Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Saturday, October 9

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Phil Agius

MLB· 1 week 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.

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 Pickswise handicappers stayed hot in Friday’s MLB playoff games and today we have a super Saturday of action including 2 more playoff contests, a huge slate of college football action, plus a world heavyweight title fight, UFC and soccer. Let’s get straight into it!

About Last Night

MLB handicappers 12-3-1 in playoffs!
After 4 days of the MLB playoffs, the Pickswise team is 6-2 on sides and 6-1-1 on totals for an overall record of 12-3-1 on elimination baseball. We hope you’re loving that as much as we are. The Astros, Brewers, Red Sox and Giants won Friday’s games, with the Astros ML being our best bet of he day, while John Hyslop’s top player prop of over 5.5 Logan Webb strikeouts also cashed. The Dodgers losing 4-0 to the Giants has seen the Astros replace them as the World Series favorite with FanDuel Sportsbook at +300, with the Dodgers +350 and the Giants +380. DraftKings Sportsbook still favors the Dodgers (+340) ahead of the Astros (+360).

CFB team goes 2-0 on Friday picks
Our college football handicappers took their record to 4-0 on Week 6 with comfortable wins on Cincinnati -29 (won 52-3) and Arizona State -12 (won 28-10).

Today’s Slate

NLDS takes center stage
The NLDS is in the spotlight today with the Brewers and Braves getting it on again (TBS, 5:07pm ET), before the Dodgers try to put things right against the Giants (TBS, 9:07pm ET). Check out our previews of both games here.

Huge day of College Football
Week 6 of the NCAAF season brings some great matchups from noon ET right through to UCLA vs Arizona at 10:30pm ET. Read our picks for all the big Saturday college football matchups here.

And much more!
We have the small matter of a world heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas tonight (ESPN+ & Fox Sports PPV, approx. 11pm ET) as Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder get it on for the third time. Read our big-fight preview here. We also have UFC picks and MLS soccer picks, so don’t forget to check those out too!

Best Bet of the Day

Alabama -18 vs Texas A&M
8pm ET, CBS

Last week, Alabama sent the message to the rest of the college football world that they are on a different level than almost everyone else. The Crimson Tide are dominant on offense, averaging 6.7 yards per play, and showed that their defense can stand tall by significantly slowing down the Ole Miss offense. Texas A&M has struggled at times this year and there is zero margin for error when playing Alabama. Read our full preview for today’s game.

Must-watch

Add to your betting knowledge by watching our daily show Let’s Bet It! with regular hosts Jared Smith, Lauren Jbara, and Alex Glaze. Check it out at our YouTube channel at at:youtube.com/c/Pickswise later today as the team break down the day’s best bets. Before that lands, you might also want to watch yesterday’s show, when guest Andrew Ortenberg gave this week’s NFL picks, looking to improve his amazing 8-0 record on the show!

Make sure you also check out the latest episode of Pickswise Playbook, our great weekly NFL betting show, with Chris Rose, Ross Tucker, and Jared Smith all giving their expert advice for the Week 5 slate.

Must-read

Your first stop for college football content today should be Ricky Dimon’s best bets and Week 6 parlay. After that, how about a 4-fight parlay on UFC Fight Night 194 and the best NFL Week 15 touchdown scorer picks? Look out for our same game parlays and player props on today’s MLB action later, too.

Be sure to head over to the Analysis tab for even more great betting content.

Stat of the Day

Dodgers starter Julio Urias has posted a 20-3 record this season with a 2.96 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 185.2 innings.

Boost of the Day

Both Oklahoma and Ole Miss to win

This boost is a simple 2-team CFB parlay on Oklahoma (vs Texas) and Ole Miss (vs Arkansas) to win today. FanDuel Sportsbook has boosted the odds on both teams winning from +130 to +170.

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

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