Jonathan Coachman is joined on the lineup card by top sports betting experts Mike McClure and Larry Hartstein on the Early Edge podcast, powered by SportsLine. The team provides their favorite picks for the NBA, MLB and NHL for Friday, April 2.
Mike begins by diving into what he's calling "the biggest day of the year in terms of injury news" for the NBA, as most of the players listed as questionable will have an impact on the betting market, including Steph Curry, John Wall and Zion Williamson among others. Larry then breaks down the line movement for the Final Four matchups, sharing that he's heard by tipoff of the UCLA-Gonzaga, you could be looking at a line as high as Gonzaga -16. "If you like the Zags, I don't think you're going to get better than -14, which is an inflated line," Hartstein says.
The Coach skates in with the SportsLine Play of the Day in the NHL, pointing out why Oilers -145 will pay off against the Flames at 9 p.m. ET. He then moves to the diamond, sharing the Rays -105 at 7 p.m. ET as the podcast's MLB Play of the Day.
Mike then shares his top two baseball plays of the day, taking the Giants +115 against the Mariners at 10:10 p.m. ET, noting that they get another left-handed pitcher that's vulnerable to right-handed hitting. He believes the Giants close around even money, so it's best to grab it early. Mike is on another 'dog as well, taking the Astros +130 against the A's at 9:40 p.m. ET. "This Houston Astros lineup is actually built relatively well to hit left-handed pitching," Mike says. "(Jesus) Luzardo is giving up 1.58 home runs per nine innings to right-handed hitters, and the strikeout rate is meaningfully lower against right-handed hitters."
Larry cautions that his first plays are only a go if Domatas Sabonis plays, going with Caris LeVert Under 26.5 points, rebounds and assists and Myles Turner Under 6.5 rebounds. "And then here's one I absolutely love: Robert Covington Over 9.5 points," Larry says. "Six straight games in double digits, this guy is shooting the lights out from 3-point range: 24 of 46, that's 52 percent over his last seven or eight games, playing the Bucks, who give up the fourth-most 3s." Larry also has one baseball play, going with the Angels -115, who are 23-6 at home against the White Sox in their last 29 games.
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