Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Thursday, September 23

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

What a time it is for sports fans. We’ve got Thursday Night Football, we’ve got the MLB heading toward the playoffs, we’ve got college football action, and the excitement is building for the Ryder Cup golf, which starts tomorrow. Let’s get straight to it!

About Last Night

MLB team in fine form
Baseball betting is supposed to get tricky at this time of the season as some teams take their foot off the gas, but our MLB handicappers skipped through puddles of the rained-out games to emerge with an 8-4 record on Wednesday’s slate. Our Wednesday parlay cashed (Yankees -1.5, Astros -1.5, and a washout), and John Hyslop’s best player prop of over 4.5 Joe Ryan strikeouts also landed with ease. The St. Louis Cardinals made it 11 straight wins and they are +3000 for the World Series as they take a grip on an NL wild-card spot.

Today’s Slate

Mills ready to roll for Texans
NFL primetime games have been sensational so far this season, and if a Panthers vs Texans game also manages to be a thriller, we’ll really know the league has found a lucky charm. The 2-0 Panthers are off to a fine start in the Sam Darnold era, while the Texans (1-1) have shown some veteran savvy and plenty of fight but will be led by rookie QB Davis Mills tonight. Read our full preview of Panthers vs Texans here.

Week 4 of CFB gets underway
Around an hour before the Panthers/Texans game gets underway, college football action kicks off as Marshall battles Appalachian State live on ESPN. Can the Thundering Herd respond from their 17-point collapse to East Carolina last week, or will Appalachian State secure another victory? Check out our picks on the side and total for this game.

MLB set to make a splash
Rain affected Wednesday’s MLB slate but we have 12 games scheduled for today, including a doubleheader between the White Sox and Indians, with the 6:10pm ET game on ESPN+. Check out our picks for all today’s MLB action here.

Best Bet of the Day

Philadelphia Phillies -1.5 vs Pittsburgh Pirates
7:05pm ET, NBCSP

The Phillies are trying to make a push and they need starter Aaron Nola to dig deep and finish strong. He was solid in his last start but pitched only 5.0 innings. He has been better at home where his ERA is 2 runs lower. This Pittsburgh lineup is one he should have success against. Read our full preview for this game here.


The start of the new football week means one thing round here – it’s Pickswise Playbook day!

The highlights of the Week 3 edition include picks & analysis for all the weekend games, a look at the week’s best teaser plays, and, of course, a deep dive into Thursday Night Football as the unbeaten Panthers tackle the Texans.

Check out Week 3 of Pickswise Playbook below.

Also, don’t forget to look out for the latest episode of our great daily betting show Let’s Bet It later today as the team break down all the day’s best bets. All our shows are accessible on our YouTube channel at: youtube.com/c/Pickswise


Our Thursday Night Football package includes our same game parlay (+1831 odds!), and PropBetGuy’s best play for the game.

The Dog House returns with three underdogs that could bark this week, while former NFL front-office Jim Monos explains why Urban Meyer may not be the best choice to develop Trevor Lawrence in his insightful weekly column.

Make sure you check out our comprehensive Ryder Cup golf coverage including profiles of every player in Team USA and Team Europe.

Stat of the Day

The Panthers’ defense has allowed just 2.7 yards per carry, which is the best figure in the league.

Boost of the day

USA to lead after Day 1 of the Ryder Cup

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! That’s right, it’s Ryder Cup week at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin and DraftKings Sportsbook has boosted the odds on the home team leading after the Friday action from -130 to -110.

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