Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Monday, May 23

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Phil Agius


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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.

Welcome to another wonderful week of sports. After another drama-filled Sunday, particularly in the PGA Championship and EPL, we’re all ready for more, and it should be on the way with NBA and NHL playoff games and MLB action on the menu today. Let’s get straight into making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Warriors go up 3-0
The Warriors are battle-tested and came through on the road last night, beating the Mavericks 109-100 despite a 40-point game from Luka Doncic. The Warriors are now -155 favorites to win the championship with FanDuel Sportsbook, with the Heat +330, the Celtics at +340 and the Mavericks out to +4400.

NHL parlay cashes at +681 odds!
Home-ice advantage told once more in Sunday’s NHL Playoff games, as the Lightning, Rangers and Oilers each won by at least 2 goals. The Pickswise cappers picked all those teams on the money line, and also cashed our Sunday NHL parlay at +681 odds.

White Sox star on Sunday Night Baseball
Sunday Night Baseball was a lively affair as the White Sox shut out the Yankees 5-0, having won the earlier game of the doubleheader 3-1 too. Manny Machado had four extra-base hits in the Padres’ 10-1 win over the Giants, while the Nationals upset the Brewers 8-2.

Today’s Slate

Celtics strong favorites at home
The Celtics could not justify being made favorites for Game 3 of their series against Miami but they are 6.5-point favorites again tonight (8:30 pm ET, ABC). Check out our full game preview.

2 NHL playoff games tonight
The Lightning have the chance to turn the lights out on the Panthers with a series sweep (7:00 pm ET, TNT), while the Blues could really use a home win to tie up their series with the Avs at 2-2 (9:30 pm ET, TNT). Check out our previews of today’s games.

12 MLB games on the schedule
Monday MLB slates can sometimes be smaller, but we have a solid 12 games on offer today, with Cubs vs Reds being shown on ESPN+ at 6:40 pm ET and Dodgers vs Nationals on MLB Network at 7:05 pm ET. We have action running through to Mets vs Giants at 9:45 pm ET. Read our preview of all today’s baseball games.

Best Bet of the Day

New York Yankees -1.5 vs Baltimore Orioles
7:05 pm ET

After Sunday’s doubleheader, the Yankees start a divisional series today. However, they get to remain at home and play the one divisional opponent they shouldn’t mind playing. The Orioles pulled off an upset yesterday against the Rays after a rain delay, but things should be different with Gerrit Cole on the mound. The Yankees have played 3 games in the last 2 days, but Cole has been hanging out in the bullpen resting. He’s still undefeated on the year, and his most recent win came against the Orioles. It was surprising that Baltimore even produced 2 runs in the 7.0 innings Cole pitched, while also striking out 5 hitters. Check out our full preview of Orioles vs Yankees.


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

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 be looking at the NHL playoff games and giving their best bets for today’s MLB slate, including 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 our Heat vs Celtics same game parlay or our first-basket best bet for that game. Mark Lammey is on a 5-2 run with his NHL props and has two more plays for tonight. Our MLB mega parlay (+984 odds) and Dodgers vs Nationals same game parlay are also available.

Keep an eye out for more great sports analysis as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.

Stat of the Day

The Celtics are 4-0 against the spread in games after a loss in this postseason.

Boost of the Day

Steven Stamkos to score 1+ goals & Tampa Bay Lightning to win
Odds boosted from +350 to +450 with FanDuel Sportsbook

The Lightning can earn themselves a nice rest if they complete a sweep of the Panthers tonight, and FanDuel Sportbook has boosted the odds of Steven Stamkos scoring in a Lightning win tonight from +350 to +450.

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

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