Wise n' Shine: NFL Thursday Night Football picks, NBA and NHL best bets for Thursday, December 22

Good morning Pickswise Nation and welcome to another terrific Thursday of sports. We have action in the NFL tonight as Thursday Night Football starts Week 16, and we also have a bowl game in college football, plus NBA and NHL slates, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Nets blow out the Warriors
Not having Steph Curry, Klay Thompson or Andrew Wiggins proved to be too difficult to overcome as the Warriors lost 143-113 to the Nets. After the first quarter alone, Golden State was down 29 points. Let’s just say we felt pretty comfortable with our Nets -12.5 pick for the entire 48 minutes. Our other 3-star play of over 228.5 in Lakers vs Kings also cashed comfortably as the Kings won 134-120. The Cavaliers beat the Bucks 114-106 in an Eastern Conference showdown and the Raptors ended the Knicks winning streak with a 113-106 win at Madison Square Garden.

Today’s Slate

Thursday Night Football
Football is back! This week’s edition of Thursday Night Football is between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets. Check out our Jaguars vs Jets predictions.

Slow day in the NBA
After a busy day in the association yesterday, we are limited to just 2 games tonight. The Spurs take on the Pelicans first at 8:00pm ET and the Wizards take on the Jazz an hour later. Read today’s NBA picks.

Armed Forces Bowl
Today’s college football bowl game is between Baylor and Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl. Check out today’s college football predictions.

Excellent 8-game NHL slate
We have a solid slate in the NHL tonight as 8 games are taking place. Before the puck drops, be sure to read today’s NHL predictions.

Best Bet of the Day

NCAAF: Air Force +4 over Baylor
7:30 pm ET, ESPN

The Baylor Bears take on the Air Force Falcons in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. Baylor finished the season 6-6 but lost their last 3 games to finish the season. It is a disappointing season for the Bears who were 12-2 with a Sugar Bowl win last season. They are playing an Air Force team who has exceeded expectations and had the third-best overall record in the Mountain West. They finished the season 9-3 and won their last 4 games. Both teams are looking to end their season on a win.

Neither team has very many holdouts or draft prospects, so this game should be one of the few bowl games close to a regular season game. Baylor has a high-powered passing offense and averages 33.6 points and 235 passing yards per game. They are playing an Air Force defense that only allows 13.3 points and 256 yards per game. These Air Force guys are playing in possibly the last football game they will ever play in and will come ready to go against a tough Baylor team. Take the points in what should be a close game. Read our full Armed Forces Bowl predictions.


Enhance your sports betting knowledge by watching our daily sports betting show Let’s Bet It at 10:00 am ET.

Lauren Jbara and Jared Smith are your hosts today, and they will be joined by Bobby Stanley (@PropHolliday) our props analyst, to talk Thursday Night Football. The team will play a Would You Rather segment in the NFL, preview Thursday Night Football, and discuss college football bowl previews before revealing their Plays of the Day.

Check it out at our YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/c/Pickswise and remember you can also access the show through Spotify and Apple Podcasts (search for Let’s Bet It Presented By Pickswise).


Thursday Night Football is here! Don’t miss our Jaguars vs Jets predictions for the primetime matchup. Our expert has also found 2 touchdown scorer best bets to go along with our Same Game Parlay at +1600 odds after cashing Sunday Night Football’s +1300 Same Game Parlay! And don’t miss Prop Holliday’s Jaguars-Jets NFL player prop bets.

You can also read our NHL mega parlay and hockey player props, plus Armed Forces Bowl Best Bets.

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 New York Jets have held opponents to 21 or fewer points in 9 of their last 11 games.

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