Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Saturday, June 11
Welcome to another super Saturday of sports! We have an NHL playoff game, a big MLB slate, the Premier Lacrosse League, the Belmont Stakes, UFC, soccer and USFL action today, so there’s no time to waste. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!
About Last Night
Road Warriors tie NBA Finals at 2-2
Just when people were starting to doubt them, Golden State produced another strong second-half show to draw level at 2-2 with Boston in the NBA Finals. The Warriors trailed 54-49 at half-time, but came through to win 107-97 as 4-point underdogs, with Steph Curry shaking off injury concerns to score 43 points. The Warriors are now -150 favorites with FanDuel Sportsbook to win the championship with the Celtics out to +125. Curry is -160 to be named Finals MVP. The Pickswise NBA cappers went 4-1 with their player props on the game.
Totals domination in MLB
The Pickswise MLB team have been crushing their over/under total picks, and went 10-4-1 on Friday’s slate. The Phillies won their 8th straight game by beating the Diamondbacks 7-5, the Guardians scored 3 in the 9th to hand the A’s a 10th successive loss and the Giants beat the Dodgers 7-2 in the final game of the day.
Lightning aiming to return to Finals
NHL champions Tampa Bay are a win away from returning to the Finals, leading the Rangers 3-2 heading into Game 6 tonight (8:00 pm ET, ESPN). Check out our full game preview.
16 MLB games today!
We have a super-sized 16-game MLB Saturday slate, with the Rockies and Padres playing a doubleheader. Athletics vs Guardians is being shown on FS1 at at 4:10 pm ET, with Cubs vs Yankees and Dodgers vs Giants on FOX at 7:15pm ET and Red Sox vs Mariners at 10:10pm ET on ESPN+. Check out our picks for all today’s MLB games.
Check out the Premier Lacrosse League
There are 2 Premier Lacrosse League games today, with Cannons vs Atlas on ESPN2 at 6:00pm ET and Waterdogs vs Whipsnakes on ESPN+ at 8:45pm. Read our previews of today’s lacrosse games.
There’s UFC, USFL, soccer and the Belmont Stakes too
Don’t miss our UFC 275 predictions, today’s MLS and international soccer picks or our picks for the USFL Week 9 games. It’s another big day in the horse racing calendar too, with Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike running in the Belmont Stakes, and you can read our guide to every runner in the race.
Best Bet of the Day
Philadelphia Phillies -1.5 vs Arizona Diamondbacks
4:05 pm ET
The Phillies continue to roll after firing Joe Girardi. They have won 8 straight since making a managerial change and haven’t had any cheap wins either as their opponents have been the Giants, Angels and Brewers and now the Diamondbacks. All season, Philadelphia’s lineup was producing but their pitching staff was not. They are now getting great contributions from their starting rotation while the lineup continues to mash. The Phillies are 10-6 in games against a left-handed starting pitcher this season and aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. Read our full game preview for Phillies vs Diamondbacks.
Alex Glaze, Jared Smith, and Mark Zinno are your hosts today, and the team will be having their say on the situation in the NBA Finals and giving their picks and top props plays for today’s NHL and MLB games 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).
Our golf analyst Diane Knox Balas has been talking to the pros about the latest situation with the LIV Tour, and our PLL lacrosse coverage includes the best prop plays for today’s games.
Read all our great sports analysis as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.
Stat of the Day
The total has gone under in 6 of the last 7 games between the Lightning and the Rangers.
Boost of the Day
Goals might be scarce in Game 6 of the Lightning vs Rangers series, but if you want to give yourself more options of finding the first goalscorer, FanDuel Sportsbook has enhanced the odds of any of Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Chris Kreider or Mika Zibanejad scoring the first goal of the game from +250 to +350.