November 3, 2021

Corrigan's Gambling Corner: College Football, NBA, and NHL Best Bets - Nov. 3, 2021

Welcome back to the gambling corner. Today, we have a full slate of basketball, hockey, and even college football. With college basketball back next week, I am going to have more picks than anyone could ever imagine, and I cannot wait.

We will be giving out the best bet in the NBA, NHL, and college football today. All we ask is that you gamble responsibly tonight. It is a good day to have a good day and we will take advantage. Enough of the boring stuff, let's get to the picks. 

*Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook

College Football Best Bet:

Northern Illinois at Kent State

Kent State has been a disappointment this season, but that does not mean that they are not a very talented team. Quarterback Dustin Crum has had a down year this season, but the Kent State rushing attack is one of the most effective in all of college football. The Golden Flashes are 15th in rushing attempts per game (44.7), 48th in rushing yards per game (181.0), and seventh in rushing success. 

Like Kent State, Northern Illinois' offense is carried by the running game. The Huskies are fifth in rushes per game (47.6) and 12th in rushing yards per game (224.3). Both teams are also extremely poor against the run and just have below-average defenses in general. Although Northern Illinois is 10-0 SU in their last 10 against Kent State and 7-3 ATS in those 10 matchups, Kent State has a distinct advantage tonight. 

Kent State is first in all of college football in Turnover margin per game (+1.4), eighth in takeaways per game (2.1) and they are only turning the ball over 0.7 times per game. In a game that probably will have a lot of scoring, one or two turnovers could determine the outcome. We are officially backing the flashes tonight, but the over is also worth a look. 

If it comes down to the passing game, I trust Crum more than I trust Michigan State transfer, Rocky Lombardi. 

Pick: Kent State -3.5 (-110) & OVER 70.5

NBA Best Bet:

Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers

How about them Bulls?

Chicago is fresh off a 19-point comeback against Boston and improved to 6-1. It seems like the additions of Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan have really brought a young and talented team to the top of the league. While it has only been seven games, the Bulls are third in average scoring margin (8.7), sixth in shooting percentage (47%), and fourth in shooting efficiency (1.137). 

Outside of their team successes, DeRozan and Zach LaVine have been playing out of their minds lately. DeRozan is averaging 34.5 points over his last two games and LaVine has scored 20+ points in six of their seven games this season. 

The Bulls were always so close to breaking out and being a weapon in the Eastern Conference, but now that everything is clicking, and they are top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency, the Bulls have been a very profitable team to bet on. They are 6-1 ATS this season and they are facing a low number tonight. 

While it is a road game in Philadelphia, the 76ers could be without Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris tonight as both are listed as questionable for the game. If the 76ers are missing that much size, it is going to be very hard for them to beat one of the most well-balanced teams in the NBA.

Even if Embiid and Harris play, the Bulls are a hot team to bet on, and we will ride with them as two-point underdogs. 

Pick: Bulls +2 (-110)

NHL Best Bet:

Columbus Blue Jackets at Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche are at a massive disadvantage tonight with Cale Makar and Mikko Rantanen both ruled out and Nathan MacKinnon still not looking 100% on the ice this season. Even then, Colorado has looked sharp all season, despite their 4-4 record, but they are missing too much production tonight. 

It probably is not much of a hot take to say that Colorado is a better team than Columbus. However, this version of the Avalanche may not have enough to take down a tough Blue Jackets team. Goalie Elvis Merzlikins has a .939 save percentage which is among the best in all of hockey. The problem in Columbus is that they just are not scoring enough. As a team, they are scoring 2.75 goals per game and only have 38 assists on the season. 

If Colorado was at full strength, I would feel comfortable with their chances of just simply outscoring Columbus. However, the Blue Jackets are a tough team to beat, and even if they do not win, I respect their defense enough to keep this one close, and at the very least, Columbus will cover. 

Pick: Blue Jackets +1.5 (-158)

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