Wise n' Shine: MLB picks, college football predictions and NHL best bets for Friday, October 14

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I've been writing about the NFL and a host of other sports for the UK's top daily betting paper the Racing Post for more than 20 years. An incurable Browns fan (1-31 survivor), I also specialise in all kinds of motorsport betting including F1, MotoGP, IndyCar and NASCAR. For Phil Agius media enquiries, please email contact@pickswise.com.
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Good morning, Pickswise Nation! There’s something for everyone in the world of sports today, with 3 MLB playoff games, plus college football, NHL and EPL soccer action, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Washington in command
Somehow, this week’s Thursday Night Football game managed to produce even fewer points than last week’s Broncos-Colts offering, but at least we got one touchdown last night. The Washington Commanders beat the Chicago Bears 12-7, and to show that smart picks can put a smile on your face whatever the standard of play, Pickswise went 2-0 on the game with our picks of Commanders +1 and under 38. Brian Robinson was also a recommended anytime TD scorer play at +235 odds.

Perfect picks on Mariners vs Astros
We were left with just one MLB game yesterday after Guardians vs Yankees was rained out, but it couldn’t have gone much better, as the Astros beat the Mariners 4-2. That cashed our Astros ML and under 7 plays, and we also hit with our MLB player prop and our Astros vs Mariners Same Game Parlay at +446 odds! Houston leads the series 2-0 as the teams head to Seattle for Game 3 tomorrow.

Baylor beaten
We hit both overs on Thursday’s college football games and were 1-1 on spreads after Baylor (-3.5) was upset 43-40 by West Virginia. UCF (-23) had no such issues, blowing out Temple 70-13.

Flames too hot for Stanley Cup champions
The biggest slate of the NHL season so far produced a number of upsets, with the Devils, Wild, Predators and Kings all losing as favorites. The Calgary Flames won their opener for the first time in 13 years, beating Stanley Cup champions the Avalanche 5-3.

Today’s Slate

Extra MLB playoff  game today
We have an additional MLB game today with the Guardians and Yankees aiming to play their rescheduled ALDS Game 2 at 1:00pm ET on TBS. Braves vs Phillies follows at 4:30pm ET on FS1 with Dodgers vs Padres at 8:30pm ET, also on FS1. Read today’s MLB predictions.

4-game NHL slate
It’s a quieter day in the NHL, with a 4-game slate that starts with Lightning vs Blue Jackets on NHL Network at 7:00 pm ET. Read today’s NHL picks.

Friday night lights are on
The UTSA Roadrunners are the only team with a winning record (4-2) in action tonight as they take on 2-3 Florida International at 8:00pm ET on CBSSN. Navy plays SMU on ESPN at 7:30pm ET. Read today’s NCAAF predictions. There’s also one EPL game today as Brighton plays Brentford (USA Network, 3:00pm ET) and you can check out our soccer picks for the weekend games.

Best Bet of the Day

NHL: Detroit Red Wings ML over Montreal Canadiens
7:05 pm ET, ESPN+

The Canadiens and Red Wings were among the worst teams in the Eastern Conference last season, but Detroit made plenty of noise in the offseason and they should show out for their season opener. The Habs opened up their season in Montreal against the Maple Leafs and now have to travel into the hostile environment of Little Caesars Arena. The Wings’ home ice may not have the most intimidating name, but opponents should be more fearful than they were last season. Detroit’s season-long points total is even set 10 points higher than they achieved last year, so oddsmakers agree. Ride the Wings on Friday night. Read our full Canadiens vs Red Wings 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.

Lauren Jbara and Jared Smith are your hosts today, and they will be joined by Howard Bender (@rotobuzzguy) head of content for Fantasy Alarm,  to look at this week’s NFL games. The team will also be reacting to last night’s NFL game and looking at today’s MLB and college football games 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 6 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 bets, and Dodgers vs Padres Same Game Parlay, while our NHL coverage includes today’s NHL mega parlay and our hockey player props.

As for college football, you can check out our CFB Week 7 Best Bets as our expert bids to extend his 11-3-1 run, plus our Saturday NCAAF mega parlay and our college football underdog picks.

Our NFL Week 6 coverage includes Jared Smith’s NFL Best Bets, our Sunday 1pm NFL prop bets from Bobby “Prop Holliday” Stanley and our Sunday millionaire maker parlay! You can also get in the know for tomorrow’s early soccer with our EPL Saturday parlay.

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

Stat of the Day

The total has gone over in 4 of the Padres’ 5 postseason games.

Quote of the Day

“Everybody keeps saying I didn’t want anything to do with Carson. I’m the guy that pulled out the sheets of paper, looked at the analytics, watched the tape when we were at Indianapolis, OK?”

Commanders head coach Ron Rivera is unhappy at reports that he is not behind QB Carson Wentz.

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