Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Friday, November 5
There’s a fantastic Friday of sports ahead of us today with NBA, NHL and college football action, plus the start of horse racing’s Breeders’ Cup meeting. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!
About Last Night
Colts score crucial win over Jets on TNF
NFL Week 9 began with a bang as the Indianapolis Colts beat the New York Jets 45-30 on Thursday Night Football. The Jets lost starting QB Mike White in the first quarter with an arm injury, with Josh Johnson taking over. The Jets were not able to cover but our pick of over 46.5 points was never in doubt as the Colts almost cleared it on their own. Indianapolis (4-5) is +950 for the AFC South title with FanDuel Sportsbook with the 6-2 Tennessee Titans at -1500. Read what Ricky Dimon made of the Colts’ performance in our TNF reaction article.
NBA cappers in form
There were only 5 Thursday NBA games, but our handicappers made it pay, going 4-1 on sides and 3-2 on totals. One of those wins was the 2-6 Thunder beating the 5-4 Los Angeles Lakers for the second time this season as a 13-point underdog.
Hockey picks go 6-3 on Thursday
Our NHL team also made a profit on a 9-game Thursday slate, going 6-3. The Florida Panthers needed overtime to get past the Capitals 5-4, but their 9-0-1 start is their best ever 10-game start to a season.
Nine-game slate in the NBA
Tonight’s 9 NBA games include the Knicks battling the Bucks at 7:30pm ET on ESPN, before the Pelicans take on the Warriors on the same station at 10pm ET. Read previews of all today’s NBA games here.
Unbeaten records on the line in NHL
The 8-1-0 Edmonton Oilers taking on the 6-2-2 New York Rangers is a highlight of today’s 5-game NHL slate. Read today’s NHL game previews here.
CFB, 2021 Breeders’ Cup and soccer action to savor
Virginia Tech vs Boston College (7:30pm ET, ESPN2) and Utah vs Stanford (10:30pm ET, FS1) are tonight’s college football TV games. Check out our previews of all this week’s CFB games here. The 2021 Breeders’ Cup, the highlight of the US horse racing calendar, starts at Del Mar race track today and we have the best bets for today’s Breeders’ Cup races. There’s Friday action in the EPL soccer this week, too. Here’s our pick for Aston Villa vs Southampton (4pm ET).
Best Bet of the Day
Echo Zulu – Del Mar Race 7
Echo Zulu maintained her unbeaten record when registering a second win at the highest level in making all to take the Frizette Stakes over a mile at Belmont Park at the start of last month. She had previously taken out the seven-furlong Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga. The daughter of Gun Runner comes into this contest as one of the New York circuit’s biggest hopes and can maintain her unbeaten record following a 50.40 four-furlong work at this venue last weekend. Read our picks for today’s 2021 Breeders’ Cup races here.
Don’t miss the Week 9 show of Pickwise Playbook with Ross Tucker, Chris Rose and Jared Smith as they pick over the best bets for all this week’s games.
Our lead betting analyst Jared Smith has provided his NFL Week 9 best bets and sportsbook insights, and this week’s millionaire parlay and top NFL betting trends are also on the site to make your next bet better!
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Stat of the Day
The Magic are 3-6 ATS this season and 0-3 when they are the home team. Today’s opponents, the Spurs, are 5-3 ATS this season and 3-1 when they are the visiting team.
Boost of the Day
DraftKings Sportsbook is looking forward to tomorrow’s UFC 268 slate and boosting the odds of Ode Osbourne and Melsik Baghdasaryan both winning their bouts from +101 to +115.