Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Friday, May 20

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Phil Agius

NBA · 1 month 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.

Good morning, Pickswise Nation. We’re heading into the sporting weekend at pace, and today’s action includes NBA and NHL playoff games, a busy MLB slate and the second round of the PGA Championship. And if that’s not enough drama for you, check out what the college football coaches have been saying about each other! Okay, it’s time to help make your next bet better.

About Last Night

The Celtics strike back
The one-sided theme of this week’s NBA playoff games continued on Thursday night as the Celtics beat the Heat 127-102 on the road in a swing of 36 points from Game 1. They had been 4-point underdogs for the game. JutPicks extended our NBA props run to 4-1 with his play of under 24.5 Bam Adebayo points and rebounds.

Road teams roll in NHL
As in the NBA, the road teams prospered in the NHL, with the Lightning going 2-0 up on the Panthers with a 2-1 win, while the Blues evened up their series with the Avalanche with a 4-1 victory. Colorado remains FanDuel’s +195 favorite for the Stanley Cup.

Great day of baseball handicapping.
The Pickswise MLB team went an impressive 6-2 on ML/RL picks yesterday and 5-3 on totals. We cashed our 3-star play of the Astros ML as they beat the Rangers 5-1, while Keith Schmelter was also on the money with his MLB prop play.

Today’s Slate

Mavericks feel the need for a speedy recovery
The Mavericks will be looking for a better performance after losing their opener to the Warriors 112-87. Game 2 is on TNT at 9:00 pm ET. Read today’s NBA game preview.

Home teams looking to solidify leads
Both today’s NHL home teams are looking to go 2-0 ahead in their series. The Hurricanes host the Rangers (8:00pm ET, ESPN), before the Oilers visit the Flames (10:30 pm ET, ESPN). Read today’s NHL game previews.

Big day of baseball
We have a full slate of 15 MLB games today, including Dodgers vs Phillies at 7:05 pm ET on ESPN+. Read today’s MLB game previews.

Best Bet of the Day

Over 6.5 goals in Edmonton Oilers vs Calgary Flames
10:30 pm ET, ESPN

Containment seems to be an afterthought for the Flames and Oilers when they go head to head. Their 5 matchups throughout the regular season and playoffs have produced 48 goals at an average game total of 9.6. There is potential for even more offense given how much these teams don’t like either other and are prone to getting chippy. There were 7 power plays in Game 1 and there is always potential for more in the battle of Alberta. This looks like another game that should comfortably go over. Read our full game preview for Oilers vs Flames.

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.

Lauren Jbara and Mark Zinno are your hosts today and they will be joined by Brian Scalabrine, former NBA champion and Pickswise NBA analyst, to discuss the NBA playoffs. The team will also take a look at today’s slates in the MLB and NHL 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

Our same game parlay, first basket best bets and Adam Ronis’ player props for tonight’s Mavericks vs Warriors game are available, along with an MLB same game parlay for the Cardinals vs Pirates game.

Golf fans can check out our Day 2 threeball picks for the PGA Championship, our French Open tennis men’s singles preview has been posted and you can also read our best bets for this week’s USFL games.

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

Stat of the Day

The Mavericks have covered the spread in 11 of their last 15 games against the Warriors.

Pickswise is the home of free sports picks, news, and best bets. Check out our expert NBA picks, NHL picksMLB picks and Soccer picks for the latest game picks.

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