Wise n' Shine: College football predictions, MLB, NBA and NHL best bets for Saturday, October 22

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Good morning, Pickswise Nation! There’s was something for everyone in the world of sports yesterday, and we’ve got a packed Saturday of games today, with action in the MLB playoffs, college football, the NBA and NHL, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Phillies seize control of NLCS
After blowing a 4-0 lead in a Game 2 loss, the Philadelphia Phillies regained control of the NLCS with a 4-2 victory over the Padres on Friday. The Phillies got a home run from Kyle Schwarber and a decisive 2-run double from Jean Segura in the 5th inning to put them ahead for good. Game 4 gets underway this evening at 7:45 ET.

Busy night in the NBA
It was an action-packed night in the Association, and a strong one for our expert team of handicappers! The Pickswise NBA team went a combined 12-6 on spreads and totals on Friday, including a 3-0 day for prop expert Adam Ronis. Notable results included a Nets win over the Raptors, the Celtics knocked off the Heat and the Knicks beat the Pistons. The most surprising result of the night was a Jazz win over the Timberwolves as significant underdogs.

NHL story
Friday was a slower evening in the NHL, with the marquee game coming in the form of the Florida Panthers vs Tampa Bay Lightning. This rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference second round matchup ended in a similar result, with the Lightning winning in overtime by a 3-2 score.

Today’s Slate

Week 8 college football slate
Last week’s college football slate featured top-25 matchups and upsets galore. What will this week do for an encore? We have multiple high-profile matchups today, including UCLA vs Oregon, Texas vs Oklahoma State and Kansas State vs TCU. Read today’s college football best bets.

Both MLB Championship Series’ in action
The Padres-Phillies NLCS series continues tonight with the series sitting at 2-1 in favor of Philadelphia heading into Game 4 at 7:45 pm ET on FS1. After a day off, the Yankees will now host the Astros in a pivotal ALCS Game 3 in New York. Be sure to read today’s MLB predictions.

9 NBA games today
After a jam-packed Friday, we have a 9-game NBA slate tonight, with the marquee matchup being a showdown between the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks. Read today’s NBA picks.

More action on the ice
It was a quiet Friday slate in the NHL, but today features a more robust set of games, highlighted by the Wild vs Bruins and Avalanche vs Golden Knights. Check out today’s NHL picks

Best Bet of the Day

NCAAF: Purdue +2 (-110) vs Wisconsin
3:30 pm ET, ESPN

Purdue hasn’t beaten Wisconsin in some time, but this is a rare instance in this series when the Boilermakers are in a great position to win. In fact, the Boilermakers should probably be favored in this matchup. After all, Purdue has the better quarterback and far better offense of these two teams. Purdue is 30th in the nation in offensive success rate, while ranking inside the top 30 in passing and rushing success rate. Aidan O’Connell will be going up against a Badgers defense that is 73rd in opponent EPA per pass, meaning he should feel comfortable throwing on Wisconsin. The Boilermakers have been strong on early downs and they should stay ahead of the chains by throwing the ball instead of running against this stout Wisconsin front. Read our full Purdue vs Wisconsin predictions.


Don’t forget to check out our daily show Let’s Bet It on our YouTube channel atyoutube.com/c/Pickswise at 10:00 am ET.

David Gascon and Mark Zinno are your hosts today, and they will be talking all things college football, from key games to their favorite Heisman Trophy bets to make, before revealing their Plays of the Day.

You can also access the show at any time through Spotify and Apple Podcasts (search for Let’s Bet It Presented By Pickswise).

The Week 7 edition of Pickwise Playbook, our weekly NFL preview show, is also available, featuring former NFL star Tank Williams, so be sure to check that out too!


Get set for today’s MLB playoff games with our YRFI/NRFI best bet, while our NHL coverage includes today’s NHL mega parlay.

We’ve got a full slate of college football action today, so be sure to check out our CFB Week 8 Best Bets, our Saturday NCAAF mega parlay and our college football underdog picks.

Read all of our great sports analysis as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.

Stat of the Day

The trio of Aaron Judge, Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton are a combined 1-of-15 lifetime against Cristian Javier. Javier will get the start for the Astros in Game 3 of the ALCS on Saturday.

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