PrizePicks Flex Play of the Day – 5/17/23 (MLB, NBA, & NHL)

After a streak of nothing but losing or perfection, we finally flexed the flex play last time out, going 2 for 3. Let’s see if we can hit that or better today.

Over 0.5 1st Inning Runs Allowed: Ryan Nelson + Taijuan Walker

Taijuan Walker has allowed 3 runs or less in five of his eight starts. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

This prop hinges on Ryan Nelson, but Walker adds some insurance. Nelson has allowed a run in the first inning in half of his starts. Today he takes on As, who have scored a run in the first just five times over their last fifteen games. While we prefer that number to be a little higher, it’ll work.

While Walker is a far better pitcher than Nelson, Walker has had his issues to open the season. He’s settled down in more recent starts but has allowed a first-inning run in three of his eight starts. So we’re betting on Nelson giving up the run; there is the backdoor shot at Walker.

Jimmy Butler Over 27.5 Points

Jimmy Butler has averaged 31 points per game over his last ten. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

I am hot on the Heat. They have a great chance to jump out in this series, and they can only take Game 1 in Boston with Butler having a tremendous game. 28 points isn’t much to ask for from the Butler, so bettors have an easy play tonight. 

Brady Skjei Under 2 Shots on Goal

Brady Skjei has one goal in these playoffs. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Tomorrow, the Hurricanes open their series with the Panthers. Carolina dominates on home ice, but bettors never know who will see the production.

Throughout the playoffs, Skjei — pronounced shae; weird, I know — has been more reserved; only four times through eleven games has he exceeded two shots on goal. Of course, if he has an opportunity, he’ll take it, but Skjei is not one of those guys that fires the puck every time he has it.

The Panthers play great defense, so their main plan going into the series will be to limit Carolina’s firing offense.

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