Wise n' Shine: College football picks, NBA predictions and NHL best bets for Saturday, November 19

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Welcome to another super Saturday of sports! We have a huge day of college football, plus NBA, college basketball, NHL and UFC action and the soccer World Cup is just one day away now, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

NBA parlay success
Our NBA handicappers hit a couple of parlays on Friday as our standard NBA parlay cashed at reduced odds of +264 (due to the third leg being a push), and it was a similar story on our Bucks vs 76ers Same Game Parlay with 2 legs cashing and the other being a push, leaving us with a +538 win. Our only 3-star play of over 230.5 in Thunder vs Grizzlies cashed too as the Grizzlies won 121-110.

Canucks come through
It was a 1 bet, 1 win day for Pickswise in the NHL as the Canucks (-105) won the only game of the day, beating the Kings 4-1 in Vancouver. We are on a 7-2 run with NHL player props, too, after Friday’s pick was a winner.

2-0 ATS on college football
Friday was the calm before the Saturday storm in college football, but it was a nice introduction to the weekend as we went 2-0 against the spread with our picks of San Diego State -14.5 and South Florida +13.5.

Today’s Slate

Great slate of college football
Today has everything the college football fan could want with a huge slate of games, with the early games including Illinois vs Michigan at noon ET on ABC. Georgia plays Kentucky at 3:30 pm ET on CBS, with USC vs UCLA at 8:00 pm ET on FOX. Check out today’s NCAAF picks.

5 games in the NBA
We have a 5-game slate in the NBA tonight with Timberwolves vs 76ers at 7:00 pm ET and Jazz vs Trail Blazers at 10:00 pm ET, both on NBA TV. Read today’s NBA picks.

Busy day of hockey action
There is a huge 15-game NHL slate today, with NHL Network showing Devils vs Senators at 1:00 pm ET, Flames vs Panthers at 4:00 pm ET and Blackhawks vs Bruins at 7:00 pm ET. Read today’s NHL predictions.

There’s college basketball and UFC too
The college hoops action continues and you can read today’s college basketball picks, while it’s UFC Fight Night 215 tonight and we have the best UFC predictions for the fights.

NFL Week 11 Promo Codes

Find all the latest Sportsbook Promo Codes and Bonuses for NFL Week 11, including sportsbooks live in your state.

Best Bet of the Day

CFB: Michigan Wolverines -17.5 over Illinois Fighting Illini
12:00 pm ET, ABC

The Wolverines have pretty much cruised to a perfect 10-0 record, having yet to encounter a real dogfight. Their defense has been even better than last year’s, ranking 1st in points allowed per game (11.2) and top 5 in every major yardage category, but Heisman Trophy candidate Blake Corum has stolen the spotlight. He is averaging a robust 134.9 yards per game rushing while touching paydirt 18 total times. This Illinois defensive unit is no joke, but the Illini haven’t faced an offensive line or running back like Michigan’s. Michigan is also 12-3-1 ATS in its last 16 conference games, while the Fighting Illini have now failed to cover in 3 of their last 5 contests. This should yet again be a rather easy victory for the Wolverines. Read our full Illinois vs Michigan predictions.


Be sure to check out our daily show Let’s Bet It on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/Pickswise at 10:00 am ET.

Mark Zinno and Brandon Marcello are your hosts today and they will be looking at all the big college football Week 12 games, plus the latest CFB championship and Heisman Trophy odds, before giving out their Plays of the Day.

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

The Week 11 edition of Pickwise Playbook, our weekly NFL preview show, is also available, featuring former NFL star Tank Williams, so be sure to check that out, too!


Everything you need for today’s college football is contained within our college football Week 12 betting guide, which has the links to all today’s picks, parlays, previews and expert analysis — including our NCAAF best bets and CFB Saturday mega parlay.

There’s a ton of NFL Week 11 content available, too — including Jared Smith’s NFL best bets, our  Week 11 mega parlay and this week’s best NFL player prop picks.

Our NHL mega parlay and hockey player props are also available, while for the NBA, we have our Saturday mega parlay, NBA player props and a Timberwolves vs 76ers Same Game Parlay. For tonight’s UFC action we have UFC Fight Night 215 Best Bets and a UFC 4-fight parlay.

The huge sporting spectacle of the soccer World Cup is just one day away and you can read our World Cup predictions, Golden Boot Best Bets and group previews, including our Group B picks as the United States face Iran, Wales and England. Our World Cup predictions for the opening games are also available.

Read all of our great sports analysis as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.

Stat of the Day

The Magic have lost 10 of their last 11 road games.

Boost of the Day

TCU -2.5 and Notre Dame & Ohio State to each win by 14+ points

FanDuel Sportsbook has enhanced the odds of a  3-team college football parlay of TCU -2.5 (vs Baylor) and Notre Dame (vs Boston College) and Ohio State (vs Maryland), each winning by 14+ points today from +175 odds to +250.

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