Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Friday, December 24

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) moves the ball against New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton (6) during the first half of game two of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal at Madison Square Garden
Photo of Ricky Dimon

Ricky Dimon

NFL· 4 weeks ago

Show Bio

Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

Week 16 of the NFL season is underway. Bowl season on the college gridiron is heating up. It’s a great time of year – even with COVID-19 once again causing problems. Christmas Day and the day after will be huge thanks in part to the NFL and NBA, but Christmas Eve is the calm before the storm. Still, there is plenty to discuss and as always we hope to make your next bet better!

About Last Night

Parlay and best bet cashes in the NBA
After cashing a +848 same game parlay in the NBA on Wednesday (Clippers vs Kings), we were up to our usual tricks once again on Thursday. Our 3-leg parlay of Wizards and Thunder ATS plus the Over in Rockets vs Pacers was a +586 winner. Moreover, our best bet of the day was successful as Nikola Jokic exceeded 26.5 points (29) even though Denver lost to Charlotte.

Titans take low-scoring affair against 49ers
Week 16 in the NFL kicked off with a 20-17 win for the Titans over the 49ers on Thursday Night Football. Randy Bullock booted a 44-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to break the tie. Although we were on the Niners, it was still a profitable day at the office. Under 44.5 was a comfortable winner and Deebo Samuel Over 42.5 receiving yards was even more routine. Samuel soared past that quota in the first half and finished with 159 yards (plus 32 rushing yards). Be sure to read all of our Week 16 game previews and picks.

Miami (OH) and UCF cover and win
Our college football experts went 2-for-2 against the spread on Thursday. Miami (OH) cruised past North Texas 27-14 as a -2.5 favorite in the Frisco Football Classic and UCF (+6.5) pulled off an outright upset of Florida in the Gasparilla Bowl. The Knights prevailed 29-17. Check out the college football page for complete bowl coverage.

Christmas is coming!

Christmas Eve is the calm before the storm
The Hawaii Bowl between Hawaii and Memphis had been the only game scheduled for Friday, but late on Thursday night it became the most recent Covid-19 casualty in the sports world because of health concerns within the Warriors’ program. As such, we will have to patiently wait for the best day of the year: Christmas! It’s less than 24 hours away, and Santa will be bringing gifts in the form of NBA, NFL, and college football games. We have already provided you with the full Christmas schedule.

Horse racing the only show in town
Although there’s no action in the major sports, there is some horse racing action at Gulfstream Park that could be worth checking out. Or horse racing handicappers have been in incredible form, and are up 207.25 units since August. Check out our expert’s picks for today’s Gulfstream race meeting.

FanDuel unveils “Same Game Parlay Plus”

Two years ago, FanDuel ushered in the arrival of Same Game Parlays. Their popularity knows no bounds, which is why there is a new phenomenon in town as of earlier this week: Same Game Parlay Plus. This offering allows bettors to combine multiple Same Game Parlays from different matchups into a mega SGP+. These can include individual plays from different bet types, games, and even sports. Previously, Same Game Parlays could not be combined with individual wagers from multiple games across different leagues. Find out more with our SGP Plus announcement.

Bet $5, Win $150 on any Christmas Day NFL or NBA game with FanDuel!

Must-watch

Check out our daily betting show Let’s Bet It! with regular hosts Lauren Jbara and Alex Glaze joined by Pickswise analyst Andrew Ortenberg. They will break down the NFL’s best bets in Week 16 in addition to discussing their favorite plays for the bowl games on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 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 go in depth on every game on the NFL Week 16 card with plenty of advice, information, and great bets.

Must-read

Our NFL Week 16 coverage is ready to go in advance of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Be sure to read our Pickswise Power Rankings plus Jared Smith’s Back to the Futures feature and his weekly best bets. Andrew Ortenberg also had a lot to say about the 49ers in his Thursday Night Football reaction after they blew a double-digit lead against the Titans.

As for college football bowl season, we have provided our readers with the full bowl schedule — complete with game times, locations, TV channels, and odds. Additionally, Connor Grootenhuis has delivered his best bets of the week.

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

Boost of the Day

Hawks to lead at halftime and Knicks to win the game
Boosted to +600 with DraftKings Sportsbook

Christmas has come early at DraftKings Sportsbook with an odds boost for the first NBA game on the December 25 slate (Hawks at Knicks). New York trailing at halftime and then coming back to win in front of the home crowd has been boosted from +500 to +600.

