Picks for 4/17/23
10:00 PM EST
Rotation # 524
Kings +2 over Warriors (win)
The Warriors and Kings are similar in a lot of areas. Both can shoot at elite levels, share the ball well and have weak defenses. The Warriors are a little better at everything, but they are an awful road team dealing with an injury to Jordan Poole. Andrew Wiggins returned to the lineup, but getting close to full strength will take time. The Warriors won the title last year and can be dangerous, but their top players are getting old. The Kings have a lot of energy and are winning the battle on the boards against a team with tired legs. The Warriors need to improve at scoring points in the paint, so if the long ball doesn’t fall, they can’t win. It’s a style of play that is hit or miss. Look for Sacramento to get another home win. Take Kings
10:10 PM EST
Mets/Dodgers Over 8.5 runs (win)
No team in baseball has faced less right-handed pitching than the Mets. The Mets have found their game in the last week and are on a nice winning streak. Momentum is every when it comes to sports. It will be challenging to beat Los Angeles, but the winds tonight are straight out to center, and the humidity as the night goes on will be sky-high, allowing the ball to go further. If it were hotter out, there would be 25 runs. Dustin May is off to a good start for the Dodgers but isn’t striking many batters out. The Mets are good at avoiding striking out against right-handers. The Dodgers are also good at getting on base. Walks typically lead to runs, especially in humid and favorable wind conditions. Take the Dodgers.