MLB Playoff Odds: ALCS, NLCS Games Get Underway This Weekend

Written By Russ Mitchell on October 15, 2021

A St. Louis World Series wasn’t in the Cards, Chicago’s southside hopes went south and a pennant just wasn’t brewing in Milwaukee. But there are still a lot of opportunities to bet on baseball at Iowa sportsbooks.

MLB fans will have to hurry to take advantage of a couple of offers for tonight’s Boston at Houston ALCS opener. The first pitch is at 7:07 p.m. on Fox. Chris Sale will take the mound for the Red Sox. Houston counters with Framber Valdez.

Fox and FS1 have the ALCS.

Red Sox at Astros odds

Game 1 — Friday baseball odds

Game 2 — Saturday baseball odds

TBS is home to the National League Championship Series between the Atlanta Braves and the LA Dodgers. The series opens Saturday night with Max Fried toeing the mound for Atlanta. The Dodgers haven’t named their starter yet.

Dodgers at Braves odds

Game 1 — Saturday baseball odds

The Red Sox-Astros and Dodgers-Braves winners face each other in the World Series, with Game 1 slated for Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Baseball betting promos

DraftKings Sportsbook has a special offer for new Iowa customers who want to bet on games, including baseball’s ALCS and NLCS games over the weekend.

Simply click on the link, create your account, and deposit $5 or more into your new DK account. Then place a bet of at least $1 on a moneyline wager on any NFL, NHL or MLB game. By betting $1, you could win $100 in free bets. DraftKings has MLB incentives for 3+ leg “Same Game Parlays” as well.

PointsBet Sportsbook in Iowa has a promotional boost from +135 to +150 if Carlos Correa gets a hit and the Astros beat the Red Sox tonight. So, a $50 bet would earn a $125 payout. The maximum bet is $100. Just check the PointsBet booster hub.

American League Championship Series

  • FridayOct 15: Game 1 — Boston at Houston (Fox)
  • Saturday, Oct. 16: Game 2 — Boston at Houston (Fox or FS1)
  • MondayOct. 18: Game 3 —  Houston at Boston (FS1)
  • TuesdayOct. 19: Game 4 — Houston at Boston (FS1)
  • WednesdayOct. 20: Game 5 — Houston at Boston (if necessary) (FS1)
  • FridayOct. 22: Game 6 — Boston at Houston (if necessary) (FS1)
  • SaturdayOct. 23: Game 7 — Boston at Houston (if necessary) Fox or FS1)

National League Championship Series (TBS)

  • SaturdayOct 16: Game 1 — LA Dodgers at Atlanta
  • SundayOct. 17:  Game 2 — LA Dodgers at Atlanta
  • TuesdayOct. 19: Game 3 — Atlanta at LA Dodgers
  • WednesdayOct. 20: Game 4 — Atlanta at LA Dodgers
  • ThursdayOct. 21: Game 5 — Atlanta at LA Dodgers (if necessary)
  • SaturdayOct. 23: Game 6 — LA Dodgers at Atlanta (if necessary)
  • SundayOct. 24: Game 7 — LA Dodgers at Atlanta (if necessary)

World Series schedule (Fox)

  • TuesdayOct. 26 — Game 1
  • WednesdayOct. 27 — Game 2
  • FridayOct. 29 — Game 3
  • SaturdayOct. 30 — Game 4
  • SundayOct. 31 — Game 5 (if necessary)
  • TuesdayNov. 2 — Game 6 (if necessary)
  • WednesdayNov. 3 — Game 7 (if necessary)
Photo by Chris O'Meara / AP
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Russ Mitchell has been covering news and sports in northwest Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most acclaimed community newspapers in the state. He looks forward to keeping readers up to date on the growing sportsbook industry in Iowa.

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