How experts bet on the sports equinox

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We’re celebrating Sports Equinox SZN in a new way, with our favorite bets for (almost) every sport in action on Thursday.

The “sports equinox,” as most fans know it, occurs whenever America’s big four professional leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) overlap on any given day — but we’re expanding that scope to include bettors that offering the most robust menu options possible on these days.

We’ll be announcing Action’s full schedule of esports equinox coverage in the coming weeks, but for now: let’s dive into our Thursday picks.

Thursday Sports Equinox Selection

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SPORTS
EVENT
TIME (ET)
Tennis 🎾
ATP Napoli
9:30 am
PGA⛳
The CJ Cup
1:01 p.m
EPL ⚽
Leicester City vs Leeds
3:15 p.m
NCAAF 🏈
Virginia vs. Georgia Tech
19:30 o’clock
NBA 🏀
Bucks against 76s
19:30 o’clock
MLB ⚾
Yankees versus Astros
7:37 p.m
NFL🏈
Saints versus Cardinals
8:15 p.m

ATP Napoli Pick 🎾

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Nuno Borges ML (-110) vs Daniel Galan
time
9:30 a.m. ET

David Gertler: Daniel Galan, the did the third round of the US Open this season, is still much more comfortable on clay courts than on hard courts – he has 59% career Win percentage on clay versus 52% on hard. Meanwhile, Nuno Borges is considered an impressive 111-42 on hard courts professional.

Galan has a big first serve and tries to be aggressive on rallies – especially with his forehand – but his backhand tends to break down and he becomes inconsistent under pressure. Borges also has a strong first serve and dominates the game with his forehand using excellent controlled aggression.

However, neither player has a particularly good alternation, so this will be a slugfest from the baseline. Borges is better defensively and Galan will feel uncomfortable in defensive positions on the pitch, especially with the ball on Borges’ forehand.

And when things get tight, Borges is mentally much more reliable than Galan.


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The CJ Cup ⛳

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Jordan Spieth +3000
Tea time
1:01 p.m. ET

Jason Sobel: Two weeks after the Presidents Cup, Tom Kim, the international team’s most dynamic young star, used that momentum at the age of 20 to claim his second career win. It’s arguable whether Jordan Spieth was the best player on the US team at Quail Hollow, but we can’t debate the record as he became only the sixth player to set a 5-0-0 record in the history of the competition set up.

The momentum might not hold up a full month later, but we have to think it still has some good vibes left from this week. That’s the storytelling game for Spieth this week, but there’s also a technical reason to support him.

On a fast, tight course that requires creativity with wedge shots, I like the idea of ​​playing one of the game’s standout wedge artists. It will be essential for players to navigate this track, which plays into the capable hands of Spieth, who thrives in challenging environments like this.


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Leicester City vs Leeds Pick ⚽

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Leeds +0.25 (-110)
time
3:15 p.m. ET

Anthony Dabbundo: My predictions have Leeds as the better team in this game. And having factored in home field advantage, I make Leicester a small home favourite. They aren’t favorites enough to take the moneyline, however – and a suspension for James Maddison only further weakens the underperforming Foxes’ attack.

Leicester are mid-table in terms of allowed pressure success rate and ability to play through pressure. It’s doubtful Leeds can repeat last week’s performance away from home, but the Foxes are not an elite passing team who will create overloads in midfield and overwhelm Leeds.

Take Leeds to get an away result as I expect they will continue to improve as the season progresses and I can’t say the same for Leicester.


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Virginia-Georgia Tech Pick 🏈

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Virginia +3.5
time
7:30 p.m. ET

Cody Goggin: These two teams are almost equal in skill, so it can just come down to who has the coaching advantage between first-year head coach Tony Elliott and Brent Key.

Virginia’s strengths are placed in just the right places to give the Cavs huge advantages over Georgia Tech in frantic play on both sides of the ball.

Virginia is found at +3.5 in some books, which I would reduce to +3. If you find a 3.5, you should take that as 3 is a key number in football (buy real time college football odds here).


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Bucks vs. 76ers Pick 🏀

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Soon
First pitch
7:30 p.m. ET

A pick for that game will be added Thursday morning.


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Yankees vs. Astros Game 2 Pick ⚾

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Soon
time
7:37 p.m. ET

A pick for that game will be added Thursday morning.


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Saints vs Cardinals Pick 🏈

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Soon
time
8:15 p.m. ET

A pick for that game will be added Thursday morning.


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