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WHAT’S ON TAP IN SPORTS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2019:
Week 5 of the NFL season brings plenty of interesting games on Sunday. The Major League Baseball Playoffs continue with the NLDS matchups, while the opening week of the National Hockey League wraps up with three games on the schedule.
The 2019 Major League Soccer regular season closes down today, and all 12 games kick off at 4:00 PM ET. Hereof, let’s take a look at our best betting picks of the day.
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National League Division Series Game 3:
Braves -115 at Cardinals +105
Dodgers +110 at Nationals -120
Lightning -111 at Hurricanes -111
Stars -143 at Red Wings +115
Jets +105 at Islanders -125
Falcons at Texans (-4.0)
Cardinals at Bengals (-3.0)
Ravens at Steelers (+3.5)
Bills at Titans (-3.0)
Bears at Raiders (+5.0)
Jaguars at Panthers (-3.0)
Vikings at Giants (+5.5)
Patriots at Red Skins (+15.5)
Jets at Eagles (-14.0)
Buccaneers at Saints (-3.0)
Broncos at Chargers (-6.0)
Packers at Cowboys (-3.0)
Colts at Chiefs (-11.0)
Colorado +600 at Los Angeles FC -300
San Jose +190 at Portland +105
Real Salt Lake +100 at Vancouver +210
Minnesota United +260 at Seattle -110
Sporting Kansas City +425 at FC Dallas -188
LA Galaxy +130 at Houston +170
New England +425 at Atlanta -182
FC Cincinnati +550 at D.C. United -222
New York Red Bulls +115 at Montreal +180
Chicago +160 at Orlando City +140
New York City +260 at Philadelphia -125
Columbus +450 at Toronto -188
FREE MLB BETTING PICK OF THE DAY
- Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals
The Nationals pulled off an upset in Game 2, beating the Dodgers 4-2 on the back of Stephen Strasburg stellar pitching. The right-hander allowed just three hits and an earned run in six innings of work while striking out ten. The Nats bounced back off a 6-0 defeat in the opening game of the series.
Now, the Nationals will start Max Scherzer who pitched one inning in relief of Strasburg in Game 2 of the NLDS. Likewise, Scherzer pitched five innings in the wild-card victory over Milwaukee. The right-hander allowed four hits and three earned runs in five innings of work.
On the other side, the Dodgers lost Game 2 with Clayton Kershaw on the mound. They will start Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 3, and the lefty is 14-5 this season with a 2.32 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. Ryu is 2-1 in five starts against the Nationals in his career.
The Nationals showed against Kershaw that they can hit well against the southpaw pitcher. The Dodgers, on the other side, went 76-34 against the right-handed starter in 2019. Scherzer is 5-4 in his 12 starts and two relief apps versus the Dodgers, tallying a 2.76 ERA in that span.
The Nationals’ bullpen will be a key factor if Scherzer put on a strong performance in the first five or six innings. Hereof, I think we’ll see another low scoring affair, expecting to see a solid game by Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Seven of the last nine encounters between the Dodgers and Nationals went in the under. All those seven games saw seven or fewer runs in the total.
- Under 8.0 runs at +100
FREE NHL BETTING PICK OF THE DAY
- Winnipeg Jets vs. New York Islanders
The Jets started the season on the road, visiting the east coast. After a 6-4 loss at the New York Rangers, the Jets beat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 in overtime. Now, the Jets visit the New York Islanders who opened with a 2-1 home loss to the Washington Capitals.
The Islanders are 12-6 in their last 18 meetings with the Jets. They split a two-game series last season, as each team recorded a win on the road. This time, I’m backing the Islanders to grab a victory in front of the home fans.
The Islanders are 8-1 in their last nine home encounters with the Western Conference. They had a tough matchup in the opener and will be keen to bounce back against the Jets whose defense has been struggling in their first two contests.
- New York Islanders -125 over Winnipeg Jets
FREE NFL BETTING PICK OF THE DAY
- New England Patriots vs. Washington Redskins
The Patriots are perfect after the first four weeks, covering the spread on two occasions. On the other side, the Redskins are 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS on the season and will start their third-string QB Colt McCoy against the reigning champions.
Case Keenum is injured, while rookie Dwayne Haskins threw three interceptions last week. McCoy and the Redskins’ offense will have a tall task against the Pats who are surrendering just 6.8 points on 243.0 total yards per game (1st in the NFL).
On the other side, the Redskins are allowing 29.5 points (31st) on 399.2 total yards (28th). Their ground game is the second-worst in the NFL with 49.8 yards per game, so I don’t think they stand a chance against the Patriots here.
New England is 5-1 SU and ATS in its last six outings on the road when listed as double-digit favorites. After they failed to cover in two straight contests, I think the Pats will rout the Redskins in this one.
- New England Patriots -15.5 at -110
FREE MLS BETTING PICK OF THE DAY
- Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas
Dallas need a win over Sporting Kansas City in the ultimate round of the MLS regular season to clinch the playoff berth. The Hoops are winless in their last four games overall, recording a pair of losses and ties in the process, but they won three of their last four outings at home along with a draw.
Likewise, Dallas recorded nine wins, six draws, and a loss in 16 games at home this season. On the other side, Kansas City is on a four-game losing streak away from home and have nothing to play for in this clash. Sporting is seven points behind Dallas.
The Hoops wo two of their last three meetings with Sporting and three of the previous five H2H duels in Texas. They are in a must-win situation, and I’m backing them to satisfy the odds.
- FC Dallas -188 over Sporting Kansas City