Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA, NHL, EPL and MLB Previews and Odds - 05/25/2023

by Big Al Staff

Thursday, May 25, 2023
The Thursday sports card features action in the NBA, NHL, MLB, and EPL.

The National Basketball Association playoffs continue with the Boston Celtics hosting the Boston Celtics on TNT at 8:30 PM ET in the fifth game of the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics kept their season alive with a 116-99 upset win on the road as a 1.5-point underdog on Tuesday. The Heat hold a 3-1 series lead. Boston is an 8.5-point favorite, with the total set at 215.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). 

The National Hockey League playoffs continue with the Dallas Stars playing at home against the Vegas Golden Knights on ESPN at 8:05 PM ET in the fourth game of the Western Conference finals. The Golden Knights took a 3-0 series lead with a 4-0 victory on Tuesday. The Stars are a -115 money-line favorite with an over/under of 5.5.

The Thursday card in Major League Baseball has ten games on its schedule. The St. Louis Cardinals travel to Cincinnati to play the Reds at 12:35 PM ET. Miles Mikolas gets the start for the Cardinals to pitch against Luke Weaver for the Reds. St. Louis is a -165 money-line road favorite with a total of 10. The Tampa Bay Rays are at home against the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:10 PM ET. The Rays tap Zach Eflin to duel against the Blue Jays’ Alex Manor. Tampa Bay is a -140 money-line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. The Miami Marlins play in Colorado against the Rockies at 3:10 PM ET. Braxton Garrett gets the ball for the Marlins to face off against Kyle Freeland for the Rockies. Miami is a -125 money-line road favorite with a total of 11. The San Diego Padres are in Washington to play the Nationals at 4:05 PM ET. The Padres turn to Blake Snell in their starting rotation to battle against the Nationals’ Jake Irvin. San Diego is a -180 money-line road favorite with an over/under of 9.5. 

The Chicago White Sox visit Detroit to play the Tigers at 6:40 PM ET. Lucas Giolito gets the assignment for the White Sox to go against Alex Faedo for the Tigers. Chicago is a -140 money-line road favorite with a total of 8. The New York Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles at 7:05 PM ET. The Yankees will pitch Clarke Schmidt against the Orioles’ Kyle Gibson. New York is a -125 money-line favorite with an over/under of 9. The Philadelphia Phillies play in Atlanta against the Braves at 7:20 PM ET. Aaron Nola takes the hill for the Phillies to battle against Dylan Dodd for the Braves. Philadelphia is a -115 money-line favorite. 

Two MLB games throw out the first pitch at 7:40 PM ET. The Chicago Cubs play at home against the New York Mets as a -115 money-line favorite. The Cubs send out Kyle Hendricks to make his season debut after recovering from a strained right shoulder to face the Mets’ Carlos Carrasco. The San Francisco Giants are in Milwaukee to play the Brewers, with Scott Alexander pitching for the Giants against a pitcher yet to be named for the Brewers. The Seattle Mariners are at home against the Oakland A’s at 9:40 PM ET. The Mariners turn to Logan Gilbert to battle against the A’s J.P. Sears. Seattle is a -230 money-line favorite with a total of 8.

Matchweek 37 in the English Premier League concludes with one match. Manchester United hosts Chelsea at 3 PM ET as a -1 goal-line favorite at BetMGM with an over/under of 2.5. 

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