Wise n' Shine: College football picks, NBA predictions, World Cup and NHL best bets for Saturday, December 3

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Phil Agius


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I've been writing about the NFL and a host of other sports for the UK's top daily betting paper the Racing Post for more than 20 years. An incurable Browns fan (1-31 survivor), I also specialise in all kinds of motorsport betting including F1, MotoGP, IndyCar and NASCAR.

Welcome to another super Saturday of sports! We have a huge day of college football and a massive World Cup game for the USMNT, plus NBA, NHL, UFC and college basketball action to enjoy, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

College football parlay cashes at +738 odds
We started college football Championship Weekend in style with a +738 odds win on our CFB Friday mega parlay. That included a pick of the Utah Utes to upset the USC Trojans, and they did so in style with a 47-24 victory that opens the door to the top 4 for Ohio State.

Heat take down Celtics in OT
The Miami Heat inflicted only the 5th loss of the season on the Boston Celtics with a 120-116 overtime success as an 8-point underdog. The Pickswise team cashed 3-star plays on Lakers +8 as they beat the Bucks 133-129 and Pelicans -7.5 as they beat the Spurs 117-99.

Dogs have their day in the NHL
All 3 underdogs won on the 3-game NHL slate, including the Jets losing 4-1 to the Blue Jackets and the Predators beating the Islanders by the same score.

Cameroon beats Brazil at the World Cup
Cameroon (+750) caused a huge upset with a 1-0 win over Brazil at the soccer World Cup, although the trophy favorite still won the group. The 3-2 win for Switzerland over Serbia was a nice result for those who tailed our pick of over 3.5 goals in that game at +275 odds.

Today’s Slate

Huge day of college football
Today has everything the college football fan could want with a great slate of games, including LSU vs Georgia at 4:00 pm ET on CBS, and Purdue vs Michigan at 8:00 pm ET on FOX. Check out today’s NCAAF picks.

NBA games start early
We have a 7-game slate in the NBA today with Mavericks vs Knicks getting things going at 12:30 pm ET. Read today’s NBA picks.

Busy day of hockey action
There is a 13-game NHL slate today, with NHL Network showing Ducks vs Wild at 2:00 pm ET and Maple Leafs vs Lightning at 7:00 pm ET. Read today’s NHL predictions.

Round of 16 starts at the World Cup
The USMNT plays the Netherlands in the first game of the round of 16 at the World Cup today (10:00am ET, FOX, Peacock, Telemundo). The later game is Australia vs Argentina at 2:00pm ET. Read today’s World Cup soccer 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 on ESPN 42 tonight and we have the best UFC predictions for the fights.

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Best Bet of the Day

NBA: Sacramento Kings ML over Los Angeles Clippers
4:00 pm ET

After cooling off a bit with a 3-game losing streak, the Kings returned to winning ways in style with a 137-114 win over the Indiana Pacers in their last game. They had a solid 2 days of rest before tonight’s game against the Clippers. LA’s Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Luke Kennard have missed the last 5 games and without them the Clippers are 2-3 SU. They got beaten pretty badly by the Utah Jazz in their last game. The Kings have had a few minor bumps in the road lately, but over their last 11 games they have 8 really solid wins. Read our full Kings vs Clippers 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 every angle of today’s college football games 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 13 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 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 13 content available, too — including Jared Smith’s NFL best bets, our  Week 13 mega parlay and this week’s best NFL player prop picks. Our NHL mega parlay and hockey player props are also available, along with our Saturday NBA mega parlay.

It’s a big day at the soccer World Cup and we have Same Game Parlays for the Netherlands vs USA and Argentina vs Australia round-of-16 games, while for tonight’s UFC action we have UFC on ESPN 42 Best Bets and a UFC 4-fight parlay.

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

Stat of the Day

The USMNT was eliminated at the round-of-16 stage in its last 2 World Cups, losing to Ghana in 2010 and Belgium in 2014, but both of those games were tied after regulation and went to extra-time.

Boost of the Day

USA and Argentina to each score 1+ goals (regulation and stoppage time only)

FanDuel Sportsbook has enhanced the odds of the United States and Argentina both scoring one or more goals in their World Cup games today from -145 to +100. Goals scored in extra-time or shootouts do not count.

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

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