Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Tuesday, October 19

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates after winning game six of the 2021 NBA Finals and the championship against the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Forum.
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Andrew Wilsher

NBA· 1 month ago

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Editor of Pickswise. Born and raised in jolly old London, England, with an undying love for the NFL, NBA, soccer, and horse racing. A big-time sports bettor who loves futures markets and backing underdogs. Long-suffering New York Jets fan.

Basketball is officially back! The brand new NBA season tips off tonight, and in addition to that we have more MLB playoff action and a 11-game NHL slate to get excited for. Let’s get right into making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Titans beat Bills
We witnessed a wild Monday Night Football game where the Titans prevailed 34-31 over the Bills. It was another huge night for Derrick Henry, who had 143 rushing yards for three touchdowns, while Buffalo has lost its status as the Super Bowl favorite. Check out Andrew Ortenberg’s betting takeaways from MNF.

Red Sox crush Astros, take 2-1 ALCS lead
The ALCS shifted to Boston yesterday and the home crowd certainly loved what they saw, as the Red Sox dominated the Astros to win 12-3 and take a 2-1 lead in the ALCS. The World Series betting market is seeing a new favorite every day at the moment, with the Braves now +200 with FanDuel Sportsbook to win it all. The Red Sox are next at +240, the Dodgers are +290, and the Astros are +340. It’s still wide open.

Today’s Slate

New NBA season tips off tonight!
The wait is finally over and today the new NBA season gets underway! We have two terrific matchups to get excited for, as the NBA championship favorite Brooklyn Nets face the current Larry O’Brien trophy holder Milwaukee Bucks. Then we have a great game out west between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers, with both teams looking to make a statement. Check out our predictions or both of those games!

Double-header in MLB Playoffs
We’ve got two LCS games to get excited for today, as the Astros look to get back on track against the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALCS (8:08pm ET, FS1), while the Dodgers begin their fight to bounce back from a 2-0 deficit when they host the Braves in Game 3 of the NLCS (5:08pm ET, TBS). Read our picks for both of today’s games here.

Eleven-game slate in NHL
While we have two games each in the NBA and MLB, the NHL tops us up with a nice 11-game slate to look forward to–including a huge game between the Islanders and Blackhawks live on ESPN! Find out who we’re picking in each matchup here.

Best Bet of the Day

Montreal Canadiens ML vs San Jose Sharks
7pm ET, ESPN+

Montreal has gotten off to a rough start, losing all three of its games so far, but it should be able to bounce back here. The Habs are due to break out any moment now. Even with their injuries, they have very solid depth that carried them to the Stanley Cup Finals last year. This is a good matchup for them as the Sharks are not as deep. Read our full game preview for Sharks vs Canadiens.

Must-watch

With so much happening, you won’t want to miss today’s edition of our daily sports betting show Let’s Bet It! on our YouTube channel at:youtube.com/c/Pickswise. Hosts Jared Smith, Lauren Jbara and Alex Glaze help you to identify the best plays every day to make your next bet better.

Must-read

With the NBA season getting underway tonight, check out our basketball expert Adam Ronis’ best futures bets, including a 25/1 longshot! Ricky Dimon has also given his best player awards futures bets, including his pick for who will be named MVP.

Opening night of the NBA season deserves special treatment, and that’s what we’re doing with a same game parlay for Warriors vs Lakers (+1973 odds!). Be sure to head over to the Analysis tab for even more great betting content.

Stat of the Day

The Nets had the best offensive rating in the NBA last season, but ranked only 22nd in defensive efficiency.

Boost of the Day

Brooklyn Nets to win the 1st quarter and game against the Milwaukee Bucks today

There are high expectations of the Nets this season as the NBA title avorites, and bettors expecting them to get off to a hot start can get them at +220 odds to win both the first quarter and the game against the Bucks, boosted from +175 with FanDuel Sportsbook!

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