Wise n' Shine: NBA picks, MLB predictions and NHL best bets for Tuesday, October 18

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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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Welcome to the new NBA season, Pickswise Nation! Basketball is back tonight and we also have MLB playoff games plus NHL and EPL soccer to enjoy, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Wilson hurt as Broncos lose to Chargers in overtime
The Russell Wilson era in Denver is not going to plan, with the Broncos falling to 2-4 following last night’s 19-16 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The QB also hurt his hamstring in the fourth quarter. Denver did at least cash Clevta’s best bet of Broncos +5 as the underdogs covered. That gave Pickswise a final Week 6 record of 11-3 on spread picks!

Champions back on track
With no MLB action on Monday due to the Guardians-Yankees rainout, NHL provided last night’s other sporting entertainment. Champions the Avalanche got back to winning ways with a 6-3 victory over the winless Wild, while the Bruins, Stars and Hurricanes all moved to 3-0 with Monday wins. The Coyotes got their first victory of the season with a 4-2 upset of the Maple Leafs.

Today’s Slate

NBA is here!
The 2022-23 NBA season starts tonight with an awesome doubleheader on TNT as the 76ers play the Celtics at 7:30 pm ET followed by champions the Warriors hosting the Lakers at 10:00 pm ET. Read today’s NBA picks.

NLCS starts, ALDS (hopefully) finishes
We have been handed an unexpected MLB double bill today after Game 5 between the Guardians and Yankees was rained out last night. The teams will try again at 4:07 pm ET this afternoon on TBS. After that, the NLCS no one predicted (send us a screenshot if you did!) starts between the Phillies and Padres at 8:07 pm ET on FS1. Check out all of today’s MLB predictions.

8-game NHL slate
We have a battle of unbeaten teams in the NHL tonight as the 3-0 Golden Knights visit the 2-0 Flames at 9:00 pm ET, while someone is going to get their first point of the season when the 0-3 Canucks go to the 0-3 Blue Jackets at 7:00 pm ET. Read today’s NHL previews.

Midweek EPL action
There are 9 EPL games over the next 3 days, including 2 tonight, and our soccer picks are all available now.

Best Bet of the Day

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5 over Philadelphia Flyers
7:00 pm ET, ESPN+

The Flyers finished last in the Metro Division last year, while the Lightning made it to the Stanley Cup Finals for the third straight season. Although they fell to the Colorado Avalanche, they’re still in a different class to the Flyers. Philly is 2-0 but that should be taken with a grain of salt. Those games were against the Devils, who finished 1 spot above the Flyers last season, and the Canucks, who threw that game away. With 2 days of rest and being back at home, the Lightning should look much more like they did against the Flyers last season. Tampa took down Philly by a combined score of 15-4 in 3 meetings last season, and another multi-goal win should be in-store today. Read our full Flyers vs Lightning predictions.

Must-watch: Super Bowl champion joins Let’s Bet It

Enhance your sports betting knowledge by watching our daily sports betting show Let’s Bet It at 10:00 am ET.

Lauren Jbara and Mark Zinno are your hosts today, and they will be joined by a very special guest as Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) former Saints wide receiver and Super Bowl XLIV champion, discusses what we saw on MNF, whose stock is up or down around the league and takes a look ahead to Week 7. The team will also finding the best bets for today’s MLB and NBA games before revealing their Plays of the Day.

Check it out at our YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/c/Pickswise and remember you can also access the show through Spotify and Apple Podcasts (search for Let’s Bet It Presented By Pickswise).

With the NBA season starting tonight, be sure to check out our Pickswise Preview series, including the analysis below from Mark Zinno and Prop Holliday assessing the odds for the NBA MVP award. They have also tried to identify the best bets for the Conference Championships, Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards, among others, so head over to our YouTube channel to check those out!


The NBA season is here and our NBA season preview is available plus more great basketball futures picks including our favorite NBA team win total predictions and MVP picks. We also have Same Game Parlays for the 76ers vs Celtics and Lakers vs Warriors games and tonight’s NBA player props from Prop Holliday.

Today’s YRFI/NRFI best bets and Phillies vs Padres same game parlay are available, along with our early looks at the NFL Week 7 lines and NCAAF Week 8 odds.

Be sure to head over to the Analysis tab for all today’s great betting content as it drops throughout the day.

Stat of the Day

The 4 regular-season meetings between the Lakers and Warriors last year all finished over tonight’s posted total.

Quote of the Day

“This is very disappointing. We need to have a lot more urgency across the board.”

Things are not going the way head coach Nathaniel Hackett would have wanted for the 2-4 Broncos. 

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