Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Thursday, April 21

Photo of Andrew Wilsher

Andrew Wilsher

NBA· 3 weeks ago

Show Bio

Editor of Pickswise. Born and raised in jolly old London, England, with an undying love for the NFL, NBA, soccer, and horse racing. A big-time sports bettor who loves futures markets and backing underdogs. Long-suffering New York Jets fan.

We have another great Thursday of sports action to get excited for, with NBA playoff games plus matchups in MLB, NHL and soccer. Let’s get right to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Sixers edge Raptors at buzzer, Bulls level series
There was some drama in Toronto last night as the 76ers recorded a 104-101 overtime win over the Raptors at the buzzer. Meanwhile, the Bulls pulled off a surprise 114-110 victory over the Bucks despite being 10-point underdogs, with that series now tied 1-1 as things shift to Chicago.

Mets double up against Giants
It was another mega day of baseball on Wednesday, with standout results being the Dodgers’ 5-1 victory over the Braves and the Giants securing the 5-2 win against the Mets. It was a solid day for the Pickswise cappers, too, as they went 10-6 on sides.

Today’s Slate

Jazz look to hit the high note against Mavs
The NBA playoffs matchups keep on coming with another trio of games today. We have two games on TNT starting at 7:30 pm ET — first the Grizzlies against the Timberwolves and wrapping up with Warriors vs Nuggets at 10:00 pm ET. The Jazz host the Mavs at 9:00 pm ET on NBA TV, with Rudy Gobert and company looking to bounce back from their Game 2 defeat. Check out our NBA picks for today’s games.

Baseball keeps comin’
There are 10 MLB games to look forward to today, with plenty of afternoon action to see us through the day. Standout games include the Giants wrapping up their series with the Mets at 1:10 pm ET, while the Blue Jays battle Boston at 1:35 pm ET. Read today’s MLB game previews.

11-game NHL slate
There is all kinds of action on the ice tonight, including the Bruins battling the Penguins. The highlight though is the Maple Leafs facing the Lightning, which is live at 8:00 pm ET on ESPN. See today’s NHL picks.

Burnley battles Southampton in EPL action
The midweek EPL soccer slate concludes tonight when Burnley faces Southampton, with the Clarets fighting for their Premier League status. Read our previews of that game.

Best Bet of the Day

Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets Over 224
10:00 pm ET, TNT

The totals were consistent through the first two games in this series but there has been a little bump for Game 3 after they both went over the total by a slim margin. Denver’s defense is the biggest danger to the under. The Nuggets give up way too many shots and I don’t expect the Warriors’ shooting to just fall apart. I can give the Nuggets a scoring bump at home, where they have averaged more than on the road this season (if only by 3 points). I just don’t expect Denver to be able to slow down Golden State with any significance. Take the over. Read our full game preview for Warriors vs Nuggets.

Must-watch

You won’t want to miss today’s edition of our daily sports betting show Let’s Bet It! at 10:00 am ET on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/Pickswise.

Lauren Jbara and Jared Smith are your hosts today, and they will be joined by NBA analyst Jonathan Von Tobel, who is the host of the Hardwood Handicappers podcast. The team will be discussing the NBA playoffs, while Lauren and Jared will be giving their NHL Ice Picks and, of course, 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

Getting excited for the NFL Draft next week? We’re starting to ramp up our content, and have focus and best bets for the first quarterback to be drafted, while Andrew Ortenberg has also taken a look at Michigan star Aidan Hutchinson’s odds and best draft bet.

Looking at the NBA playoffs, we have same game parlays for the big games, including Grizzlies vs Timberwolves (+1666 odds) and Mavericks vs Jazz (+1296 odds).

If you’re looking to get the party started early, our MLB mega parlay (+1545 odds) starts at 2:10 pm ET.

Be sure to head over to the Analysis tab for even more great sports betting content as it arrives throughout the day.

Stat of the Day

The Timberwolves have a 27-15 record at home this season.

Boost of the Day

Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge and Josh Donaldson to each record 1+ hits today

If you’re expecting the bats to get hot in today’s MLB slate, then this odds boost from FanDuel Sportsbook could be for you. Stanton, Judge and Donaldson to each record at least 1 hit has been boosted from +165 to +260 odds.

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.

Virginia Bonuses

See All
PointsBet

$500

Get 5x $100 Risk-Free Bets!

Sign up for a new PointsBet account

Make a bet of up to $100 and receive a refund if you lose

Get this offer once a day for the first 5 days you sign up

Must be 21+. Full terms are available at PointsBet.

