Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Thursday, January 6

Brandon Ingram
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Phil Agius

NBA· 3 weeks 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.

Thursday’s sports lineup includes NBA action and big slates of NHL and college basketball games. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Nets win as Kyrie returns
Kyrie Irving finally made his delayed NBA seasonal debut on Wednesday, scoring 22 points as the Nets beat the Pacers 129-121, just covering as a 7.5-point favorite. Lance Stephenson of the Pacers had starred earlier in the game, coming off the bench to score 20 consecutive points in the first quarter.

Favorites win in NHL
There were only 2 NHL games on Wednesday, with the Maple Leafs beating the Oilers 4-2 to move to 22-8-2 and the Penguins coming back from 3-1 behind to beat the Blues 5-3.

Today’s Slate

NBA doubleheader on TNT
There are just 4 NBA games today but half of them are on TNT, with the Celtics visiting the Knicks at 7:30pm ET and Clippers vs Suns at 10pm ET. Read all of today’s NBA game previews.

Busy night in the NHL
We have a lively day of NHL action in prospect, with 11 games on the schedule. The top matchups include Lightning vs Flames (7pm ET), Rangers vs Golden Knights (10pm ET) and Predators vs Kings (10:30pm ET). Read our predictions for today’s NHL matchups.

College hoops action continues
Thursday’s NCAA basketball includes Ohio State vs Indiana (FS1, 7:00 pm ET) and Maryland vs Illinois (ESPN2, 7:00pm ET). Check out picks for today’s top college basketball games.

Best Bet of the Day

Over 219 points in Warriors vs Pelicans
8:10pm ET, BSNO

This pick has already risen 1 point from over 218 since it was published, but our handicapper Filip Tomic is confident enough to play it all the way up to 221.5! The over has landed in 5 of the last 6 games for the Pelicans and in 4 of the last 5 for the Warriors on the road. Brandon Ingram didn’t impress in his first game back after a layoff but should improve on that this time. Both teams have gone over 100 points in 12 of the last 13 meetings. Expect a free-flowing offensive game from both teams and take the over. Check out our full preview for Warriors vs Pelicans.

Must-watch

Thursday means it’s Pickwise Playbook day on our YouTube channel youtube.com/c/Pickswise, so check out our NFL Week 18 show below with Ross Tucker, Chris Rose and Jared Smith as they pick out all the best bets for the games on Saturday and Sunday. Be prepared for some Chris Rose NFL trivia coming at you as well!

You can also sharpen your betting game by watching our daily show Let’s Bet It. Lauren Jbara, Alex Glaze, and Mark Zinno will be giving out their picks from today’s slates in college basketball, the NHL and the NBA before ending with their Plays of the Day.

Must-read

The final week of the NFL regular season is just 2 days away and you can already check out our picks for Saturday’s 2 games, plus the Pickswise NFL Power Rankings, and our experts’ verdict on who will make the playoffs in The Burning Question.

Our college football experts have revealed their best bets for the National Championship and you can also read Ross Tucker’s verdict on Georgia vs Alabama.

Looking at today’s action, don’t forget to check out our NBA mega parlay and college basketball mega parlay. There’s plenty more great betting content on our Analysis tab.

Stat of the Day

The Phoenix Suns have won 16 of their last 18 home games.

Boost of the Day

Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche & New Jersey Devils all to win

There is a nice enhanced odds offer from FanDuel Sportsbook on this 3-team parlay on today’s NHL slate. It has boosted the reward for the Penguins (vs Flyers), Avalanche (vs Jets) and Devils (vs Blue Jackets) all to win from +270 to +330.

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

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