Today's top picks: Dodgers to beat Reds among best bets, plus more MLB, College World Series and NBA Draft picks for Thursday, June 23

SportsLine's proven experts share their favorite bets on the Early Edge podcast for Thursday, June 23
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Host Jonathan Coachman is joined by Larry Hartstein, Mike Barner and Allie O'Neill on the Early Edge podcast, powered by SportsLine. Get highlighted plays for MLB, NBA Draft and College World Series for Thursday, June 23, and you can stream the show live every morning on the SportsLine YouTube page.

Coach starts off by recapping the crew's stunning recent success, as SportsLine's experts have gone 33-10 over the past three days on The Early Edge. Coachman says he will stick to hosting from now on, finishing on top after going 12-1 on his picks over that span. 

The experts then run through the storylines and betting trends before Coach offers the SportsLine Play of the Day. The pick, from baseball expert John Bollman, is Ole Miss -105 against Arkansas in the third and deciding game of their series at 4 p.m. ET. Dylan DeLucia is on the mound for Ole Miss, while Arkansas counters with Connor Noland.

"We've got ace versus ace for the right to go to the finals of the College World Series," Coachman says. But Bollman points out that the Razorbacks' bullpen has been overworked in playing three straight days, and that will be the difference.

Allie then offers up an MLB pick, taking Los Angeles -1.5 on the run line (-135) against the Reds (12:35 p.m. ET). Clayton Kershaw (2.08 ERA) starts for the Dodgers against Hunter Greene (5.26 ERA), so O'Neill expects the Reds to be in more trouble. They have lost six straight games.

Barner has a play from the NBA Draft (8 p.m. ET), and he is going Under 21.5 (+100) on the draft position for Ohio State's EJ Liddell. The expert has closely followed the Chicago Bulls and knows Liddell is a popular option for them at No. 18. "We all see the hole that the Bulls have at the power forward spot," Barner says, and adding a player like Liddell "would be huge for them." If Chicago finds a better option, Minnesota at No. 19 also should have interest in Liddell.

Coach gets a "call" from Tom Brady, who convinces the host to "unretire" from offering picks. So Jonathan has his coveted Cash With the Coach, and he has two MLB plays. He is backing the Dodgers Over 2.5 runs on the team total in the first five innings (-130). "Hunter Greene has been atrocious," he says, pointing out that the Cincinnati right-hander allowed four runs in the early going his last time out.

The host also is backing the Yankees -125 to beat the Astros (7:05 p.m. ET). "You give me minus 125 on the Yankees any day, I'll take it," Coachman says.

The show wraps up with The Maestro, and Hartstein has two MLB picks, including the Mariners -130 against the A's in Oakland (3:37 p.m. ET). Frankie Montas is on the mound for Oakland, which has gone 3-11 in his starts this season. Seattle has won eight straight in Oakland, and Mariners starter Robbie Ray has been heating up.

Larry also is backing the Padres -145 to beat the Phillies (9:40 p.m ET). San Diego is 11-1 in Joe Musgrove's starts this year, and the right-hander is 8-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a top Cy Young candidate. Philadelphia has lost three in a row and is "starting to slump," so Larry is confident the Padres can win, even without the injured Manny Machado.  

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SportsLine Staff