Wise n' Shine: NBA picks, NHL predictions and college basketball best bets for Friday, January 13

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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. For Phil Agius media enquiries, please email contact@pickswise.com.

Good morning, Pickswise Nation, and welcome to a fantastic Friday of sports. We have a big NBA slate tonight, plus NHL, college basketball and EPL soccer to enjoy, while the NFL playoffs are just one day away. So let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Perfect night on NBA props
Our props expert Bobby “Prop Holliday” Stanley went 3-0 on his NBA prop picks on Thursday night, including a win at +145 odds. Our Celtics vs Nets Same Game Parlay also cashed, albeit at reduced odds of +416 due to a void leg. The Celtics won that game 109-98, while the Heat beat the Bucks 108-102.

Kraken take down the Bruins
The Seattle Kraken beat the Boston Bruins on Thursday to win their 7th straight game and hand Boston their first home loss in regulation for 29 games. There was no fluke about it either, as Seattle won each period 1-0 for a stunning 3-0 victory.

Gonzaga holds off BYU
#8 Gonzaga just avoided an upset by BYU last night, holding on to win 75-74, but #7 UCLA and #9 Arizona both recorded more comfortable wins.

Today’s Slate

Big night in the NBA
There’s a 9-game slate in the NBA tonight as it makes the most of the spotlight before the focus is on the NFL over the weekend. Warriors vs Spurs at 7:30 pm ET and Nuggets vs Clippers at 10:00 pm ET are being shown on ESPN. Read today’s NBA picks.

Jets vs Penguins on NHL Network
It’s a small slate in the NHL today with just 3 games, featuring Jets vs Penguins at 7:00 pm ET on NHL Network. Read today’s NHL picks.

There’s college hoops and soccer, too
Nebraska vs Purdue is the top college basketball game today (7:00 pm ET, BTN), and you can check out our coverage of today’s college basketball predictions plus our soccer picks, which include a play for today’s Aston Villa vs Leeds EPL game (3:00 pm ET, USA Network).

Best Bet of the Day

NBA: San Antonio Spurs +8 over Golden State Warriors
7:30 pm ET, ESPN

A record-breaking attendance is expected for tonight’s game as 64,387 tickets have been sold as the Warriors and Spurs meet up at the Alamodome. The Warriors are on a 3-game losing streak following their embarrassing 125-113 loss to a Suns team without 4 starters. Now they’re on the road, where they have a 3-16 SU record this season, the worst mark in the NBA. The Spurs are 1-6 in their last 7 games overall, but they’ve held their ground pretty well over the last 3, losing by just 6, 8 and 5 points against Memphis (twice) and the Boston Celtics. They’ve covered the spread in 5 straight games. Read our full Warriors vs Spurs predictions.

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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.

Lauren Jbara and Mark Zinno are your hosts today, and they will be joined by ESPN college basketball analyst Dalen Cuff (@DalenCuff) to talk hoops, as well as looking ahead to the weekend NFL playoff action and revealing 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 Wild Card Weekend edition of Pickswise Playbook, our weekly NFL preview show presented by Superbook Sports, is also available, featuring former NFL star Tank Williams, so be sure to check that out too!

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Find all the latest Sportsbook Promo Codes and Bonuses for NFL Wild Card Weekend, including sportsbooks live in your state. 


Our NFL coverage for the 6 Wild Card games is building by the hour and our NFL predictions for every game are available already. Our articles for Saturday’s games include Same Game Parlays for Seahawks vs 49ers and Chargers vs Jaguars, plus NFL player props from Prop Holliday and touchdown scorer picks.

For today’s action, why not start with our NHL mega parlay and NHL player props.

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

Stat of the Day

The Hawks are 4-10 in their last 14 games on the road.

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