Wise n' Shine: NBA picks, World Series predictions, college football and NHL best bets for Friday, October 28

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Good morning, Pickswise Nation and welcome to the 2022 World Series. As well as Game 1 between the Phillies and Astros tonight, we also have NBA, NHL and college football games, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Buccaneers sink to 3-5
The Buccaneers’ shaky start to the season continued with a 27-22 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football. The Bucs slipped to 3-5 in the standings, with the Ravens improving to 5-3. Despite their record, the Bucs remain favorites to win the NFC South at -150 odds with DraftKings Sportsbook.

NBA parlay cashes at +597 odds
It was a strong night for Pickswise in the NBA on Thursday. Our NBA parlay cashed at +597 odds and Germantas Kneita went 2-0 on our NBA player props. The Warriors improved to 3-2 with a 123-110 win over the Heat, while the Grizzlies kept the Kings winless in a 125-110 road win.

Ranked teams win, don’t cover
The two ranked college teams in action last night both won, but neither covered the spread, as Utah (-7.5) beat Washington State 21-17, while NC State (-13.5) had to rally to beat Virginia Tech by a single point, 22-21.

7-3 night in the NHL
The Pickswise NHL team went 7-3 on Thursday’s ML and puck line picks. The Bruins moved to 7-1 with a 5-1 win over the Red Wings, while the Canucks finally got their first win of the season over the Kraken.

Today’s Slate

Phillies and Astros ready for World Series
Game 1 of the World Series is finally here and the Phillies play the Astros at 8:03 pm ET on FOX. Read today’s MLB predictions.

11 NBA games tonight
After a quieter Thursday, we have an 11-game NBA slate tonight, with ESPN showing Pacers vs Wizards at 7:30 pm ET and Pelicans vs Suns at 10:00 pm ET. Read today’s NBA picks.

Bruins vs Blue Jackets on NHL Network
There is a 6-game slate in the NHL tonight, with the Bruins playing back-to-back as they visit the Blue Jackets at 7:oo pm ET on NHL Network. Read today’s NHL picks.

Friday night lights are on
College football is saving its best games for tomorrow, but there’s action tonight too, with East Carolina vs BYU on ESPN2 and Louisiana Tech vs FIU on CBSSN, with both games kicking off at 8:00 pm ET. Read today’s NCAAF predictions.

Best Bet of the Day

NBA: Over 226.5 points in Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic
7:10 pm ET

Given they are the top-scoring team in the league, it is no surprise that the Hornets are a perfect 4-0 O/U. The Magic are just 2-3 O/U, but with the Hornets setting the pace we should see plenty of points. Charlotte is especially strong with perimeter scoring, but Paolo Banchero might have his highest-scoring game yet as the Hornets are not strong defensively anywhere, and certainly don’t have an ideal defender to deal with the rookie’s talent. In their lone home game this season, the Magic scored 120 against Boston. They should be able to post some points against Charlotte too. Read our full Hornets vs Magic 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 Jared Smith are your hosts today, and they will be joined by Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab), NFL and sports betting writer for Yahoo, to react to last night’s NFL game and looking ahead to the weekend action. They will also have their best bets for today’s World Series, NBA 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 8 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!


Get set for today’s World Series Game 1 with our MLB experts’ World Series best bets, Phillies vs Astros Same Game Parlay and our YRFI/NRFI best bet,

For today’s basketball, we have our Friday NBA mega parlay and a Pacers vs Wizards Same Game Parlay, while our NHL mega parlay and hockey player props are also available.

College football fans can check out our CFB Week 9 Best Bets, our Saturday NCAAF mega parlay and our college football underdog picks, and if you’re looking for a big payout on NFL Week 8, try our millionaire-maker parlay!

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

Stat of the Day

The Astros are 7-0 in the playoffs, winning their games by an aggregate of 31-18.

Quote of the Day

“When you are not playing well, everything is on the table for us, and we will discuss it as a staff.”

Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles is looking for solutions after his team fell to 3-5.

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