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Memphis 97 @ Detroit 111 | 05/07 | 12:00 AM UTC

Detroit +9

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Pistons have a prime opportunity against the Grizzlies. Memphis had severe issues defensively in yesterday’s 139-135 victory over the Timberwolves. Expect the Pistons' young lineup to be the latest opponent to give the Grizzlies fits. Memphis is 1-4-1 ATS over its last six games. Play Detroit.

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Zack Cimini

Contrarian with Chutzpah
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Washington 131 @ Toronto 129 | 05/06 | 11:30 PM UTC

Washington +3

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Wizards are on fire, having won 11 of their last 14. None of their three losses came by more than three points and two of them were just one-point defeats. The Raptors have lost five of their last seven with injuries piling up. They will be shorthanded again Thursday with Chris Boucher (ankle) out and OG Anunoby (calf) listed as doubtful. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Wizards win this game outright, so I’ll take the points.

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Mike Barner

NBA Specialist
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Washington 131 @ Toronto 129 | 05/06 | 11:30 PM UTC

Washington +115

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Wizards are playing as well as any team in the NBA. Even their losses in the last two months have featured outstanding play. Russell Westbrook is a triple-double machine, and now that he and Bradley Beal have figured it out together, this will be a dangerous team come playoff time. Look out for the Wizards and take them in this spot.

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Tim Doyle

Big Ten Baller
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N.Y. Rangers @ Boston 4 | 05/06 | 11:00 PM UTC

Boston -220

WIN

ANALYSIS: Not a ton of value on Thursday's board with a bunch of heavy favorites, but I do like Boston here. The Rangers are in the second of a back-to-back and essentially expended all their remaining energy and motivation in Wednesday's brawl-filled game vs. the Capitals. New York also has ruled out a handful of key players for the final few games. The Bruins are still playing for postseason seeding and possibly a division title. Boston has won eight of the past 10 in the series.

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Matt Severance

Severance Pays
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Montreal 2 @ Toronto 5 | 05/06 | 11:00 PM UTC

Toronto -223

WIN

ANALYSIS: This very well could be a first-round playoff preview, and it would be awesome to see these blood rivals face off in the postseason. Both still have regular-season motivation -- Toronto is close to clinching the North Division and Montreal (which technically hasn't clinched a playoff spot yet but it's going to happen) can get as high as third in the North and avoid the Leafs in the first round. Toronto leads the season series 5-3 and is well-rested in not having played since a 3-2 OT loss in Montreal on Monday, blowing a two-goal lead. The Habs, meanwhile, are without some key guys and in the second of a B2B, falling 5-1 at Ottawa on Wednesday.

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Matt Severance

Severance Pays
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N.Y. Rangers @ Boston 4 | 05/06 | 11:00 PM UTC

Boston -245

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Bruins are 4-2 against the Rangers this season and will want to bounce back after a tough loss. New York has lost four games in a row to end its playoff hopes, its best player (Artemi Panarin) is out for the rest of the season with a lower-body injury and Pavel Buchnevich could be suspended for a cross-check to the face in Wednesday's loss to Washington. Not to mention, the Rangers fired their GM and team president before that defeat. These teams are trending in opposite directions, and Boston G Tuukka Rask, who has won six straight decisions, should be back in net.

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John Bollman

The Executive
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Arizona 1 @ Miami 3 | 05/06 | 10:40 PM UTC

Miami -135

WIN

ANALYSIS: Madison Bumgarner is in fine form, but I think the Marlins, with their .789 OPS versus left-handers, can do a little damage here. Pablo Lopez has a 0.47 ERA over his last three starts. Back Miami, which has outscored Arizona 17-3 in the first two games of this series, to get the sweep.

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Larry Hartstein

Senior Analyst
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Arizona 1 @ Miami 3 | 05/06 | 10:40 PM UTC

UNDER 7.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: Madison Bumgarner has been spot on in his last three starts. In 17 innings pitched during that span, he has allowed six hits, two walks and two runs. Pablo Lopez has been just as sharp recently. In four of his last six starts he has not allowed more than one run. Arizona has struggled vs. right-handers, ranking 20th in wRC+, nine percent below the league average.

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Kenny White

Wizard of Odds
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Atlanta 3 @ Washington 2 | 05/06 | 8:05 PM UTC

Washington +1.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: Here's another game where I think the wrong team is favored but could flip by first pitch; since it hasn't yet, we will take the Nats on the runline at -160. They start lefty Jon Lester, who threw five shutout innings vs. Miami in his team and season debut last Friday. He is 7-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 11 starts against Atlanta, which has just one victory this year vs. a lefty. Lester catches one break in that the Braves are sitting reigning NL MVP Freddie Freeman. It's southpaw Drew Smyly (0-2, 8.25) for the Braves, and he has been terrible.

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Matt Severance

Severance Pays
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