Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Christmas Day!

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Andrew Wilsher

NFL· 3 weeks ago

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Editor of Pickswise. Born and raised in jolly old London, England, with an undying love for the NFL, NBA, soccer, and horse racing. A big-time sports bettor who loves futures markets and backing underdogs. Long-suffering New York Jets fan.

Merry Christmas Pickswise Nation! What a great day it is, as we’ve got great NFL, NBA, college football and college basketball action to be hyped up for. Let’s get right into making your next bet better!

About Last Night

There weren’t any sports to watch on Christmas Eve after the Hawaii Bowl between Hawaii and Memphis was cancelled, but anyone who bet the over on cookies and milk consumed by Santa Claus will have enjoyed an easy win!

Today’s Slate

NFL doubleheader ensures a merry Christmas
As well as a feast of food and plenty of presents, we’ve also got a doubleheader of NFL action to look forward to today! The Cleveland Browns take on the Green Bay Packers at 4:30pm ET, with the Browns fighting to stay in playoff contention while the Packers are looking to secure the #1 seed in the NFC. That is followed by a battle between the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals at 8:15pm ET, with both teams also fighting to make it to the postseason. Check out our picks for both of today’s NFL matchups!

An NBA slate to savor
One of the best things about Christmas is getting to see box office NBA action all day long, and today is no exception. Tipping off with the Hawks vs Knicks at 12pm ET on ESPN, we’ve also got the Celtics taking on the Bucks (2:30pm ET, ABC), the red-hot Warriors battling the Suns (5pm ET, ABC), a clash of stars between the Nets and Lakers (7:30pm ET, ABC), before rounding out the day with the Mavericks meeting the Jazz (10:30pm ET, ESPN) in the nightcap. Make sure you read our predictions for ALL those mega matchups.

Bowl season continues with Camellia Bowl
Georgia State and Ball State face off in the Camellia Bowl to quench the thirst of college football fans, with that game getting underway at 7:30pm ET. Read our preview for that game here.

Four-game college basketball slate with Hawaii Airlines Classic
College basketball fans don’t have to succumb to the NBA if they don’t want to — there are four back-to-back games in the Hawaii Airlines Classic to get hyped up for! Check out our picks for each of those games.

Best Bet of the Day

Indianapolis Colts ML over Arizona Cardinals
8:15pm ET, NFL Network

Arizona’s 7-0 start to the season is starting to seem like a long time ago as the Cardinals are just 3-4 since then. They’ve also just lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, with the latest being against a woeful Lions team. As for the Colts, they’ve won 7 of their last 9 games and just dominated the Patriots. After Tennessee’s win against San Francisco on TNF, they will be fully motivated to keep winning here in order to maintain their postseason hopes. Read our full game preview for Colts vs Cardinals.

Must-watch

Make sure you also watch this week’s Pickswise Playbook, as Chris Rose, Ross Tucker, and Jared Smith go in depth on every game on the NFL Week 16 card with plenty of advice, information, and great bets.

Must-read

We’ve got a whole host of great betting content to suit every type of sports fan on Christmas Day. We’ve got a Christmas sports schedule to make sure you don’t miss a game, as well as a Christmas Day cross-sport parlay (+1262 odds!).

If it’s NFL content you want, then make sure you read our Colts vs Cardinals +1160 same game parlay, while we’ve also got SGPs for EVERY NBA matchup today.

Be sure to head over to the Analysis tab for even more great sports betting content.

Stat of the Day

The Packers are plus-12 in the turnover margin, which is the second-best mark in the league.

Boost of the Day

Packers and Browns each to score 1+ rushing TDs and 1+ passing TDs

FanDuel Sportsbook has bumped up the odds from +230 to +300 on both the Packers and Browns to find the endzone through the air and on the ground. Four touchdowns in different ways seems like a lot, but if you’re already betting the over on the total, this could be a nice compliment.

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