoGP, IndyCar and NASCAR.

We have another fantastic Friday of sports ahead of us, with NBA Playoffs, MLB and NHL action, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Grizzlies pull off huge comeback
The Grizzlies staged a crazy comeback in last night’s playoff game against the Timberwolves, winning 104-95 having trailed by 26 points at one stage. The Timberwolves hit -1000 odds to win the game with BetMGM, but lost the 4th quarter 37-12. The Mavericks upset the Jazz as 6-point underdogs in the second game, winning 126-118 to go 2-1 up in the series. The Warriors are on the brink of progressing, though, after going 3-0 up on the Nuggets with a 118-113 road win. We cashed our 3-star play of over 224 points in that game, while Ricky Dimon cashed a +500 first-basket pick of Donovan Mitchell.

Mets take series against Giants
The Mets continued their strong start to the season as a 6-2 home win over the Giants gave them a 3-1 series win and raised their record to 10-4. At the other end of the MLB standings, the Rangers snapped a 5-game losing streak with an 8-6 win at the Mariners.

Great night in NHL for Pickswise
The big Thursday NHL slate brought plenty of success for our handicappers, who went 8-3 on sides and 7-3-1 on the totals. The Panthers clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference, and the Atlantic Division title, with their 12th straight win, beating the Red Wings 5-2.

Today’s Slate

Hawks hope for better at home
There are 3 more NBA playoff games today, with the Hawks hoping to reduce a 2-0 deficit when they host the Heat at 7:00 pm ET (ESPN). Bucks vs Bulls (8:30pm ET, ABC) and Suns vs Pelicans (9:30 pm ET, ESPN) are both finely poised at 1-1. Read all of today’s NBA game previews.

Huge day of baseball
We have a full slate of 15 MLB games today, including Rockies vs Tigers on ESPN+ at 7:10 pm ET. The Pirates play the Cubs in the early game at 2:20pm ET. Read today’s MLB game previews.

Four-game slate in the NHL
There are 4 NHL games today, including Kraken vs Wild on NHL Network at 8:00 pm ET. Read today’s NHL game previews.

Best Bet of the Day

Milwaukee Bucks -2 vs Chicago Bulls
8:30 pm ET, ABC

The Bucks and Bulls head to Chicago with the series tied. While the Bulls have suddenly found some defense, they still have no answer for Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee is overdue for an offensive explosion to get to the 119-point average that they played to the final 10 games of the regular season, and they have been much better on the road this year against the number, going 23-18. They also covered in 6 of their last 8 on the road during the regular season. Read our full game preview for Bucks vs Bulls.

Must-watch

Don’t forget to check out our daily show Let’s Bet It! on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/Pickswise every day at 10:00 am ET.

Alex Glaze and Mark Zinno are your hosts today and they will be joined by Jonathan Von Tobel, NBA analyst and host of the Hardwood Handicappers podcast, joins the show to discuss the NBA playoffs. The team will also look at today’s MLB and NHL games before revealing their Plays of the Day.

You can also access the show through Spotify and Apple Podcasts (search for Let’s Bet It Presented By Pickswise).

Must-read

Don’t miss the latest thoughts on the playoff games from former NBA champion Brian Scalabrine. We also have today’s NBA mega parlay (+1013 odds), plus same game parlays for Heat vs Hawks and Suns vs Pelicans, plus today’s first basket best bets.

If props are more your thing, you can also check out today’s best NHL player prop plays as well as the top MLB player prop picks.

Read all of our great sports analysis as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.

Stat of the Day

The Atlanta Hawks are 28-14 at home this season.

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