Wise n' Shine: College basketball picks, NBA predictions and NHL best bets for Tuesday, January 17 

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports -- just about any and all you can think of! -- and coaching tennis in Atlanta, GA. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me. For Ricky Dimon media enquiries, please email contact@pickswise.com.

Good morning, Pickswise Nation. We may be at the beginning of a 4-day break from the NFL playoffs, but that isn’t much of a problem when it comes to wagering opportunities. There is plenty of NBA, NHL, college basketball and tennis action to discuss. It’s another big day in the world of sports, so let’s get right to it and make your next bet better with Wise n’ Shine! 

About Last Night 

Cowboys eliminate Bucs
The Bucs got into the playoffs with a losing record thanks to winning the NFC South, but they didn’t last long. Tom Brady and company got destroyed at home 31-14 by the Cowboys. Our NFL experts hit their Dallas -2.5 prediction and also went 2-0 on prop bets with Brady going over 27.5 completions and Chris Godwin exceeding his 6.5 receptions quota.

NBA parlay cashes at +596 odds
For the second consecutive day, we cashed our standard NBA parlay – a +615 success on Sunday and a +596 winner on Monday. Cleveland took care of business against New Orleans, Toronto not only covered +2.5 against New York but also won outright and Golden State prevailed at Washington.

More parlay success in college basketball
Our college basketball experts delivered with a +596 parlay of their own, cashing all 3 of their plays on Monday. Georgetown easily covered a +14.5 spread against Villanova, while the total stayed under in Purdue vs Michigan State and went over in Syracuse vs Miami.

More parlay wins? The NHL says yes!
A huge night for Pickswise Nation also saw our NHL mega parlay hit the +863 jackpot. Colorado covered its -1.5 puck line in a 6-3 rout of Detroit, Dallas blanked Vegas 4-0 and Washington scored a come-from-behind victory over the Islanders (4-3 in overtime).

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Today’s Slate

NBA double-header on TNT
There are only 4 NBA games today, but they pack a punch. A doubleheader on TNT begins with Milwaukee hosting Toronto and concludes with Philadelphia paying a visit to the Clippers. Don’t miss any of our NBA picks. 

Eight-game NHL schedule
Following an 11-game slate on Monday, there are 8 more NHL contests to enjoy tonight – all of which can be seen on ESPN+. An especially intriguing matchup pits Seattle against Edmonton at 9:00 pm ET. You can find our hockey coverage on the NHL page.

Kansas hosts Kansas State
It should be a fun Tuesday in college basketball, with a pair of all-top 25 showdowns on the menu. #2 Kansas is hosting #13 Kansas State and #7 Texas welcomes #12 Iowa State to Austin. Here are our college basketball predictions. 

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Best Bet of the Day 

NHL: Winnipeg Jets 3-way ML over Montreal Canadiens (-125)
7:00 pm ET, ESPN+ 

Wins have been hard to come by for the Canadiens this season and they still remain at the bottom of the Atlantic Division. Winnipeg has been winning plenty of low-scoring games — so many, in fact, that it has worked its way to the top of the Central Division and the entire Western Conference. The Jets have been so strong behind the consistency of goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. He has been a mainstay for them for years now, but with a healthy Nikolaj Ehlers, Mark Scheifele, Kyle Connor and others in front of him, they are much more balanced. Hellebuyck should be able to shut down the Canadiens. Check out our full Jets vs Canadiens predictions. 


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While we are in between NFL playoff weeks, take a look at Jared Smith’s opening lines analysis for the divisional round. Meanwhile, be sure to check out all of our Australian Open tennis coverage. We have a men’s preview, women’s preview and Australian Open Day 3 best bets. Diane Knox Balas has already delivered her American Express golf picks, too. 

Check out more great content as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab. 


Don’t forget to check out our daily show Let’s Bet It! on our YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/c/Pickswise at 10:00 am ET. 

Lauren Jbara and Jared Smith are your hosts today and they will be joined by Drew Ross (@drosssports), host of “Big Bets” from 2-4 pm ET on VSiN Live. There will be reactions to what we have seen so far in the NFL playoffs, a preview of Cowboys vs 49ers in the divisional round and – as always – Plays of the Day.

You can access the show at any time through Spotify and Apple Podcasts (search for Let’s Bet It Presented By Pickswise). 

Stat of the Day 

In the previous NCAA hoops meeting between Tennessee and Mississippi State this season, the Volunteers rolled 87-53 while shooting 69.2 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from 3-point range and limiting the Bulldogs to 22.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc. 

Pickswise is the home of free sports picks, news and best bets. Check out our expert NFL Picks, NBA Picks, Soccer Picks and NHL Picks pages for our latest game picks. 

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