Saturday MLB Breakdowns / What You Need to Know for This Weekend

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What’s Happening This Weekend in Sports Betting?

NBA Playoffs Begin Saturday

Steve Makinen: Point Spread Weekly editor Steve Makinen has a boatload of betting trends for the first round with some surprising angles, like this one: First-round favorites of 8.5 points or more are 72-6 SU and 50-28 ATS (64.1%) since 2014. (applies to Milwaukee thus far in Round 1, but likely Phoenix and Miami as well)

Read more of Steve’s trends HERE.

We’ll have continued coverage all weekend long, but here are the current series prices per DraftKings Sportsbook:

Jazz -300 vs. Mavericks +230
Grizzlies -330 vs. Timberwolves +260
Warriors -250 vs. Nuggets +215

76ers -180 vs. Raptors +150
Celtics -130 vs. Nets +110
Bucks -1000 vs. Bulls +650

USFL Primer

The inaugural season for the reboot of the USFL begins on Saturday. The league has some quirky rules and some cool technology to deploy, so we’ll see how the opening week goes. In the meantime, Steve Makinen and Dave Tuley wrote up some good articles this week for you to peruse.

Steve Makinen with what you need to know to bet the USFL HERE.

Dave Tuley on the rules of the league and why 3 will be a very important number. READ MORE

UFC Fight Night

We’ve got a good main event between Vicente Luque and Belal Muhammad to cap off UFC on ESPN 34 (UFC Vegas 51). This is a rematch from UFC 205 when Luque knocked out Muhammad.

Lou Finocchiaro shared his best bets for the card HERE.

Lou and Dave Ross took an early look at the fight card, but you’ll get a full edition of First Strike later today. LISTEN HERE

NASCAR Gets Dirty

The men of NASCAR head to Bristol for the Food City Dirt Race. Steve Makinen’s race simulation results, updated driver power ratings and several other useful tools can be found in our NASCAR Hub HERE.

Brendan Gaughan and Jeff Motley got together for another edition of Gone Racin’ to handicap Sunday night’s race. LISTEN HERE

VSiN Programming: NBA Playoffs Take Center Stage


Saturday’s VSiN schedule is HERE.

  • Afternoon highlights include our own Wes Reynolds and Josh Appelbaum on The Lombardi Line (Noon ET) with Thomas Gable from Borgata Sportsbook and Carl Johnson from Beau Rivage Sportsbook
  • Nighttime shows: NBA, MLB and NHL betting picks, predictions and live betting updates

Listen for free or get the VSiN Hoops Madness package and watch live at You can also download the VSiN App for Android or iOS.

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Those tools include best bets and market reports articles from Andy MacNeil (NHL), Jonathan Von Tobel (NBA) and Adam Burke (MLB), as well as everything you see at VSiN behind the paywall. You’ll also get the remaining issues of Point Spread Weekly for this month and also our NFL Draft Guide that comes out later this month with mock drafts, best bets and more commentary from our experts.

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Picks, Betting Tools and Analysis for MLB

A lot of bettors are turning to Major League Baseball, but may want to know where to begin. Right here at VSiN, of course. Along with plenty of betting tools, we also have a ton of content that will help you become a smarter and sharper baseball handicapper. Something like Adam Burke’s tips for staying ahead of MLB line moves (HERE) or Adam’s glossary for stats (HERE) that you need to know in order to have the best possible chance at winning MLB bets.

That’s not all, whether you are a subscriber or just an observer and consumer of our free content. By the way, it is only $19 to give life as a VSiN Plus All-Access subscriber a try through May 1 HERE.

Subscribers get full access to everything we have, including:

  • The MLB Betting Guide with 30 team breakdowns HERE.
  • Daily best bets and market report from Adam Burke HERE.
  • Weekly articles from Jason Weingarten, Steve Makinen and all other MLB content behind the paywall
  • Access to our proprietary MLB Power Ratings HERE.
  • Our starting pitcher stats database HERE.
  • A primer from Adam on Statcast and how to use it to help your handicapping HERE.

Check out our subscription options.

MLB: What Can I Get for Free?

  • Daily MLB betting splits data courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook. HERE
  • MLB Matchups Page with updated odds, estimated scores and team records HERE.
  • View our MLB Odds Screen HERE and also our MLB Odds by State HERE.
  • View our MLB Injury Report HERE.
  • Greg Peterson’s daily MLB lines. GO HERE
  • Peterson’s daily MLB podcast. LISTEN HERE
  • Frequent MLB Sharp Money Reports from Josh Appelbaum, such as today’s HERE.

Josh Appelbaum’s Market Insights

Josh takes a look at the betting markets for sharp action and the line moves for Saturday’s MLB card. READ MORE

Catch the latest edition of the Market Insights podcast (posted around Noon ET). LISTEN HERE

Go Deeper on Your Local Teams

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Our roster of sports betting analysts bring you updates on local news surrounding your favorite teams the new CityCast podcast network, brought to you by BetRivers, your hometown sportsbook.

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Check Out Our Experts at

  • Andy MacNeil: Check out Andy’s NHL best bets and market report every day (posted mid-to-late morning). READ MORE
  • Matt Youmans: Matt Youmans has released his NFL Mock Draft and talked with bettors and bookmakers about some of the first-round props. KEEP READING
  • Dave Tuley: A recap of what’s happening in the sports betting world and best bets in the "Tuley’s Takes" column. KEEP READING
  • Michael Lombardi: Our NFL insider describes why it’s so hard to find a franchise QB in the first round of the NFL Draft. CONTINUE READING

Betting Splits Now Posted for MLB

Get valuable betting information courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook on our Betting Splits page. See where the money is coming in (and where it isn’t) with the updated bet counts and percentages. Use these to help identify sharp action, reverse line moves and the most popular sides and totals of the day.

These are updated multiple times throughout the day, so bookmark this page and check back often. GO HERE

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VSiN betting resources

  • VIDEO: Replays are posted HERE.
  • LIVE ODDS: Comparisons from legal states HERE.
  • TOOLS: Parlay calculator posted HERE.
  • BETTING SHEETS: From South Point and Circa posted HERE

A "How To Guide" for Betting on Sports

New to betting on sports? Need a refresher? Learn how to bet like the pros or pick up on some different strategies that you may not have considered in our Sports Betting 101 series. GO HERE

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