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NBA & NHL Thursday + Free MLB Pick

Check out a Season Finale play in NBA Restart action Thursday night – $15 pay after you win, as Nelly’s looks to add in another winner in a highly profitable basketball season. We have an early pick in MLB action today as well.

Bobby Dalton is stepping up with a 7star in the NHL Playoffs for Thursday night – only $17!

Free Pick Thursday: #959/960 UNDER 9 Pittsburgh Pirates (Williams) at Cincinnati Reds (DeSclafani) 4:10 PM CT

Pittsburgh and Cincinnati have both struggled offensively but the problems have been almost exclusively vs. right-handed pitching. The Pirates for instance have a very strong .855 team OPS vs. left-handers but suffer a dramatic decline vs. right-handers with a dreadful .521 team OPS. Cincinnati meanwhile is an above average hitting team vs. lefties as well with a .775 team OPS but falls below .700 vs. right-handers. Trevor Williams had a fortunate 2018 season and regressed last season. He could be poised to land somewhere in the middle as a capable starter this season. So far that has been the case with a 3.52 ERA and a 8.2 K/9. Williams can be a home run risk and home runs tells the story in the disparity of his 2018 and 2019 seasons. The Reds have some power with 27 home runs this season but they have just 19 in 466 plate appearances vs. right-handers and ultimately have a .197 team batting average in those matchups. The Reds have topped five runs in nine innings just once in the past 12 games while since the calendar turned to August Reds pitching has allowed more than five runs only twice. 3-13 Pittsburgh exploded for 13 runs on Friday but has scored six runs in the past two games. A long layoff with games vs. St. Louis cancelled isn’t likely to help the offense while it will provide some rest for the bullpen. Anthony DeSclafani has not allowed a run while allowing only five hits in 11 innings of work in 2020. He turned a corner last season after an uneven start to his career and was a very effective pitcher for the Reds in 2019. His risk for allowing home runs should be minimal vs. Pittsburgh and that is usually his downfall as he has strong command and is capable of strikeouts. Nine seems like a reach for these teams in a righty/righty matchup with two of the better starters for each team.