Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Monday, May 2

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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. For Phil Agius media enquiries, please email contact@pickswise.com.
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Welcome to another wonderful week of sports. The NBA playoff games continue to provide great entertainment and we also have the NHL Playoffs starting today. All that and we have MLB and soccer action today as well. Let’s get straight into making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Bucks impress, Warriors rally on road
The NBA conference semifinals provided some entertaining Game 1s on Sunday, with the Bucks impressing in a dominant 101-89 road win at the Celtics before the Warriors claimed a 117-116 point win over the Grizzlies, who led by as many as 13 points in the game. Pickswise props expert Germantas Kneita had 2 plus-money winners, but the chances of his other play cashing ended when Draymond Green was controversially ejected in the first half.

MLB Best Bets cash
We call them Best Bets for a reason, and our 3-star MLB plays on Sunday (Mets ML, over 8.5 in Angels vs White Sox) both cashed. The Pickswise team went 9-6 on sides and 10-5 on totals overall on the slate, with both props plays also hitting, putting us on an amazing 8-1 heater over the last week!

NHL regular season ends with a winning pick
The Jets beat the Kraken 4-3 in the delayed final game of the NHL regular season, with our Jets ML pick giving us an 11-5 record on sides over the final weekend.

Today’s Slate

Let’s get things started
Two more semifinal series get started tonight as the 76ers visit the Heat  (7:30 pm ET, TNT) before the Mavericks face the Suns at 10:00 pm ET on the same station. Read our preview of today’s NBA games.

8 MLB games on the schedule
It’s a little quieter in MLB today, with only 8 games on the slate, but there’s a big series starting in the AL East as the Yankees go to the Blue Jays (7:07 pm ET), while Angels vs White Sox is being shown on ESPN+ at 2:10 pm ET. Read our preview of all today’s baseball games.

It’s playoff time in the NHL
The NHL playoff action begins today with Bruins vs Hurricanes getting things going at 7:00pm ET on ESPN, and Kings vs Oilers wrapping up the card on ESPN+ at 10:oo pm ET. Check out our preview of today’s NHL games.

Best Bet of the Day

Both teams to score in Manchester United vs Brentford
3:00 pm ET, USA Network/Universo

Manchester United’s season has imploded in the last month or so, with the Red Devils winning just 2 of their last 9 EPL games. They were lucky to emerge with a 1-1 tie against Chelsea last Thursday, when the Blues had 21 shots to United’s 6. United has allowed 14 visiting teams to score this season and the Bees, who have scored in their last 5 EPL road games, could at least get a goal in the game. With its EPL status assured for next season, Brentford can play with freedom. A road win may be too much to ask, so a safer play is backing both teams to score in what could be a lively contest. Check out our full preview of Brentford at Manchester United.


Start your week the right way by watching our daily sports betting show Let’s Bet It!

Alex Glaze and Mark Zinno are your hosts today, and they will be joined by former NBA champion Brian Scalabrine to discuss the NBA playoffs and give out their picks for tonight’s games.

The team will also be looking at today’s MLB and NHL action and giving their Plays of the Day.

Check out the show at 10:00am ET on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/Pickswise. You can also access the show through Spotify and Apple Podcasts (search for Let’s Bet It Presented By Pickswise).


Don’t miss today’s NBA mega parlay (+992 odds), and we also have same game parlays for 76ers vs Heat and Mavericks vs Suns. And don’t forget you can get fully clued-up for all the NHL playoffs by reading our series previews in our NHL analysis section. Ricky Dimon also has the top tennis plays for Madrid Open.

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

Stat of the Day

The Mavericks lost all 3 of their regular-season games against the Suns.

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