Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Wednesday, December 22

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Phil Agius

NFL· 1 month 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.

Tuesday football was a nice change and while the NHL has headed into its holiday break earlier than planned, we still have NBA, college football, and college basketball to enjoy on this winter Wednesday. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Tuesday Night Football sweep for Pickswise handicappers
Pro football on a Tuesday seemed to suit our NFL handicappers, as we went 4-0 on the sides and totals as the Eagles beat the Football Team and the Rams overcame the Seahawks on Monday. The under in Philadelphia was 3-star pick, too! We hope you got your wagers locked in earlier in the week, though, as the closing odds in the Philadelphia game would have seen the over cashing and maybe a push on the spread as the Eagles line got all the way up to -10. They won 27-17.

Plenty of points in bowl games
Both of Tuesday’s college football bowl games went way over the total as Wyoming beat Kent State 52-38 before San Diego State beat No. 24 UTSA 38-24.

No revenge for Lakers as Suns win again
The Los Angeles Lakers never came close to getting revenge for the Phoenix Suns eliminating them from last season’s playoffs, losing 108-90. Wayne Ellington getting under 9.5 points in that game was part of a 2-0 night for PropBetGuy’s NBA plays.

Alabama upset by Davidson
A notable upset on Tuesday’s big NCAAB slate was No. 10 Alabama losing 79-78 to Davidson, a Pickswise pick at +10.5.

Today’s Slate

ESPN doubleheader tops 6-game docket
We have 6 NBA games today, with an ESPN double-header of Magic vs Hawks (7:30 pm ET) and Clippers vs Kings at 10:00 pm ET. Read our picks for all today’s NBA games.

Army on maneuvers
College football bowl season continues with an intriguing contest between the Missouri Tigers and Army Black Knights (8pm ET, ESPN). Check out our full game preview.

College basketball keeps rolling
Other sports might be quiet today but the NCAAB action will not be stopped and Auburn, LSU, and Duke are among the top teams in action today. Check out our picks for all today’s college basketball.

Best Bet of the Day

NCAAB: Over 143.5 points in Lipscomb Bisons vs LSU Tigers
8:00 pm ET, SEC

This should be a high-possession game, as both squads rank inside the top 70 in KenPom’s adjusted tempo. There’s also a lot to like from a matchup perspective that favors the over. Lipscomb is turning the ball over at an alarming rate. Even more concerning is that those turnovers are turning into quick points for their opponents and LSU ranks 7th in generating potential quick points off steals. Florida State scored 97 points against Lipscomb, so if LSU can replicate that the over is off to a great start. Only 6 teams allow a higher 3-point attempt rate to their opponents than LSU, and the Bisons can shoot threes well — ranking 38th in 3-point percentage. Go with the over. Read our full game preview for Lipscomb vs LSU.

Must-watch

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. Hosts Jared Smith, Lauren Jbara, and Alex Glaze help you to identify the best plays every day to make your next bet better.

Must-read

Our NFL Week 16 coverage is here already and Jared Smith looks at the latest Super Bowl odds in our Back to the Futures feature, while the Pickswise experts discuss the troubles of defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay in this week’s Burning Question.

Our Wednesday NBA mega parlay has nice odds of +1918 and be sure to head over to the Analysis tab for even more great sports betting content as it arrives throughout the day.

In the news

While the COVID-19 situations of the Browns, Football Team, and Rams caused a huge amount of uncertainty for betters in Week 15, Kansas City is in the spotlight now. It has 13 players on the COVID reserve list, including WR Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce. Another notable addition in the AFC was WR Cole Beasley of the Bills.

Stat of the Day

The Missouri Tigers have a 3-9 record against the spread this season heading into the Armed Forces Bowl.

Boost of the Day

Cleveland Cavaliers to win vs Boston Celtics 

The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 6 in a row but they are shorthanded tonight as they visit the Celtics. DraftKings Sportsbook has boosted the odds of the Cavs winning from +195 to +220 for bettors who think they can overcome their latest obstacle.

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