Degen Show (5/23/22)
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Max’s Sports Bet Picks for 5/23/22
MIA (7) at BOS (-7)
Pick: Lean MIA
Total: 207.5 (Lean Over – 210)
Predicted Score: MIA 104 – BOS 106
Notes: After watching the Celtics claw back from a 26-point deficit in the last game, only to lose in the final minute, you have to wonder where this team’s head is at.
They also have to be cognizant that they mounted that comeback with Jimmy Butler in the locker room with knee inflammation and Tyler Herro with a groin injury.
The Celtics dealt with some issues too.
The aggressive, and at times bullying, Heat tossed Celtics around the court – leading to a nerve impingement for Jayson Tatum and badly sprained ankle for Marcus Smart.
Robert Williams had also missed the game and his status for today and the rest of the playoffs is a big question mark.
So lots of injury questions for this one.
For the Celtics, they should take solace in the fact that they only lost by 6 points despite having 24 turnovers and 22 less shots than the Heat.
If the Celtics can avoid the turnovers they should be able get the win today.
But that’s a big if.
The Heat defense was insane in game 3 and if Marcus Smart tries to make that same cutting pass to Tatum that resulted in at least 4 steals, it could be more of the same.
I’ll lean Miami with the points.
Florida Panthers (102) at Tampa Bay Lightning (-122)
Pick: Bet $10 Tampa
Notes: I was on Florida yesterday figuring that they would eventually show up and make it a series and well, I was wrong.
The P-Words can’t lose them all, right?
Well, I think they can.
The Lightning are showing that they still have something left in the tank and maybe they can make another run for the Cup.
For Florida, it looks like another disappointing end to the season at the hands of Tampa.
The Lightning won’t be gentlemen today.
$10 bet on Tampa.
Colorado Avalanche (-166) at St. Louis Blues (138)
Pick: Lean Colorado
Notes: Well, I took a shot on the Blues and missed so tempting to jump on them today with the plus line.
But I’ll resist.
The Avalanche took it up a notch in the last game and poured on some offense.
The game also was not without controversy as Nazem Kadri collided with Blues’ goalie Jordan Binnington.
Binnington then threw a water bottle at Kadri at a press conference and we found out that Binnington could be injured for the rest of the playoffs.
Without him, its going to be tough for the Blues to win.
I can’t completely count them out, but can’t bet them.
Lean on Colorado.
PHI (-126) at ATL (108)
Pick: Bet $10 PHI
Notes: I faded the Braves yesterday in favor of the Fish and hit on that one.
And now its time to fade them again for another NL East rival.
Near Elite Zach Wheeler will take on Tucker Davidson.
Davidson will make his third appearance of the season.
His second one went better than his first so the Braves are hopeful that’s the pitcher they see today.
I’m a little less optimistic.
I think Philly grabs a game in this series – their first one against the Braves this season – and today should be that day.
$10 bet on the Phillies.
TOR (100) at STL (-118)
Pick: Bet $10 STL
Notes: The Blue Jays continue to struggle on the road.
They are 8-11 away from Toronto this season and are hitting the road again after a homestand.
The Cardinals are coming off a sweep over the hapless Pirates and will have former staff ace Miles Mikolas on the mound today.
Mikolas has looked like his former self to start the year.
The same cannot be said for former ace Jose Berrios.
The good news for Toronto is that he’s coming off his best start of the year.
Still, I like the Cardinals at home today.
Until Toronto figures out their road woes, I will fade them when the lines aren’t too chalky.
$10 bet on St. Louis.
OAK (142) at SEA (-168)
Pick: Bet $10 OAK
Notes: The Mariners just lost 4 in a row to the Red Sox but return home where they have an above .500 record.
Not too long ago, the Mariners were leading the AL West. Now, they sit only a half game out of last place.
That last place is held, at the moment, by the A’s.
The good news for Oakland, I guess, is that they are pretty good on the road this year.
I guess seeing more fans in the stands on the road has been encouraging for them.
I like them to continue the Mariners’ losing streak today.
$10 bet on Oakland.
COL (114) at PIT (-134)
Pick: Lean COL
CHC (-120) at CIN (102)
Pick: Lean CHC
BAL (265) at NYY (-330)
Pick: Lean NYY
LAD (-210) at WSH (176)
Pick: Lean LAD
DET (154) at MIN (-184)
Pick: Lean MIN
CLE (172) at HOU (-205)
Pick: Lean CLE
MIL (100) at SD (-118)
Pick: Lean SD
KC (-104) at ARI (-112)
Pick: Lean ARI
NYM (126) at SF (-148)
Pick: Lean SF