KBO baseball: Picks, predictions and best bets for Thursday 6/23

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.
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Matthew Lowrimore

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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 Thursday’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 Thursday morning.

KBO betting odds

Here are the KBO betting odds for Thursday, June 23rd courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

  • Hanwha Eagles (+235) vs LG Twins (-300), O/U 9.5
  • Lotte Giants (+136) vs Kia Tigers (-166), O/U 7.5
  • NC Dinos (+148) vs KT Wiz (-182), O/U 8.5
  • Doosan Bears (+225) vs SSG Landers (-300), O/U 8.5
  • Kiwoom Heroes (-162) vs Samsung Lions (+134), O/U 8.5

KBO picks and predictions

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

Kia Tigers ML (-166) over Lotte Giants

The Lotte Giants beat the Kia Tigers on Wednesday by a score of 7-5, needing extra innings to do so. They are now 30-35-2 on the season and still sit in 8th place in the league standings. The Giants will start Park Se-Woong, who is 5-5 on the season and has an ERA of 3.59. In 13 starts this season, he has allowed 32 earned runs over 80.1 innings.

With the loss on Wednesday, the Tigers are now 35-31-1 on the season. They are currently in 4th place in the league standings, holding this position by a few games. The Tigers will counter with Yang Hyeon-Jong, who is 7-2 on the year and has an ERA of 2.60. In 14 starts this season, he has allowed 24 earned runs over 82.0 innings.

Both pitchers have been solid this season, but Se-Woong’s form has dipped recently, while Hyeon-Jong has remained consistent. For that reason, backing the Tigers to bounce back with a win will be the play.

SSG Landers -1.5 (-136) over Doosan Bears

The SSG Landers bounced back with a win on Wednesday, beating the Doosan Bears 6-5 in extra innings. They are now 43-24-3 on the season and remain in 1st place in the league standings. The SSG Landers will start Wilmer Font on Thursday, who is 8-4 on the season and has an ERA of 1.99. In 14 starts this season, he has allowed 21 earned runs over 95.0 innings.

With the loss on Wednesday, the Doosan Bears are now 31-35-1 on the season and remain in 7th place in the league standings. They will counter with Park Shin-Zi, who is 1-1 on the season and has an ERA of 5.19. In 16 appearances this season (3 starts), he has allowed 15 earned runs over 26.0 innings.

With such limited starting experience for Shin-Zi, Font has the clear advantage on the mound. For that reason, backing the SSG Landers to win this game will be the play.

Kiwoom Heroes ML (-162) over Samsung Lions

The Kiwoom Heroes cruised to a win on Wednesday, beating the Samsung Lions by a score of 6-0. The Heroes are now 41-27-1 on the season and have won 2 games in a row. Their win on Tuesday keeps them just 2.5 games back of 1st place as well. The Heroes will start An Woo-Jin, who is 7-4 on the season and has an ERA of 2.44. In 13 starts this season, he has allowed 22 earned runs over 81.0 innings.

With the loss on Wednesday, the Lions are now 32-36 on the season. They have lost 2 games in a row and are 6th place in the league standings. The Lions will counter with Won Tae-In, who is 3-4 on the season and has an ERA of 3.25. In 11 starts this season, he has allowed 25 earned runs over 69.1 innings.

Both starting pitchers have been solid this season, but Woo-Jin has been dominant against the Lions. For that reason, backing the Heroes will be the play.

Looking for a bigger payout? Play these picks as a 3-team parlay with odds of +349.

Bonus KBO picks and predictions for Thursday, June 23rd

NC Dinos +1.5 (-146) vs KT Wiz

The NC Dinos may be in 9th place in the standings, but they crushed the KT Wiz on Wednesday by a score of 11-0. Neither starting pitcher on Thursday has been great this season, but Song Myung-Gi for the Dinos has an ERA of 1.42 against the KT Wiz. For that reason, backing the Dinos on the run line will be the play.

Hanwha Eagles +2.5 (-136) vsLG Twins

The Hanwha Eagles have now lost 10 games in a row and look to be a team to keep fading. The LG Twins will start Kim Yun-Sik, who has an ERA of 3.99 compared to Jang Min-Je, who has an ERA of 4.74. Min-Je does have an ERA of 1.69 against the Twins, which should help them keep this game close.

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

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