Wise n' Shine: NFL picks, NBA predictions, EPL and college football best bets for Monday, December 26

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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 wonderful week of sports. We hope you enjoyed all the holiday sports action yesterday and the good news is there’s more coming up today. We have the final game of NFL Week 16, plus NBA, college football and soccer games today, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better.

About Last Night

Big wins for Packers and Bucs
The Pickswise team went 2-1 against the spread on Sunday’s NFL slate, taking our Week 16 tally to 9-6, while our touchdown scorer articles on the Christmas Day games had some nice winners in Greg Dulcich (+360), Jaylen Waddle (+140) and James Conner (+165). The Packers and Buccaneers posted important wins to boost their playoff hopes, while the Rams blew away the Broncos 51-14.

NBA picks provide Christmas cheer
The Christmas Day NBA slate saw our experts go 3-2 against the spread and 4-1 on totals. The Celtics dominated the Bucks in a 139-118 win while the Nuggets edged past the Suns in overtime, winning 128-125.

Today’s Slate

Chargers vs Colts on MNF
NFL Week 16 comes to a close as the Chargers take on the Colts on Monday Night Football at 8:15 pm ET on ESPN, with Nick Foles taking over at QB for the Colts. Read our Chargers vs Colts Same Game Parlay.

7 NBA games tonight
There’s a solid 7-game NBA slate tonight including 2 games on NBA TV, with Nets vs Cavaliers at 7:00 pm ET and Hornets vs Trail Blazers at 10:00 pm ET. Check out our NBA picks.

Quick Lane Bowl is on ESPN
There’s a college football bowl game this afternoon with New Mexico State and Bowling Green contesting the Quick Lane Bowl on ESPN at 2:30pm ET. Read today’s NCAAF predictions.

The EPL is back!
The English Premier League bursts back into life after the World Cup break with 7 EPL games today and we have soccer picks for the Boxing Day slate.

Best Bet of the Day

NBA: Chicago Bulls -8 over Houston Rockets
8:00 pm ET

There seems to be no end in sight for the losing streak of the Houston Rockets, who have dropped 5 straight games. Tonight’s matchup in Chicago might look like an opportunity to turn things around but they are 3-15 SU in their last 18 games on the road. Chicago has slowly started to turn things around with 3 straight road wins and it will be important to get a win over the Rockets as their next 7 or so games are against tough opponents. The Bulls are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games against the Rockets and have covered in their last 4 games following a win. Check out our full Rockets vs Bulls predictions.


We have Monday Night Football Chargers vs Colts Same Game Parlay and MNF prop bets, and we’re already looking forward to the Week 17 lines in Jared Smith’s Early Birds.

Our Nets vs Cavaliers Same Game Parlay is also available, along with our Tuesday NHL mega parlay if you’re missing the hockey today!

Keep an eye out for more great sports analysis 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 youtube.com/c/Pickswise at 10:00 am ET.

Lauren Jbara and Jared Smith are your hosts today and they will be previewing tonight’s NFL game and looking at all this week’s NFL and college football action before revealing their Plays of the Day.

Also, don’t forget to check out the Chargers vs Colts preview from this week’s Pickswise Playbook show below!

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 Colts have covered the spread in their 3 games against AFC West teams this season.

Quote of the Day

“I’m embarrassed. That’s not what we’re about.”

Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett was not impressed by his team’s 51-14 loss to the Rams.

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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