Publish Date: October 19, 2021
Fact checked by: David Genge
The four most popular US sports (baseball, football, basketball, and hockey) align for only one day this year. Thursday October 21st is the sports equinox and the best day of the year for sports fans when you watch (and bet) all four professional sports, live on the same afternoon.
Major League Baseball (MLB) will be showcasing the fifth and potentially-deciding game of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) between the Dodgers and the Braves. The National Football League (NFL) will host their surprisingly good matchup of the Denver Broncos at the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football. The National Basketball Association (NBA) will be broadcasting their third day of the new season, while the National Hockey League (NHL) will be on their second week.
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The Equinox is a holiday to be celebrated with pints, pizza, and putting a few bucks down at on an online sportsbook, starting with playoff baseball. Game 5 of the NLCS will see the Los Angeles Dodgers (+240 World Series Odds) battle it out Atlanta Braves (+1100). Betting on the Braves has been a smart strategy thus far as the underdogs are up 2-0 in the series. They aren’t as flashy as the Dodgers, but look at last year when the Tampa Bay Rays took the American League.
The NFL will be showcasing two strong teams, which is rare for a Thursday Night Football game. The Denver Broncos, who have a +6600 Super Bowl winning line (15th of 32nd), will face the playoff-favorite Cleveland Browns (+1400 tied 8th of 32). Both teams have strong defenses, as well as fantasy-rich offensive weapons.
The Broncos have the strongest defense back core, an underrated transient quarterback, both veteran and rookie running backs sharing the load, and star wide receivers; I’d expect the Broncos to make this a closer game than the future odds will show. They will be playing in Cleveland (a place that is commonly referred to as the Factory of Sadness by their own fans). I’d expect to see Cleveland win here but with an under on a -3 line.
This is the 75th year of the NBA and Thursday will boast three can’t-miss-games. First the Los Angeles Clippers play a healthy Golden State Warriors team. The early season projections put Kawhi Leonard and Paul George of the Clippers at +1600 for the NBA Finals (Tied 6th of 30), while the Warriors with Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, and a healthy Klay Thompson are at +900 (Tied 3rd of 30).
Defending champions Milwaukee Bucks with two-time MVP winner Giannis Antetokounmpo have a +900 line (tied 3rd with the Warriors) and will play the Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat (+2500 10th of 30) who are looking for redemption after losing four straight games in the playoffs to the Bucks.
Lastly, international star Luca Dončić with the Dallas Mavericks (+3000 11 of 30), will face an impressive Atlanta Hawks team starring Trae Young (+3500 12 of 30). The third day of the season is just a glimpse of the potential script for basketball filled with heated rivalries, revenge games, and young teams with playoff experience hoping to get further.
It’s always fun to put 20 dollars down on a team like the Milwaukee Bucks last year or the Dallas Mavericks this year and see if you can hit on the early season odds.
The NHL dropped their first puck on Tuesday, October 12th. We’ve had plenty of good matchups so far, but on October 21st one game in particular is worth switching on or splitting the screen. That game is the early Stanley Cup favorite Colorado Avalanche (+600) facing the Florida Panthers at home (+2000 Tied 6th of 32).
What a remarkable holiday with playoff baseball in full swing, Thursday Night Football in the midst of their season, and both basketball and hockey beginning their years with tough matchups. If there is any day to skip out of work early, or at least mute your video meetings and fill your coffee mugs with dank IPAs, it’s this Thursday.
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