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L.A. Dodgers 3 @ San Diego 5 | 06/24 | 2:10 AM UTC

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SDQL Gurus

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Atlanta 116 @ Milwaukee 113 | 06/24 | 12:30 AM UTC

Atlanta +7.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: Both teams are coming off grueling seven-game series. Atlanta pulled off an upset over Philadelphia, while Millwaukee took advantage of Brooklyn's injury problems to advance. The Bucks clearly are the better of the two teams, and the Hawks are dealing with a key injury to Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee), who is listed as a game-time decision for Game 1. Still, this is a big line for a Hawks team that showed plenty of fight in the previous round. I think the Bucks win, but I’ll still take the points.

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Mike Barner

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Atlanta 116 @ Milwaukee 113 | 06/24 | 12:30 AM UTC

Atlanta +8

WIN

ANALYSIS: This spread has just popped up to 8 at William Hill Sportsbook, so let's take it now as I doubt it gets higher. Atlanta is listing both Bogdan Bogdanovic and Cam Reddish as questionable. Bogdan had the same listing Sunday in Game 7 vs. Philly and played. I'm sure he will here. Reddish has been out since late February but has been medically cleared and practicing. I'd guess he plays too -- albeit obviously quite limited minutes. I'm with Mike Barner as I expect the Bucks to win, but this spread feels a handful of points too high. Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in its past five on the road.

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Tampa Bay 2 @ N.Y. Islanders 3 | 06/24 | 12:00 AM UTC

N.Y. Islanders +125

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Islanders return home after an embarrassing 8-0 loss in Game 5. New York is 19-7 in the sixth game of playoff series, the best record of any NHL team. Tampa Bay scored three power-play goals in Game 5 but now must play on the road. The Islanders should feed off the energy of their home crowd. Light play on New York.

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Jeff Hochman

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Boston 2 @ Tampa Bay 8 | 06/23 | 11:10 PM UTC

Tampa Bay -145

WIN

ANALYSIS: On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Rays will look to end a seven-game losing streak. The streak has been exacerbated because of extra-inning failures by the Rays, as their last three losses were in extra innings. With Red Sox pitcher Garrett Richards struggling, don’t expect this one to go into extra innings. Back the Rays.

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Zack Cimini

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Atlanta 3 @ N.Y. Mets 7 | 06/23 | 11:10 PM UTC

N.Y. Mets -125

WIN

ANALYSIS: I was going to pass on this game, but the Braves just ruled out superstar Ronald Acuna Jr., so that alone is worth a lean on the Mets when the pitching matchup isn't totally one-sided against New York -- which it isn't. Acuna is hitting .285 with 20 homers, 45 RBIs and 15 steals. The pitchers are Kyle Wright (0-0, 4.15) for the Braves and Tylor Megill in his big-league debut for New York. Megill, an eighth-round pick in 2018, has a 3.06 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A this year with 53 strikeouts in 35.1 innings. Wright has a career 6.09 ERA in the majors through 20 appearances.

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Kansas City 5 @ N.Y. Yankees 6 | 06/23 | 11:05 PM UTC

N.Y. Yankees -172

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Yankees burned me yesterday on a runline bet behind Gerrit Cole as the Royals were 6-5 upset winners. I'm going back to the Bombers here but on the moneyline. They will have red-hot catcher Gary Sanchez in the lineup after he sat Monday because Cole has his own catcher. Kansas City appears to have the starting pitching edge with Danny Duffy (4-3, 1.94), but the lefty is coming off the injured list after missing nearly six weeks and didn't even make a rehab start, so he can't possibly be out there too long. He also has a 5.00 career ERA vs. New York. Yanks starter Michael King (0-3, 4.08) simply needs to keep it close through five innings or so and then New York can pounce on the KC bullpen. Weird stat: NYY has won seven straight Wednesday games.

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Matt Severance

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Kansas City 5 @ N.Y. Yankees 6 | 06/23 | 11:05 PM UTC

OVER 10

WIN

ANALYSIS: This looks to be the best hitting environment in baseball on Wednesday. I am seeing an expected weather-related boost to run scoring by over 10 percent, which is the largest of the day across MLB. Take into account that Yankees RHP Michael King has a 5.48 career ERA and Royals LHP Danny Duffy is making his first start in almost two months, and I think we see a good deal of both bullpens. Duffy, in particular, is not stretched out and may throw only 50 pitches. I'll go Over and expect some fireworks from the Yankees after they lost behind ace Gerrit Cole on Tuesday.

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Justin Perri

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