Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Thursday, April 14

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Phil Agius

MLB· 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 tremendous Thursday of sport. The NBA is taking a break today, but we still have MLB, NHL and golf action to keep us entertained. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Hornets and Spurs eliminated
Just 18 possible NBA champions remain after the Hornets and Spurs had their seasons ended by losses in the play-in tournament on Wednesday night. The Hawks strolled to a 132-103 win over Charlotte to book a Friday trip to Cleveland to battle for the #8 seed in the East, while the Pelicans picked off the Spurs 113-103 and now head to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers for the final playoff place in the West.

Kershaw denied shot at perfect game
The Major League form is starting to come into focus and the Pickswise team went 8-4 on the sides on Wednesday’s slate. The day’s big talking point was the Dodgers pulling Clayton Kershaw after he had pitched 7 perfect innings against the Twins, a game his team went on to win 7-0.

Avalanche crush Kings
There were only 3 NHL games on Wednesday, but our cappers went a solid 2-1 on both the sides and totals, and also cashed our only best bet of the Avalanche 3-way money line, which was never a worry as they beat the Kings 9-3.

Today’s Slate

11-game MLB slate
The ballparks will be busy today with an 11-game slate, starting with Athletics vs Rays at 1:10 pm ET, and running through to Reds vs Dodgers at 10:10 pm ET. Read today’s MLB game previews.

Wild vs Stars on ESPN
There are 12 games to look forward to on the ice tonight, with ESPN showing the Wild vs Stars game at 8:00pm ET. Get our picks for today’s NHL matchups.

Harbour Town hosts PGA stars
Golfs top players tackle the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina today. Check out our RBC Heritage tournament picks.

Best Bet of the Day

Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5 vs Anaheim Ducks
7:00 pm ESPN+

The Lightning appeared to have got out of their rough stretch with a 5-0 win over the Sabres. However, they followed that up with a 1-0 loss to the Stars. The Ducks provide a prime opportunity to get themselves back on track again. Anaheim has been on a cross-country road trip since Sunday, having to face arguably the 3 best teams in the NHL. The Ducks lost 5-2 to the Hurricanes, and 3-2 to the Panthers, and now they get the Lightning. They had the performance of a lifetime against Florida and still wound up losing that game in overtime. Recovering from that taxing loss should prove to be too much. Check out our full preview for Ducks vs Lightning.

Must-watch

Enhance your betting knowledge by watching our daily show Let’s Bet It, available at 10:00 am ET on our YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/c/Pickswise.

Lauren Jbara and Mark Zinno are your hosts today, and they’ll be joined by Jonathan Von Tobel, NBA analyst for VSIN and host of the Hardwood Handicappers podcast, to discuss the NBA play-in games and playoff series odds.

We’ll also have NHL Ice Picks, today’s best MLB bets and the team’s Plays of the Day.

Must-read

Check out our previews of the NBA playoff series, including Jazz vs Mavericks, Warriors vs Nuggets and Bucks vs Bulls, while for today’s action we have our NBA mega parlay (+1091 odds), and don’t miss Diana Knox Balas’ analysis of the RBC Heritage.

There’s plenty more great betting content on our Analysis tab.

Stat of the Day

Kirill Kaprizov of the Minnesota Wild has recorded a point in 10 of his last 11 games.

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

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