Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25

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Phil Agius

NFL· 3 days ago

Show Bio

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.

Happy Thanksgiving, Pickswise Nation. We’re grateful for your support of Pickswise every day of the year, but especially today. Have a wonderful day — it will be hard not to, with three NFL games to enjoy, plus college football and college basketball. Let’s get straight to making your next Thanksgiving bet better!

About Last Night

Rockets end 15-game losing streak
The party started early in Houston as the Rockets managed to bring an end to their 15-game NBA losing streak, and take their record to 2-16, with a 118-113 home win over the 12-7 Chicago Bulls. The Rockets had been a 9-point underdog. The 4-16 Pelicans upset the 11-7 Wizards 127-102, but there was no shock as the Warriors moved to 16-2 with a 116-96 win over the 76ers.

Pickswise goes 2-0 on NHL Best Bets
Like the NBA, the NHL players get the day off today, but our NHL handicappers went into the holiday by going 2/2 on our Wednesday 3-star picks with the Rangers ML and Penguins vs Canucks under 5.5 both cashing. Another notable result saw newcomers Seattle Kraken beat the 14-3-1 Carolina Hurricanes 2-1.

Today’s Slate

Bills vs Saints tops Thanksgiving Day tripleheader
It’s three times the fun this Thursday with around 12 hours of NFL action to savor. The Thanksgiving Day triple treat begins with the Bears visiting the Lions at 12:30pm ET (FOX), followed by Raiders vs Cowboys at 4:30pm ET (CBS) and Bills vs Saints at 8:20pm ET (NBC). We’re not even going to put a downer on things by mentioning that all 6 teams lost last week. It’s holiday football. Enjoy! Read our previews of all today’s NFL games.

Two college football games
Special thanks to the college athletes who are playing today. We have Fresno State vs San Jose State on FS1 at 3:30pm ET, plus No. 9 Ole Miss vs Mississippi State on ESPN at 7:30pm ET. Check out our predictions for both games.

Busy slate of college hoops
There’s college basketball happening all afternoon including Kansas vs North Texas at 2:30pm ET and Baylor vs VCU (5pm ET, ESPN). Read our picks for today’s college basketball.

Holiday offers

Free bets and bonuses available for Thanksgiving Day NFL games
You don’t have to wait for Black Friday to get some fantastic deals! There are a bunch of great offers available for today’s NFL action. We’ve collated them all on one page, so you can choose which one you like best! Check out all today’s free bets and bonuses.

Best Bet of the Day

Under 45.5 points in Bills vs Saints
8:20pm ET, NBC

The Bills’ offense just isn’t the same as it was last year, and Josh Allen has regressed. In 3 of his past 4 games, Allen has averaged 6.0 yards per attempt or worse. Buffalo struggled to generate much against the Colts, and in their embarrassing loss to the Jags, they made Jacksonville’s defensive front look like the ’85 Bears. The Saints offense has been decimated by injuries and they have virtually no weapons at the moment. One of their only bright spots on offense last week was tight end Adam Trautman, and now he’s been sidelined with an injury as well. Take the under. Read our full preview for Bills vs Saints.

Must-watch

There a special Thanksgiving edition of Pickswise Playbook available right now, which you can enjoy either by clicking below, or on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/Pickswise. Ross Tucker, Chris Rose and Jared Smith pick out all the best bets for today’s games. And don’t worry! There’s another show coming, covering the rest of the Week 12 games, which will be available from 8am ET tomorrow!

Must-read

Get the full package of information for the Thanksgiving NFL action with our experts’ best bets of the day, a big-odds mega parlay, a Thanksgiving TD scorer parlay, PropBetGuy’s top play and our Monkey Knife Fight picks.

We also have same game parlays for Bears vs Lions, Raiders vs Cowboys and Bills vs Saints.

There’s plenty more great betting content on our Analysis tab.

Stat of the Day

The Bears have won 6 of their last 7 games against the Lions.

Boost of the Day

150+ combined total points scored across all 3 Thanksgiving games

If you’re thinking of partying hard today, a bet where you can just sit on the couch and root for absolutely everyone to score might suit you. FanDuel Sportsbook has boosted the odds of there being 150+ total points scored in today’s 3 NFL games from +190 to +250.

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