KBO baseball: Picks, predictions and best bets for Thursday 7/14 - SSG Landers extend their lead at the top

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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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, July 14 courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

  • Hanwha Eagles vs Lotte Giants (No Odds)
  • Kia Tigers vs LG Twins (No Odds)
  • Doosan Bears (+170) vs NC Dinos (-210), O/U 8.5
  • Samsung Lions (+110) vs KT Wiz (-134), O/U 7.5
  • Kiwoom Heroes (-225) vs SSG Landers (-290), 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.

NC Dinos ML (-210) over Doosan Bears

The NC Dinos got the better of the Doosan Bears on Wednesday morning, beating them by a score of 4-1. The Dinos are now 32-48-2 on the season. Even with the win, they remain in 9th place in the league standings. The Dinos will start Drew Rucinski, who is 6-6 on the season, and has an ERA of 2.42. In 17 starts this season, he has allowed 30 earned runs over 111.2 innings.

With the loss on Wednesday, the Bears are now 35-46-2 on the season. The Bears are now in 7th place in the league standings. They will counter with Choi Won-Joon, who is 4-7 on the season and has an ERA of 3.54. In 16 starts this season, he has allowed 35 earned runs over 89.0 innings.

Both starters have been solid this season, but Rucinski has been the more consistent pitcher overall. For that reason, backing the Lions will be the play.

KT Wiz ML (-134) over Samsung Lions

The KT Wiz had their game canceled on Wednesday against the Samsung Lions on due to rain, so they will look to restart the series on Thursday morning. Because of the rain out, they are still 43-38-2 on the season, and are still 4th place in the league standings. They will start Ko Young-Pyo on Thursday morning, who is 6-5 on the season and has an ERA of 3.10. In 15 starts this season, he has allowed 35 earned runs over 101.2 innings.

Also, part of the rain out on Wednesday, the Lions are still 35-49 on the season. The Lions have lost 10 games in a row and are 8th place in the league standings. They will counter with David Buchanan, who is 6-6 on the season and has an ERA of 3.36. In 17 starts this season, he has allowed 39 earned runs over 104.1 innings.

Even though the Lions have one of their better starters on the mound, the fact that they have not won in well over a week makes them worth a fade here again. For that reason, backing the KT Wiz will be the play.

SSG Landers -1.5 (-134) over Kiwoom Heroes

The SSG Landers had their game canceled with the Kiwoom Heroes on Wednesday due to rain, and they will look to finish their series on Thursday morning. Because of the rain, they are still 56-26-3 on the season. The SSG Landers have won 5 games in a row and remain 3.5 games in front of the Heroes for 1st place in the league standings. They will start Wilmer Font on Thursday morning, who is 10-4 on the season and has an ERA of 2.02. In 17 starts this season, Font has allowed 26 earned runs over 116.0 innings.

Also, part of the rain out, the Heroes are still 54-31-1 on the season. They remain in 2nd place in the league standings and need a win on Thursday to reduce to deficit between them and the SSG Landers. They will counter with Jeong Chan-Heon on Thursday, who is 5-3 on the season and has an ERA of 4.40. In 12 starts this season, he has allowed 28 earned runs over 57.1 innings.

The SSG Landers showed why they are the best team in their last game on Tuesday and that looks to be the case again on Thursday. Font has been dominant for majority of the season, while Chan-Heon has been inconsistent. For that reason, backing the SSG Landers will be the play.

Looking for a bigger payout? Play these picks as a 3-team parlay with odds of +350.

Bonus KBO picks and predictions for Thursday, July 14

Kia Tigers ML over LG Twins

The Kia Tigers come into this game having won 4 games in a row. They will start Thomas Pannone, who will make his KBO debut in this game. He should have a small advantage with the Twins having never seen him pitch, therefore backing the Tigers will be the play.

Hanwha Eagles +1.5 over Lotte Giants

The Hanwha Eagles put up a decent fight on Wednesday morning, but still fell by a score of 2-0. They will start Felix Pena, who is 0-1 and has an ERA of 4.32. The Lotte Giants will counter with Glenn Sparkman, who is 2-3 and has an ERA of 4.58. With 2 below average pitchers starting, the Eagles should have a chance, therefore backing them to keep this game close will be the play.

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