Wise n' Shine: MLB picks, NFL predictions and college football best bets for Monday, August 21

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Deputy Editor for Pickswise with years of experience handicapping and giving out winning picks. Lover of all US sports and Southampton FC. For Caleb Wilfinger media enquiries, please email contact@pickswise.com.
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Good morning, Pickswise Nation, and welcome to another wonderful Monday of sports. We have plenty of action on today’s MLB card and there’s also an NFL preseason game on the schedule today, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

MLB Best Bets stay hot
It was another profitable day for our MLB handicapping team, headlined by our 3-star best bet winner on the Minnesota Twins. This brought our best bets run to 10-3 over our last 13 selections, and it was also our 3rd straight best bet winner over the last 4 days. Other notable results included a comeback win for the Red Sox over the Yankees, a win for the Giants over the Braves and the Mariners swept the Astros to pull closer in the AL West race.

Tennis bets keep rolling in Cincinnati
The Western & Southern Open concluded on Sunday in Cincinnati and our tennis expert Ricky Dimon was on the ball once again, as Coco Gauff captured the Women’s Singles title to cash his pre-tournament wager at +1600 odds! On the men’s side, fans were treated to an instant classic in the final, as Novak Djokovic knocked off Carlos Alcaraz in 3 scintillating sets to capture another Masters 1000 crown.

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Today’s Slate

Quieter day on the diamond
Today’s baseball slate is a lighter one, especially with weather impacting some areas on the West Coast. The headliner takes place in San Diego, where the Padres will desperately try to get back on track against the Marlins at home. Elsewhere, the Phillies host the Giants while the Astros host the Red Sox. Read today’s MLB predictions.

Ravens look to continue winning streak
Everyone knows how seriously the Ravens take the NFL preseason, and Baltimore looks to continue it’s 24-game winning streak tonight against Washington. Check out our Ravens vs Commanders predictions.

Best Bet of the Day

EPL: Arsenal ML over Crystal Palace (-160)
3:00 pm ET

Crystal Palace and Arsenal both enjoyed winning starts to the new Premier League campaign last weekend but the Gunners’ quality should shine through when the teams meet at Selhurst Park on Monday. Last season’s EPL runners-up looked in complete control after 2 first-half goals against Nottingham Forest in their opener. Eddie Nketiah, standing in for the injured Gabriel Jesus, showed his value with a fine opener, while Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka terrorized the Forest defense. With Arsenal winning the shot count 15-6 and having 78% of the ball, the scoreline could have been much worse for Forest. Check out our full Arsenal vs Crystal Palace predictions.

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After recent +1000 and +1600 winners, our tennis expert is back with his ATP Winston Salem and WTA Cleveland predictions are ready to read and don’t forget to check out all our NFL futures content in our NFL Betting Guide, which now includes previews for all 32 teams.

College football season is nearly here, and our expert has provided predictions and best bets for the Big 12, SEC, ACC and Big Ten, as well as the Pac-12, Mountain West, Sun Belt and Conference USA.

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

Stat of the Day

The Ravens have won 24 straight preseason games. Baltimore will take on the Washington Commanders on Monday night.

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