Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Friday, February 11

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Phil Agius

NBA· 3 months ago

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I've been writing about the NFL and a host of other sports for the UK's top daily betting paper the Racing Post for more than 20 years. An incurable Browns fan (1-31 survivor), I also specialise in all kinds of motorsport betting including F1, MotoGP, IndyCar and NASCAR.

The Super Bowl is approaching and we had a wild day of trades in the NBA on Thursday, but in between we have another fantastic Friday of sports ahead of us. There’s NBA, NHL, college basketball, and Winter Olympics on the schedule, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Harden heads to the Sixers on wild deadline day
The action on the courts was almost secondary to the huge trades going down on Thursday with James Harden (76ers) and Kristaps Porzingis (Wizards) making the headlines. The Suns moved to 45-10 by beating the Bucks, but the Knicks upset the Warriors 116-114.

NHL mega parlay cashes
There’s nothing better than a mega parlay cashing, and we hit one at +1247 odds yesterday with the Hurricanes, Capitals, and Penguins all on the puck line. The Avs beat the Lightning 3-2 to bounce back from their upset by the Coyotes.

Boilermakers beaten by Wolverines
The big college hoops shock on Thursday night saw #3 Purdue losing 82-58 to Michigan despite having been a -3 favorite.

Today’s Slate

7-game slate in the NBA
We have 7 games in the NBA tonight, with Nuggets vs Celtics at 7:3o pm ET on NBA TV. Read previews of all today’s NBA games.

Coyotes hunting another upset
There are only 4 games in the NHL, with the Coyotes aiming for another upset against the Lightning at 9:30 pm ET. Read today’s NHL game previews.

There’s also college hoops and Winter Olympics
You can check out our picks for today’s top college basketball games, with Xavier taking on UConn at 7:00 pm ET on FS1. We also have a pick for today’s Winter Olympics action, which includes a pick for tonight’s hockey game between the United States and Canada (11:10 pm ET).

Best Bet of the Day

Islanders vs Oilers Under 5.5
9:00 pm ET, ESPN+

The Islanders have had a tough time finding the back of the net all season. Even though they are average at generating pressure, they rank 29th in goals per game and have the 24th-ranked powerplay. The Oilers are one of the better offensive teams statistically, however they’ve scored just 1 goal in 2 games since the break and have now fired their head coach. Don’t anticipate the Oilers’ recent goal drought to stop against the Islanders. The Islanders are a top-10 defensive team and projected starter Ilya Sorokin ranks 12th in goals saved above expected. A defense-first Islanders team and a struggling Oilers offense points to taking the under. Read our full game preview for Islanders vs Oilers.

Must-watch

Two weeks before the Super Bowl means we have 2 Pickswise Playbooks for you, and the 2nd Rams vs Bengals episode of our great NFL betting show with Ross Tucker, Chris Rose, and Jared Smith is ready to watch.

You can also check out our daily show Let’s Bet It! on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/Pickswise every day at 10:00 am ET.

Today’s hosts are Alex Glaze and Jared Smith, who will have a lot to talk about on NBA Morning Radar — discussing yesterday’s trades and giving their picks for today’s games. Arthur DiCesare, oddsmaker at Westgate Superbook, will join to talk about home-field advantage, player props, and other Super Bowl betting angles. There will also be today’s NHL and college basketball picks plus, as ever, the Plays of the Day!

Must-read

Our Super Bowl betting guide is a great starting point for all the content we have available for Sunday’s big game. The latest additions include our Super Bowl DFS lineup advice and individual player prop picks including some for Aaron Donald and Joe Burrow.

Read all our great NFL, NBA, NHL, and college sports analysis as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.

Stat of the Day

The Winnipeg Jets have won 2 of their last 3 games after losing 6 straight.

Boost of the Day

Caris LeVert & Tyrese Haliburton to combine for 40+ points

There will be new faces on both teams as the Cavs play the Pacers tonight (7:00 pm ET, ESPN). Caris LeVert faces his former team, the Pacers, in his 2nd game for Cleveland, while Indiana has acquired Tyrese Haliburton from the Kings. DraftKings Sportsbook has boosted odds of them scoring 40 or more points between them from +200 to +230.

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

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