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Five for Friday: Best Bets for October 29

Thursday night’s finish for Packers-Cardinals should have been the kind of play that saves a parlay, as Green Bay rescued the under with a game-sealing pick to hand Arizona its first loss. Unfortunately, Coastal Carolina decided that it’s done caring about defense without the carrot of the Sun Belt championship and allowed Troy to hang around and cover the 17-point spread, ruining that hope.

The other two never had a chance, as the Hawks were so tired they forgot what defense was and the Sharks sent 45 pucks into Jake Allen’s glove. But it’s a perfect day to bounce back; here are my best bets for October 29.


This is a prime look-ahead spot for Florida. The Panthers are off to a torrid 7-0 start, but the Wings are playing pretty well at home right now and the Panthers are traveling to Boston tonight for the second game of a weekend back-to-back. The Wings still aren’t taken seriously as a decent team, which gives them opportunity to surprise Florida as a home dog.

NAVY +11, -110

This is too many points for this game. The Midshipmen are playing very well and Tulsa doesn’t have that great of a run defense. The Golden Hurricane is better than it showed in escaping South Florida, but Navy is proving to be a tough out and a great cover team for bettors. The Mids will likely fall short of victory yet again, but they should lift bettors to the cover here.

HORNETS-HEAT U220.5, -110

Until it shows otherwise, Miami is an automatic under play. The Heat are holding opponents to 39.2 percent from the floor and haven’t given up more than 95 points in regulation yet this season, despite opening against defending champion Milwaukee. The Hornets have been excellent at scoring the basketball, but they have yet to face a defense of Miami’s caliber. Look for the Heat to keep this game under the number.


Atlanta has won all five playoff games at Truist Park in 2021, and the Braves have the stronger pitching matchup in this situation. Ian Anderson hasn’t been beaten at home since June, and I don’t think things are going to change in a must-win game for the Braves. I like Atlanta to come through in this one.

UNLV +23, -145

Dismiss UNLV at your own peril. The Rebels are 0-7 this season, but they’re 5-2 ATS and they’d love nothing more than to come up to Reno and ruin their rival’s night. Nevada is playing well this season, but they’ve come off a couple of tough games and are likely to coast for a bit against a supposed lesser foe. Carson Strong should be able to throw all day on the Rebels, but Charles Williams is a talented enough back to keep the game reasonable. I might need a couple extra points here for the win, but I think UNLV can cover this number.

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