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WHAT’S ON TAP IN SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019:
It’s another load college football Saturday with a ton of Week 8 matchups. The NHL season reaches the third weekend, while the MLS Cup Playoffs kick off with the single-elimination first-round games. The Yankees visit the Astros for Game 6 of the ALCS, so check out our best betting picks of the day:
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American League Championship Series Game 6:
Yankees at Astros
Canucks +108 at Devils -134
Canadiens +130 at Blues -150
Bruins -105 at Maple Leafs -115
Avalanche +140 at Lightning -170
Stars +130 at Flyers -150
Islanders +105 at Blue Jacket -130
Senators +175 at Coyotes -210
Golden Knights -130 at Penguins +110
Panthers +115 at Predators -145
Flames -150 at Kings +120
Sabres +145 at Sharks -165
Auburn at Arkansas (+19.5)
Clemson at Louisville (+24.5)
Florida at South Carolina (+5.0)
Georgia Tech at Miami-FL (-18.0)
Houston at UConn (+22.0)
Iowa State at Texas Tech (+7.0)
Kent State at Ohio (-7.5)
NC State at Boston College (+3.0)
Purdue at Iowa (-17.5)
West Virginia at Oklahoma (-32.5)
Wisconsin at Illinois (+31.0)
Central Michigan at Bowling Green (+10.5)
Toledo at Ball State (-2.5)
NIU at Miami-OH (+2.5)
Oregon State at California (-11.0)
TCU at Kansas State (+3.5)
Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern (-6.5)
New Mexico at Wyoming (-19.0)
Buffalo at Akron (+17.5)
Duke at Virginia (-3.0)
Indiana at Maryland (+5.5)
LSU at Mississippi State (+18.0)
Louisiana-Monroe at Appalachian State (-15.0)
Minnesota at Rutgers (+28.5)
North Carolina at Virginia Tech (+3.5)
Oregon at Washington (+2.5)
Southern Miss at Louisiana Tech (+1.5)
Temple at SMU (-8.5)
Tulsa at Cincinnati (-17.0)
USF at Navy (-15.0)
Baylor at Oklahoma State (-4.0)
Charlotte at Western Kentucky (-9.0)
Middle Tennessee at North Texas (-7.5)
Missouri at Vanderbilt (+21.0)
Old Dominion at UAB (-16.5)
Arizona State at Utah (-13.5)
Kentucky at Georgia (-25.0)
Maine at Liberty (-14.5)
Rice at UTSA (+4.5)
Army at Georgia State (+4.5)
Colorado at Washington State (-12.0)
East Carolina at UCF (-33.0)
Kansas at Texas (-21.5)
San Diego State at San Jose State (+8.0)
Tulane at Memphis (-3.5)
UTEP at Florida International (-24.5)
Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan (+8.5)
Florida State at Wake Forest (-1.0)
Michigan at Penn State (-9.0)
Texas A&M at Ole Miss (+5.5)
Tennessee at Alabama (-34.5)
Arizona at USC (-9.5)
Boise State at BYU (+7.0)
Nevada at Utah State (-21.0)
Air Force at Hawaii (+3.0)
New England +450 at Atlanta -210
FC Dallas +300 at Seattle -125
D.C. United +425 at Toronto -182
Portland +210 at Real Salt Lake +115
FREE MLB BETTING PICK OF THE DAY
- Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees
The Yankees forced Game 6 of the American League Championship Series following a 4-1 victory over the Astros last night. Now, the series heads to Minute Maid Park in Houston, and both teams will save their aces to pitch Game 7 on a full rest.
It means that the Yankees will try to win the bullpen battle tonight and force that Game 7. However, both managers still have to formulate their pitching plan. We won’t know who will be the starters or who will take the field at all.
It also means to stay away from this clash. If I have to choose, I would go with the Astros to finish the job in six games. They are playing at home, while their bullpen is rested after using only Brad Peacock last night. The Yankees used three guys after James Paxton pitched six innings.
Still, keep in mind that the Yankees relied on a bullpen during the season much more than the Astros. The bookies haven’t announced the lines and odds yet.
- Houston Astros over New York Yankees
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- Vancouver Canucks vs. New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils are coming off their first victory this season, beating the New York Rangers 5-2. They put an end to the six-game losing streak, while the Devils lost their first three home games this term. They blew a three-goal lead against Florida to start Week 3.
On the other side, the Vancouver Canucks are riding a four-game winning streak following a 4-3 shootout victory at the reigning champions St. Louis Blues. The Canucks are 4-2-0 on the season and will try to beat the Devils for the first time since November 2014.
The Devils are 9-0 in their last nine meetings with the Canucks and 5-0 in the previous five encounters in New Jersey. Last year, the Devils thrashed off the Canucks 4-0 at home. Hereof, I’m backing the Devils to extend their streak. Also, the Canucks haven’t won five straight games since January 2017.
- New Jersey Devils -134 over Vancouver Canucks
FREE CFB BETTING PICK OF THE DAY
- Wisconsin Badgers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini
No. 6 Wisconsin will hit the road after five straight outings at home. The Badgers will look to stay perfect and hopefully improve to 6-1 ATS on the season. Their defense is the best in the country, surrendering 4.8 points per game on 176.5 total yards.
The Badgers are tallying 42.5 points in a return (8th in the CFB) while racking up 249.2 rushing yards per game (11th). Jonathan Taylor already has 129 carries for 825 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Jack Coan has tossed for 1119 yards, eight touchdowns, and a pick.
Therefore, I expect the Badgers to dominate the Fighting Illini who are surrendering 30.7 points per contest (97th). Likewise, Illinois’ run defense is allowing 204.7 yards per game (108th), so I expect the hosts to struggle mightily against the Badgers’ ground game.
The Badgers are 9-0 SU and 6-3 ATS in their last nine meetings with the Fighting Illini. Also, the Badgers are 14-4 ATS in their last 18 outings on the road, while the Fighting Illini are 0-6 SU and 2-4 ATS in their previous six home games as double-digit dogs.
- Wisconsin Badgers -31.0 at -110
FREE MLS BETTING PICK OF THE DAY
- New England Revolution vs. Atlanta United
Atlanta starts the MLS Cup title defense with a home clash against the New England Revolution. Atlanta defeated New England in both their duels this season. It was 2-0 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough and 3-1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Atlanta won nine of its last ten outings at home, scoring at least two goals in each of those nine wins. On the other side, New England is winless in six straight outings on the road, tallying four ties and two losses in the process.
Interestingly, New England has found the net in each of its previous six road contests, allowing 14 goals in that stretch. Likewise, Atlanta’s last seven games at home produced three or more goals in the total. Hereof, I’m taking the hosts to win along with three or more goals in the total.
- Atlanta to Win & Over 2.5 Goals at -120