Both the NBA and National Hockey League have a pair of playoff games on the board for Thursday and we setup the action along with a look at today’s baseball card.
[dropcap1]T[/dropcap1]he Indians Pacers (3-1) will look to close out the New York Knicks in tonight’s early basketball game but with current odds of New York (-5), sportsbooks suggest this series is going beyond game 5.
Defensively, the Pacers have held New York to 71 and 82 points the past two games but a change of venue could swing the momentum and we have to believe the Knicks will fire at a higher shooting percentage back on home court.
Look for a higher tempo from New York as they try to regain the form that saw them average 101.5 points per game (PPG) at home this season. The Knicks are 13-2 SU and 11-3-1 ATS their past 15 home games (101.5 PPG) and they scored 95 and 105 the first two playoff games against Indiana.
Daily Wire NBA Picks: Take the Over 179
In the second game on the NBA betting card we lean to San Antonio (-1.5) finishing the job against Golden State. Sports betting shops had a -1 on this game earlier and it’s starting to look like a full boat on the road fave but with the adjustments we’ve seen from HC Popovich since the first two meetings, it’s hard to see the Warriors forcing a game 7.
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It’s a typically quiet Thursday at the ballparks of this great nation but the free baseball newsletter from KillerSports.com is still loaded with MLB betting stats, trends and tips to help bank a profit. Today’s top trend looks at Detroit and Texas (-108, O/U 7.5), where Justin Verlander (4-3, 1.93) will look to bounce back from his worst start all season vs. Yu Darvish and the Rangers.
– When Justin Verlander starts, the Tigers are 11-0 since June 11, 2008 if not a dog of +110 or more, after walking at least 4 at home for a net profit of $1100.
Verlander walked five batters through five innings in a 7-6 loss to Cleveland May 11 but he’s handled Texas well throughout his career, going 7-2 in 11 starts with a 2.02 ERA. The former Cy Young winner is 3-1 on the road this season with a 1.08 ERA and he’s backed by a lineup who leads the majors in scoring at 5.42 RPG. Since April 26 the Tigers are 12-6 with an average of 6.4 runs scored per contest.
Daily Wire MLB Picks: Take the Tigers at even money
The fourth of four second round matchups gets underway today in Boston (-125) where the New York Rangers will try for back-to-back road wins for the first time since March 19-26. NHL odds on this total opened at 5 UN -120 but given Henrik Lundqvist’s recent form, bettors are pounding the under and one sportsbook has dropped to 5 UN -135.
Each of these teams was stretched to seven games in Round 1 so rust won’t be a factor and although Boston’s situation screams “letdown” following their comeback win, this group of veterans has far too much experience for that to factor in. Goals might be hard to come by for the Bruins in this contest but New York has scored four-plus in eight of their last 13 and we like them to notch at least three tonight.
Daily Wire NHL Picks: Take the Rangers Team Total Over 2.5 (+127)
Read our full NHL Round 2 Playoff Preview for more on this and other the other series!
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