Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Wednesday, May 18

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Andrew Wilsher

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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.

Good morning, Pickswise Nation! Last night we saw the Eastern Conference Finals get underway, and tonight it’s the West’s turn as the Mavs battle the Warriors. On top of that we have more NHL playoff action along with a hefty MLB slate, plus we continue building up to the start of the PGA Championship tomorrow. Let’s dive into making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Heat burn Celtics in ECF Game 1
Despite holding an 8-point lead at halftime, the Celtics lost Game 1 of the ECF to the Heat following a catastrophic 3rd quarter where Miami outscored Boston 39-14. It awaits to be seen how the Celtics will respond in Game 2 tomorrow, for which they are 4-point underdogs.

Strong MLB day for Pickswise cappers
There was no shortage of MLB games yesterday as we feasted on an 18-game slate, and it was a solid day for the Pickswise experts as they went 10-8 on sides and 9-7-2 on totals. We are now 26-16-3 on totals over the past three days.

Avs edge Blues in overtime
It took the game going to overtime, but Stanley Cup favorites Colorado was able to secure a 3-2 victory over St. Louis. That was fine by us, as we were on Blues +1.5 on the puck line! Meanwhile, the Lightning crushed the Panthers 4-1 on the road to secure the Game 1 win.

Today’s Slate

Mavs meet Warriors in WCF Game 1
It’s the Western Conference’s turn to get their finals underway as Game 1 of the Mavericks vs the Warriors takes place. Golden State is a big favorite for this one, but no one can count out Dallas after they eliminated the Suns in the last round. Read our full game preview for Mavs vs Warriors.

NHL second round continues
We have two more NHL Playoffs second-round series starting tonight as the Rangers meet the Hurricanes, while a battle for Alberta supremacy takes place between the Oilers and the Flames. Don’t miss our picks for those matchups, including a 3-star best bet.

18 MLB games today!
We’ve got a full 15-game MLB slate today with plenty of games taking place this afternoon, including the Braves vs Brewers and Tigers vs Rays getting started at 1:10 pm ET. The final game of the day picks the White Sox against the Royals at 8:10 pm ET. Check out today’s MLB game previews.

Best Bet of the Day

Edmonton Oilers vs Calgary Flames Over 6 goals
9:30 pm ET, ESPN

The Calgary Flames struggled to score goals in the opening round of the playoffs as Jake Oettinger of the Stars ended up saving 16 goals above expected through the 7 games, which is nothing short of amazing. Their opponent in net tonight, Mike Smith, is nowhere near that caliber. The Flames scored 3.66 goals per game in the regular season, which ranked 6th-best in the NHL and through 4 games against Edmonton they scored 17 total goals. As for the Oilers, in their first-round series against the Kings, the over hit 4 times and pushed once. Read our full game preview for Oilers vs Flames.

Must-watch

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

Jared Smith and Alex Glaze are your hosts today and will be joined by Pickswise NBA analyst and former champion Brian Scalabrine, who will be recapping last night’s Celtics/Heat game as well as looking ahead to Mavs vs Warriors tonight. The gang will also be looking at today’s MLB and NHL games before revealing 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

We have tons of great betting content to help you bet better today. Looking at tonight’s Mavs vs Warriors Game 1, you can get our first-basket best bets and same game parlay for the big matchup, as well as our expert’s best player props (he’s up +15.8 units this season!).

Over on the ice, we have our best NHL player props where our expert is on a 12-4 run, as well as our series preview for Rangers vs Hurricanes. On top of that, we have our NHL mega parlay available at hefty 18/1 odds.

On top of that, we have tons of golf coverage for the PGA Championship, including Diane Knox Balas’ best bets as well as her best prop bets. We also have first-round leader picks as well as a player-by-player guide to EVERY golfer. You can also find out why a Tiger Woods PGA win would result in historic losses for sportsbooks.

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 Mavericks won 3 of their 4 games against the Warriors during the regular season.

Boost of the Day

New York Rangers and Calgary Flames both to win

FanDuel Sportsbook has delivered an almighty boost for tonight’s NHL playoff action. You can get the Rangers to beat the Hurricanes and the Flames to beat the Oilers at +400 odds, boosted from +280!

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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