Wise n' Shine: College basketball best bets, NBA predictions and NHL picks for Thursday, March 9
Good morning, Pickswise Nation, and welcome to another wonderful Thursday of sports. We have a massive day ahead in college basketball as the Power 5 conference tournaments are heating up with the Big Dance drawing nearer. There is also a loaded slate across the NBA, NHL and the World Baseball Classic. There is plenty to dive into, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better.
About Last Night
NBA totals remain profitable
Our NBA handicapping team had another solid night on Wednesday, particularly in the totals market, where we went a perfect 6-0-1 on the evening. We’ll have predictions on every NBA side and total this season, so don’t miss our NBA picks for every game.
Champ Week excites in college basketball
Wednesday was the beginning of the Power 6 conference tournaments, and the action didn’t disappoint. Our college basketball cappers stayed hot, posting a record of 7-1 on the day, including a best bet winner with Texas A&M Corpus-Christi winning the Southland Championship to secure a bid in the NCAA Tournament.
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NCAAB conference tournaments roll on
We’ve got another college basketball marathon in store, with games starting at 11:30 am ET and will go deep into the night. Champ Week is heating up, so make sure to read today’s NCAAB predictions.
Quieter NBA slate
Wednesday’s NBA slate brings us just 6 games, but there are exciting matchups to be had. The marquee games including Warriors vs Grizzlies and Knicks vs Kings, to name a couple. You can read all of today’s NBA predictions here.
Busy day on the ice
Today’s slate is a busy one in the NHL. The marquee matchup of the day sees the Vegas Golden Knights taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning, but we’ve got plenty of action across both conferences, so make sure to check out all of today’s NHL picks.
Best Bet of the Day
NHL: Dallas Stars ML (-145) over Buffalo Sabres
7:00 pm ET, ESPN+
Things are getting tight within the first 4 of the Central, but Dallas should be able to help themselves with a win on Thursday night. Buffalo’s Tage Thompson is having an incredible season, but this is 1 defense that can keep him in check. It also doesn’t help Buffalo that Alex Tuch is still out of the lineup. He was a part of the trio along with Thompson and Jeff Skinner that made up the Sabres’ top line. Buffalo’s offense has also needed to put up goals in bunches, as they’ve allowed the most goals per game since February 1. With Dallas having a superstar goalscorer themselves in Jason Robertson, they can certainly keep up with such poor Sabres goaltending. Read our full Dallas Stars vs Buffalo Sabres predictions.
Championship week rolls on and we’ve got plenty of content for you to review. Our expert is on an 8-2 run with his best bets, so be sure to check out his 3 best bets for today’s action. To celebrate the massive day in college basketball, our expert also crafted a NCAAB mega parlay at +725 odds for the action.
It’s a quieter Thursday in the NBA, but we have a 3-team mega parlay at +648 odds for you to enjoy. With the Player’s Championship getting underway this morning, now is your last chance to check out our expert’s predictions for the tournament. Also, be sure to read our Indian Wells tennis preview which includes best bets for the tournament.
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Stat of the Day
Washington State has now won 7 consecutive games. The Cougars will take on Oregon in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals on Thursday.
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