Wise n' Shine: NBA picks, college football predictions and NHL best bets for Friday, November 4

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Good morning, Pickswise Nation. With the World Series teams moving cities today, NBA, NHL and college football games are in the spotlight today, plus it’s the start of the prestigious Breeders’ Cup horse racing meeting at Keeneland, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Eagles go to 8-0 but don’t cover
The NFL’s only unbeaten team, the Philadelphia Eagles, did what was necessary to maintain that status with a 29-17 win over the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football. It was not what was required for favorite-backers, though, as the Eagles failed to cover the 14-point spread. Our NFL props expert Bobby “Prop Holliday” Stanley went 2-0 on the game. With another road win on their record, the Eagles are +500 odds to win the Super Bowl at FanDuel Sportsbook, behind only the +230 Buffalo Bills.

Astros take charge of World Series
The Astros are a win away from becoming MLB champions after going 3-2 up on the Phillies in the World Series with a tight 3-2 win in Game 5 in Philadelphia last night. After claiming back-to-back road wins, the Astros are now -550 odds with DraftKings Sportsbook to win the title, with the Phillies out to +450 odds. The Astros are -150 to finish it by winning Game 6 at home tomorrow night, with the Phillies +130 to force a Game 7.

NBA champions lose again
NBA champions the Golden State Warriors lost their 4th straight game and went to 0-5 on the road this season with a 130-129 loss to the Orlando Magic last night, having been favored by 8.5 points for the game. The Nuggets comfortably covered a 6-point spread in a 122-110 win over the Thunder.

Bruins, Golden Knights reach double digits
The Boston Bruins and Vegas Golden Knights became the first teams in the NHL to reach 10 wins this season, with the 10-1 Bruins beating the NY Rangers 5-2, while the 10-2 Knights won 5-4 against the Senators. The Devils scored 3 late goals to rally from 3-1 down and beat the Oilers 4-3.

Today’s Slate

12 NBA games tonight
After a quiet Thursday, we have a 12-game NBA slate tonight, with ESPN showing Bulls vs Celtics at 7:30 pm ET and Bucks vs Timberwolves at 10:00 pm ET. Read today’s NBA picks.

Avalanche take on Blue Jackets in Finland
The NHL heads to Finland today as the Colorado Avalanche play the Columbus Blue Jackets in Tampere, Finland. The game is being shown on NHL Network at 2:00 pm ET. Back at home in North Carolina, the Hurricanes host the Sabres at 7:00 pm ET on ESPN+. Read today’s NHL picks.

Friday night lights are on
There’s college football action tonight, with #23 Oregon State visiting Washington on ESPN2 at 10:30 pm ET. Duke plays Boston College on the same channel at 7:00 pm ET. Read today’s NCAAF predictions.

Huge weekend of horse racing at the Breeders’ Cup
The elite Breeders’ Cup meeting sees the world’s top horses competing at Keeneland over the next 2 days, and we have predictions for all the big races. Read today’s Breeders’ Cup horse racing picks.

Best Bet of the Day

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans -4.5 over Golden State Warriors
8:30 pm ET

Golden State is just 3-6 and has lost all 5 road games so far, covering the spread just twice in 9 games. The success-hungry Pelicans will welcome the challenge, especially after giving away a game against the Lakers a couple of nights ago. A lot of people are saying the Warriors are done but it’s still early to make statements like that. Things aren’t looking great though, and last night’s game at Orlando wasn’t easy, so there could be some tired legs out there in this second game of a back-to-back for the Warriors. The Pelicans should get the job done at home. Read our full Warrors vs Pelicans 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 Rick Kamla (@RickKamlaSports) of Mad Dog Radio, to react to last night’s NFL game and looking ahead to the weekend action in the NFL and NBA. They will also look at the latest World Series and college football odds 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 9 edition of Pickswise Playbook, our weekly NFL preview show, is also available, featuring former NFL star Tank Williams, so be sure to check that out too!


Our Friday NBA mega parlay is ready for today’s basketball as we look to make it 2 wins in a row, while our Blue Jackets vs Avalanche Same Game Parlay and hockey player props are also available.

College football fans can check out our CFB Week 1o Best Bets and our Friday NCAAF mega parlay, while Prop Holliday has supplied this week’s best NFL player props. Don’t forget you can also check out our Breeders’ Cup best bets for today’s big horse racing meeting at Keeneland.

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

Stat of the Day

The Warriors and Pelicans have cashed the over 13 times in 16 combined games this season.

Quote of the Day

“Zero complacency. We’ve been in this situation before.”

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander was all business after recording his first World Series win.

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