Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Friday, March 25

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We have another fantastic Friday of sports ahead of us, with 4 March Madness Sweet 16 games, plus NBA and NHL action, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Two #1 seeds fall on first day of Sweet 16
Wow! What a start to the Sweet 16 stage of the NCAA as a pair of #1 seeds were eliminated, with Gonzaga losing to Arkansas and Arizona being beaten by Houston. Duke and Villanova managed to avoid upsets to book their places in the Elite Eight. That drama has left Houston as FanDuel Sportsbook’s +250 favorites to win the championship, with Duke at +420 and Kansas at +480.

Awesome day in the NBA for Pickswise
The Pickswise NBA team had a sensational day on Thursday, going 5-0 on the sides and cashing both our regular parlay (Raptors -4, Grizzlies -12.5, Wizards +12.5) at +613 odds and our mega parlay at +1015 odds! The mega parlay was brought home by the Suns beating the Nuggets 140-130 to become the first team this season to reach 60 wins.

Canes beaten in shootout
There were some tight games on Thursday’s NHL slate, including 2 shootouts, which saw the Stars beating the Hurricanes 4-3 and the Blackhawks overcoming the Kings by the same score.

Today’s Slate

Can Day 2 of the Sweet 16 match Day 1 for upsets?
There aren’t so many giants available to kill on Day 2 of the Sweet 16 at the NCAA Tournament today, but #1 Kansas faces #4 Providence and #3 Purdue takes on this year’s Cinderella team, #15 Saint Peter’s. Check out our picks for today’s March Madness games,

7 games in the NBA
There are 7 NBA games today, including an NBA TV doubleheader of Warriors vs Hawks at 7:30 pm ET and 76ers vs Clippers at 10:30pm ET. Read all today’s NBA game previews.

Penguins vs Rangers on NHL Network
There are 5 NHL games today, with Penguins vs Rangers being shown on NHL Network at 7:00pm ET. Read today’s NHL game previews.

Best Bet of the Day

Colorado Avalanche -1.5 vs Philadelphia Flyers
9:00 pm ET, ESPN+

Traveling to Colorado to face the star-studded Avalanche is a tall task for any team, let alone the Flyers. They are on the second night of a back-to-back, too, while the Avs have been at home all week, and Philadelphia is still adjusting to life after trading away long-time captain Claude Giroux. The teams have met once this season, in Philly, where the Avs put up 7 goals in a comfortable victory. Take the Avs to fly by Philly again. Read our full game preview for Flyers vs Avalanche.


Don’t forget to 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.

The LBI team will be looking at all today’s March Madness games, suggesting the best bets and strategies, while also giving out their picks for today’s NBA and NHL games and revealing their Plays of the Day!


Be sure to use our March Madness hub to navigate your way around all our great college basketball content throughout March, including the latest bracket, picks and expert analysis! You can also check out our March Madness Friday mega parlay, Sweet 16 Best Bets, and today’s top player prop plays.

Plus, for today’s NBA we have a same game parlay for Warriors vs Hawks (+2874 odds!) as our expert Filip Tomic looks to go 3 in a row, after cashing Nets/Grizzlies at +2851 on Wednesday and Suns/Nuggets at +1059 on Thursday!

Read all our great sports analysis as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.

Stat of the Day

The Providence Friars are 7-2 SU and 8-1 against the spread as underdogs this season.

Boost of the Day

New York Rangers and Washington Capitals both to win

FanDuel Sportsbook has enhanced the odds of a 2-team parlay on the New York Rangers (vs Penguins) and Washington Capitals (vs Sabres) in the NHL today from +200 to +250.

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