Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Monday, May 9

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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. We had some tremendous action over the weekend, headed by a huge shock in the Kentucky Derby, while the first F1 Grand Prix outside Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium provided some great racing. The NBA and NHL playoff games continue tonight, and we also have a solid MLB slate today. Let’s get straight into making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Home teams tie it up
Sunday’s NBA conference semifinals were both won by the home teams, as the Mavericks beat the Suns 111-101 and the 76ers beat the Heat 116-108, leaving both series tied at 2-2. The Warriors are +210 favorites to win the championship with FanDuel Sportsbook, with the Suns at +330, the Bucks +450, the Heat +650 and the Celtics +700.

Dodgers vs Cubs same game parlay cashes
The Dodgers hammered the Cubs 7-1 on Sunday Night Baseball, cashing our +899 odds same game parlay. The Phillies upset the Mets in the first game of the doubleheader 3-2, but the New Yorkers split the day by winning the nightcap 6-1. The Yankees also split their doubleheader with the Rangers.

Big day in the NHL
The Pickswise NHL team was hot on Sunday, going 3-1 on sides (including two winners at +135) and 3-1 on totals, and 2-0 on props with a +150 winner. On the ice, wins for the Bruins, Blues, Lightning and Kings — each by at least 3 goals — left all 4 series tied at 2-2.

Today’s Slate

Key games for NBA road teams
Both tonight’s home teams hold 2-1 series leads heading into their Game 4 matchups. The Bucks host the Celtics (7:30 pm ET, TNT) before the Grizzlies visit the Warriors at 10:00 pm ET on the same station. Read our preview of today’s NBA games.

11 MLB games on the schedule
We have 11 MLB games on today’s slate, including Cubs vs Padres on ESPN+ at 9:40 pm ET, and concluding with the start of a Rockies vs Giants series at 9:45 pm ET. Read our preview of all today’s baseball games.

Avs have a chance to sweep Predators
It’s Game 4 in the NHL playoffs, and the Avalanche could be the first team to punch a ticket for the next round as they play the Predators in Nashville leading 3-0 (9:30pm ET, ESPN).  The Capitals, Penguins and Stars are all playing at home looking to extend 2-1 series leads. Check out our previews of today’s NHL games.

Best Bet of the Day

Over 224.5 points in Memphis Grizzlies vs Golden State Warriors
10:00 pm ET, TNT

These teams blew past the 225.5 total in Game 3 and the total is a point lower for Game 4. Ja Morant is set to miss the game, but Memphis averaged just under 118 points per game in 25 regular-season games without him. Golden State probably won’t shoot 63% from the field and 53% from 3-point range again in Game 4, but even if they drop 10% on each, this total should still go over. The Grizzlies shouldn’t be held to under 100 points just because Morant isn’t playing. They’ve proved over a large enough sample size that they can perform well without their star. Take the over. Check out our full preview of Grizzlies vs Warriors.

Must-watch

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

The team will also be looking at what we saw over the weekend and giving their best bets for today’s NBA, NHL and MLB 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).

Must-read

Don’t miss today’s NBA mega parlay (+1036 odds), and we also have same game parlays for Celtics vs Bucks and Grizzlies vs Warriors. We also have today’s MLB mega parlay ready to read, plus our NHL player props, while Ricky Dimon also has the top tennis plays for the Rome Open.

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

Stat of the Day

The Grizzlies won 20 of the 25 games they played without Ja Morant in the regular season.

Boost of the Day

NY Rangers to win & over 5.5 total goals (OT not included)
Boosted to +390 with FanDuel Sportsbook

FanDuel Sportsbook has enhanced the odds of the Rangers winning their NHL Playoff game against the Penguins (7:00pm ET, ESPN), with over 5.5 goals scored (not including overtime) from +290 to +390.

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