Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Friday, August 27

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Phil Agius


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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.

Good morning Pickswise Nation and welcome to Wise n’ Shine, your one-stop shop for everything you need to know to bet better today! The NFL returns tonight with 8 teams playing their final preseason games and it’s another busy day of MLB action, too, so let’s get straight to it!

About Last Night

What has happened to the Orioles?
Strange things are happening with the Baltimore Orioles this week. The Orioles snapped a 19-game losing streak with a 10-6 win over the Angels on Wednesday and followed that with a 13-1 win last night! Go figure. Much more predictable was the Dodgers’ 4-0 success over the Padres, which gave the +280 World Series favorites their 12th win in their last 13 games. Talking of predictions, Pickswise landed an MLB Best Bet when the White Sox beat the Blue Jays, and our experts went 9-3 on the day. Don’t forget to read today’s MLB best bets and, of course, our daily MLB Parlays.

Today’s Slate

Last chance for NFL players to make the team
It’s now or never for the hundreds of NFL players trying to make their teams; the 32 NFL clubs each have to reduce their rosters from the current 80 players to just 53 by next Tuesday. The first 4 games of this week’s schedule take place today, including AFC champions Kansas City hosting Minnesota (NFL Network, 8pm). Picks for all of today’s NFL action are on the site and ready to read!

Full slate of MLB action
There’s a packed program of 15 MLB games today, including an all-Texas showdown between the Astros and Rangers (ESPN+, 8:05 pm). The Rockies will try to do what the swept Padres could not and beat the Dodgers. Make sure you read our picks on the side and total for all of today’s matchups.

Best Bet of the Day

Cincinnati Reds ML vs Miami Marlins
7:10pm ET

The Reds swept the Marlins last weekend and they look poised to do it again. They outscored the Marlins 21-9 in that series, so they should have a lot of confidence for the rematch. The premium on Cincinnati is reasonable and their win in  the final game of their series against Milwaukee was a positive. Read our full game preview for this matchup.

Stat of the Day

The White Sox have won 64 percent of their home games this season, while the Cubs have won just 35 percent of their road games. Check out our picks and predictions for Cubs vs White Sox here.


Our NFL division previews are arriving every day this week and today you can find out which teams we think will be the kings of the North, with our full previews of the AFC North and NFC North, including a breakdown of every team’s chances. You can read more of our NFL betting content on the Analysis tab. Also, look out for the latest article from our new lead betting analyst Jared Smith landing soon!


Titans’ preparations hit by COVID cases
Tennessee’s buildup to the new NFL season continues to be affected by a COVID outbreak. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has become the seventh Titan to be placed on the COVID reserve list this week, and head coach Mike Vrabel also tested positive. The Titans are set to host Chicago in their final preseason game on Saturday.

In an unusual trade, the Ravens dealt this year’s fifth-round draft pick–CB Shaun Wade–to the Patriots.

Boost of the day

Dortmund & Inter Milan both to win
Boosted to +135 with DraftKings Sportsbook

Fans of European soccer can get improved odds on a parlay of top teams in the German Bundesliga and Italian Serie A this afternoon. DraftKings Sportsbook has boosted the odds on both teams winning from +125 to +135.

Pickswise is the home of free sports picks, news, and best bets. Check out our expert NFL picks, MLB picks, and Soccer picks for the latest game picks.

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