Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Saturday, July 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 super Saturday of sports! We have a big MLB slate, plus Premier Lacrosse League, UFC, MLS, USFL and Wimbledon tennis to enjoy today, so there’s no time to waste. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Brewers sink Pirates with 19-run blast
The Brewers are top of the NL Central and seem keen to stay there judging by Friday’s 19-2 hammering of Pittsburgh. With the Yankees vs Guardians game rained out, the Blue Jays gained ground with a 9-2 home win over the Rays, while Atlanta landed our Friday 3-star play (Braves -1.5 vs Reds) with a 9-1 victory.

Today’s Slate

17 MLB games today
We have an expanded MLB Saturday slate, with the Yankees and Guardians and the Rays and Blue Jays both playing doubleheaders. Athletics vs Mariners is being shown on FS1 at 4:10 pm ET with Red Sox vs Cubs and Padres vs Dodgers on FOX at 7:15 pm ET. Check out our picks for all today’s MLB games.

Check out the Premier Lacrosse League
There are 2 Premier Lacrosse League Week 5 games today, both on ESPN+, with the winless Chaos desperate for a win against the Cannons at 7:00pm ET and the unbeaten Whipsnakes looking for a 5-0 start against the Waterdogs at 8:45 pm ET. Read our previews of today’s lacrosse games.

There’s UFC, USFL, soccer and tennis, too
Don’t miss our UFC 276 predictions, today’s MLS soccer picks or our best bets for the USFL championship game. The top-class tennis action continues at Wimbledon and Ricky Dimon has the best bets for Day 6.

Best Bet of the Day

MLB: Miami Marlins  ML vs Washington Nationals
4:05 pm ET

The Marlins have had the Nationals’ number this season and they can keep that trend going. Miami starter Daniel Castano has already pitched 6 or more innings twice this year and he managed 7 against the red-hot Mets last time out, allowing a two-run dinger but holding the Mets scoreless from 4 hits otherwise. The Nationals’ pitching staff is so depleted that Jackson Tetreault has become a viable option for them. The Marlins are looking good to extend their excellent run against Washington this season. Read our full game preview for Marlins vs Nationals.


Enhance your betting knowledge by watching our daily show Let’s Bet It!, available at 10:00 am ET on our YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/c/Pickswise.

Alex Glaze and Jared Smith are your hosts today and they will be joined by Matty Bets (@MattyBetss) to look at UFC 276. They’ll also have their say on the latest NBA trades in NBA Morning Radar and look at today’s MLB slate and Wimbledon tennis action before revealing their Plays of the Day.

You can also access LBI shows at any time through Spotify and Apple Podcasts (search for Let’s Bet It Presented By Pickswise).


We have a same game parlay for today’s Athletics vs Mariners game and if you like to mix things up for a bit why not try our 4-pick cross-sport parlay (+1052 odds)? There’s a 4-fight parlay for UFC 276 and we also have the best player props for today’s Premier Lacrosse League games. Looking ahead to tomorrow, you can already check out our auto racing picks for the British F1 Grand Prix and NASCAR Kwik Trip 250.

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

Stat of the Day

The Marlins have won 9 of their 10 games against the Nationals this season.

Boost of the Day

Max Holloway to win by KO/TKO or on points vs Alexander Volkanovski

FanDuel Sportsbook has enhanced the odds Max Holloway winning his UFC 276 fight by KO/TKO/points when he takes on Alexander Volkanovski tonight, boosting the odds from +165 to +220.

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