KBO baseball: Picks, predictions and best bets for Friday, May 27

Former Major League Baseball outfielder Yasiel Puig of Kiwoom Heroes gestures during the opening game of the 2022 regular season for the Korea Baseball Organization between Lotte Giants and Kiwoom Heroes at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 2, 2022.
Photo of Matthew Lowrimore

Matthew Lowrimore

KBO · 1 month ago

Show Bio

Matthew has been with Pickswise for over a year now, covering a wide variety of sports. His main passion is college football and that is the sport he has covered the most. Matthew uses a variety of methods to handicap games, including stats, trends, injuries, and situational factors. His goal is to consistently give out winners and will do everything he can to make his readers money.

The KBO season rolls on this week and our experts are back to help you find the best value on Friday’s slate. Whether you are looking for a single money line pick or a KBO parlay, we have you covered. Note that all these games start at 5:30 am ET on Friday morning.

KBO betting odds

Here are the KBO betting odds for Friday, May 27 courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

  • Kiwoom Heroes (+140) vs Lotte Giants (-172), O/U 8.5
  • Hanwha Eagles (+144) vs KT Wiz (-178), O/U 8.5
  • Samsung Lions (-138) vs LG Twins (+114), O/U 7.5
  • Doosan Bears (-178) vs NC Dinos (+144), O/U 9.5
  • SSG Landers (-128) vs Kia Tigers (+104), O/U 9.5

KBO picks and predictions

Friday’s slate features plenty of opportunities for value. Let’s dive into the day’s best bets.

Doosan Bears ML (-178) vs NC Dinos

You might have thought the Doosan Bears were involved in a football game on Thursday morning as they completely crushed the Hanwha Eagles, beating them 24-3. This win snapped their 3-game losing streak and moves them back to 22-22-1 on the season. They are still in just 7th place, so opening a series with the NC Dinos should only help them string together some wins and get back into the playoff picture. To do that, the Bears will start Chooi Won-Joon on Friday morning. He is 3-3 on the season and has an ERA of 2.54. In 9 starts this season, he has allowed 14 earned runs over 49.2 innings.

The NC Dinos fell to the KT Wiz on Thursday, losing by a score of 2-1. It was a valiant effort, but their dreadful season continues. The Dinos are now 15-32 on the season and still sit last in the league standings. The Dinos will counter Kim Si-Hoon, who is 1-1 on the season and has an ERA of 4.02. In 14 appearances (5 starts), he has allowed 14 earned runs over 31.1 innings.

It is hard not to back the Bears after their offensive showing on Thursday against an equally worse team as the Dinos. That should not change on Friday and with a much better starting pitcher taking the mound, backing the Bears will be the play.

SSG Landers ML (-128) vs Kia Tigers

The SSG Landers won on Thursday, beating the Lotte Giants by a score of 6-5. This was their 4th win in a row and they now sit 6.0 games ahead of the 2nd placed LG Twins. The SSG Landers will start Lee Tae-Yang on Friday morning, who is 3-1 and has an ERA of 2.56. In 11 appearances this season (5 starts), he has allowed 11 earned runs over 38.2 innings.

The Kia Tigers also won their game on Thursday, beating the Samsung Lions by a score of 9-7. The Tigers have now won 4 games in a row and are 26-20 on the season. They have also moved up to 3rd place in the standings. The Tigers will counter with Im Gi-Yeong, who is 0-2 on the season and has an ERA of 4.78. In 5 starts this season, he has allowed 14 earned runs over 26.1 innings.

Both the Tigers and the SSG Landers are having great weeks, but the SSG Landers have a clear edge on the mound. Because the Tigers’ starter has been inconsistent this season, backing the SSG Landers will be the play.

Kiwoom Heroes vs Lotte Giants ML (-172)

The Kiwoom Heroes cruised to a win on Thursday, beating the LG Twins by a score of 12-5. The Heroes have now won 3 games in a row and are 27-20 on the season. Kiwoom is also now up to 2nd place in the league standings. The Heroes will start Tyler Eppler on Friday, who is 3-2 and has an ERA of 3.20. In 9 starts this season, he has allowed 18 earned runs over 50.2 innings,

The Lotte Giants played a tight game with the SSG Landers on Thursday, but ultimately fell by a score of 6-5. The Giants have now lost 3 games in a row and have fallen to 7th place in the standings. The Giants will counter with Park Se-Woong, who is 5-2 and has an ERA of 2.75. In 9 starts this season, he has allowed 20 earned runs over 55.2 innings.

