Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Friday, December 17

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Andrew Ortenberg

NFL· 1 month ago

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I'm an editor here at Pickswise who was raised in a household full of sports fanatics. Since I unfortunately never had LeBron James' jumping ability I wasn't able to make it to the NBA, and chose writing about sports as the next best thing. An avid sports bettor myself, I'm excited to get to write about the industry as it gets set to take off across the country. Buckle up.

Week 15 of the NFL season is here, and college football bowl season will get underway on Friday. It’s a great time of year for sports fans, and the weekend has a ton of promise. We have plenty football, basketball, hockey, and soccer on the schedule.

Let’s get straight to it as we hope to make your next bet better!

About Last Night

Chargers blow late lead in wild TNF
Thursday Night Football sure was highly entertaining. The Chiefs and Chargers’ offenses both exploded late in the game, leading to a dramatic overtime victory for Kansas City. After the game, I wrote up my couple of biggest takeaways from their 34-28 win. It sure was fun watching Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert match each other throw for throw in the fourth quarter.

A successful day of college hoops
Our experts crushed it in college basketball on Thursday. We had a small slate, but we went 2-0 ATS with Duke -21 and Dartmouth +13.5 both getting to the window. We also cashed our college basketball parlay of Duke -21, Duke/App State over 139.5, and Dartmouth +13.5 at +596 odds! Be sure to check out all of our college basketball picks for Friday.

Today’s Slate

College football bowl season kicks off
The 2021 college football season sure was a wild ride, and now the postseason festivities are underway. Bowl action will start early on Friday, with Middle Tennessee taking on Toledo in the Bahamas Bowl at 12:00 pm ET on ESPN. Northern Illinois will then meet Coastal Carolina in the Tailgreeter Cure Bowl at 6:00pm ET on ESPN2. Make sure to check out our previews for both games, and every bowl game this year, here.

Big slate in the NBA
In addition to the couple of bowl games, there’s a big NBA slate if you’re more of a basketball person. We have eight games on the schedule, headlined by a nationally televised showdown between the Warriors and Celtics (7:30 pm ET on ESPN). Of course, we’ll have free picks on the side and total for all eight games.

Golden Knights vs Rangers highlights 6 NHL games
A matchup between one of the best teams in the East and a playoff team from the West will highlight the NHL card. The Golden Knights and Rangers will do battle at 7:00 pm ET to kickoff the slate in exciting fashion. We’ve gone 8-2 on our last 10 NHL best bets, so our experts are red-hot right now. Check out their picks for all of Friday’s games.

Best Bet of the Day

Anaheim Ducks ML over Arizona Coyotes
10:00 pm ET, ESPN+

Like I just mentioned, our NHL best bets are on fire, so why not continue to ride the wave on Friday? The Ducks are big favorites over the Coyotes, and Pickswise expert Chadwick Wetzel doesn’t see Arizona putting up much of a fight. The Coyotes are one of the worst offensive teams in the league, while the Ducks have been much better than everybody expected. Anaheim has won four of five, and their young core is clicking. Read our full game preview for Coyotes vs Ducks.

Must-watch

Check out our daily betting show Let’s Bet It! with regular hosts Lauren Jbara and Alex Glaze joined by fantasy analyst Howard Bender to break down NFL Week 15. Lauren and Alex will also discuss the weekend’s college football bowl games and some NBA action. Watch on our YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/c/Pickswise.

Make sure you also watch this week’s Pickswise Playbook, as Chris Rose, Ross Tucker, and Jared Smith break down every game on the NFL Week 15 card with plenty of advice, information, and great bets.

Must-read

Our NFL Week 15 coverage is ready to go. Be sure to read the latest edition of our Pickswise Power Rankings in addition to Jared Smith’s Back to the Futures column, plus our Week 15 survivor pool picks.

If you’re looking to sprinkle a few bucks on a potential jackpot, we have a 12-leg millionaire parlay that pays out at almost 2,500/1. Dylan Ruhl also came through with his favorite underdog ATS plays for the Week 15 NFL card. As for the upcoming college football bowl games, we take a look at the where the futures markets stand before the festivities kick off and we have also provided our readers with the full bowl schedule — complete with game times, locations, TV channels, and odds. It’s a great way to get primed for all the action.

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

Stat of the Day

Heading into tonight’s game against San Antonio, how good have the Jazz been? They have won eight straight overall, they are beating teams by an average of 25 points in their last four, and Donovan Mitchell has scored at least 27 points in six of the last seven.

Boost of the Day

Derrick Lewis to win by KO/TKO/DQ at UFC Fight Night 12/18
Boosted to +215 from +175 with DraftKings Sportsbook

If you’re expecting a dominant performance from Derrick Lewis at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night, DraftKings Sportsbook is offering this boost from +175 to +215. Speaking of upcoming fights, we also have a full betting preview for the rematch between Tyron Woodley and Jake Paul.

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