Wise n' Shine: NBA picks, NHL predictions and college basketball best bets for Tuesday, January 24

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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 another busy day of sports. We have NBA and NHL action today, plus college basketball, tennis and soccer, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Strong start to the week in the NBA
The Pickswise NBA handicappers made a great start to the week on Monday, going 5-2 on sides (including the Rockets ML at +185), 5-2 on totals and cashing our Best Bet of under 245.5 in Grizzlies vs Kings. Prop Holliday also went 2-0 with his NBA player props, putting us on a 6-2 run over the last 3 days. The Bucks reached the 150-point mark with their 150-130 win over the Pistons, while the Trail Blazers were not far off, beating the Spurs 147-127.

NHL props run reaches 9-1
It was also a sweep on Best Bets and props in the NHL on Monday. Our 3-star play of Rangers ML cashed comfortably as they beat the Panthers 6-2, while it was another 2-0 day of NHL player props, making it an incredible 9-1 over the last 5 days!

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Today’s Slate

Clippers vs Lakers on NBA TV
There are 7 NBA games tonight, with NBA TV showing Celtics vs Heat at 7:00 pm ET and Clippers vs Lakers at 10:00 pm ET. Read today’s NBA picks.

11-game NHL slate
We have 11 games in the NHL today, with Wild vs Lightning and Golden Knights vs Devils among the top matchups. Read today’s NHL predictions.

There’s college hoops, soccer and tennis too
Kansas State vs Iowa State is the top college basketball game today at 9:00 pm on ESPNU and you can read our college basketball picks for all today’s games. We have soccer picks for Newcastle vs Southampton, and our terrific coverage of the Australian Open continues with today’s tennis predictions – our handicapper Ricky Dimon went 3-0 on Day 9!

Best Bet of the Day

NHL: Boston Bruins -1.5 vs Montreal Canadiens
7:00 pm ET, ESPN+

The Boston Bruins are on an absolute tear, 9-1-0 in their last 10 games, while the Canadiens have been treading water, going 5-5-0 in their last 10. The Canadiens have announced that their star forward, Cole Caufield, will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, and he is their leading goalscorer with 26 goals in 46 games. With no Caufield in the lineup, it is tough to see how the Canadiens will score against a tough defense. Read our full Bruins vs Canadiens predictions.

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Lauren Jbara and Jared Smith are your hosts today, and they will be joined by Mo Egger (@MoEgger), afternoon host on ESPN 1530 and 700 WLW/ESPN Radio and host of the Mo Egger Podcast, to talk NFL. The team will also discuss today’s college basketball games before revealing their Plays of the Day.

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Our NBA mega parlay is ready to read, along with today’s NHL mega parlay and our hockey player props. This week’s golf event starts tomorrow, so don’t miss our Farmers Insurance Open predictions from our expert Diane Knox Balas. Looking ahead to the weekend’s NFL, we have Jared Smith’s analysis of the opening lines in Early Birds, and Prop Holliday’s early NFL player prop picks for the 49ers vs Eagles game.

Be sure to head over to the Analysis tab for all today’s great betting content as it drops throughout the day.

Stat of the Day

The Lakers have gone 9-3 against the spread in their last 12 games.

Quote of the Day

“Want me to be okay with losing? Nah. Want me to be okay with our level of play when it’s not up to the standard? Nah.”

Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ tweets suggest he is still upset about their playoff loss to the Bengals.

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