Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Saturday, June 18

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Phil Agius

MLB · 1 week ago

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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.

Welcome to another super Saturday of sports! We have a Stanley Cup Finals game, a big MLB slate, the third round of the U.S. Open golf, Premier Lacrosse League, UFC, Royal Ascot, MLS and USFL action today, so there’s no time to waste. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Cubs win to snap two long streaks
A 1-0 scoreline might not look like one of the more interesting results on an MLB scoreboard, but the Chicago Cubs’ 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves yesterday ended their own 10-game losing run and also halted the Braves’ 14-game winning streak. The Phillies added 2 more wins by taking both games in their doubleheader against the Nationals, the Yankees crushed the Blue Jays 12-3 and the Rockies upset the Padres 10-4.

Today’s Slate

Avalanche aiming to keep rolling
NHL champions Tampa Bay are 1-0 behind in the Stanley Cup Finals heading into Game 2 against the Avalanche in Colorado tonight (8:00 pm ET, ABC). Check out our full game preview.

16 MLB games today
We have a super-sized 16-game MLB Saturday slate, with the Angels and Mariners playing a doubleheader. Rangers vs Tigers is being shown on FS1 at at 4:10 pm ET, with Guardians vs Dodgers and Cardinals vs Red Sox on FOX at 7:15pm ET and Twins vs Diamondbacks 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 Archers vs Cannons on ABC at 1:00pm ET and the Redwoods and Chaos both looking for a first win of the season on ESPN+ at 4:00pm ET. Read our previews of today’s lacrosse games.

There’s golf, UFC, USFL, soccer and horse racing too
It’s day 3 at the U.S. Open and Ricky Dimon has today’s best bets for Brookline. Don’t miss our UFC on ESPN 37 predictions, today’s MLS soccer picks or our picks for the USFL Week 10 games. We also have picks for today’s final day of Royal Ascot. The College Baseball World Series action continues and we have the best bets for today’s games.

Best Bet of the Day

New York Yankees ML vs Toronto Blue Jays
3:07 pm ET

With the Yankees maintaining the best record in baseball, seeing them as underdogs is rather surprising. They are on the road against a divisional opponent, but their hitting and pitching have been matchup-proof. The Blue Jays are still favored in this game due to being at home with Alek Manoah on the mound. While he certainly gives them their best chance to win, he already lost to the Yankees a little over a month ago. That 9-1 setback was a game with the same pitching matchup; New York will be starting Jameson Taillon today. Read our full game preview for Yankees vs Blue Jays.

Must-watch

With so much happening, you won’t want to miss today’s edition of our daily sports betting show Let’s Bet It! on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/Pickswise from 10:00 am ET.

Lauren Jbara and Mark Zinno are your hosts today, and the team will be joined by Pickswise golf betting analyst Diane Knox Balas to discuss the U.S. Open. The team will also be having their say on today’s NHL and MLB games and giving their picks 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).

Must-read

Get in the know for tonight’s NHL game with our Game 2 same game parlay and today’s best NHL player prop, Today’s MLB mega parlay (+826 odds) is also available and there’s a 4-fight parlay for UFC on ESPN 37.

The NBA season is over but Jared Smith has taken a look at what we learned from the 2022 season and Ricky Dimon has some thoughts on the opening lines for next year.

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

Stat of the Day

The Avalanche have won 13 of their last 17 home games.

Boost of the Day

LA Galaxy, Philadephia & New York Red Bulls all to win

FanDuel Sportsbook is looking to today’s MLS slate for this odds boost, enhancing the odds of the LA Galaxy (vs Portland), Philadelphia Union (vs Cincinnati) and New York Red Bulls (vs Toronto) all winning today from +250 to +350.

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

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