Pickswise is the home of free sports picks, news, and best bets. Check out our expert NFL picks, NBA picks, NCAAF picks, NCAAB picks, NHL picks, Soccer picks, and MLB picks for the latest game picks.

See All
BetMGM

$200

Bet $10, Win $200 if either team scores a TD in a Playoff game!

Bet $10 on the Money Line for any NFL team

Win $200 if either team scores a touchdown in the game

Winnings paid in free bets

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

FanDuel Sportsbook

$150

Bet $5, Win $150 CASH on Any NFL Team to Win Their Playoff Matchup!

Sign up for a new account with FanDuel Sportsbook

Bet $5 on any NFL team to win their next playoff game

If your team wins, YOU WIN $150 - in CASH!

21+ and new players only. Full terms available at FanDuel Sportsbook.

DraftKings

$280

Bet $5, Win $280 on Any NFL team to Win Their Playoff Game!

Register for a new DraftKings Sportsbook account

Bet $5+ any NFL playoff game Money Line

Win $280 in credits if your team wins the game

Must be 21+ located in AZ, CO, CT, IA, IL, IN, MI, NJ, PA, TN, VA, WY or WV to play. Offer valid only for new customers. Full terms available at DraftKings Sportsbook.

PointsBet

$200

Bet $20, Get $200 - Regardless of Outcome!

Register for a new PointsBet account & deposit $20+.

Bet $20 on any game in any sport!

Win $200 - no matter whether your initial bet won or lost!

BetMGM

$200

Win $200 If ANY NBA Team Makes a 3-Pointer!

Sign up for a new account with BetMGM, and make a deposit of $10+.

Place a $10 moneyline bet on any upcoming NBA game.

Win $200 if either team in your selected game makes a 3-pointer

21+ and new players only. Full terms available at BetMGM Sportsbook.

BetMGM

$200

Win $200 If A Goal Is Scored In ANY NHL Game!

Sign up for a new account with BetMGM, and make a deposit of $10+.

Place a $10 moneyline bet on any upcoming NHL game.

Win $200 if either team in your selected game scores a goal

21+ and new players only. Full terms available at BetMGM Sportsbook.

Caesars Sportsbook

$1,001

Get a $1,001 First Bet Match + A FREE NBA JERSEY!

Register for a new Caesars Sportsbook account & make a deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,001

Receive a free bet matching your initial stake up to $1,001 + a FREE NBA JERSEY!

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

BetRivers

$250

Get a $250 Deposit Bonus!

Sign up for a new BetRivers account using promo code PICKSWISE

Make a deposit & get it doubled up to $250 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $100

Must be 21+. Play in IA Only. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-BETS OFF

Unibet

$500

Get a $500 Risk-Free Bet!

Register for a new Unibet account & make a deposit

Place your first bet up to $500 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $500

New players only. Terms & conditions apply. 21+. VA only.

BetMGM

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new BetMGM & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

FanDuel Sportsbook

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new FanDuel Sportsbook account & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

DraftKings

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Deposit Bonus!

Register for a new DraftKings Sportsbook account & deposit

DraftKings will match 20% of your deposit up to $1,000 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $500

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

Monkey Knife Fight

$100

Claim 100% Instant Deposit Match up to $100!

Register for a Monkey Knife Fight account & deposit using promo code PICKSWISE100

Monkey Knife Fight will match your first deposit up to $100

Deposit $100 and you'll get $100 bonus + a free $5 game

18+. Terms and conditions apply. You must live in one of the states where real money DFS is legal.

TVG

$300

Get a $300 Risk-Free Bet with TVG Racebook!

Register for a new TVG account and make a deposit

Place your first single horse win-type bet up to $300

If your horse doesn't win you'll get a refund up to $300

21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.

TwinSpires

$400

Get a $400 Risk-Free Bet on the Breeders' Cup!

Register for a new Twinspires account using offer code PICKS400

Place a bet on the Breeders' Cup

Receive a refund if your first bet loses up to $400

21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.

Yahoo DFS

$25

Get $25 in Site Credit With Yahoo DFS When You Deposit $5!

Register for a new account with Yahoo DFS and deposit $5+

Enter a $5 DFS contest

Upon entry, you will receive a bonus $25 in credit into your account!

21+ and new players only. Full terms available from Yahoo DFS.