Wise n' Shine: College basketball best bets, NHL picks and Champions League predictions for Wednesday, February 22
Good morning, Pickswise Nation. The NBA has not yet returned from the all-star break, but there is more than enough action on Wednesday to satisfy the appetites of sports fans and bettors. In addition to the NHL and college basketball, the Champions League round of 16 continues. 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
Another win for the Blackhawks
Break up the Blackhawks! In sole possession of last place in the entire NHL standings last week, they are now out of the cellar thanks to a 3-game winning streak that included a 3-2 upset of the Golden Knights in a shootout on Tuesday. The other shootout of the day resulted in a 5-4 win for the Predators over the Canucks.
Kansas State beats Baylor, Texas topples Iowa State
#14 Kansas State treated its home crowd to a 75-65 victory over #9 Baylor. In other top-25 action, #8 Texas handled #23 Iowa State 72-54. Meanwhile, our 3-star play on Miami was a winner as the Hurricanes went on the road and defeated Virginia Tech 76-70.
Real Madrid roars back against Liverpool
Round of 16 action in the UEFA Champions League continued on Tuesday. The most notable result saw Real Madrid swiftly recover from a 2-0 deficit against Liverpool to cruise to a 5-2 win and comfortably cash our both teams to score pick. We also nailed Napoli ML against Frankfurt at +120 odds.
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Blackhawks vs Stars on TNT
A showdown between the Blackhawks and Stars is getting national television treatment on TNT at 9:30 pm ET. The Jets, Islanders, Flames and Coyotes are also lacing up their skates. Don’t miss any of our hockey coverage with our NHL predictions.
#1 and #2 both taking the court
It should be an entertaining night on the college hardwood, with both top-ranked Houston and #2 Alabama on the schedule. Meanwhile, an all-ranked affair pits #18 UConn against #20 Providence. You can read our college basketball predictions throughout the 2022-23 campaign.
Man City headlines Champions League lineup
Four more teams will play the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. Manchester City is going up against RB Leipzig and Inter Milan is facing Porto. Check out all of our soccer picks.
Best Bet of the Day
NCAAB: Virginia Cavaliers -7.5 over Boston College Eagles (-110)
7:00 pm ET, ACC Network
Virginia has won 4 straight games since its road loss to Virginia Tech at the beginning of the month. The Cavaliers currently sit atop the ACC standings and will be motivated to continue their winning ways with Miami hot on their tail. UVA won by double-digits in the first head-to-head meeting this season and should be in line for more success on Wednesday. Check out our full Virginia vs Boston College predictions.
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With the proverbial second half of the NBA season tipping off tomorrow, don’t miss our best bets on NBA player futures and NBA team futures. Today’s NHL mega parlay and college basketball mega parlay are already available, as well.
We also have Honda Classic picks from golf expert Diane Knox Balas, tennis predictions for Doha and Dubai and today’s Champions League previews.
Check out more great content as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.
Stat of the Day
Outside of a 7-goal aberration against the Sabres, the Flames are averaging just 2.66 goals per game over their last 6. Additionally, both goalies on the roster rank no better than 50th out of 62 qualifying goalies in goals saved above expected since the start of February.
Quote of the Day
“On the court, he’s clearly demonstrated his leadership through his ability to connect and communicate at a very high level while displaying tremendous instincts for the game. As a person, they don’t come any better than Jacque.“
— Nets general manager Sean Marks after signing head coach Jacque Vaughn to a multi-year contract extension on Tuesday. Brooklyn is +4500 to win the Eastern Conference after trading away both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
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