Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Friday, October 29

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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. For Phil Agius media enquiries, please email contact@pickswise.com.
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There’s a fantastic Friday of sports ahead of us today with Game 3 of the World Series, plus NBA, NHL and college football all in action. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Packers backers happy as Cardinals’ unbeaten run ends
NFL Week 8 began with a bang as the Green Bay Packers ended Arizona’s unbeaten start to the season, winning 24-21 on the road to leave both teams at 7-1. Pickswise Nation was as happy as Aaron Rodgers after Andrew Wilsher picked the Packers +6.5 and under 51.5, with both cashing. Green Bay is now the 4th favorite for the Super Bowl at +950 with FanDuel Sportsbook, while Arizona is +1200 with DraftKings.

Parlay party in the NBA
Our Thursday NBA parlay cashed at +636 odds as the Knicks ML, Jazz -9 and Spurs +7 all won. The Jazz remain unbeaten at 4-0, while the Pistons (0-4) stayed winless with a loss to the 76ers.

College cappers warming up
Our NCAAF handicappers had a solid start to the Week 9 slate, going 3-1 on the sides and totals in two Thursday games.

Today’s Slate

Astros and Braves ready for Game 3
The World Series reconvenes in Atlanta tonight (8:09pm ET, Fox) with the teams tied at 1-1. Read our full game preview here.

7-game slate in the NBA
Tonight’s 7 NBA games include Hornets vs Heat on ESPN at 7:30pm ET and Mavericks vs Nuggets on the same station at 10pm ET. Read previews of all today’s NBA games here.

Unbeaten records on the line in NHL
The 6-0-0 Carolina Hurricanes and the 7-0-0 Florida Panthers are both in action on today’s 6-game NHL slate. Read today’s NHL game previews here.

Dogs could bite in Friday CFB
Our handicappers like the underdogs on the spread in Friday’s college football as UNLV takes on Nevada and Tulsa plays the Navy Midshipmen. Check out our previews of today’s CFB games here.

Best Bet of the Day

Cleveland Cavaliers +8.5 vs Los Angeles Lakers
10:30pm ET, SPECSN

Over their first 5 games, the Cleveland Cavaliers have exceeded expectations, going 3-2 and beating Atlanta, Denver and the Clippers in 3 straight games. The Lakers are coming off a 12-point defeat against the Oklahoma City Thunder. There’s no LeBron James in the lineup and there’s really nobody on the team to hold everyone else accountable. If LeBron doesn’t play, a Cavs win wouldn’t be a surprise, but take the points for extra safety. Read our full game preview for Cavaliers vs Lakers.


Don’t miss the Week 8 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. Ross gave out Chase Edmonds as an anytime TD scorer for the Cardinals last night, but there’s plenty more great advice like that for the weekend 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.


Our lead betting analyst Jared Smith has provided his NFL Week 8 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, MLB and college football analysis as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.

Stat of the Day

Astros starter Luis Garcia has been far less effective during the postseason, with a 9.64 ERA and a 5.63 FIP in 9.1 innings spanning 3 starts, than he was in the regular season (3.30 ERA, 3.63 FIP).

Boost of the Day

Freddie Freeman or Yordan Alvarez to hit a home run 

You have two chances to win this enhanced prop from FanDuel Sportsbook, as a home run by either Freddie Freeman or Yordan Alvarez will cash the bet at +180, boosted from +140.

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