Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Sunday, June 5

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Phil Agius


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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. For Phil Agius media enquiries, please email contact@pickswise.com.

We have another huge sporting Sunday ahead of us with Game 2 of the NBA Finals, NHL Playoffs and MLB action, plus the French Open tennis men’s final, international soccer, NASCAR and lacrosse! Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Avalanche too strong for Oilers
The Avs are wasting no time in the NHL’s Western Conference Finals, and went 3-0 ahead against the Oilers with a 4-2 win last night. The Avs are now -190 favorites with FanDuel Sportsbook to win the Stanley Cup, with the Rangers +310, the Lightning +550 and the Oilers out to +4600.

MLB mega parlay cashes at +940 odds!
Everyone loves a mega parlay winner and Caleb Wilfinger cashed our Saturday MLB mega parlay at +940 odds thanks to the Marlins, Yankees and Red Sox doing what was required of them. We were 9-7 on ML/RL picks and 10-6 on totals, taking our run on the over/under to 61-37-3 over the last 7 days. The Yankees shut out the Tigers for the second straight day, the Royals stunned the Astros 6-0 and the Mets beat the Dodgers 9-4 in the late game.

Today’s Slate

Pressure on the Warriors at home
The Celtics won Game 1 of the NBA Finals, so the Warriors are out to get a vital home win in Game 2, which tips off at 8:00 pm ET on ABC. Read our full game preview.

Champions desperate to hit back
Stanley Cup champions Tampa Bay trail the Rangers 2-0 in their NHL playoff series but have home-ice advantage for Game 3, which starts at 3:00pm ET on ESPN. Check out our picks for the game.

Full slate of MLB
We have a 15-game slate of MLB, with Peacock showing the early game between the Tigers and Yankees at 11:35 am ET and the Cardinals meeting the Cubs on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN2 at 7:0o pm ET. ESPN+ has Mariners vs Rangers at 2:35 pm ET. Check out our picks for all today’s MLB action.

There’s tennis, NASCAR, soccer and lacrosse too!
Check out our picks for the French Open men’s final, today’s international soccer including USA vs Uruguay, NASCAR’S Illinois 300 and today’s Week 1 Premier Lacrosse League games.

Best Bet of the Day

Houston Astros -1.5 vs Kansas City Royals
2:10 pm ET

The Royals upset the Astros yesterday, but don’t expect a repeat. The Astros have the most road wins of any team this season and had a dominant 10-3 win in the opener. They should have no issues winning by multiple runs once again with Framber Valdez on the mound. The Royals rank in the bottom 5 in most major categories, so Valdez should be in for a great day. He’s coming off a complete game in which he gave up just 2 hits while striking out 7 batters. Check out our full preview of Astros vs Royals.


You can get great advice for all today’s action by watching our great daily betting show Let’s Bet It! at 10:00 am ET.

Lauren Jbara and Jared Smith are your hosts today, and they will be joined by Jonathan Von Tobel, NBA analyst and host of the Hardwood Handicappers podcast, to discuss the NBA playoffs. The team will also give their thoughts on today’s NHL and MLB games and reveal their Plays of the Day.

Check out the show on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/Pickswise. You can also access the show through Spotify and Apple Podcasts (search for Let’s Bet It Presented By Pickswise).


Our Celtics vs Warriors same game parlay (+827 odds), is available to read now and we’ve got you covered for today’s early baseball with a Tigers vs Yankees same game parlay. Over in the NHL section, we have a same game parlay and player prop bet for the Rangers vs Lightning game.

The Premier Lacrosse League got started yesterday with wins for the Atlas and Whipsnakes and you can read our lacrosse betting guide2022 PLL season previewguide to every team, and our Week 1 picks, with the games being shown on ESPN and ESPN+.

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

Stat of the Day

The Celtics have won 7 of their last 8 games against the Warriors.

Boost of the Day

Steph Curry and Jayson Tatum to each score 30+ points

FanDuel Sportsbook has boosted the odds of Golden State’s Steph Curry and Boston’s Jayson Tatum both scoring 30+ points in tonight’s NBA game from +400 to +500.

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 for the latest game picks.

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