Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Friday, November 5

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Phil Agius

NFL· 3 weeks ago

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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.

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.

Today’s Slate

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
6:30pm ET

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.

Must-watch

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.

You can also check out our daily show Let’s Bet It! on our YouTube channel at:youtube.com/c/Pickswise every day with Lauren Jbara, Jared Smith and Alex Glaze breaking down all the day’s best bets.

Must-read

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!

Check out all our great NFL, NBA, NHL and college football analysis as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.

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

Ode Osbourne & Melsik Baghdasaryan both to win

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.

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

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