Wise n' Shine: NFL picks, MLB predictions and NCAAF best bets for Thursday, October 19

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports -- just about any and all you can think of! -- and coaching tennis in Atlanta, GA. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me. For Ricky Dimon media enquiries, please email contact@pickswise.com.
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Good morning, Pickswise Nation. LCS action in Major League Baseball continues on Thursday, plus Week 7 of the NFL season is getting underway, there are college football games and the NHL week moves forward with a massive 12-game slate. It’s another big day in the world of sports, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better! 

About Last Night 

  • The Astros stayed within striking distance of the Rangers in the ALCS by winning Game 3 on the road via an 8-5 decision. Texas still leads the series 2-1. The Pickswise experts cashed both of their prop bets and are now on a ridiculous 12-1 MLB props run. 
  • Week 8 of the college football season continued with Florida International scraping past Sam Houston State 33-27 in double-overtime. New Mexico State was also victorious on Wednesday night.
  • Both Ottawa and Detroit put up 6 goals during respective victories over Washington and Pittsburgh. The Pickswise NHL team had the Senators on the 3-way money line as a 3-star best bet. 


Today’s Slate 

Best Bet of the Day  

NCAAF: James Madison Duke -3.5 over Marshall Thundering Herd (-110) 

The James Madison Dukes are rolling along this season with a perfect 6-0 record after coming out of their bye with an impressive 41-13 win over Georgia Southern. The Dukes have covered in 4 straight games following their win last week, which is the complete opposite of the form of the Marshall Thundering Herd. Marshall has lost 2 in a row following a 4-0 start and has failed to cover in 3 in a row. Marshall has not had a week off since mid-September and was just on the road in consecutive weeks on the heels of hard-fought, 1-score wins over Old Dominion and Virginia Tech. In other words, the Herd could be running on fumes in this one – which is not a good place to be against the Dukes. Check out our full James Madison vs Marshall predictions. 



Stat of the Day 

Heading into tonight’s matchup with Rice, Tulsa is allowing 270.2 passing yards per game (119th in the nation) and 29.3 points per game.

Quote of the Day 

“I’m probably the best in the league in space. Maybe [the Jets’ coaches] see something different.”

— Mecole Hardman, frustrated with his usage, before being traded from the Jets to the Chiefs on Wednesday. 


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