Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Tuesday, May 17

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Phil Agius

NBA · 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 terrific Tuesday of sports. There was no basketball or hockey action yesterday but the good news is they’re both back on the menu today, with some great matchups in prospect. We also have MLB and soccer on today’s slate, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Great run on MLB totals continues
The Pickswise handicappers are in fine form with their picks for MLB totals, and after going 10-5 on Sunday, we had a 7-4-1 record yesterday, taking us to 17-9-1 over the last 2 days. Kyle Lupas cashed our Best Bet on the Giants ML as they beat the Rockies 7-6. Elsewhere, the Red Sox beat the Astros, the Brewers beat the Braves 1-0 and the Cubs bashed the Pirates 9-0, with 8 of the runs coming in the 1st inning.

Today’s Slate

NBA conference finals start tonight
The Celtics and the Heat will get this season’s NBA conference finals started with Game 1 of their Eastern Conference series at 8:30 pm ET on ESPN. Read today’s NBA game preview.

NHL second round gets going
The NHL is a little further away from its title game than the NBA, but the second round of the playoffs starts today with Lightning vs Panthers (7:00 pm ET) and Blues vs Avalanche (9:30 pm ET), and both games are being shown on TNT. Check out today’s NHL game previews.

18 MLB games today!
We have an expanded 18-game MLB slate today with the White Sox and Royals, Diamondbacks and Dodgers, and Cardinals and Mets all playing doubleheaders today. Astros vs Red Sox is being shown on TBS at 7:10 pm ET. Check out today’s MLB game previews.

Best Bet of the Day

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers Over 6.5 goals
7:00 pm ET, TNT

The Panthers were the only team to finish the NHL regular season averaging over 4 goals per game, while their last 2 meetings with the Lightning both ended with 12 goals. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is great, but has not had the best postseason thus far and Tampa has allowed 3.43 goals per game in the playoffs, the second-most of the teams remaining. The Lightning have scored 3.49 goals per game on the road this season, and with a home average of 4.66 for the Panthers, we should be in for an electric Game 1. Read our full game preview for Lightning vs Panthers.

Must-watch

Enhance your sports betting knowledge by watching our daily sports betting show Let’s Bet It! at 10:00 am ET.

Lauren Jbara and Mark Zinno are your hosts today, and they will be joined by Pickswise golf betting analyst Diane Knox Balas to discuss the PGA Championship. We’ll also be looking at today’s games in the NBA, MLB and NHL before the team reveal their Plays of the Day.

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

Must-read

Today’s NBA playoffs coverage includes our first-basket best bets, and a Celtics vs Heat same game parlay, plus series previews for the matchups in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference.

Away from the NBA, we have our MLB player props and NHL player props, plus series previews for Rangers vs Hurricanes and Blues vs Avalanche.

And don’t forget our golf coverage for the PGA Championship, as we have Diane Knox Balas’ best bets, PGA Championship props and a guide to the available betting markets.

Be sure to head over to the Analysis tab for all today’s great betting content as it drops throughout the day.

Stat of the Day

The Heat were the best 3-point shooting team in the NBA during the regular season at 37.9%, but in 11 playoff games, they are shooting just 32% from deep.

Boost of the Day

Liverpool to win & over 3.5 total goals in game vs Southampton

FanDuel Sportsbook is looking to today’s big EPL game for this boost, enhancing the odds of Liverpool beating Soutampton in a game which produces over 3.5 goals from +155 to +220. Check out our full game preview for Southampton vs Liverpool.

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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