Wise n' Shine: NBA predictions, college basketball best bets and NHL picks for Wednesday, March 8
Good morning, Pickswise Nation, and welcome to another wonderful Wednesday of sports. It’s a huge day in college basketball as Power 5 conference tournaments begin all around the country with the Big Dance drawing nearer. There is also a loaded slate in the NBA, NHL and the World Baseball Classic. There is so much to cover, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better.
About Last Night
Strong night in NBA
The Lakers got the better of the Grizzlies to cash our 3-star best bet as our handicappers went 5-3 on sides and 6-2 on totals, as well as going 4-1 on player props. We also hit our 2nd first basket pick in 2 days as Bradley Beal got things started for the Wizards at +500.
College basketball conference play excites
Yesterday was just the start of the long, and busy, week ahead in college basketball. Our college basketball cappers started it off on the right foot by nailing their first best bet in tournament season. Our expert took Northern Kentucky’s money line at -140 odds and the Norse delivered with a 63-61 win over Cleveland State.
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Super 7-game NBA slate
Wednesday’s NBA slate brings us 7 games. Exciting matchups include the Boston Celtics taking on the Portland Trail Blazers and the Cleveland Cavaliers battling the Miami Heat. You can read all of today’s NBA predictions.
Smaller day on the ice
It was a massive night on the ice yesterday, so today’s slate is much smaller. There are just 3 games on today, but make sure to check out today’s NHL picks.
NCAAB conference tournaments heat up
It’s a college basketball marathon as action starts at 11:30 am ET and will go through the entire day. We’re so glad it’s March, so make sure to read today’s NCAAB predictions.
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Best Bet of the Day
NHL: Winnipeg Jets ML (-125) over Minnesota Wild
7:37 pm ET, ESPN+
The Wild suffered a tough loss in a shootout yesterday to the Flames at home, and now they are tasked with traveling to Winnipeg for a game against the Jets on Wednesday night. The Jets have excellent depth which should give them a huge edge in this matchup as the Wild will be playing their second game in as many nights. Minnesota was shut out by a Flames team yesterday, who were playing on the second night of a back-to-back, so they should struggle against a rested Jets team with Hellebuyck in net. Check out our full Wild vs Jets predictions.
It’s conference tournament time! Before the action begins, make sure to check out our ACC tournament predictions, Big 12 tournament predictions, Pac-12 tournament predictions, Big 10 tournament predictions, and SEC tournament predictions.
To celebrate the massive day in college basketball, our expert crafted a NCAAB mega parlay at +975 odds for the action. Also, be sure to read our Indian Wells tennis preview which includes best bets for the tournament.
Keep an eye out for more great sports analysis as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.
Stat of the Day
Georgetown was 2-18 against Big East teams in the regular season.
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