Jonathan Coachman joins forces with prime sports betting experts Mike McClure, Rick Gehman and Larry Hartstein on the Early Edge podcast, powered by SportsLine. The guys provide their top bets for the Honda Classic, NBA and NIT for Wednesday, March 17.
Mike has a comprehensive NBA injury rundown that covers several teams, including the Pacers, Raptors, Celtics, Spurs and more. Rick then supplies a course preview at PGA National, where there is a much weaker field this week. The wind will be a significant factor on the third-most difficult course on the tour last year. Rick actually warns of "potential carnage" this week.
The Coach comes in with the SportsLine Plays of the Day, going with the Bucks -6 over the Sixers in a must-see matchup at 7 p.m. ET. In the NIT, he is recommending Saint Mary's -2 over Western Kentucky at 9 p.m. ET.
Mike is taking the Bulls -1 over the Spurs at 8 p.m. ET, as San Antonio is dealing with key personnel issues. At the Honda Classic, he is taking Talor Gooch at +350 to finish in the top 10.
Rick then launches into his targeted picks for the Honda Classic. He says Brandon Wu has been on fire recently, so he is taking him at +200 over Dylan Frittelli and Matt Wallace. Rick is also opting for Sungjae Im +125 over Russell Henley and Lee Westwood. "I think we're chasing Lee Westwood points," he says. "It's probably unrealistic for him to continue the pace that he is on. Sungjae Im has been dominant in Florida during his young career. He's the defending champion of this event and he is laying the foundation for another good week." Rick also provides a detailed breakdown on why he tabs Daniel Berger outright at +1100.
Larry says the Celtics cannot beat the league's best teams, but they can hammer the also-rans, so he is taking Boston -9 over Cleveland at 8 p.m. ET. He is also going back to James Harden on a rebounding prop, Over 9.5 in Nets-Pacers at 7 p.m. ET. Larry is on Jimmy Butler Over 23.5 points. He has been a big key for the surging Heat, who face the Grizzlies at 9 p.m. ET.
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