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MLB World Series
After an unpredictable postseason full of twists and turns, we’ve arrived at a Fall Classic that pits the Astros against the Braves.
Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros Game 1 – Tuesday, October 26, 8:09 p.m. ET/1:09 a.m. BST
Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros Game 2 – Wednesday, October 27, 8:09 p.m. ET/1:09 a.m. BST
Why you should tune in: This World Series has a very similar flavor to the 2019 edition, in which the heavily-favored Astros tbattled a hot Washington Nationals side that got the best of them thanks to top-notch starting pitching. These Braves don’t have Max Scherzer or Stephen Strasburg, but the trio of Charlie Morton, Max Fried, and Ian Anderson should give them a shot. The combination of the Astros 2017 sign-stealing scandal and consistent playoff success makes them the villains, while the Braves will play the role of plucky underdogs.
Our favorite way to watch with a VPN: The most comprehensive option for watching the MLB playoffs is the MLB.TV International Postseason Pass, which gives you access to every game for 24.99 USD.
Recommended reading: ATL-HOU position-by-position breakdown via MLB.com
Baseball analytics expert Mike Petriello breaks down which team has the advantage at each position in the World Series.
This edition of Thursday Night Football delivers a battle between two teams with a combined 13-1 record.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers – Thursday, October 28, 8:20 p.m. ET/1:20 a.m. BST
Why you should tune in: Most NFL analysts expected the Cardinals to finish last in the NFC West, but they enter Week 8 with a pristine record and the best point differential in the league. This matchup will test their mettle as the Packers are on a six-game winning streak thanks to the combination of Aaron Rodgers’ consistent greatness and an improved defense.
Our favorite way to watch with a VPN: International Game Pass costs as little as 50 USD for the rest of the season and lets you watch every NFL game.
Recommended reading: As NFL trade deadline nears, one move would signal Packers are all in on Aaron Rodgers via Yahoo Sports
With Rodgers in prime form, trading understudy Jordan Love would signal the Packers’ intent to double down on their star quarterback.
The opening games brought a few surprises and this week’s schedule is full of enticing matchups:
Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks – Tuesday, October 26, 7:30 p.m. ET/12:30 a.m. BST
Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat – Wednesday, October 27, 7:30 p.m. ET/12:30 a.m. BST
Atlanta Hawks vs. Washington Wizards – Thursday, October 28, 7:00 p.m. ET/12:00 a.m. BST
Why you should tune in: The 76ers and Knicks are both physical, defensive squads that could fight for Eastern Conference playoff positioning all season long. The title-favorite Nets are off to a rough start and face the gritty, well-coached Heat on Wednesday. The new-look Wizards have been better than expected in the early going, but the Trae Young-led Hawks should put significant pressure on Washington’s defense.
Our favorite way to watch with a VPN: NBA League Pass is the most comprehensive option for watching NBA games, and you can get it for as little as 20 USD for the entire season.
Recommended reading: The Wizards Are Hoping the Slow-and-Steady Approach Ends the Race for Bradley Beal via The Ringer
Washington is pulling out all the stops to keep and build around its homegrown superstar.
There’s no shortage of notable games this week, but here are three that jump off the page:
Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights – Tuesday, October 26, 8:00 p.m. ET/1:00 a.m. BST
Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers – Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 p.m. ET/12:00 a.m. BST
Seattle Kraken vs. Minnesota Wild – Thursday, October 28, 10:00 p.m. ET/3:00 a.m. BST
Why you should tune in: The Avalanche and Golden Knights might be the most talented teams in the Western Conference, but they’re both off to rough starts. A win on Tuesday will go a long way to help one team right the ship. Bruins-Panthers is a matchup between one of the Eastern Conference’s traditional powerhouses and its up-and-coming squads. Kraken-Wild is a battle between two of the NHL’s youngest franchises, plus an opportunity to check in on Seattle’s inaugural season.
Our favorite way to watch with a VPN: ESPN+ provides access to all the out-of-market games on the schedule and costs just 69.99 USD/year or 6.99 USD/month.
Recommended reading: The Sticks, The Access, The Future via Sportsnet
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