Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Saturday, May 14

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Phil Agius

NBA· 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! There is no NBA action today but we have big games in the NHL playoffs, a huge MLB slate, UFC, USFL and soccer on the schedule. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Warriors into Western Conference finals
The Warriors punched their ticket to the Western Conference finals with a 110-96 Game 6 win over the Grizzlies. However, the Celtics and Bucks are set for a Game 7 after Boston won 108-95 on the road last night. Under 211 points in that game was a winning 3-star play for Pickswise, and Ricky Dimon cashed another first-basket play at +550 thanks to Desmond Bane. The Warriors are now +185 favorites for the NBA championship at FanDuel Sportsbook, with the Suns at +310, the Heat +400 and the Celtics +430.

Friday night MLB same game parlay cashes
Caleb Wilfinger hit with a +729 odds same game parlay on the Cubs-Diamondbacks game last night, while JutPicks went 2-0 on MLB props. The Phillies and Dodgers served up an entertaining nightcap, with the Phillies winning 12-10 in the 10th.

Panthers advance in the NHL
The Panthers beat the Capitals 4-3 in overtime to clinch their series, but the other matchups in action on Friday are heading to Game 7s after the Rangers beat the Penguins and the Stars overcame the Flames.

Today’s Slate

Huge slate of MLB games
We have 16 MLB games scheduled today, with the Angels and Athletics playing a doubleheader. Padres vs Braves is on FS1 at 4:05pm ET, while ESPN+ is showing Red Sox vs Rangers at 7:05 pm ET. Check out our picks for all today’s MLB games.

Crucial day in the NHL
It’s now or never for the 6 teams playing Game 7s in their NHL playoff series tonight. The action starts with Bruins vs Hurricanes (4:30 pm ET) on ESPN+. Check out our previews of today’s NHL games.

There’s UFC, USFL and soccer action, too
Don’t miss our best bets for UFC on ESPN 36, while in soccer we have a big MLS slate and England’s FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Liverpool, Check out our soccer picks for all today’s games. If you’re enjoying the USFL season, we also have picks for the Week 5 games.

Best Bet of the Day

Carolina Hurricanes ML vs Boston Bruins
4:30 pm ET, ESPN+

The home team has won every game so far between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes and the trend can continue in the decider. Boston has the best player in the series in Brad Marchand, but 8 Carolina players have more than 3 points, while only 4 Bruins do. Carolina has the better roster and a more consistent attack, and the home fans could see them earning a crucial Game 7 win. Read our full game preview for Bruins vs Hurricanes.

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. The team will help you to identify the best plays to make your next bet better.

Today they will be giving their picks for today’s NHL and MLB action, discussing the NBA playoffs, and 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

You won’t want to miss today’s NHL player props with Mark Lammey on red-hot 9-1 run this week, while Saturday’s MLB mega parlay (+1238 odds), is also available. There’s a 4-fight parlay for UFC on ESPN 36, and Sunday’s EPL mega parlay too. NFL fans can check out our look at the Week 1 lines and focus on the primetime games.

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

Stat of the Day

Today’s Red Sox starter Rich Hill hasn’t allowed a run in his last 3 starts.

Boost of the Day

A goal to be scored in the first 20 minutes (00:01-19:59) of Chelsea vs Liverpool 

FA Cup Finals can be cautious contests, but FanDuel Sportsbook has boosted the odds of there being an early goal (before the 20-minute mark) in today’s Wembley game between Chelsea and Liverpool (11:45 am ET, ESPN+) from +130 to +200. Read our full preview of Chelsea vs Liverpool.

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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