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Good morning Pickswise Nation and welcome to Wise n’ Shine, your one-stop shop for everything you need to know to bet better today!

Thursday Night Football delivered another crazy game last night and the excitement is building for the rest of the Week 2 slate. Before that, there’s college football and MLB action today, so let’s get straight to it!

About Last Night

Football Team triumphs in Thursday Night thriller
NFL Week 2 got off to a great start for Pickswise Nation as the Giants covered the spread in their 30-29 loss to Washington and PropBetGuy’s best player prop on the game of over 44.5 Logan Thomas receiving yards also cashed. The Football Team (1-1) is +260 to win the NFC East with FanDuel Sportsbook, with the 0-2 Giants out to +750.

MLB Mega Parlay’s mega run continues
Our MLB mega parlays have been in red-hot form this week, cashing in 3 of the last 4 days! Last night’s had a reduced payout after the Rockies’ game was postponed, but Andrew Ortenberg’s selections of the Athetics -1.5 and Astros -1.5 still added up to a +298 winner!

Today’s Slate

MLB and soccer show the way
College football provides some action under the Friday night lights, including UCF vs Louisville at 7:30pm ET on ESPN. Check out our picks for the side and total for today’s games. There’s also a full slate of MLB action including a clash of division leaders as the Braves meet the Giants. Check out our picks for all today’s MLS action here.

Best Bet of the Day

Maryland Terrapins -7.5 vs Illinois Fighting Illini
1:10pm ET

The 1-2 Illini’s defense has really struggled this season, allowing more than 481 yards per contest and almost 34 points. The Terps (2-0) come into this one clicking on all cylinders following a 62-0 shutout of Howard, after defeating a solid West Virginia team in Week 1. Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa has started the season on a real tear. Check out our full preview of the game.


The Week 2 episode of our weekly NFL show Pickswise Playbook is available now with Chris Rose, Ross Tucker and Jared Smith breaking down all this week’s games. And don’t forget to look out for the latest episode of our great new daily betting show Let’s Bet It later today.

Check out both shows on our YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/Pickswise.


First up today, why not see what Ricky Dimon thinks we should take from Thursday Night Football?

After that, you won’t want to miss Jared Smith’s best bets for NFL Week 2, 3 great college football underdog bets, or our 4-pick soccer parlay for Saturday’s EPL games.

Stat of the Day

The under is 5-1 in Brady Singer’s last 6 starts for the Royals and those games have combined for an average of 6.67 runs which is far below the total for today’s game against the Mariners.

Boost of the day

Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox & San Francisco Giants all to win

We’re looking at a 3-team MLB parlay with FanDuel Sportsbook here, and they have boosted the odds from +320 to +400 on the Phillies (vs Mets), White Sox (vs Rangers) and Giants (vs Braves) all winning today.

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