Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Wednesday, October 20

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Tuesday was a big one for bettors – and for sports fans in general – with a pair of league championship series games and the start of a new NBA season. But guess what. Wednesday is even bigger! There are another two LCS showdowns and now we have 11 games on the NBA schedule instead of the season-opening two.

Let’s dive right into it as we aim to make your next bet better!

About Last Night

Dodgers, Astros pick up crucial LCS wins
The Dodgers were in deep trouble in the NLCS, trailing the series with the Braves 2-0 and Game 3 by a 5-2 margin in the 8th inning. In the ALCS, the Astros had problems of their own with deficits of 2-1 in the series against the Red Sox and 2-1 in Game 4—also in the 8th. Both teams battled back, however. Los Angeles ended up winning 6-5 and Houston exploded in the 9th for a 9-2 victory. Both LA and Atlanta are -110 to win the NL Pennant; Houston is a -135 favorite in the AL.

Bucks, Warriors win as 2021-22 NBA season tips off
We are off to a strong start with our NBA handicapping, as our experts went 2-0 ATS/ML on opening night. We had the Milwaukee Bucks on the money line against the Brooklyn Nets while also taking the Golden State Warriors +4 against the Los Angeles Lakers. Milwaukee dominated at home; Golden State went into L.A. and came out with an outright win. All four of those teams are the top four favorites to win the NBA title, from the Nets (+205) down to the Warriors (+1100).

Today’s Slate

Another MLB playoff doubleheader
Either the Astros or the Red Sox will take a 3-2 lead in the ALCS when they meet again at Fenway Park in Boston (5:08 pm, FS1). The Dodgers will try to do what the Astros did last night: even things up at 2-2. Los Angeles is at home for Game 4 (8:08 pm, TBS). Read our picks for both of today’s games.

Day two of the NBA season
Following a pair of entertaining contests on Tuesday night that featured four teams considered to be title contenders, 22 more clubs will tip off their 2021-22 campaigns on Wednesday. The schedule includes a doubleheader on ESPN that begins with Celtics vs Knicks and wraps up with Nuggets vs Suns. Check out our predictions for all of the games.

Small NHL slate
After 11 games were on offer yesterday, things calm down a bit on the ice with just a pair of contests on Wednesday. But they pack a punch with three bluebloods (Boston, Philadelphia and St. Louis) in action along with Las Vegas. Find out how we’re handicapping each matchup.

Best Bet of the Day

San Antonio Spurs -5.5 over Orlando Magic
8:30 pm ET, BSSW-SA

While neither team is expected to make the playoffs, based on over/under win totals the Magic are supposed to be the worst team in the entire association. And why not? Their roster is just dreadful. First-round pick Jalen Suggs will have to make an instant impact, but he has been dealing with a recent illness and is listed as day-to-day — so even if he plays it is tough to expect an explosive debut. Head coach Gregg Popovich and a more experienced San Antonio squad should roll. Read our full game preview for Magic vs Spurs.


With so much happening, you won’t want to miss today’s edition of our daily sports betting show Let’s Bet It! You can find it on our YouTube channel at https://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.


With the NBA season just getting underway, check out our basketball expert Adam Ronis’ best futures bets, including a 25/1 longshot! We also have futures picks for the Eastern Conference and Western Conference.

Because we have 11 games to work with, Andrew Ortenberg has put together our first 3-team mega parlay of the season for Wednesday’s action.

As for the NFL, three of our experts give their views on whether it’s time to hop on the Cardinals’ Super Bowl bandwagon after their 6-0 start, while betting analyst Jared Smith is going Back to the Futures to break down all the big market moves from the weekend’s action.

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

Stat of the Day

The New Orleans Pelicans were 2-9 in 11 games last year when Zion Williamson was out; that’s a winning percentage of .182 for those counting. They also averaged 6.8 fewer points per game when the former Duke star didn’t play. He will miss tonight’s contest against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Boost of the Day

Coastal Carolina to win the 1st half and game against Appalachian State tonight
Boosted to +130 with FanDuel Sportsbook

The college football week is kicking off with Coastal Carolina (-5.5) visiting Appalachian State. The Chanticleers have been boosted from +100 to +130 to lead at halftime and go on to win the game.

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