Wise n' Shine: NFL picks, MLB predictions and NHL best bets on Thursday, October 20

Good morning, Pickswise Nation. Today we have action in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and college football. It’s a HUGE day of sports, so let’s get right to it and make your next bet better with Wise n’ Shine!

About Last Night

Pickswise MLB team starts Conference Series strong
It was Game 1 of the ALCS and Game 2 of the NLCS on Thursday night, and the Astros and Padres both secured the wins in their respective games. The Astros defeated the Yankees 4-2, which cashed our Astros ML bet and the under 7, while the Padres beat the Phillies 8-5 which won our Padres ML bet. It was an electric start to the Conference Series and a great start for Pickswise’s MLB handicappers.

NBA is back
After a small 2-game slate on opening night, Wednesday night featured 12 games, and boy was it great to have the NBA back. There were some major upsets, such as the Pelicans beating the Nets 130-108, the Bulls beating the Heat 116-108, and the Jazz knocking off the Nuggets 123-102. We also went 10-2 on our total picks on the night!

Today’s Slate

Saints and Cardinals meet on Thursday Night Football
It’s about time the Denver Broncos weren’t in a primetime game! For this Thursday night, the New Orleans Saints will take on the Arizona Cardinals, who will activate DeAndre Hopkins for his season debut. Don’t miss any of our NFL picks, especially after we went 11-3 on our spread picks last week!

The NBA season keeps rolling
We’re back to a small slate of games on Thursday, but they’re still worth checking out as the Bucks take on the 76ers and the Clippers take on the Lakers in the Battle of Los Angeles. Don’t miss any of our NBA picks.

Big day in the NHL
It was a small slate of 3 games on Wednesday, but the NHL returns with a 12-game slate on Thursday. We’ve got picks for all the action, so be sure to check out our NHL predictions.

NCAAF Week 8 continues on Thursday
College football on a Thursday? Yup! Week 8 of the CFB season kicked off on Wednesday night and we will continue the week with a matchup between Virginia and Georgia Tech tonight at 7:30 pm ET. Here is our Virginia vs Georgia Tech preview.

Best Bet of the Day

NHL: Anaheim Ducks vs Boston Bruins over 6.5 goals (-125)
7:00 pm ET

The total has gone over in all 4 of Boston’s games so far, with the Bruins doing the majority of the legwork. Until Boston’s scoring slows down, the over should continue to be a good pick in their games. The over has also been trendy early on for the Ducks as the over has hit in 3 of their 4 games. Twice the Ducks have scored 4 goals, which have certainly helped bring the game over the total. The matchup between Boston’s rampant scoring and Anaheim’s inability to minimize damage bodes well for the over as much as it does for the Bruins overall. Read our full Ducks vs Bruins predictions.


Football is back, and we’re excited. For tonight’s game, we have Clevta’s Thursday Night Football best bet, Prop Holliday’s 2 favorite player props for Saints vs Cardinals, a +1175 Same Game Parlay, and our touchdown scorer best bets.

It’s a 2-game slate in the NBA, but we’ve given the Same Game Parlay treatment to both Bucks vs 76ers and Clippers vs Lakers, so be sure to check those out. Over on the ice, we have a +866 NHL mega parlay for your enjoyment.

Check out more great content as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.


Don’t forget to check out our daily show Let’s Bet It! on our YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/c/Pickswise at 10:00 am ET.

Jared Smith and Lauren Jbara are your hosts today and they will be joined by Prop Holliday, Pickswise’s player prop expert. The trio will discuss the MLB playoffs and dive into Thursday Night Football and the best player prop bets to make for the primetime game, 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).

Stat of the Day

The Cardinals are averaging just 5 points per first half in games.

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