Wise n' Shine: NHL picks, NBA predictions and college basketball best bets for Wednesday, January 25

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Caleb Wilfinger


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Deputy Editor for Pickswise with years of experience handicapping and giving out winning picks. Lover of all US sports and Southampton FC.

Good morning, Pickswise Nation, and welcome to another wonderful day of sports! The NFL Conference Championship games aren’t quite here yet, but we do have action in the NBA and NHL to keep you entertained, plus another massive day in college hoops. Let’s get into making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Eventful night in college basketball
There were a number of compelling college basketball games on Wednesday, and we were treated to some exciting finishes. Iowa State survived a late Kansas State run to win at home and move into a 3-way tie atop the Big 12 standings. Coincidentally, Texas is one of those teams tied at the top, as the Longhorns dispatched Oklahoma State for their second straight win. Other results included a wild finish at the Carrier Dome, with North Carolina defeating Syracuse, while Kentucky and Rutgers rolled their respective competition.

Knicks get a much-needed win at MSG 
It was a slow night in the NBA, but our handicappers had a profitable night as they went 5-2 on totals and our props expert went 2-1, including a win at +160 odds! We’re now on an 8-3 run on player props. The standout game came at Madison Square Garden, as the Knicks knocked off the Cavaliers in the waning moments while the Clippers demolished the Lakers.

Solid day of NHL prop picks
Our NHL team stayed hot on Tuesday, particularly in the player prop market. The Pickswise NHL handicappers are now on a 10-2 run, so be sure to look out for our NHL player props article today! 

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Today’s Slate

Fun day in the NBA
We’ve got a 10-game slate in the NBA on Wednesday, including the Nets vs 76ers and Grizzlies vs Warriors. Read today’s NBA picks.

Quiet night on the ice
With a busy weekend of NHL action on the horizon, Wednesday’s slate features just 5 games, but there are still compelling matchups to be had. The game of the day is in Toronto, as the Leafs host the Rangers, while the Hurricanes will take on the Stars in Dallas. Check out today’s NHL picks.

Packed college basketball slate
We’ve got another loaded college basketball slate on Wednesday, including a high-profile game in the Big East between Xavier and UConn. Before betting on any of the games, be sure to check out our NCAAB predictions.

Best Bet of the Day

NHL: Vancouver Canucks vs Seattle Kraken Over 6.5
10:00 pm ET, ESPN+

Right off the bat, we can simply look at the previous 2 meetings between these teams this season. The first was a 9-point game, while the most recent was an 11-point game at the end of December. Given how the form of these 2 squads hasn’t changed much since then or throughout the season for that matter, there’s no reason not to expect another high-scoring matchup. Vancouver is allowing a ridiculous 4.5 goals per game since January 1, the most in the league. Expect another high-scoring clash in this one. Read our full Canucks vs Kraken predictions.

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Our NBA mega parlay is ready to read, along with today’s NHL mega parlay. This week’s golf event starts today as well, so don’t miss our Farmers Insurance Open predictions from our expert Diane Knox Balas!

We’ve got a plethora of content on the way for the NFL Conference Championship games, but for now, you can whet your football appetite with Prop Holliday’s best 49ers vs Eagles player prop picks for the NFC Championship.

Read all of our 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.

Mark Zinno and Lauren Jbara are your hosts today and they will be joined by Bobby Stanley, also known as Prop Holliday, Pickswise’s Prop Analyst. The trio will talk about the midweek NFL line moves for this Conference Championship weekend before diving into some NBA action and their Plays of the Day.

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

AJ Brown is averaging 84 receiving yards per game this season. His receiving yards prop is currently listed at 67.5 for Sunday’s game against the 49ers.

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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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