Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Wednesday, June 22

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Phil Agius

MLB · 1 week 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 wonderful Wednesday of sport. Today we have another huge Stanley Cup hockey game, a big MLB slate and thoughts are turning to the NBA Draft tomorrow night. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Close contests on the diamonds
Tuesday’s sports slate was all about baseball and the MLB’s finest delivered a bunch of close contests, with 7 of the 15 games decided by a single run, including 4 that went into extra innings. Tony Gonsolin of the Dodgers became the first pitcher to reach 9 wins this season in his team’s 8-2 win over the Reds, while the 50-win Yankees lost for only the 18th time as Isaac Paredes hit 3 home runs in a 5-4 home win for the Rays. It was a rare day when both New York teams lost as the Mets went down 8-2 to the Astros, while the Royals overcame the Angels 12-11 in the 11th despite allowing a pair of 3-run homers to Shohei Ohtani.

Today’s Slate

Lightning aiming to strike for a second time
The Tampa Bay Lightning have a chance to draw level at 2-2 in the Stanley Cup Finals with a home Game 4 against the Colorado Avalanche on ABC at 8:00 pm ET, but the champions are dealing with some key injuries. Read our Game 4 preview.

Full slate of MLB games
We have a big 15-game MLB slate today, with Diamondbacks vs Padres being shown on ESPN+ at 4:10 pm ET. Read today’s MLB game previews.

Best Bet of the Day

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies ML vs Texas Rangers
4:05 pm ET

Philadelphia has been greatly improved since firing manager Joe Girardi. Starter Zach Wheeler is having a great month of June with just 3 runs allowed over 3 starts. He has become one of the best pitchers in the league and the Phillies are an easy team to get behind with Wheeler on the mound. Facing an NL team takes away any unfamiliarity advantage for Texas starter Jon Gray, too. Take Philadelphia. Read our full game preview for Phillies vs Rangers.

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 Mark Zinno are your hosts today, and they’ll be joined by our in-form golf betting analyst Diane Knox Balas to discuss the Travelers Championship after hitting the target in the last 2 weeks with her picks of 10/1 Rory McIlroy (Canadian Open) and 30/1 Matt Fitzpatrick (US Open).

Nick Alberga, co-host of the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast, will also join the show to discuss the Stanley Cup. The team will give the best bets for today’s MLB games before revealing 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

You can read Diane Knox Balas’ best bets and insights for the Travelers Championship now, and we’ve also got you covered for today’s NHL action with our Game 4 same game parlay and today’s best NHL prop play. You can also check out our Wednesday MLB mega parlay, and look ahead to the NBA Draft with our mock draft and best draft props.

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 total has gone over in the Avalanche’s last 5 road games against the Lightning.

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