Early NFL Schedule Thoughts / What to Know for Friday NBA & NHL Playoffs / What to Bet This Weekend

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Early NFL Schedule Thoughts & Reactions

Everything is a production with the NFL and that’s why it is the king of sports. The regular-season schedule was announced on Thursday night and everybody had instant reactions, including our hosts on Prime Time Action and The Night Cap. Listen to archived versions of the show on-demand to hear thoughts from Gill Alexander, Matt Brown, Shaun King, Tim Murray and Johnny Avello from DraftKings Sportsbook. LISTEN HERE

Our Betting Splits page has all the games new schedule and updates on the early wagering, so you can look at the action and the line moves HERE.

Adam Burke: Five early lines that stand out for the 2022 NFL schedule. READ MORE

Matt Youmans: Should the Philadelphia Eagles be the NFC East favorites? Should their sights be set higher after a really productive offseason? Bettors and bookmakers weigh in on the Eagles and other teams in the preseason futures market. READ MORE

Steve Makinen: Steve surveys the quality of 2021 wins and losses to see if there is any predictive data to help us handicap for the 2022 season. 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 thoughts and reactions to news from around the league. LISTEN HERE. They will record a new episode this morning to weigh in on the 2022 schedule.

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) will feature NBA thoughts from pro bettor Erin Rynning and retired Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker
  • A Numbers Game (10 a.m. ET) welcomes Paul Carr for weekend soccer picks, Jason Weingarten’s weekend MLB thoughts and South Point’s Vinny Magliulo
  • Afternoon highlights include our own Josh Appelbaum and Wes Reynolds on The Lombardi Line (Noon ET), Rotowire MLB analyst Jeff Erickson and NY CityCast host Will Hill on Odds On (2 p.m. ET), NFL schedule thoughts and NBA Playoffs talk on Betting Across America (3 p.m. ET) and Ben Brown from Pro Football Focus on The Edge (4 p.m. ET)
  • Stormy Buonantony hosts My Guys in the Desert (5 p.m. ET) with resident MLB expert Adam Burke, Detroit CityCast host Dan Leach and South Point’s Chris Andrews
  • Evening and nighttime highlights include NBC Sports Bet’s Drew Dinsick on Prime Time Action (7 p.m. ET) and Circa’s Derek Stevens & his crew on The Night Cap (10 p.m. ET)

Elimination Games in NBA & NHL Playoffs on Friday

Home Teams Can Advance Tonight
On Thursday, the home teams were up against elimination. On Friday, the home teams have a chance to move on and avoid a return trip for a decisive Game 7. The Bucks are favored in Milwaukee against the Celtics with a 3-2 series lead and the Warriors are a sizable favorite against the Grizzlies with the chance to knock Memphis out. Of course, Golden State had a chance in Game 5 on Wednesday, too, and lost by 35 points to a team without the services of Ja Morant.

Celtics vs. Bucks Video Preview || Grizzlies vs. Warriors Video Preview

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):


Penguins, Panthers, Flames Hope to Advance
Two road teams and one home team have the chance to move on to the second round of the NHL Playoffs on Friday. The host Penguins lead the Rangers 3-2, while the visiting Panthers lead the Capitals and the road Flames have the edge over the Stars. Anything can happen in Game 7, so you can bet that the series leaders are hoping to finish it off this evening.

Andy MacNeil: Resident NHL expert Andy MacNeil shares his thoughts on the Game 6s with best bets and a market report. READ MORE

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


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"Full Send" Friday in MLB

Nearly half of the league was idle on Thursday, but that will not be the case on Friday. The Friday Fifteen returns with all 30 teams in action on Friday the 13th, which means we could have some quirks and craziness on a day known for being just a little bit weird. We’ve got some outstanding pitching matchups, including Corbin Burnes vs. Pablo Lopez and Yu Darvish vs. Max Fried, but also what appear to be some noteworthy mismatches like Marco Gonzales vs. Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole vs. Vince Velasquez.

Adam Burke: Daily MLB best bets and market report article for today (posted early afternoon ET) HERE

Steve Makinen: Steve writes about nine starting pitchers that you might want to look to bet against in their upcoming outings. READ MORE

Aaron Moore: Futures odds are always in a state of flux and Aaron has some tips on what to look for when investing in those during the course of the season. KEEP READING

Adam Burke: The weekly "Regression Report" column looks at the arrow pointing up for the White Sox, down for the Angels and a couple of starting pitchers to have on your radar. CONTINUE READING

Jason Weingarten: Jason shares his thoughts on the NL Cy Young Award race, including bets worth making right now. READ MORE

MLB Betting Tools & Resources

  • 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

Go Deeper on Your Local Teams

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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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