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WHAT’S ON TAP IN SPORTS FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2019:
Week 9 of the College Football season wraps up today with a ton of interesting matchups. Also, there are some very intriguing games around the NBA and NHL, while the 2019 World Series goes on with Game 4. Let’s take a look at the full schedule along with our top betting picks:
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Astros +110 at Nationals -120
(Nationals lead the World Series 2-1)
Appalachian State at South Alabama (+27.5)
Bowling Green at Western Michigan (-27.5)
Illinois at Purdue (-9.5)
Iowa at Northwestern (+9.5)
Liberty at Rutgers (+7.5)
Miami-FL at Pittsburgh (-4.5)
Mississippi State at Texas A&M (-11.5)
Oklahoma at Kansas State (+23.5)
San Jose State at Army (-10.0)
Wisconsin at Ohio State (-14.5)
Southern Miss at Rice (+10.5)
Nevada at Wyoming (-14.0)
Ohio at Ball State (-2.5)
Western Kentucky at Marshall (-5.0)
New Mexico State at Georgia Southern (-14.0)
Akron at Northern Illinois (-22.5)
Arizona at Stanford (-1.5)
Auburn at LSU (-10.5)
Central Michigan at Buffalo (-2.5)
Eastern Michigan at Toledo (-3.0)
Florida International at Middle Tennessee (+2.0)
Florida Atlantic at Old Dominion (+13.5)
Indiana at Nebraska (-2.0)
Maryland at Minnesota (-16.5)
Miami-OH at Kent State (-2.5)
North Texas at Charlotte (+4.0)
Oklahoma State at Iowa State (-10.5)
Penn State at Michigan State (+5.5)
Syracuse at Florida State (-10.0)
Texas at TCU (+1.0)
Tulane at Navy (-3.5)
UConn at Massachusetts (+10.0)
Virginia at Louisville (+3.5)
USF at East Carolina (+2.0)
Duke at North Carolina (-3.5)
Hawaii at New Mexico (+10.0)
South Carolina at Tennessee (+4.5)
Arkansas at Alabama (-32.0)
Memphis at Tulsa (+11.0)
Texas State at Arkansas State (-12.0)
Texas Tech at Kansas (+5.0)
Troy at Georgia State (-1.5)
UCF at Temple (+11.0)
Arizona State at UCLA (+3.0)
Boston College at Clemson (-34.5)
Colorado State at Fresno State (-14.5)
Missouri at Kentucky (+10.0)
Notre Dame at Michigan (+1.0)
Louisiana Tech at UTEP (+20.5)
California at Utah (-20.5)
Utah State at Air Force (-3.5)
San Diego State at UNLV (+13.5)
Washington State at Oregon (-14.0)
Blackhawks at Hurricanes +155
Blue Jackets +130 at Flyers -150
Predators +120 at Lightning -150
Blues +132 at Bruins -164
Maple Leafs -110 at Canadiens -110
Kings +110 at Wild -130
Penguins +120 at Stars -140
Ducks +140 at Avalanche -175
Flames -125 at Jets +105
Heat at Bucks (-10.0)
76ers at Pistons (+5.5)
Celtics at Knicks (-5.5)
Magic at Hawks (+1.5)
Pacers at Cavaliers (+5.5)
Pelicans at Rockets (-10.5)
Raptors at Bulls (+3.5)
Wizards at Spurs (-11.5)
Kings at Jazz (-8.5)
Clippers at Suns (+9.0)
FREE MLB BETTING PICK OF THE DAY
- Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals
The Astros showed a strong character last night, bouncing back from two straight home losses and cutting the Nationals’ lead in the 2019 World Series. The action goes on Saturday night, and the Nationals are slight favorites to beat the Astros in Game 4.
Jose Urquidy will toe the slab for the Astros, getting his first starting nod of the postseason. Urquidy had two relief appearances, allowing six hits and a run while striking out eight in 4.1 innings of work. Jose went 2-1 in seven starts in the regular season, tallying a 3.95 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.
