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The PointsBet Hustle® is a newsletter spotlighting our biggest bets, juiciest promos and strongest insights to get you ready for the best betting stretch of your life.

IN THIS ISSUE

FEELING THE HEAT: An early look at Game 6

OUTRAGEOUS OFFER: An MLB SGP FTW

EXPERT PICKS: Inside the minds of Ariel, Kaz and Q

ASK THE TRADER: The NBA Draft is 4 weeks away

THE HEAT IS ON THE HEAT

MARQUEE MATCHUP

Jaylen Brown hit three triples as the Celtics cruised in Game 5.

THE LINES: Celtics (-3) @ Heat; Total: 211

TIPOFF: 8:30 p.m. ET Saturday

KEY STATS: The Celtics are thriving with their self-described “win or die” ⚔️ mindset, forcing turnovers and hitting 3s. The Heat coughed it up 16 times Thursday, missing Gabe Vincent (ankle) more than expected. Jimmy Frikkin’ Butler has hit just one 3-pointer in the last four games.

TRENDING: The Celtics are 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 road matchups versus teams with a home winning percentage above .600. Those games also trend to the over ⬆️ (11-3). Miami, though, is a cover machine at home (7 of last 9).

AN SGP FOR THE WKND

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As we enter the home stretch, we’re eyeing an MLB SGP (+320) from Dodgers-Rays [6:40 p.m. ET].

  • Rays ML (-115): Tampa Bay is 24-5 at home and leads the league in slugging percentage (.497) and OBP (.345).
  • Under 9.5 (-120): LA starter Noah Syndergaard’s numbers look bad (5.88) thanks to a poor April, but he has allowed three or fewer runs in four straight starts.
  • Randy Arozarena Over 0.5 hits (-230): The Rays OF is hitting .311 and recorded five hits in this week’s four-game set with TOR (.417).

EXPERT PICKS

Ariel Epstein fires off some Friday picks. Hoops savant Kazeem "Kaz" Famuyide and pucks expert Qordaseus “Q” Alexander have eyes on Saturday.

THE PROP QUEEN

Braves' Jared Shuster over 4.5 Ks (-120) [7:20 p.m. ET]
"The Phillies have MLB's 6th-highest 'K' rate, and lefties have hit the over in 10 of 16 games."
Diamondbacks +1.5 (-130) vs. Red Sox [9:40 p.m. ET]
"Arizona is batting a solid .267 vs. lefties, and Boston struggles against right-handers on the road (.232 BA)."

THE NBA HOST

Celtics ML (-145) @ Heat [8:30 p.m. ET Saturday]
"The Heat have looked lost since the second half of Game 4, and injuries aren't helping. There’s something in the air here. Boston will win in Miami and force one of the most intriguing Game 7s in sports history."

THE ICE MAN

Dallas-Vegas Under 5.5 (-110) [8:10 p.m. ET Saturday]
"I expect tight defense and sharp goaltending. Despite fast starts and plenty of shots, the last three games have gone under."
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BEHOLD, THE FUTURE

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Julian is the winningest tennis bettor at PointsBet, having cashed seven 6-figure parlays. You can follow him @jstunna96 on Instagram.

Carlos Alcaraz (+140) is favored to win the French Open, but here are Julian’s selections on the men’s side:

Pick: Novak Djokovic (+255)

Djokovic lost his top ranking to Daniil Medvedev, but I like his draw as the No. 3 seed. Don’t forget he dropped only one set in winning the Australian Open. “The Goat” has the chance to become the game’s first triple slam winner.

Value Play: Daniil Medvedev (+900)

He is the tour’s hottest ♨️ player with four titles, including his first on clay (Rome). He has the easiest draw IMO until the quarters, when he could face Jannik Sinner. But Medvedev has beaten him twice this year and is 10-2 overall on clay.

Dark Horse: Casper Ruud (+2000)

I understand the price is due to his lackluster performance to start the season, but he reached the French finals last year and has a favorable draw.

WHO WILL SCOOT TO No. 2?

ASK THE TRADER

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You’d have to wager $500 to win a buck on Victor Wembanyama going first in the draft. The intrigue begins at No. 2.

We asked Head of Trading Kevin Lawler the following:

Q: Are we taking action on anyone other than Wemby at No. 1?

A: Interestingly, Brandon Miller is our biggest liability simply because Wembanyama is so short and such a sure thing ✅, no one is betting him.

Q: Months ago I read that this draft contained TWO elite players, the other being guard Scoot Henderson. But Miller (-120) has edged past him at #2. Charlotte fancies him, you believe?

A: Miller fits Charlotte’s playing style, and the narrative goes that Scoot (-115) won’t compliment LaMelo Ball in the back court. Most mock drafts now have Miller as the No. 2 pick, and the betting reflects this.

Q: Any shot a team trades up to #2 or #3?

A: There’s quite a narrative building around the Blazers potentially trading the third pick, with Orlando the most likely to land it. Failing that, the Jazz (9th pick) and the Wizards (8th) could be where Portland offloads #3 in a trade for future first-round picks plus players.

Q: Is there a better name in this draft than Amen Thompson, favored to go #4?

A: Gradey Dick!?

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