Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Thursday, October 28

Kyler Murray
Photo of Phil Agius

Phil Agius

NFL· 1 month ago

Show Bio

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.

The World Series takes a break tonight, but there’s a fantastic NFL Thursday Night Football showdown between the Packers and the unbeaten Cardinals, plus NBA, NHL and college football. Let’s get straight into making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Astros tie it up at 1-1 as World Series heads to Atlanta
We’re all tied up in the World Series as Houston responded to Atlanta’s 6-2 win in Game 1 with a 7-2 home victory in Game 2. The Astros got out to a 5-1 lead after 2 innings and never looked back. It means that for the second day running we have a new championship favorite, with the Astros now -140 with FanDuel Sportsbook and the Braves on offer at +125 with DraftKings Sportsbook. Michael Brantley is a +550 favorite with both ‘books to be the series MVP.

Thunder get first win with upset of Lakers
If you’re going to take 5 games to get your first win of the NBA season, you might as well beat the Los Angeles Lakers to do it, right? That’s what the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled off, anyway, as the previously 0-4 7-point underdogs beat the Lakers (2-3) 123-115. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ fresh lineup also caused an upset, beating the LA Clippers — who were favored by 8 — 92-79.

Today’s Slate

Cardinals put unbeaten record on line in Thursday Night Football
The game of the week in NFL Week 8 arrives at the earliest possible opportunity as the 7-0 Arizona Cardinals play the 6-1 Green Bay Packers (NFL Network, 8:20pm ET). The Packers are likely to be missing their star receiver Davante Adams as they look for their 7th straight win, but JJ Watt is out for the home team. Read our preview of Packers vs Cardinals here.

Six-game slate in the NBA
Tonight’s 6 NBA games start with the Pistons vs 76ers on NBA TV at 7:00 pm ET, running through to Grizzlies vs Warriors at 10:00 pm ET. Read all of today’s NBA game previews here.

Busy night in the NHL
Today’s 9 NHL previews are all ready to read, including the 5-0 St. Louis Blues (vs the Colorado Avalanche) and the Carolina Hurricanes (vs the Boston Bruins) bidding to extend their unbeaten starts against . Read today’s NHL game previews here.

Thursday night college football
The Week 9 NCAAF action gets going tonight with South Florida vs East Carolina (ESPN, 7:30 pm ET). Check out our picks for all this week’s college football here.

Best Bet of the Day

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers -17.5 vs Troy Trojans
7:30pm ET, ESPN2

Troy’s defense has been solid this year, allowing an average of 19.6 points per game and 285.9 yards per game. The Trojans have not faced an offense like Coastal Carolina’s, though. The Chanticleers average 45.7 points per game, 524.4 yards per game, and have a 57.8 third-down conversion percentage. Their talent outmatches Troy’s on every level on both sides of the ball. Coastal is 4-2-1 against the spread this year. Take the Chanticleers to bounce back at home, beating Troy and covering the spread. Read our full game preview for Troy vs Coastal Carolina.


Thursday means it’s Pickwise Playbook day on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/Pickswise so look out for the NFL Week 8 show with Ross Tucker, Chris Rose, and Jared Smith as they pick out all the best bets for Thursday Night Football and the rest of this week’s games.

You can also sharpen your betting game by watching our daily show Let’s Bet It! with regular hosts Jared Smith, Lauren Jbara, and Alex Glaze, who will break down all today’s best bets.


Get the full package of information for Packers vs Cardinals with our same game parlay, the smart TD scorer bets, and our Monkey Knife Fight picks. Also make sure you check out View from the Front Office with former NFL executive Jim Monos.

We also have some great college football underdog picks and there’s plenty more great betting content on our Analysis tab.

Stat of the Day

The Packers’ last 4 games have all gone under the posted game total.

Boost of the Day

1+ TDs scored in each quarter of Packers vs Cardinals

There will still plenty of offensive talent on the field in Arizona tonight, regardless of who clears the Covid protocols and if you think that will lead to at least one touchdown in each quarter, FanDuel has boosted the odds of that happening from +155 to +190.

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

See All


Bet $10, Win $200 If Your Team Covers +40 Points!

Register for a new BetMGM account & deposit $10+

Bet $10 on your team to win Money Line

Win $200 in free bets if your team covers +40 points

21+. Terms & conditions apply.



Bet $20, Get $200 - Regardless of Outcome!

Register for a new PointsBet account & deposit $20+.

Bet $20 on any game in any sport!

As soon as your game is over, you'll receive a $200 bonus - no matter whether your initial bet won or lost!

Caesars Sportsbook


Get a $1,001 Free Bet + A FREE NBA JERSEY!

Register for a new Caesars Sportsbook account & make a deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,001

Win or lose, you'll receive a free bet matching your initial stake - up to $1,001! You'll also be given a gift card for a FREE NBA JERSEY!

21+. Terms & conditions apply.



Get a $250 Deposit Bonus!

Sign up for a new BetRivers account using promo code PICKSWISE

Make a deposit & get it doubled up to $250 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $100

Must be 21+. Play in IA Only. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-BETS OFF



Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new BetMGM & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

FanDuel Sportsbook


Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new FanDuel Sportsbook account & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.



Get a $1,000 Deposit Bonus!

Register for a new DraftKings Sportsbook account & deposit

DraftKings will match 20% of your deposit up to $1,000 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $500

21+. Terms & conditions apply.



Get a $500 Risk-Free Bet!

Register for a new Unibet account & make a deposit

Place your first bet up to $500 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $500

New players only. Terms & conditions apply. 21+. VA only.

Monkey Knife Fight


Claim 100% Instant Deposit Match up to $100!

Register for a Monkey Knife Fight account & deposit using promo code PICKSWISE100

Monkey Knife Fight will match your first deposit up to $100

Deposit $100 and you'll get $100 bonus + a free $5 game

18+. Terms and conditions apply. You must live in one of the states where real money DFS is legal.



Get a $300 Risk-Free Bet with TVG Racebook!

Register for a new TVG account and make a deposit

Place your first single horse win-type bet up to $300

If your horse doesn't win you'll get a refund up to $300

21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.

BetAmerica Racing


$200 Sign Up Bonus!

Fast, reliable and fast payouts - you'll have your money in 72 hours, if not sooner!

Proud history of providing safe, secure, and fun betting to American patrons

BetAmerica is owned by the iconic Churchill Downs Incorporated, home of 150 years of wagering history and the world-famous Kentucky Derby

Players who sign up using ‘BET200’ code will get a $200 sign up bonus. Offer valid for 7 days after registering on BetAmerica Racing product only. 21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.



Get a $400 Risk-Free Bet on the Breeders' Cup!

Register for a new Twinspires account using offer code PICKS400

Place a bet on the Breeders' Cup

Receive a refund if your first bet loses up to $400

21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.