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