Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Sunday, June 12
Good morning, Pickswise Nation. So who likes baseball? That’s good, because with no NBA or NHL games today, the big MLB slate is taking center stage, but there’s also MLS, USFL, IndyCar and NASCAR action. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!
About Last Night
Champs win fourth straight game to reach Stanley Cup Finals
The Tampa Bay Lightning were 2-0 behind in the NHL Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Rangers, but last night’s 2-1 victory was their fourth straight success and punched their ticket to return to the Stanley Cup Finals, bidding for a third successive championship. Standing in their way of a three-peat are the rested Colorado Avalanche, with the Finals set to start on Wednesday night in Denver. The Avs are -195 favorites with FanDuel Sportsbook for the title, with the Lightning at +160. Pickswise handicapper Tyler Mortimer hit the Lightning ML and under 5.5 in the game, our 5th straight winning over/under pick of the series.
Yankees hit 6 homers to crush Cubs
The Yankees were mashing on Saturday, hitting 6 solo home runs off Cubs rookie Matt Swarmer in an 8-0 win. Other games were a lot closer, with the Twins beating the Rays 6-5, the Rangers overcoming the White Sox 11-9 in the 10th, and the Cardinals beating the Reds 5-4 with a 2-run walkoff homer. The A’s ended a 10-game losing run with a 10-5 win in Cleveland.
Full slate of MLB
We have a 15-game slate of MLB, with Peacock showing the early game between the Athletics and Guardians at 11:35 am ET and the Mets meeting the Angels on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN at 7:0o pm ET. ESPN+ has Red Sox vs Mariners at 4:10 pm ET. Check out our picks for all today’s MLB action.
There’s NASCAR, IndyCar, USFL and MLS too
Check out our picks for today’s MLS soccer, Week 9 USFL games, NASCAR’S Toyota/Save-Mart 350 and the IndyCar race at Road America.
Best Bet of the Day
Philadelphia Phillies -1.5 vs Arizona Diamondbacks
1:35 pm ET
The Diamondbacks and Phillies wrap up their series today with a battle of lefties on the mound. Philly is going for a series sweep and a 10th-straight win. The Phillies should not use today as a rest day as they are remaining at home for their next series. The Diamondbacks are starting Kyle Nelson, which essentially means they are going with a bullpen day. The lefty has yet to start a game on the season and Arizona has the league’s 5th-worst bullpen. Trust the home team to complete the series sweep. Check out our full preview of Diamondbacks vs Phillies.
Basketball is back tomorrow night and you can already read our Celtics vs Warriors Game 5 same game parlay (+1241 odds). We’ve got you covered for today’s early baseball with an A’s vs Guardians same game parlay, plus our Sunday MLB mega parlay.
Jared Smith has been getting the latest sportsbook insights in Behind The Counter, while our golf analyst Diane Knox Balas has the latest on the impact of the LIV golf series.
Read all our great sports analysis as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.
Stat of the Day
The Brewers have lost their last 8 games.
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