Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Saturday, March 5

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Phil Agius

NBA· 2 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.

Welcome to another super Saturday of sports! We have an action-packed day with NBA, NHL, UFC, college basketball, and soccer all on the schedule. With all that to get through, let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Pickswise NBA Best Bets go 3-0 on a fantastic Friday
The Pickswise NBA handicapping team headed into the weekend in strong form, going 6-3 on the sides and cashing all 3 of our 3-star plays on Friday, with Timberwolves -9.5 and unders in the Bucks vs Bulls and Rockets vs Nuggets games. There were a couple of surprises, as the Magic beat the Raptors and the Pelicans crushed the Jazz, but the Suns avoided being upset by the Knicks with a 3-point buzzer-beater to win 115-114.

Tight night in the NHL
There were 7 games in the NHL on Friday and none of them were decided by more than 2 goals, with 3 going to overtime — including a 3-2 win for the Hurricanes over the Penguins.

Today’s Slate

Warriors-Lakers tops NBA slate
We have 6 games on today’s NBA slate, with the Warriors taking on the Lakers at 8:30 pm on ABC and an early 5:00 pm ET tip-off between the Kings and Mavericks. You can read full previews of all today’s NBA games,

Busy day in the NHL
There are 10 NHL games to enjoy today, with the Blues vs Islanders (12:30 pm ET) and Bruins vs Blue Jackets (7:00 pm ET) on NHL Network and Blackhawks vs Flyers on ABC at 3:00 pm ET. Check out our previews of today’s NHL games.

There’s NCAAB, UFC, and soccer action, too!
Saturday’s schedule also features a host of high-quality contests in other sports. Check out today’s huge slate of NCAAB picks, which includes Baylor, Duke, Arizona, Kansas and Auburn games, our UFC 272 predictions, and today’s MLS and EPL soccer picks.

Best Bet of the Day

Purdue Boilermakers -10 vs Indiana Hoosiers
2:00 pm ET, ESPN

The Hoosiers are fighting for their NCAA Tournament lives after losing 6 of their last 8 games and falling below .500 in conference play. They are now just 9-10 in the Big 10 and 18-11 overall heading into the season finale at Mackey Arena. Things are not looking bright for this Indiana team after losing to Rutgers at home on Wednesday. The Hoosiers are desperate for a win, but the Boilermakers are one of the best teams in the country on their home court. Purdue is trending downward but has been outstanding at home. The Boilermakers are 15-1 on the season, with their lone loss coming to the regular-season conference champion Wisconsin. In their last game at home, they beat Rutgers 84-72. This Purdue team might not be the national champion contender that we once thought due to their recent road losses, but they are in as good as they come when playing at Mackey Arena. Read our full game preview for Indiana vs Purdue

Must-watch

With so much happening, you won’t want to miss today’s edition of our daily sports betting show Let’s Bet It! on our YouTube channel at:youtube.com/c/Pickswise as the team help you to identify the best plays to make your next bet better.

Alex Glaze and Mark Zinno are your hosts today, and they will be joined by Dan Servodidio, lead college basketball analyst for FantasyAlarm.com, to talk about the college basketball slate, including Arkansas vs Tennessee, Texas vs Kansas, North Carolina vs Duke, and USC vs UCLA. The team will also give their best bets for today’s NBA and NHL games and reveal their Plays of the Day.

Must-read

We’re going very big with our same game parlay for Warriors vs Lakers, which has (+7598 odds), and make sure you check out Jim Root’s best bets for today’s college basketball, and our expert’s picks for UFC 272.

Stat of the Day

The Sacramento Kings have won only 3 of their last 20 road games.

Boost of the Day

Bryce Mitchell to win by submission or TKO/KO vs Edson Barboza

There are a host of strong fights on tonight’s UFC 272 card and FanDuel Sportsbook has boosted the odds of Bryce Mitchell winning by submission, TKO, or KO against Edson Barboza in their featherweight bout from +230 to 300. Read our full fight preview for Mitchell vs Barboza.

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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