Good morning, Pickswise Nation, and welcome to another terrific Thursday of sports. We have a pair of elimination games in the NBA and NHL playoffs today, as well as a great MLB slate, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!
Panthers complete the sweep
Four 1-goal wins have given the Florida Panthers a clean 4-0 sweep over the Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL Eastern Finals, and it was once again Matthew Tkachuk who got the job done with the game-winning goal in the final seconds of regulation. The Panthers now await the winner of Golden Knights vs Stars series in the Stanley Cup Finals.
MLB props and YRFI/NRFI plays go undefeated
Wednesday was a jam-packed slate with plenty of baseball action throughout the day, and our MLB experts were on the ball. MLB props expert Javan Shouey went 2-0 with his plays on Wednesday while our MLB YRFI/NRFI picks stayed red hot with a 2-0 mark, bringing our run to 33-13 in this market.
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Can the Celtics stay alive?
The Heat are looking to bury the Celtics once and for all on Thursday. Game 5 is at 8:30 pm ET on TNT. Read today’s NBA picks.
Golden Knights vs Stars Game 4
The Stars are on the brink of elimination as they’ll host Las Vegas tonight, trailing the Golden Knights 3-0. Game 4 starts at 8:00 pm ET on ESPN. Read today’s NHL predictions.
Plenty of action on the diamond
There are 10 MLB games on Thursday, with the highlight coming between the Orioles and Yankees in an AL East clash at 7:05 pm ET. Read today’s MLB predictions.
MLB: Baltimore Orioles vs New York Yankees Over 9 (-110)
7:05 pm ET, YES
Looking at this pitching matchup, it’s hard to not like the over. Kyle Gibson holds an ERA of 4.27 while Clarke Schmidt’s is up to 6.00, so neither pitcher has been missing bats recently. For Schmidt, his role in the rotation is starting to seem less certain after each start, and if he can’t put together a quality start against this AL East opponent, questions are going to be raised about reorganizing the New York rotation. In 10 starts this year, Schmidt has allowed at least 3 runs in 7 of the 10 starts – and that includes against the Orioles. The right-hander faced Baltimore at Camden Yards at the beginning of April and didn’t make it through 4 innings. He was shelled for 4 runs, 5 hits and 3 walks in just 3.1 innings in a game that ended with 13 runs scored. Read our full Orioles vs Yankees predictions.
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Today’s MLB mega parlay and MLB YRFI/NRFI picks are ready to read, while our golf expert Diane Knox Balas, fresh off her 22/1 win with Brooks Koepka in the PGA Championship, has golf predictions for this week’s tournament, the Charles Schwab Challenge. We’ve also got Prop Holliday’s player props for tonight’s Heat vs Celtics Game 5 matchup.
Be sure to head over to the Analysis tab for all of today’s great betting content as it drops throughout the day.
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The Celtics are looking to become just the 15th team to advance to a Game 6 after trailing 3-0 in an NBA playoff series. Boston is favored over the Heat in Thursday night’s clash.
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