Tuley: Wednesday Best Bets in NBA, MLB 5/17

By Dave Tuley  (VSiN.com senior reporter) 

May 17, 2023 02:55 AM


Tuesday Best Bet Results

Tuesday was a roller-coaster of a day with our Best Bets in these “Tuley’s Takes” columns.

We started with a loss on one of our MLB plays as the Pirates (First 5 -105) never got on the board as the Tigers led 4-0 after the first 5 innings. We bounced back with the Rangers (also First 5 -105) as they fell behind 1-0 to the Braves but then scored 3 in the bottom of the 3rd inning to lead 3-1 after 5 innings to cash for our purposes (and went on to win 7-4 for those who bet the full game).

Our Best Bet of the day – as posted yesterday – was the Lakers +6. We often advise readers that they need to monitor the line moves as quite often the best lines with our underdogs are closer to tipoff (kickoff during football season). It’s just a matter of fact, so we hope followers were able to get the +6.5.

It didn’t look so good when the Nuggets dominated from the start and extended the lead to 21 points in the third quarter, but then they rallied to get within 3 points and ended up losing 132-126, covering against the closing number. We have to take a push with our locked-in play on the VSiN Pro Picks page, but while we’re 21-14-7 (60%) so far in May for a net profit of $883.27 based on $100 flat bets, we know most of our followers are doing even better.

Let’s look for more Best Bets on Wednesday’s sports betting schedule with the start of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals and more MLB First 5 plays.


NBA Wednesday Best Bet

Heat +8.5 at Celtics: Despite hinting at this play when it was +7.5 on “The Greg Peterson Experience” (with guest host Jeff Parles) on Sunday, we locked in the Heat +8.5 in Tuesday’s column. We would still play it at +8, which was the consensus late Tuesday, though those in Vegas can still get +8.5 at Resorts World. Regardless, we previously wrote that we liked the Lakers and Heat to keep the games close as road dogs in Games 1 and 2 vs. the Nuggets and Celtics. The Lakers came through now how hopefully Jimmy Butler and Co. can do the same in their Game 1.

MLB Wednesday Best Bets

Twins First 5 Innings +125 at Dodgers: This is a mini-anti-swagger play against the Dodgers after they had their 5-game losing streak snapped last night to the Twins, who almost also beat them the night before in what has been an ultra-competitive series. It’s a good pitching matchup, but we’re counting on Sonny Gray (4-0, 1.39 ERA) to keep the Twins in the game early vs. Dustin May (4-1, 2.68 ERA). Since there’s a better-than-decent chance this play might push (0-0 or 1-1?), we’ll also take the Twins on the full-game ML at around +125.

Nationals First 5 +105 at Marlins: We cashed the other day with Washington’s MacKenzie Gore (3-2, 3.29 ERA) and we’re banking on him again. We also have no problem fading Miami’s Edward Cabrera (2-3, 5.35 ERA).

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