Se-Woong has struggled recently, but still is the better pitcher in this matchup. The Giants may have lost 3 games in a row, but because of their starting pitching advantage, backing to snap their losing streak will be the play.

Looking for a bigger payout? Play these picks as a 3-team parlay with odds of +339.

Make sure you check out all of our picks for KBO action every single day!

Virginia Bonuses

See All
FanDuel Sportsbook

$200

Bet $5, Win $200 In Free Bets!

Sign up for a new account with FanDuel Sportsbook and make your first deposit

Bet $5 on any sport, any market

Win $200 in free bets regardless if your bet wins or loses

Must be 21 years or over to participate. Reward paid in site credit. Offer valid for new players only. Full terms available at FanDuel Sportsbook.

PointsBet

$500

Get 5x $100 Risk-Free Bets!

Sign up for a new PointsBet account

Make a bet of up to $100 and receive a refund if you lose

Get this offer once a day for the first 5 days you sign up

Must be 21+. Full terms are available at PointsBet.

DraftKings

$200

Bet $5 on Any MLB Game, Get $200 if Your Team Wins!

Sign up for a new account with DraftKings Sportsbook and make your first deposit

Bet $5 on any MLB team to win their next game

Win $200 in free bets + any cash winnings from your original wager

Offer valid for new players only. Must be 21 years or older to play. Reward paid in site credit. Full terms available at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Monkey Knife Fight

$100

Claim Instant Deposit Match up to $100 + Free $5 game

Register for a Monkey Knife Fight account & deposit using promo code PICKSWISE100

Monkey Knife Fight will match your first deposit up to $100

Deposit $100 and you'll get $100 bonus + a free $5 game

18+. Terms and conditions apply. You must live in one of the states where real money DFS is legal.

PointsBet

$2,000

Get $2,000 in Risk-Free Bets!

Register for a new PointsBet account & deposit

Receive a free bet refund up to $500 if your first fixed odds bet loses

& a free bet refund up to $1,500 if your first two PointsBetting Wager loses

Must be 21+. Full terms are available at PointsBet.

Caesars Sportsbook

$1,500

Get up to $1,500 Risk-Free First Bet!

Sign up for a new Caesars Sportsbook account

Make your first deposit of $50+

If your first bet is not a winner, get it all back as a free bet (up to $1,100) if you lose!

21+. Terms and conditions apply.

BetRivers

$250

Get a $250 Deposit Bonus!

Sign up for a new BetRivers account using promo code PICKSWISE

Make a deposit & get it doubled up to $250 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $100

Must be 21+. Play in IA Only. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-BETS OFF

Unibet

$500

Get a $500 Risk-Free Bet!

Register for a new Unibet account & make a deposit

Place your first bet up to $500 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $500

New players only. Terms & conditions apply. 21+. VA only.

BetMGM

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new BetMGM & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

FanDuel Sportsbook

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new FanDuel Sportsbook account & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

DraftKings

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Deposit Bonus!

Register for a new DraftKings Sportsbook account & deposit

DraftKings will match 20% of your deposit up to $1,000 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $500

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

Monkey Knife Fight

$100

Claim 100% Instant Deposit Match up to $100!

Register for a Monkey Knife Fight account & deposit using promo code PICKSWISE100

Monkey Knife Fight will match your first deposit up to $100

Deposit $100 and you'll get $100 bonus + a free $5 game

18+. Terms and conditions apply. You must live in one of the states where real money DFS is legal.

Yahoo DFS

$25

Get $25 in Site Credit With Yahoo DFS When You Deposit $5!

Register for a new account with Yahoo DFS and deposit $5+

Enter a $5 DFS contest

Upon entry, you will receive a bonus $25 in credit into your account!

21+ and new players only. Full terms available from Yahoo DFS.

PointsBet

$100

Bet $100 Risk-Free on every NBA Finals Game

Sign up for a new PointsBet account

Make a bet of up to $100 and receive a refund if you lose

Each NBA Finals game, your first Fixed Odds bet on the game will be Risk-Free up to $100

Must be 21+. Full terms are available at PointsBet.

TVG

$300

Get a $300 Risk-Free Bet with TVG Racebook!

Register for a new TVG account and make a deposit

Place your first single horse win-type bet up to $300

If your horse doesn't win you'll get a refund up to $300

21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.

TwinSpires

$200

Get a $200 Sign-Up Bonus with Twinspires Racebook!

Open your TwinSpires.com account using offer code BET200

$200 bonus cash will be credited in increments of $100 for every $400 wagered

To earn the full $200 bonus players must wager $800 within 30 days

21+. Terms and conditions apply.