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WHAT’S ON TAP IN SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2019:
There are some very interesting games in major sports on Wednesday night. The Nationals take on the Dodgers, while the Cardinals visit the Braves to decide who will enter the National League Championship Series.
Likewise, there are three games in National Hockey League, while Week 7 of the College Football season starts with the great matchup between the Appalachian State Mountaineers and Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. Now, let’s take a look at our best betting picks of the day:
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National League Division Series Game 5:
Cardinals -105 at Braves -105
Nationals +135 at Dodgers -150
Canadiens -106 at Sabres -127
Devils +113 at Flyers -140
Kings +122 at Canucks -152
Appalachian State at Louisiana-Lafayette (-1.0)
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- Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
It’s a big night for both Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers who meet each other in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. The Dodgers had a lead in this series twice, but the Nationals tied it on the back of Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer.
After beating the Dodgers in Game 2, Stephen Strasburg will take the mound in Game 5. He pitched six innings, allowing only three hits and an earned run while striking out ten. Strasburg is enjoying a wonderful season, recording 20 wins and six losses. He had a 3.32 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in the regular season.
On the other side, Walker Buehler will toe the slab for the Dodgers. Buehler beat the Nationals in Game 1, pitching six innings to allow a hit while striking out eight. Walker went 14-4 in the regular season, tallying a 3.26 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.
Considering Strasburg and Buehler’s current form, we should see a low-scoring affair. However, the bookies set the line at 7.0 runs, so I will go with the Dodgers to win the clash. The Dodgers are 12-6 in their last 18 outings at home in the postseason and 12-7 in their previous 19 home meetings with Washington.
Also, Strasburg is 3-5 in his 11 starts against the Dodgers. He was incredible in Game 2, and I assume he can replicate that tremendous performance. Buehler is 1-1 in three starts against the Nats in his career. He also set the bar high in the opener, but the Dodgers have a better bullpen than the Nationals and will play at home.
- Los Angeles Dodgers -150 over Washington Nationals
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- New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers
The previous season was a huge disappointment for both Philadelphia and New Jersey. The Flyers blew their playoff chances down the stretch, while the Devils ruined their season much earlier.
The Devils opened the new season in the same manner, losing to Winnipeg 5-4 in overtime and at Buffalo 7-2. Their defense was terrible. The Devils allowed 33.0 shots per game, while their goalies posted a .833 save percentage.
On the other side, the Flyers opened the season a long way from home. They defeated Chicago 4-3 in Prague, Czech Republic. It was the Flyers’ first-ever contest outside of North America. They took seven shots more than the Blackhawks (38-31) and won 62.1% of faceoffs.
The Flyers had five days to rest from a long trip, so I’m backing them to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Devils had some huge problems at the defensive end, and I assume they can fix it in the short term. Although the Flyers are only 3-6 in their last nine games at home, the Devils are 3-9 in their last 12 outings on the road.
- Philadelphia Flyers -140 over New Jersey Devils
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- Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns
We’ll see a great game at Cajun Field in Lafayette, Louisiana. The Appalachian State Mountaineers are still undefeated, tallying four wins and covering on three occasions. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS on the season, and a 1-point spread tells you a lot about the expectations.
Therefore, I would avoid taking the side bet and wager on the totals instead. Although the chalk has been set sky-high at 69.5 points, these two schools can put some serious numbers on the scoreboard. Likewise, their defenses have been playing well lately, especially the Mountaineers’.
Appalachian State is scoring 47.0 points (5th) on 429.2 total yards per game (55th). The Mountaineers are allowing 29.0 points in a return (86th) on 420.0 total yards (94th). Louisiana-Lafayette is tallying 44.4 points (9th) on 540.0 total yards per contest (6th), surrendering 21.4 points in a return (41st) on 345.2 total yards (45th).
The Ragin’ Cajuns’ pass defense is working well, but both teams are struggling with their run D. Although the under is 5-1 in the last six head-to-head duels, I’m backing the over in this one. The over is 4-1 in the Mountaineers’ last five games, and it is 5-1 in the Ragin’ Cajuns previous six contests.
- Over 69.5 points at -110