NBA & NHL Playoff Breakdowns / What to Bet on This Weekend / Derby Top Plays

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What You Need To Know About The Derby

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Watch VSiN’s Derby betting preview

Patrick Meagher and Shaun King break down the betting angles on VSiN’s Kentucky Derby Preview Show, presented by 1/ST BET. VSiN leans on the best experts in the business for insider tips with 1/ST BET’s team of analysts—Jeff Seigel, Millie Ball, Jeremy Plonk and Eddie Olczyk. WATCH NOW.

Look for more Derby coverage at, including pre-Derby workout observations and a tutorial on how to handicap the Run for the Roses. Team Tuley’s Thoroughbred Takes for the weekend are also now posted.

VSiN Programming Highlights


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Friday’s VSiN schedule is HERE. Today’s guests and highlights:

  • Follow The Money (7 a.m. ET) includes Erin Rynning on the NBA Playoffs, Lou Finocchiaro on UFC 274 and Jeff Siegel’s Kentucky Derby takes
  • A Numbers Game (10 a.m. ET) features South Point’s Vinny Magliulo and weekend soccer picks from Paul Carr
  • Afternoon highlights include our own Wes Reynolds and Josh Appelbaum as guests on The Lombardi Line (Noon ET), NBA Playoffs and MLB talk on both Odds On (2 p.m. ET) and Betting Across America (3 p.m. ET) and more sharp insights from JVT and Youmans on The Edge (4 p.m. ET)
  • Danielle Alvari pinch hits as host on My Guys in the Desert (5 p.m. ET) with resident MLB expert Adam Burke and Rotowire NBA analyst Alex Barutha
  • Evening and nighttime highlights include Philly CityCast host Ryan Rothstein on Rush Hour (6 p.m. ET), Chris Fallica on the Derby and Jordan Sherwood on UFC on Prime Time Action (7 p.m. ET) and Mike Palm and Derek Stevens from Circa on The Night Cap (10 p.m. ET)

NBA, NHL Share Playoff Spotlight on Friday

Heat, Suns Look to Put Opponents on Brink of Elimination
It was all about the NHL Playoffs on Thursday, as the NBA had a day off built in for travel and rest. That won’t be the case on Friday, as we’ll see Game 3 for both Heat vs. 76ers and Suns vs. Mavericks. With Joel Embiid’s status listed as "Out" for Friday’s game, we’ve seen Miami adjusted out to -3 with a total of 210. The Suns and Mavericks game is either a pick ’em or -1 in favor of Phoenix. The two road teams are looking to put strangeholds on the series with 2-0 leads.

Resident NBA expert Jonathan Von Tobel has daily best bets and a market report every day throughout the playoffs. READ MORE

Here are the betting splits for tonight’s games (click for updated data):


Pivotal Game 3s On The Ice

Friday night will feature the swing game for three series that are tied 1-1. With a change of venue, the Lightning, Blues and Kings now have home ice advantage, but they’ll have to win tonight to maintain their edge. The Maple Leafs, Wild and Oilers will be trying to take back control of the series. A lot is on the line in those respective games. The Hurricanes hold the only 2-0 series lead in this group of series and they can put the Bruins on the brink by emerging victorious this evening.

Our NHL expert Andy MacNeil has best bets and a market report for today’s games. READ MORE

Here are the betting splits for Friday (click for the most up-to-date information):


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What to Bet and Watch This Weekend

UFC 274 Features Two Title Fights

Phoenix will be the center of the MMA universe on Saturday night, as Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje fight for the lightweight championshipand "Thug" Rose Namajunas looks to defend her women’s strawweight title against Carla Esparza. This is one of the biggest cards of the season with 15 fights and some big-time fan favorites like Ovince Saint Preux and Donald Cerrone also on the main card.

Read and hear what our experts had to say before locking in your bets:

Lou Finocchiaro: Best bets and a UFC 274 preview. READ MORE

Reed Kuhn: Three favored fighters that he likes for Saturday’s action. KEEP READING

First Strike Podcast: Host Dave Ross took a "First Look" at UFC 274 with former pro fighter Ricardo Lamas. Keep an eye out for a new episode on Friday as well. LISTEN HERE

NASCAR in the Palmetto State

Can you believe that we’re already 11 races into the NASCAR Cup Series season? The 12th race will be on Mother’s Day with the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Through 11 races, we’ve had nine different winners and some really interesting anmes like Chase Briscoe and Ross Chastain. This is not your average NASCAR season and that’s why we’re here to help.

NASCAR Hub: The VSiN NASCAR Hub is your one-stop shop for everything you need to bet on the race, as we have Steve Makinen’s simulation results, driver power ratings, year-to-date stats, updated odds on props and outright winner and so much more. GO HERE

Gone Racin’ Podcast: Jeff Motley and Brendan Gaughan shared their top picks and analysis for the Goodyear 400. LISTEN HERE

First of Two F1 U.S. Races This Weekend

Formula One is at the Miami International Autodrome this weekend for the fifth race of the season. It is the first of two races in the United States, with the second coming on October 23 in Austin, Texas. This new venue at Hard Rock Stadium is a 3.363-mile asphalt track that will host an event for the first time ever. Speaking of firsts, how about checking out the first edition of our new F1 podcast?

Racing Lines Podcast: The Racing Linespodcast with Wes Reynolds and Mikhail Miranda features a recap of last week’s race and the season to date, as well as top picks for the Miami Grand Prix. 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.

Fifteen on Friday in MLB

Well, hopefully. Hopefully we get 15 games on Friday, as weather does threaten a few games, including the series opener between the Dodgers and Cubs. Rain may also wash out the second game of the series between the Blue Jays and Guardians. Cross your fingers that the game in Cleveland gets played, as we have an outstanding pitching matchup between Kevin Gausman and Shane Bieber slated for that one. Other notable starters on the bump tonight include Max Scherzer, Kyle Gibson, Eric Lauer, Sandy Alcantara, Yu Darvish, Gerrit Cole and Logan Gilbert.

Adam Burke’s daily article will be posted early afternoon (ET) HERE. This piece offers something for everyone, as all readers can see Adam’s recaps and observations, but subscribers get full article access, including the day’s best bets. Also, check out teams and pitchers that are follow and fade candidates for Adam in this week’s Regression Report HERE.

Subscribers also get full access to everything we have, including:

  • 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.
  • Adam’s thoughts on live betting HERE.

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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
  • The Wide World of Weingarten podcast. LISTEN HERE

How to Handicap the Winners and Losers of the NFL Draft

The NFL Draft concluded a few days ago, but now is a good time to evaluate what the teams did and didn’t do well. All of the offseason transactions will influence the betting odds in the futures market and create some perception biases of teams. Pundits and analysts have been grading each team’s draft and those report cards will continue to influence the markets as well.

It might not be football season (at least not for the NFL), but we know this is a 365-day sport and is always part of the news cycle.

Matt Youmans: Bettors and bookmakers weigh in on how the draft went and Matt shares his five biggest winners of the weekend. READ MORE

Steve Makinen: Steve uses draft grades from a popular publication to see how teams have fared the following seasons in light of those report cards. KEEP READING

The GM Shuffle Podcast: Be sure to listen to host Femi Abebefe and former NFL executive Michael Lombardi on the GM Shuffle with their draft thoughts and reactions. LISTEN HERE

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Josh Appelbaum’s Market Insights

Josh has a sharp money report for Friday with a look at line moves on the NBA Playoffs board. READ MORE

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