DraftKings

$200

Bet $5 on Any MLB Game, Get $200 if Your Team Wins!

Sign up for a new account with DraftKings Sportsbook and make your first deposit

Bet $5 on any MLB team to win their next game

Win $200 in free bets + any cash winnings from your original wager

Offer valid for new players only. Must be 21 years or older to play. Reward paid in site credit. Full terms available at DraftKings Sportsbook.

BetMGM

$200

Win $200 If ANY NBA Team Makes a 3-Pointer!

Sign up for a new account with BetMGM, and make a deposit of $10+.

Place a $10 moneyline bet on any upcoming NBA game.

Win $200 if either team in your selected game makes a 3-pointer

21+ and new players only. Full terms available at BetMGM Sportsbook.

DraftKings

$150

Bet $5 on any NBA team, Get $150 in Free Bets if they win!

Sign up for a new account with DraftKings Sportsbook and make your first deposit

Bet $5 on any team to win an NBA playoff game

Win $150 in free bets if your team wins

Offer valid for new players only. Must be 21 years or older to play. Reward paid in site credit. Full terms available at DraftKings Sportsbook.

BetMGM

$200

Win $200 If A Goal Is Scored In ANY NHL Game!

Sign up for a new account with BetMGM, and make a deposit of $10+.

Place a $10 moneyline bet on any upcoming NHL game.

Win $200 if either team in your selected game scores a goal

21+ and new players only. Full terms available at BetMGM Sportsbook.

DraftKings

$150

Bet $5, Win $150 on any UFC 274 fight!

Sign up for a new account with DraftKings Sportsbook and make your first deposit

Bet $5 on any fighter to win at UFC 274

Win $150 in free bets if your fighter wins

Offer valid for new players only. Must be 21 years or older to play. Reward paid in site credit. Full terms available at DraftKings Sportsbook.

PointsBet

$2,000

Get $2,000 in Risk-Free Bets!

Register for a new PointsBet account & deposit

Receive a free bet refund up to $500 if your first fixed odds bet loses

& a free bet refund up to $1,500 if your first two PointsBetting Wager loses

Must be 21+. Full terms are available at PointsBet.

Caesars Sportsbook

$1,100

Get up to $1,100 in First Bet Insurance!

Sign up for a new Caesars Sportsbook account

Make your first deposit of $50+

If your first bet is not a winner, get it all back as a free bet (up to $1,100) if you lose!

21+. Terms and conditions apply.

BetRivers

$250

Get a $250 Deposit Bonus!

Sign up for a new BetRivers account using promo code PICKSWISE

Make a deposit & get it doubled up to $250 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $100

Must be 21+. Play in IA Only. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-BETS OFF

Unibet

$500

Get a $500 Risk-Free Bet!

Register for a new Unibet account & make a deposit

Place your first bet up to $500 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $500

New players only. Terms & conditions apply. 21+. VA only.

BetMGM

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new BetMGM & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

FanDuel Sportsbook

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new FanDuel Sportsbook account & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

DraftKings

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Deposit Bonus!

Register for a new DraftKings Sportsbook account & deposit

DraftKings will match 20% of your deposit up to $1,000 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $500

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

Monkey Knife Fight

$100

Claim 100% Instant Deposit Match up to $100!

Register for a Monkey Knife Fight account & deposit using promo code PICKSWISE100

Monkey Knife Fight will match your first deposit up to $100

Deposit $100 and you'll get $100 bonus + a free $5 game

18+. Terms and conditions apply. You must live in one of the states where real money DFS is legal.

Yahoo DFS

$25

Get $25 in Site Credit With Yahoo DFS When You Deposit $5!

Register for a new account with Yahoo DFS and deposit $5+

Enter a $5 DFS contest

Upon entry, you will receive a bonus $25 in credit into your account!

21+ and new players only. Full terms available from Yahoo DFS.

TVG

$300

Get a $300 Risk-Free Bet with TVG Racebook!

Register for a new TVG account and make a deposit

Place your first single horse win-type bet up to $300

If your horse doesn't win you'll get a refund up to $300

21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.

TwinSpires

$200

Get a $200 Sign-Up Bonus with Twinspires Racebook!

Open your TwinSpires.com account using offer code BET200

$200 bonus cash will be credited in increments of $100 for every $400 wagered

To earn the full $200 bonus players must wager $800 within 30 days

21+. Terms and conditions apply.