KBO baseball: Picks, predictions and best bets for Thursday, April 21

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, April 21 courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

  • Kiwoom Heroes (+210) vs SSG Landers (-270), O/U 7.5
  • KT Wiz (+100) vs LG Twins (-122), O/U 7.5
  • Doosan Bears (-130) vs Kia Tigers (+108), O/U 8.5
  • Samsung Lions (+116) vs NC Dinos (-140), O/U 7.5
  • Hanwha Eagles (+154) vs Lotte Giants (-190), O/U 7.5

KBO picks and predictions

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

Kiwoom Heroes vs SSG Landers ML (-270)

The Kiwoom Heroes lost to the SSG Landers on Wednesday by a score of 5-1. The Heroes are now tied for 2nd place and will be looking to end their losing streak right away. Kiwoom will start Tyler Eppler in this spot, who is 1-0 on the season and has an ERA of 3.31. He has allowed 6 earned runs this season over 16.1 innings. His most recent start was his best of the year so far, allowing just 1 earned run in 6.0 innings against the Doosan Bears.

The SSG Landers lost just their 2nd game of the season the other day, but immediately bounced back with a win to hold the top spot in the league. With every game that passes, this looks like a team that has a real shot of winning the championship this year. The SSG Landers will counter with Kim Kwang-Hyun. He is 2-0 through 2 starts, but more impressively, he has not allowed an earned run in 13.0 innings. He also has allowed just 5 total hits this season, making it that much tougher for the Heroes’ offense.

Eppler and the Heroes have not been a bad team this season, but the SSG Landers are too good right now to fade. Kwang-Hyun has the advantage in this matchup as well, so backing the SSG Landers to continue winning will be the play.

Doosan Bears ML (-130) vs Kia Tigers

The Doosan Bears picked up a win on Wednesday morning, beating the Kia Tigers 4-3. The Bears now move into 4th place and will be looking for their 2nd consecutive win on Thursday. They will start Choi Won-Joon, who has had a solid start to the season. His record is 1-2, but his ERA is 2.50. Won-Joon has allowed just 5 earned runs over 18.0 innings and has been unlucky in not getting a ton of run support.

With the loss on Wednesday, the Kia Tigers fell to 7-8 on the season and sit in 6th place. They will counter with Sean Nolin, who has struggled to start the year. He is 0-2 on the season and has an ERA of 6.14. Over his 2 starts, he has allowed 5 earned runs in 7.1 innings.

Nolin’s struggles are only over a small sample size, but they are still a concern and one that is likely to play a role. Won-Joon has been much better, so backing the Bears will still be the play here.

Hanwha Eagles vs Lotte Giants – Under 7.5 Runs (+104)

The total looks to be the better play here based on the pitching matchup in this game. Yun Dae-Kyung was excellent against the Twins in his last start and now faces a Giants’ offense that is averaging 3.7 runs per game. The Eagles are averaging 3.6 runs per game, so Kim Jin-Uk should be able to keep them from scoring a ton. Because both starters have shown flashes of brilliance so far this season, backing the under will be the play.

Looking for a bigger payout? Play the best bets as a 3-team parlay — which pays out at +394.

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

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