Today's picks: Why Mavericks will cover vs. Heat, plus MLB picks for Tuesday, May 4

The SportsLine team provides their favorite bets for Tuesday, May 4 on the Early Edge podcast
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The Coach goes "three wide " with featured betting experts Mike McClure, Zack Cimini and Larry Hartstein on the Early Edge podcast, powered by SportsLine. Get your prime plays for MLB and the NBA for Tuesday, May 4.

Mike takes the ball first with his NBA injury report. He has updates on Darius Garland, Devonte Graham, Kristaps Porzingis, Fred VanVleet and others. Get the latest on the Suns, Pistons, Kings, Heat and more. 

The Coach supplies the SportsLine Play of the Day, highlighting the White Sox and Reds over nine runs, First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. ET. 

Mike has a pair of MLB picks, including the Royals -1.5 over the Indians at 8:10 p.m. ET. Sam Hentges will be no match for Kansas City's right-handed hitters in his first big league start. He is also all-in on the Braves and Nationals to go over nine runs in the first five innings at +100. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p,m. ET from Nationals Park, which is an underrated hitting environment. Mike then comprehensively details how the weather will contribute to the starting pitchers being chased out of this game. 

The spotlight NBA pick for Tuesday is Zack's selection of the Mavericks +4 over the Heat at 8:00 p.m. ET. "Dallas, in the last nine games, have lost to just one team. Those three losses were all against the Sacramento Kings," he says. "You look at Dallas, they are not known for being a defensive team. But in their earlier meeting against the Heat, they limited them to 83 points, by far their best defensive effort all season long. I think that has to do with Josh Richardson, the ex-Heat player. He knows their playbook." Zack then drops his duo of MLB picks for the day, including the Rays -110 over the Angels at 9:38 p.m. ET. This will be a bad matchup for Alex Cobb, and he tells us why. Zack then backs up Mike's Royals pick, taking Kansas City on he money line at -135. 

Larry's top MLB play is the Braves for the first five innings on the money line at -130. He says it's going to be a forgettable night for Joe Ross. 

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