Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Saturday, May 21

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Phil Agius

NBA · 1 month 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 NBA and NHL playoff games, a big MLB slate, UFC, MLS, USFL, PGA Championship golf and the Preakness on the schedule, which really must have something for everyone. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Warriors rally to lead 2-0
The Mavericks made a flying start to last night’s NBA playoff game, leading Golden State 72-58 on the road at halftime, but the Warriors rallied strongly to win 126-117 and take a 2-0 lead. The Warriors are now odds-on for the NBA championship at FanDuel Sportsbook at -120, with the Celtics +185, the Heat +600 and the Mavericks out to +1600.

NHL parlay cashes
The Hurricanes moved 2-0 ahead in the series with a 2-0 Game 2 shutout of the Rangers, but the Oilers were able to win 5-3 on the road at the Flames to even up that series at 1-1. We cashed our Friday NHL parlay on both totals and the Hurricanes ML at +461 odds.

Unlucky 13th for the Rays
There was plenty of drama on Friday’s MLB slate, starting with the early game as Josh Rojas hit 3 home runs in a 10-6 Diamondbacks win over the Cubs. The Orioles beat the Rays 8-6 in 13 innings and the late game also went the distance as the Padres beat the Giants 8-7 in the 10th.

Today’s Slate

Celtics favored to take lead
The Boston Celtics were able to split the opening 2 games of their series in Miami and are now 6.5-point favorites for tonight’s first home game against the Heat (8:30 pm ET, ABC). Check out all our NBA coverage.

Blues back at home
It’s a similar situation in the NHL as the Blues get to play on home ice for the first time after holding the Avalanche to a 1-1 split in Colorado. Game 3 is at 8:00 pm ET on TNT. Check out our full game preview.

Huge slate of MLB games
We have bonus baseball today, with the Mets and Rockies playing a doubleheader. The White Sox and Yankees get the slate started at 1:05 pm ET on ESPN+, while FS1 is showing Padres vs Giants at 4:05 pm ET and A’s vs Angels at 9:07 pm ET. Check out our picks for all today’s MLB games.

There’s UFC, USFL, soccer, golf and horse racing too
Don’t miss our best bets for UFC Fight Night 206, today’s MLS soccer picks and our picks for the USFL Week 5 games. We also have expert advice for today’s USPGA 2-balls, and a great runner-by-runner guide to the Preakness Stakes field.

Best Bet of the Day

Toronto Blue Jays -1.5 over Cincinnati Reds
3:07 pm ET

The Reds have been profitable underdogs at certain points this month, but this game is not one of those opportunities. Cincinnati still has the worst record in the league and Toronto will have Alek Manoah on the mound, who has been incredible this season. He’s 4-1 on the year with 1.71 ERA and hasn’t allowed more than 2 earned runs in any of his 5 starts. Hunter Greene, with his 1-6 record, is starting for the Reds, and the Blue Jays have hitters who can rack up runs in bunches. Read our full game preview for Reds 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. The team will help you to identify the best plays to make your next bet better.

Today they will be giving their picks for all the NBA, NHL and MLB action 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

Get in the know for tonight’s big NBA game between the Heat and Celtics with our same game parlay (+825 odds), first basket best bet and player prop picks. We also have today’s NHL player props, and MLB player props.

There’s a 4-fight parlay for UFC Fight Night 206, and you can look ahead to the French Open tennis, which starts tomorrow with our men’s and women’s previews.

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

Stat of the Day

Jimmy Butler has scored 27 or more points in 4 of the Heat’s 5 road playoff games.

Boost of the Day

Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas & Will Zalatoris to win their PGA Championship 3rd round 2-balls

FanDuel Sportsbook has boosted the odds of a 3-player parlay on today’s round at the PGA Championship. Rory McIlroy (vs Abraham Ancer), Justin Thomas (vs Bubba Watson) and Will Zalatoris (vs Mito Pereira) all to win (ties lose) has been enhanced from +350 to +480.

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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