Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Thursday, April 28

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Phil Agius

NBA· 2 weeks 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.

Happy Draft Day, Pickswise Nation! Sport’s greatest off-field event gets started in Las Vegas tonight, and we also have NBA, MLB, NHL, soccer and golf action to enjoy. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Bucks and Warriors get it done
Two more teams have been ruled out of the race to be the 2022 NBA champions as the Bucks ended the Bulls’ season and the Warriors eliminated the Nuggets, both closing out 4-1 series wins last night. The Warriors are now +300 championship favorites at FanDuel Sportsbook, with the Suns +390 and the Celtics +460.

MLB props run continues
The Pickswise baseball cappers did well on Wednesday’s big slate, going 9-6 on sides and hitting our only 3-star play (Marlins ML). JutPicks’ cashed his play of Zach Plesac under 4.5 Ks to give us a 4-0 record on MLB player props over the last 3 days.

Stars claim final NHL playoff spot despite loss
The final NHL playoff place was decided last night, but not in great style, as the Stars got the point they needed despite an overtime loss to the Coyotes. It wasn’t the only upset, though, as the Canadiens beat the Rangers 4-3 to end a 9-game losing run.

Today’s Slate

3 NBA Playoff games
Tonight’s 3 NBA games could provide us with 3 dramatic Game 7s, or none at all as the 76ers (vs Raptors), Suns (vs Pelicans) and Mavericks (vs Jazz) all take 3-2 series leads on the road. Read today’s NBA game previews.

13-game MLB slate
There’s a feast of afternoon action in the ballparks today, with 11 of today’s 13 MLB games due to finish before the NFL Draft starts, and only 2 night games. Orioles vs Yankees is being shown on ESPN+ at 1:05 pm ET. Read today’s MLB game previews.

Flames vs Wild on NHL Network
The end is near for the NHL regular season, with today’s 9 games including Flames vs Wild on NHL Network at 8:00 pm ET. Get our picks for today’s NHL matchups.

There’s golf and soccer too
The PGA Tour field contest the Mexico Open today and we also have picks for today’s soccer including Chelsea vs Manchester United in the EPL and the Europa League semifinals.

Best Bet of the Day

Over 214 points in Phoenix Suns vs New Orleans Pelicans
7:30 pm ET, TNT

The total is down 10 points from the opening total for Game 1 of this series, even though the over has come in 3 of 5 times in the series. Phoenix held New Orleans to under 100 points both times it went under, and both those games were in Phoenix. If the Pelicans break 100, this game should go over the total. New Orleans will be energized in front of their home crowd trying to stave off elimination and Phoenix will have to keep up. That can force the total over. Check out our full preview for Suns vs Pelicans.

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 Jared Smith are your hosts today, and they’ll be joined by Howard Bender, head of content for Fantasy Alarm and host of the Ante Up podcast, to discuss the NFL Draft.

We’ll also have NBA Morning Radar, NHL Ice Picks, today’s best MLB bets and the team’s 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

Our NFL Draft analysis section is bursting with content as the big night approaches, so make sure you check it out, including Jared Smith’s best bets for the draft and our 2022 mock draft.

Our NBA mega parlay (+1392 odds) and same game parlays for 76ers vs Raptors and Suns vs Pelicans are also ready to read.

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

Stat of the Day

The Raptors are 16-4 in their last 20 meetings with the 76ers at home.

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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