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June 11, 2024 Best Sports Betting Picks & Predictions For MLB & WNBA | Deadspin.com

The NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals both have the night off Tuesday in a case of bad timing. So the diamond will be the best place to find some action tonight.

But we won’t forget to check in on the ladies. Caitlin Clark might have the night off but you may have heard there are plenty of other good players in the WNBA. 

PITTSBURGH PIRATES AT ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Paul Skenes is just getting started and we will all be 20 years older when he finishes his career. In other words, he will be a dominating force on the mound for a long time.

Skenes has lived up to his lofty billing through five major league starts, going 3-0 and striking out 38 and walking just six in 27 innings. He has limited opposing batters to a .212 average but has served up four homers.

The Pirates are 4-1 when Skenes starts and the club has a different feel when the LSU product is on the mound. Call it an expectation that anything can happen, like when Skenes tossed six no-hit innings and struck out 11 against the Chicago Cubs in his second start.

The Cardinals have dropped six of their past 10 games and inconsistent right-hander Miles Mikolas will be trying to match zeros with Skenes. Mikolas beat the Houston Astros in his last turn but has allowed five or more runs four times this season. That 5.32 season ERA is not going to cut it Tuesday night.

Pirates money line, -130 (DraftKings).

LOS ANGELES ANGELS AT ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

It seemed like a good idea when the Diamondbacks signed left-hander Jordan Montgomery on the eve of the season. A threesome atop the rotation of Zac Gallen, Merrill Kelly and Montgomery certainly sounds like one that can help lead a team to the postseason.

But the signing of Montgomery has been a disaster so far. He missed spring training and has displayed that those seven weeks of building up arm strength and increasing pitch counts were something he badly needed. His horrid 6.80 ERA says it even louder.

Over his past two starts, Montgomery has allowed 14 runs and 17 hits in just six-plus innings in losses to the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants. So it doesn’t sound like a turnaround is about to happen even though he is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in three career starts against the Angels.

Los Angeles has won four of its last six games, including a 9-7 win over the Astros on Sunday courtesy of Logan O’Hoppe’s walkoff homer. The Angels scored four runs or less in 15 straight games before Sunday’s breakout and you have to figure they can at least reach four on Tuesday.

Angels +1.5 run line, -135 (DraftKings).

MINNESOTA LYNX AT LAS VEGAS ACES

The Aces are two-time defending WNBA champions but they aren’t in title-winning form early in the campaign. They have dropped three of their past four games and have a lackluster (for their talent) 5-4 record.

Las Vegas players and coach Becky Hammon talked about needing to get their act together prior to Sunday night’s road against the Los Angeles Sparks. The Aces even backed it up by scoring the first 14 points of the game before eventually trailing by double digits and losing 96-92.

A’ja Wilson sure isn’t the problem after scoring 31 points to set an NBA record of 14 straight 20-point outings. Minnesota will be looking to figure out how to slow Wilson down while getting red-hot Kayla McBride — 15 3-pointers over the past two games — open for long-range bombs.

Minnesota is a solid 8-3 and McBride has scored 25 or more points in three of the past four games. Napheesa Collier also is excelling. But that 80-66 home loss to the Aces in late May makes it hard to see the Lynx leaving the court victorious in Vegas.

Aces -6 spread, -112 (DraftKings).