It’s a busy Wednesday with a pair of NBA play-in tournament games and several early Major League Baseball series, as well as a hockey showdown with a playoff atmosphere. Here’s a look at today’s rundown:
Charlotte and Atlanta battle for a spot in the NBA Playoffs with the loser going home at 7 p.m. ET. It’s a bright matchup between young guard LaMelo Ball and Atlanta star Trae Young. The teams split the season series at each game was decided by at least 10 points except for a three-point margin early in the season. Statistically speaking, the Hornets score more points but Atlanta is more efficient on offense.
The Hawks are favored at -5.5 with an over/under of 236. As of now, 62% of the money is on Atlanta against the spread and 52% is on the under. But this is a win-or-go-home game. We’ll go Charlotte +5.5 and under 236.
San Antonio snuck into the play-in tournament over the Lakers and will get the Pelicans at 9:30 p.m. ET. San Antonio features a balanced attack with seven guys scoring in double figures and playing at least 65 games, save for one who played 51. The Spurs won the season series 3-1 and can now eliminate the ninth-seeded Pelicans, who are led by Brandon Ingram and C.J. McCollum. New Orleans is the better defensive team but the Spurs are much better offensively.
Pelicans -5.5 with an over/under of 225. As of now, 66% of the bets are on the Spurs with a split over/under. We like the Spurs to win and cover, going over 225.
Reigning AL Cy Young winner Robbie Ray gets the ball for Toronto against the AL Central favorites, the Chicago White Sox, for a 7:10 p.m. ET start. Dallas Keuchel gets the ball for Chicago. Ray allowed one run over seven innings in his first start and now gets a lineup scoring 5.5 runs per game. The White sox have been strong pitching with a 2.52 ERA.
The White Sox are one-run favorites with an over/under of 8.5. We’ll go under the 8.5 and take Chicago -1.
Sean Manaea took a no-hitter through seven innings in his debut and now he gets the ball for the second time as the Padres and Giants meet at 3:45 p.m. ET. Breakout star from a year ago Logan Webb is on the mound for the Giants. Both teams are scoring better than 4.5 runs per game but the Padres have had more issues pitching.
The Giants are favored by a run with an over/under of 7.5. If there’s anything working for the Padres it’s that the Giants’ best hitters have been left-handed so we’ll play the lefty-on-lefty advantage and go Padres + 1 and go over 7.5.
Both Jose Berrios and Gerrit Cole look to bounce back as they start for Toronto and the Yankees, respectively, at 7:05 p.m. ET. Berrios gave up four runs and recorded one out in his season debut while Cole gave up three runs in the first before settling in. New York’s offense has struggled, scoring 3.26 runs per game and Toronto’s pitching has allowed 5.52 runs per game. With both teams pitching well, they’ve split shutouts to begin the series.
The Yankees are favored by a run with an over/under of 8.5. We’ll take New York -1 and go under 8.5.
The Los Angeles Kings are one of the surprise teams of the league this season and are clinging to a three-point lead over the Vegas Golden Knights for the third seed in the Pacific Division. Meanwhile, the Colorado Avalanche are favorites to win the President’s Trophy as the top team in the regular season.
L.A. will be without star defenseman Drew Doughty, who underwent wrist surgery on Monday and is done for the year. Colorado is on a six-game winning streak and is showing no signs of slowing down. Taking the Avalanche on the puck line seems to be the play here.
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