Patrick Corbin will get the ball for the hosts. The left-hander is 1-2 in two starts and four relief apps this postseason. He allowed 12 hits and 11 earned runs in 14.1 innings of work. Corbin went 14-7 in the regular season with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.
Considering Corbin’s current form, I’m not sure why the Nats are listed as favorites even though they will face Urquidy. The Astros’ bullpen did a great job last night, allowing only two hits in 5.1 innings of work.
On the other side, the Nationals’ bullpen is at the highest level in this series. Anibal Sanchez lost the game last night, while three relievers did an excellent job. Hereof, I expect to see another thrilling battle. I will take the Astros to tie the series and make it even more interesting, but it is a really tough wager.
- Houston Astros +110 over Washington Nationals
FREE CFB BETTING PICK OF THE DAY
- Auburn Tigers vs. LSU Tigers
Alongside the clash between Wisconsin and Ohio State, the Tiger Bowl is the most interesting game of the day, no doubt. The Auburn Tigers are desperate to avoid their second loss of the season, but they will have a mountain to climb against the undefeated LSU Tigers.
LSU’s offense is the second-best in the country with Joe Burrow under center. They are scoring 50.1 points per game on 540.0 total yards. Burrow has tossed for whopping 2484 yards, 29 touchdowns, and only three interceptions. Joe’s timing with his receivers is impressive.
Auburn’s run defense has been impressive thus far. However, their secondary is fragile and will be exposed by LSU’s passing game. Auburn is surrendering 224.7 passing yards per contest (68th in the CFB). If LSU’s offensive line does a solid job protecting Burrow, I’m sure the hosts will win.
Covering a 10.5-point spread could be a problem, but Auburn’s offense will have a tall task to keep the pace. Auburn mostly relies on its ground game, and LSU’s run defense is 12th in the country with 94.6 yards allowed per game, right behind Auburn. Hereof, I’m backing LSU to cover.
- LSU Tigers -10.5 at -110
FREE NHL BETTING PICK OF THE DAY
- Nashville Predators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
The Predators (6-3-1) finished their three-game homestand with a couple of straight wins. They scored ten times over that two contests and allowed only one goal in a return. However, the Predators lost two of their three road contests this season, surrendering 14 goals in that span.
On the other side, the Lightning are coming off a 3-2 victory to the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was their second home win of the season along with a 6-2 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche. Now, the Lightning will try to stay on the winning path, but the Predators have won 12 of the last 15 H2H duels.
Still, I’m not interested in the side bet, expecting to see a bunch of goals. The Predators are the most efficient team in the NHL with 4.20 goals per game, while Tampa Bay is scoring 3.44 goals per contest (7th in the NHL).
Likewise, neither of these two teams can brag with a good defense. Nashville is 16th in the league in goals against (3.10), while Tampa Bay is 20th with 3.22 goals allowed per contest. Also, Tampa Bay is surrendering 33.9 shots per game (27th). Give me the over on the totals.
- Over 6.0 goals at -110
FREE NBA BETTING PICK OF THE DAY
- Los Angeles Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns
The Clippers are on fire at the start of the season. They beat the Lakers 112-102 in the opener while smashing the Warriors 141-122 on the road on Thursday. The Clippers will try to extend their streak against the short-handed Suns who are 1-1 on the season.
The Suns thrashed off Sacramento 124-95 in the opener. Last night, they fought bravely in Denver, losing 108-107 in overtime. However, Ricky Rubio tweaked his knee, and the Suns could be without their both point guards tonight, as Ty Jerome is already sidelined with an ankle injury.
Furthermore, the Suns will miss Deandre Ayton for the next 24 games. No.1 overall pick from the 2018 NBA Draft has been suspended for drug abuse. After a tough loss in overtime and a journey back home, I don’t think the Suns stand a chance here. Give me the Clippers and points.
- Los Angeles Clippers -9.0 at -110