Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Saturday, March 12

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Ricky Dimon

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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.

We are one day away from Selection Sunday. College basketball is coming down the home stretch of conference championship week, with plenty of semifinals and finals matchups on the menu. But don’t forget about the NBA and NHL. It’s another big day in the world of sports, so let’s not waste any time and get right to making your next bet better. Here is our latest installment of Wise n’ Shine!

About Last Night

No Duke-UNC rematch
Duke won’t get a shot at revenge against North Carolina, but the Blue Devils won’t mind too much. They took care of business in the ACC Tournament semifinals with a win over Miami, whereas the Tar Heels fell to Virginia Tech. It was an overall successful day for the Pickswise college basketball experts, who went 10-5-1 ATS/ML.

50 points for LeBron
Just when you thought it was time to count out the Lakers, LeBron James goes out and does something like that. The 37-year-old dropped 50 points on Washington as Los Angeles pulled off 122-109 victory at Crypto.com Arena. We were all over the Lakers -4 in that contest.

NHL parlay is a +776 winner
Our Friday NHL parlay was a big winner at +776, as the Blue Jackets (+175) upset the Wild and both the Vegas-Pittsburgh and Washington-Vancouver games went over their respective totals. Overall our experts went 3-1 ML/PL and 3-1 O/U.

Today’s Slate

Finals in ACC, Big 12, Big East, and Pac-12
Duke, Kansas, Villanova, Arizona, and UCLA are among the teams bidding for conference tournament titles on a huge day of college basketball action. Check out all of our CBB picks.

Warriors host Bucks on ABC
A 7-game slate in the NBA is headlined by Golden State entertaining Milwaukee at 8:30 pm on ABC. Miami, Chicago, Denver, and Utah are also in action. Head over to our NBA picks page to see all of our previews and predictions.

10-game schedule in the NHL
There are 10 games in the NHL on Saturday. The first one and the last one are especially intriguing. The Blues and Predators get things started at 12:30 pm before the Lightning and Oilers bring up the rear at 10:00 pm. You can find all of our hockey coverage on the NHL page.

Best Bet of the Day

Norfolk State -7 over Coppin State
1:00 pm ET, ESPN2

The MEAC title game will feature prohibitive favorite Norfolk State against Coppin State, which is hoping the glass slipper it found at the start of the tournament still fits for one more game. The Eagles finished the regular season 7th in the standings but have pulled off 2 straight upsets to reach the championship round. With a win, Coppin State would set the record for fewest wins by a team to reach the NCAA Tournament with 10. Norfolk State will look to secure its second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament with a victory. The Spartans rank 37th in the nation in scoring defense, 2nd in field-goal percentage defense, and 11th in 3-point percentage defense. Joe Bryant Jr. leads the team with 16.5 points per game and he scored 18 in the semifinal win over Morgan State. Norfolk State swept the season series and when these 2 teams played in February it dominated by 30 at Coppin State. Read our full game preview for Coppin State vs Norfolk State.

Must-watch

Make sure you catch today’s edition of our daily sports betting show, Let’s Bet It!, at 10:00 am ET on our YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/c/Pickswise.

Alex Glaze, Jared Smith, and Mark Zinno will dive into all of the college basketball action while. There will also be NBA Morning Radar, NHL Ice Picks, and Plays of the Day.

Must-read

We are less than a week away from the NCAA Tournament and Selection Sunday is tomorrow. Gear up for the craziness with our March Madness explainer and everything you need to know. We also have bracket advice and a team preview of Gonzaga.

Check out more great content as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab.

Stat of the Day

Indiana allowed the third-highest 3-point attempt rate in Big Ten play during the regular season. Iowa ranks in just the 35th percentile in post-up defense. The over could be the way to go in this Big Ten semifinal showdown.

Boost of the Day

Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo to combine for 65+ points
Boosted to +270 with DraftKings Sportsbook

DraftKings Sportsbook is celebrating the Bucks-Warriors showdown by boosting the odds on those two combining for at least 65 points from +230 to +270.

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

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