Wise n' Shine: NBA picks and NHL best bets for Tuesday, January 3, plus a look ahead to NFL Week 18 

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Good morning, Pickswise Nation. College football bowl season is over until next Monday’s National Championship and we are in between weeks in the NFL, but there is still plenty to discuss for Tuesday. The menu is full when it comes to the NBA, NHL and college basketball. 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

Pickswise experts sweep the bowl-game board
The penultimate day of the college football season could not have been more successful for Pickswise. Our experts went 4-0 ATS/ML and 4-0 O/U on Monday’s 4 games. A +608 parlay was successful and a +649 mega parlay also cashed. The marquee matchup of the day saw Tulane stun USC 46-45 in the Cotton Bowl. 

Mitchell scores 71 points
Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell went positively wild on Tuesday, scoring 71 points during a 145-134 overtime defeat of Chicago. Mitchell, who shot 22-of-34 from the floor, 7-for-15 from deep and 20-of-25 at the free-throw line, also had 11 assists and 8 rebounds.

Lightning strikes twice for Rutgers
Last season Rutgers upset Purdue when the Boilermakers were the nation’s top-ranked team. Well, it happened again. The Scarlet Knights took down #1 65-64, and did so at Purdue.

Editor’s note: There was no Monday Night Football result, as Bills vs Bengals was postponed when Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field and was issued CPR before being taken to hospital in an ambulance. Pickswise’s thoughts and prayers are with Hamlin and his family. 

Today’s Slate

Big day in college basketball
It’s a non-football day, which means basketball is king. Mississippi State vs Tennessee is a blockbuster battle on ESPN2, while Virginia, Kansas and Alabama are among the other teams in action. Here are our college basketball predictions. 

Three games in the NBA
What will the NBA produce for an encore to Mitchell’s magical night? We will find out when Milwaukee hosts Washington, Boston travels to Oklahoma City and Utah entertains Sacramento. Don’t miss any of our NBA picks. 

Kings vs Stars on ESPN
The NHL is making a somewhat rare appearance on ESPN for the Kings vs Stars game. There are a total of 11 games on the schedule, with Toronto hosting St. Louis and Tampa Bay paying a visit to Chicago. You can find our hockey coverage on the NHL page.

Best Bet of the Day

NHL: Dallas Stars ML (-125) over Los Angeles Kings
10:00 pm ET, ESPN 

Dallas is first in the Central Division and Los Angeles is second in the Pacific Division, but the season is still too young to be comfortable so expect each team to come prepared. The Stars have been much too dominant to pick against them these days. The Kings are still showing inconsistencies, as they are coming off of a loss to a weak Flyers team. On the other hand, the Stars have won 4 straight games. Thr clubs are playing at a different level right now, so roll with the hotter one — even on the road. Check out our full Stars vs Kings predictions. 



As the new year begins, we are both reflecting back and looking forward at the same time. Here is our list of worst “bad beats” of 2022 — a special end-of-year story documenting some of the toughest losses for bettors – while Jared Smith has already analyzed the NFL Week 18 betting market and we have a preview for Titans vs Jaguars that will decide the AFC South title. 

On the ice, be sure to read our +962 NHL mega parlay. You will also want to read our preview for Newcastle United vs Arsenal in the English Premier League. Meanwhile, the PGA Tour season heats up in Hawaii and Diane Knox Balas has delivered her best bets for the Sentry Tournament of Champions. 

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 Jermaine Wiggins (@jwiggins85), former NFL tight end and current analyst for 93.7 WEEI Boston & The Greg Hill Show. There will be NFL and college football discussion to go along with – as always – their 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

Newcastle United has scored only 5 goals in its last 5 games heading into Tuesday’s date with Arsenal, which owns a 7-point lead atop the English Premier League table. 

Quote of the Day

“To be there in the record book with guys like Wilt (Chamberlain) is truly humbling. I always believed I could be one of the best players in the league. I’m speechless and blessed to be in the company of that greatness.’’ 

Donovan Mitchell following his 71-point performance 

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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