What You Need To Know for Sunday NBA Playoffs, USFL & MLB / How to Bet the Bristol Dirt Race

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NBA Playoffs Continue Sunday

Favorites went 3-1 SU and ATS on Saturday to kick off the NBA playoffs. Utah took advantage of the absence of Luka Doncic to draw first blood against Dallas. The 76ers and Warriors won and covered comfortably against the Raptors and Nuggets, respectively. Along with losing Game 1 by 20 points, Toronto also lost Scottie Barnes to a sprained ankle. The lone pup to come out on top was Minnesota with a strong 130-117 win over Memphis as a 6.5-point dog.

Here’s the Sunday schedule of Game 1s:

1 p.m. ET – Hawks at Heat (-6.5, 219.5)
3:30 p.m. ET – Nets at Celtics (-4, 224)
6:30 p.m. ET – Bulls at Bucks (-10, 229.5)
9 p.m. ET – Pelicans at Suns (-10.5, 225)

Jonathan Von Tobel: Throughout the playoffs, you can find JVT’s Eastern Conference best bets HERE and Western Conference best bets HERE.

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: In the lowest-totaled playoff games (218 or lower) the Under is 34-20-3 (62.9%) over the last three postseasons. When the total is 218 or higher, the Over is 41-26-2 (61.2%).

The under trend was 1-1 yesterday, while the over trend was 2-0. Read more of Steve’s trends HERE.

USFL Week 1 Wraps Up Today

What were your first impressions of the USFL? Reviews seemed to be mixed, but any football is better than no football at any point during the year. There are three games on the board for Sunday to finish Week 1 and DraftKings has lines posted.

Noon ET – Houston Gamblers vs. Michigan Panthers (-3, 42.5)
4 p.m. ET – Philadephia Stars vs. New Orleans Breakers (-2, 43)
8 p.m. ET – Tampa Bay Bandits (-5, 40.5) vs. Pittsburgh Storm

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

NASCAR Under The Lights

We’ve got night racing in Bristol, TN 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, MLB in the Spotlight

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Sunday’s VSiN schedule is HERE.

  • Tune in early with Mark Zinno on Point Spread Sunday (8 a.m. ET), followed by Josh Appelbaum filling in with Patrick Meagher on The Lombardi Line (10 a.m. ET), with guests Thomas Gable of Borgata Sportsbook plus our own Wes Reynolds and Will Hill
  • Six hours of Betting Across America will include live NBA and MLB updates, USFL coverage and a whole lot more, starting with Femi Abebefe and James Salinas (12-3 p.m. ET) and ending with Dave Ross and Wes Reynolds (3-6 p.m. ET)
  • Jonathan Von Tobel will have all the NBA you need to know on Hardwood Handicappers (6 p.m. ET) and then Ben Wilson and Adam Burke talk all things MLB on The Run Line (8 p.m. ET)
  • Rampart Sportsbook Director Duane Colucci and VSiN senior writer Dave Tuley join Scott Seidenberg on The Lookahead (10 p.m. ET)

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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.

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  • 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 Sunday’s NBA Playoff games. READ MORE

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

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Check Out Our Experts at VSiN.com

  • 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.

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