What You Need to Know for Tuesday’s MLB Card / NBA and NHL Playoff Game Breakdowns

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Heat, Suns Hope to End Losing Streaks
Is it a little bit exaggerative to call losing two games in a row a streak? Maybe, but every loss is magnified in the playoffs. The adage is that a series doesn’t begin until the home team loses. Well, to this point, the Heat, 76ers, Suns and Mavericks have all won at home, so we go into Tuesday’s Game 5s with 2-2 series hanging in the balance.

The Heat/Sixers series has taken on a much different feel since the return of Joel Embiid. Miami is just a short three-point favorite this evening. The Suns are favored by 6, which is right around where they were earlier in the season in the desert. Miami, meanwhile, was -8 in its last home game, so you can see the impact Embiid has had.

Jonathan Von Tobel: Our resident NBA expert has thoughts on today’s two games in his daily best bets and market report column. READ MORE

Dave Tuley: Catch "Tuley’s Takes" every day, with a recap of what happened the night before and best bets for today. READ MORE

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


Deuces Wild in NHL
All four matchuips tonight feature series that are tied at 2-2 with the home teams favored in Game 5. Those series haven’t gotten there in the same manner as the NBA, as the Hurricanes/Bruins series is the only one that has seen four wins from home teams. In the three other series, the road team won Game 3 and lost Game 4 to really increase the importance of Game 5 tonight. We haven’t had a lot of close games in the NHL Playoffs, but things tend to tighten up as the games matter more and more and these games tonight matter a ton.

Andy MacNeil: Resident NHL expert Andy MacNeil shares his thoughts on the Game 5s with best bets and a market report. READ MORE

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


VSiN Programming Highlights


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  • Follow The Money (7 a.m. ET) kicks off Tuesday’s programming with our own Matt Youmans, ESPN MLB analyst Tim Kurkjian and ESPN NHL analyst Greg Wyshynski
  • A Numbers Game (10 a.m. ET) includes bettor Todd Wishnev, NHL expert Andy MacNeil, baseball insights from Mark Borchard and NBA Playoffs talk with Mo Dakhil
  • Afternoon highlights include NY CityCast host Will Hill on The Lombardi Line (Noon ET), NHL analyst Nick Alberga on Odds On (2 p.m. ET), former MLB pitcher Josh Towers on Betting Across America (3 p.m. ET) and NBA Playoff talk on The Edge (4 p.m. ET)
  • Stormy Buonantony hosts My Guys in the Desert (5 p.m. ET) with Johnny Avello from DraftKings Sportsbook and Rotowire NBA analyst Nick Whalen among the guests
  • Evening and nighttime highlights include Philadelphia CityCast host Ryan Rothstein on Rush Hour (6 p.m. ET), Paul Sporer from FanGraphs and PGA handicapper John Haslbauer on Prime Time Action (7 p.m. ET), Eric Eager from PFF on The Night Cap (10 p.m. ET) and several guests, including VSiN voices Dave Ross, Danny Burke and Wes Reynolds on The Lookahead (1 a.m. ET)

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Almost Back to Normalcy on MLB Menu

The last few days have been tricky in the MLB world. We had a lot of doubleheaders over the weekend and then a slightly smaller schedule on Monday with eight teams either partaking in a day of rest or traveling to the next destination. Tuesday’s board features 16 games, including a weird situation with Oakland as the "home team" in Detroit against the Tigers to start the day at 1:10 p.m. ET. Outside of that, we have the standard 15 games with all 30 teams in action. We don’t have a lot of big favorites either, so it should be a competitive day on the diamond.

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Josh Appelbaum’s Market Insights

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

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Thinking Ahead to NFL Season? Analyze the Draft First

The NFL Draft may be an afterthought since a lot of time has passed, but the NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, so you’ll want to know what the teams have done from a personnel standpoint because win totals will come out later this week and odds will move around based on the schedule.

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

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