What to Bet On Saturday / Embiid Injury Moves Line

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Embiid Status Roils NBA Playoffs

Saturday provides a brief respite from the NBA postseason, as there are no games scheduled. The Bucks and Celtics series starts up on Sunday and that will be the only game because the Grizzlies eliminated the Timberwolves on Friday night. Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET matinee will officially kick off the second round, as we’ve gone from 16 teams down to eight.

It was reported on Friday evening that Joel Embiid suffered a mild concussion and an orbital fracture late in Game 6 between the 76ers and Raptors. As a result, we saw the line for Game 1 move from Heat -4 out to -8 and the series price get taken down off of the board. Embiid is out for at least Monday and likely more, dealing a huge blow to Philadelphia’s hopes of advancing. Lines for second round games:

1 p.m. ET – Bucks vs. Celtics (-4.5, 217.5)

7:30 p.m. ET – 76ers vs. Heat (-8, 208.5)
10 p.m. ET – Mavericks vs. Suns (-6, 213)

Second Round Series Prices at DraftKings Sportsbook
Celtics (-200) vs. Bucks (+175)
Suns (-300) vs. Mavericks (+230)
Warriors (-260) vs. Grizzlies (+200)

Jonathan Von Tobel: Every day throughout the playoffs, you can find JVT’s daily best bets and market report HERE.

Also, catch the latest edition of Hardwood Handicappers from JVT. LISTEN HERE

VSiN Programming: NFL Draft Reactions, Live MLB Updates


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Saturday’s VSiN schedule is HERE. Today’s highlights:

  • Point Spread Saturday (8 a.m. ET) starts our Saturday coverage with host Jeff Parles and friends recapping the week that was
  • The Lombardi Line (10 a.m. ET) has more NFL Draft thoughts from Michael Lombardi and Patrick Meagher, as well as guests Will Hill, Thomas Gable from Borgata Sportsbook and Josh Appelbaum
  • Six hours of Betting Across America (Noon ET) start with Femi Abebefe and Wes Reynolds on the Draft, NBA Playoffs, golf and so much more, followed by Dave Ross and Adam Burke from 3 p.m. on with guests Mike Piranio from the Mandalay Bay Sportsbook, Rotowire NBA expert Nick Whalen and USA Today NFL writer Mark Schofield
  • Take in four hours of VSiN BetCenter (6 p.m. ET) with Brady Kannon and James Salinas giving their thoughts on the NFL Draft and everything else in the sports betting world
  • Wrap up your Saturday with lots of MLB content from Greg Peterson on the appropriately-named Greg Peterson Experience (10 p.m. ET)

What To Watch for This Weekend

Southpaw Saturday

We’ll see nine left-handed starters on the hill for the last day of April, including lefty-lefty matchups between the Cubs and Brewers and Mariners and Marlins. A left-hander will also be on the mound in the biggest favorite role of the season to date between the Dodgers and Tigers in interleague action with Clayton Kershaw up agaist rookie Beau Brieske.

Games start early and end late as we’ll have all-day baseball to carry us through the afternoon and right on into the evening.

Adam Burke’s daily best bets and market report will be posted early afternoon (ET) HERE, but that’s not all that you get when VSiN is your home for baseball betting coverage.

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  • Greg Peterson’s daily MLB lines. GO HERE
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  • Frequent MLB Sharp Money Reports from Josh Appelbaum HERE.

UFC Vegas 53

The Apex will be hopping once again for today’s UFC Fight Night card, which features 12 fights and some pretty competitive bouts on the main card. The biggest favorite on the main card is slightly over -200, so it projects to be a good night of action in advance of the massive UFC 274 card next week.

Lou Finocchiaro: UFC Vegas 53 features a really interesting bantamweight main event between Rob Font and Marlon Vera. Lou’s thoughts on that bout, plus Dawson vs. Gordon. READ MORE

First Strike Podcast: The First Strike podcast featured host Dave Ross with Circa’s MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas and MMA analysts Reed Kuhn and Jordan Sherwood to break down the fights on the card. LISTEN HERE

NASCAR at Dover on Sunday

VSiN NASCAR Hub: Don’t even think about betting any NASCAR race without first consulting our NASCAR Hub. The Hub features recent race results, updated odds, Steve Makinen’s simulation results and a whole lot more. GO HERE

Gone Racin’ Podcast: Jeff Motley and former NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan put their heads together to share best bets and race analysis for the DuraMAX Drydene 400 at Dover coming up on Sunday. LISTEN HERE

NFL Draft Day 2 Recap

If you took QBs to go early, you were sorely disappointed with this year’s results. Malik Willis’s Over/Under line was around 13.5, but he didn’t go until pick No. 86 to the Tennessee Titans. In fact, Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder was selected at pick No. 74, a whopping 12 spots about Willis, who was believed by some to be the top QB prospect in this year’s draft.

Wide receivers, defensive backs and edge rushers continued to be popular selections throughout Friday’s proceedings. Hopefully you used our NFL Draft Betting Guide and our on-air coverage to have success with your wagers this season. Now we look forward to OTAs and other summer activities to help guide us with those preseason futures bets.

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Check out the new and improved Betting Splits page

What’s new with the most popular page on VSiN.com?

  • The percentages for handle and bets are now generated from an automated feed of data from all the action taken by DraftKings Sportsbook and updated every 10 minutes. (Before it was manually updated 3-4 times a day.)
  • An arrow appears when the percentage has increased or decreased in a recent update.
  • You can tab from league to league and scroll down to see all the games—not just for today’s matchups, but also for any markets that have been posted for future events.
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The volume of bets and money across the states where DraftKings Sportsbook is licensed (see list) makes this the best betting splits page available to sports bettors. CHECK IT OUT.

Josh Appelbaum’s Market Insights

Josh was back on track with a sharp money report for Saturday, this time featuring the MLB card. 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 (also catch Andy’s opinion on Blues vs. Wild as the NHL Playoffs approach)
  • Dave Tuley: A recap of what’s happening in the sports betting world and best bets in the "Tuley’s Takes" column. KEEP READING
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VSiN betting resources

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