Wise n' Shine: NBA picks and college basketball predictions for Sunday, February 5

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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.

Good morning, Pickswise Nation. Let’s get through this first Sunday with no competitive football since September together. We have everything you need to enhance your enjoyment of today’s NBA, college basketball and soccer action, and the Super Bowl is now just 7 days away, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better.

About Last Night

Clippers beat Knicks in OT
The Clippers had their backers worried last night, as they l0st a 15-point lead in the 4th quarter against the Knicks only to bounce back in overtime to win 134-128. Clippers -3.5 had been our only 3-star play on Saturday, and props ace Bobby “Prop Holliday” Stanley went 3-0 with his NBA player props picks. The Warriors beat the Mavericks 119-113 but failed to cover a double-digit spread despite leading 40-23 after the first quarter. Steph Curry leaving with a knee injury hampered Golden State.

Atlantic Division stars in Florida
The NHL’s all-star honors went to the Atlantic Division, which beat the Central Division 7-5 in the final. Florida Panthers winger Matthew Tkachuk was named the tournament MVP.

Hoosiers pop Boilermakers’ bubble
#1 Purdue lost 79-74 to Indiana on Saturday, inflicting only the second loss on the Boilermakers this season. Virginia, Kansas State and Kansas were other ranked teams that were beaten.

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Today’s Slate

76ers vs Knicks on ESPN
While it will be interesting to see what kind of TV audience the NFL’s Pro Bowl flag football games draw today (3:00 pm ET, ESPN), the NBA provides the main sporting action of the day with a 6-game slate including 76ers vs Knicks at 6:00 pm ET on ESPN. The Magic and Hornets get the day started at 1:00 pm ET. Read today’s NBA picks.

There’s college basketball and soccer, too
It’s a quieter day of college hoops after yesterday’s shocks, but #3 Houston is taking the court while Ohio State plays Michigan. Read today’s NCAAB predictions. We also have soccer picks for today’s EPL games, which include Tottenham vs Manchester City on NBC at 11:30 am ET.

Best Bet of the Day

NCAAB: Temple Owls +11 over Houston Cougars
6:00 pm ET, ESPN2

Temple and Houston meet in a rematch of one of the year’s biggest upsets after Temple upended then #1 Houston 56-55 on the Cougars’ own home court. Including that win, Temple has been on a hot streak — winning 4 in a row. Houston has won 3 straight since the Temple loss, but the Owls’ defense has improved remarkably since beginning conference play. This is too large of a spread for teams that play ultra-slowly and emphasize defense. Houston is the better team and should win, but we’ll take 11 points with the home team in a matchup that the underdog won just a couple of weeks ago. Check out our full Houston vs Temple predictions.

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We have an NBA mega parlay for today’s games and our Super Bowl coverage is growing by the day and now includes our Super Bowl 57 Same Game Parlay plus Prop Holliday’s best NFL prop bets.

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

Must-watch: Two guests on Let’s Bet It today

Don’t forget 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 Jared Smith are your hosts today and they will be joined by Pickswise NFL props expert Bobby “Prop Holliday” Stanley to look at today’s latest Super Bowl odds and today’s best NBA props. That’s not all, though, as the guys will also be talking about the Chiefs vs Eagles game with Sean Green (@seantgreen), co-founder of SGP Network. And, of course, the team will close by revealing their Plays of the Day!

The Super Bowl 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!

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

Stat of the Day

The 76ers have won 10 of their last 11 road games against the Knicks.

Quote of the Day

“Any time a guy gets an MRI, there’s a concern level. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was hoping for good news after Stephen Curry limped off against the Mavericks with a knee injury.

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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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