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WHAT’S ON TAP IN SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019:
It’s another loaded Saturday with 47 College Football games on the schedule. The National Hockey League continues with 28 teams in action, while the Astros host the Yankees in Game 1 of the ALCS. Hereof, let’s take a closer look at the full schedule along with our best betting picks:
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American League Championship Series Game 1:
Yankees +145 at Astros -155
National League Championship Series Game 2:
Oilers +115 at Rangers -135
Lightning -265 at Senators +225
Predators -160 at Kings +140
Blue Jackets +145 at Hurricanes -185
Panthers -105 at Islanders -116
Devils +165 at Bruins -190
Blues -130 at Canadiens +110
Maple Leafs -190 at Red Wings +160
Jets +100 at Blackhawks -120
Penguins +100 at Wild -120
Capitals +100 at Stars -120
Coyotes +130 at Avalanche -150
Flames +125 at Golden Knights -145
Flyers +100 at Canucks -120
Maryland at Purdue (+3.5)
Memphis at Temple (+4.5)
Miami-OH at Western Michigan (-12.5)
Michigan at Illinois (+24.0)
Mississippi State at Tennessee (+6.5)
Oklahoma at Texas (+10.5)
Rutgers at Indiana (-27.5)
South Carolina at Georgia (-21.5)
Toledo at Bowling Green (+26.5)
Georgia Tech at Duke (-17.0)
Ball State at Eastern Michigan (-1.5)
Old Dominion at Marshall (-15.5)
New Mexico State at Central Michigan (-10.5)
Alabama at Texas A&M (+17.0)
BYU at USF (+4.5)
Cincinnati at Houston (+7.0)
Florida State at Clemson (-27.5)
Kent State at Akron (+15.0)
Michigan State at Wisconsin (-10.0)
NIU at Ohio (-6.5)
Washington State at Arizona State (-1.0)
UConn at Tulane (-34.0)
Iowa State at West Virginia (+10.0)
Middle Tennessee at Florida Atlantic (-11.0)
Rhode Island at Virginia Tech (-25.5)
San Jose State at Nevada (-2.5)
Texas Tech at Baylor (-11.0)
UNLV at Vanderbilt (-15.0)
Georgia State at Coastal Carolina (-4.5)
UAB at UTSA (+12.0)
Army at WKU (+4.5)
Charlotte at FIU (-5.0)
Fresno State at Air Force (-3.0)
Massachusetts at Louisiana Tech (-31.5)
North Texas at Southern Miss (-3.0)
Ole Miss at Missouri (-12.0)
Arkansas at Kentucky (-7.0)
Louisville at Wake Forest (-7.0)
Navy at Tulsa (+1.0)
Nebraska at Minnesota (-7.5)
Penn State at Iowa (+3.5)
USC at Notre Dame (-10.5)
Florida at LSU (-14.0)
Utah at Oregon State (+15.0)
Hawaii at Boise State (-13.0)
Wyoming at San Diego State (-4.0)
Washington at Arizona (+6.5)
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- New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros
While the Yankees cruised through the American League Division Series, the Astros barely outlasted Tampa Bay in five games. Still, the Astros are favorites to beat the Yanks in the ALCS and reach the World Series.
The Astros won the regular-season series with the Yankees 4-3. They won all three encounters in Houston, but it was back in April. The Astros are 10-3 in their last 13 home matchups with the Yanks.
Zack Greinke will toe the slab for the Astros in the opener. The right-hander went 18-5 in the regular season, recording a 2.93 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. However, he was terrible in a 10-3 loss at Tampa Bay in Game 3, allowing five hits and six earned runs in 3.2 innings of work.
Masahiro Tanaka will get the ball for the Yankees, and the right-hander went 11-9 in the regular season, tallying a 4.45 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Tanaka pitched five innings in an 8-2 win over Minnesota this past Saturday, allowing three hits and a run while striking out seven.
While Greinke is 4-4 in 12 starts and three relief appearances against the Yankees in his career, Tanaka is 0-2 in seven starts against the Astros. I expect Greinke to bounce back from his poor display against the Rays, while Tanaka was far away from his best form this season. Hereof, I’m going with the Astros to win.
- Houston Astros -155 over New York Yankees
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- New Jersey Devils vs. Boston Bruins
The New Jersey Devils suffered four straight losses at the start of the season, and I assume their skid will continue when they visit the Boston Bruins who won three of their first four contests. The Devils allowed 20 goals, scoring nine in a return, and their defense is obviously a big issue.
This will be the first home game for the Bruins since Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. The reigning vice-champions are surely motivated to give their fans something to cheer about, and I’m backing them to beat the hapless Devils.
The Bruins are 15-5 in their last 20 meetings with the Devils and 13-2 in the previous 15 encounters at TD Garden. Interestingly, the Bruins’ previous five home wins over Devils came by a goal, so I would go with the money line odds.
- Boston Bruins -190 over New Jersey Devils
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- Michigan State Spartans vs. Wisconsin Badgers
Although the Spartans’ defense is doing a great job this season, allowing 18.2 points on 300.2 total yards per game, their offense will have a mountain to climb against the Badgers. The Spartans are scoring 27.8 points per game and will meet the best defense in the country.
The Badgers are surrendering only 5.8 points on 182.0 total yards per contest while scoring 43.4 points per game which are the 9th-most in the country. If they stay undefeated, the Badgers will have a chance to reach the playoffs, so I think they will beat the Spartans by more than ten points.
Wisconsin is 5-2 SU and 4-3 ATS in its last seven home meetings with Michigan State. Also, the Badgers are 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in their last six games and 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in their previous four outings at home.
- Wisconsin Badgers -10.0 at -110