Wise n' Shine: What you need to know to bet better on Wednesday, December 29

The Oklahoma Sooners' Sooner Schooner
Photo of Andrew Wilsher

Andrew Wilsher

NBA· 4 weeks ago

Show Bio

Editor of Pickswise. Born and raised in jolly old London, England, with an undying love for the NFL, NBA, soccer, and horse racing. A big-time sports bettor who loves futures markets and backing underdogs. Long-suffering New York Jets fan.

Good morning, Pickswise Nation! We’ve got more college football bowl action plus games in the NBA, NHL, and college basketball. Let’s get straight into making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Minnesota shuts down West Virginia, cashes three-star play and CFB mega parlay
The Guaranteed Rate Bowl wasn’t the best game to watch, as Minnesota beat West Virginia 18-6, but that success cashed both our Gophers -5 three-star play AND our +950 college football mega parlay! Houston and Air Force both won to help cash the parlay. Find out today’s CFB mega parlay (+848 odds!).

Nuggets thwart Warriors
Despite being +7.5 underdogs, the Denver Nuggets pulled off an 89-86 upset over the Golden State Warriors as Golden State was held to its lowest points total of the season.

Today’s Slate

NBA boasts nine games on hardwood
Action in the NBA rolls on tonight with 9 games taking place, including the Hawks and Trae Young looking for revenge against the Bulls, after losing to them on Monday night. Make sure you read our predictions for each of tonight’s big matchups.

Three more CFB bowl games
Bowl season rolls on with 3 more matchups to get excited for, including Oregon’s battle with Oklahoma at 9:15 pm ET on ESPN. Prior to that game, we also have an enticing encounter between Clemson at Iowa State (5:45 pm ET, ESPN). Read our picks for all of today’s CFB bowl games here, as well as our picks for the College Football Playoff.

Bumper college basketball slate
After a few quiet days, we have a huge slate of college basketball action to sink our teeth into, even after some games were postponed due to Covid. Find out our picks for today’s big CBB matchups.

NHL hit by Covid but show rolls on
Despite returning from a Covid break, we’ve had a number of Wednesday’s NHL games postponed already. However, we still have a solid slate to keep the show on the road. Check out our picks for each of today’s games.

Best Bet of the Day

Oklahoma Sooners -4.5 over Oregon Ducks
9:15 pm ET, ESPN

It’s the Alamo Bowl and Oklahoma comes into this one with QB Caleb Williams leading the offense, while the head coach vacancy will be filled by longtime Sooner legend, Bob Stoops. Oklahoma has gone 3-2 in games in which Williams has played this season and the QB has thrown for 1,670 yards, 18 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in his five appearances this season. Oregon is going to lean on their defense and running game but they may not have the firepower to keep up with Oklahoma if the Sooners start the scoring early. Read our full game preview for Oregon vs Oklahoma.

Must-watch

Don’t miss today’s episode of Let’s Bet It, our daily betting show hosted by Lauren Jbara, Jared Smith, and Alex Glaze, as they break down the day’s biggest matchups and give you their best picks of the day. Make sure you subscribe to our Pickswise Youtube channel so you never miss an episode!

Must-read

We have two games left in the 2021 NFL regular season, so check out our Pickswise NFL Power Rankings to find out who we’re impressed with and who’s been tumbling down the ladder. Meanwhile, Jared Smith has been getting the lowdown from sportsbook traders on how bettors should approach the NFL’s Covid uncertainty and roster volatility.

As we get closer to the New Year’s Six bowl games and the College Football Playoff, make sure you check out Ross Tucker’s best bets for ALL of those huge matchups.

Be sure to head over to the Analysis tab for even more great sports betting content.

Stat of the Day

In college basketball, Western Illinois ranks 43rd in three-point percentage and could give Iowa all it can handle with the Hawkeyes having never ranked inside the top 175 in denying three-point attempts under Fran McCaffrey.

Boost of the Day

Devils, Capitals, and Panthers all to win in NHL tonight

The NHL action rolls on today, and FanDuel has boosted the odds of a three-team parlay on the Devils, Capitals, and Panthers all to win tonight from +340 to +440!

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

See All
BetMGM

$200

Bet $10, Win $200 if either team scores a TD on Championship Weekend!

Bet $10 on the Money Line for any NFL team

Win $200 if either team scores a touchdown in the game

Winnings paid in free bets

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

FanDuel Sportsbook

$150

Bet $5, Win $150 CASH on any NFL team to win on Championship Weekend!

Sign up for a new account with FanDuel Sportsbook

Bet $5 on any NFL team to win their next playoff game

If your team wins, YOU WIN $150 - in CASH!

21+ and new players only. Full terms available at FanDuel Sportsbook.

DraftKings

$280

Bet $5, Win $280 on Any NFL team to Win on Championship Weekend!

Register for a new DraftKings Sportsbook account

Bet $5+ any NFL playoff game Money Line

Win $280 in credits if your team wins the game

Must be 21+ located in AZ, CO, CT, IA, IL, IN, MI, NJ, PA, TN, VA, WY or WV to play. Offer valid only for new customers. Full terms available at DraftKings Sportsbook.

PointsBet

$200

Bet $20, Get $200 - Regardless of Outcome!

Register for a new PointsBet account & deposit $20+.

Bet $20 on any game in any sport!

Win $200 - no matter whether your initial bet won or lost!

BetMGM

$200

Win $200 If ANY NBA Team Makes a 3-Pointer!

Sign up for a new account with BetMGM, and make a deposit of $10+.

Place a $10 moneyline bet on any upcoming NBA game.

Win $200 if either team in your selected game makes a 3-pointer

21+ and new players only. Full terms available at BetMGM Sportsbook.

BetMGM

$200

Win $200 If A Goal Is Scored In ANY NHL Game!

Sign up for a new account with BetMGM, and make a deposit of $10+.

Place a $10 moneyline bet on any upcoming NHL game.

Win $200 if either team in your selected game scores a goal

21+ and new players only. Full terms available at BetMGM Sportsbook.

Caesars Sportsbook

$1,001

Get a $1,001 First Bet Match + A FREE NBA JERSEY!

Register for a new Caesars Sportsbook account & make a deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,001

Receive a free bet matching your initial stake up to $1,001 + a FREE NBA JERSEY!

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

BetRivers

$250

Get a $250 Deposit Bonus!

Sign up for a new BetRivers account using promo code PICKSWISE

Make a deposit & get it doubled up to $250 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $100

Must be 21+. Play in IA Only. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-BETS OFF

Unibet

$500

Get a $500 Risk-Free Bet!

Register for a new Unibet account & make a deposit

Place your first bet up to $500 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $500

New players only. Terms & conditions apply. 21+. VA only.

BetMGM

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new BetMGM & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

FanDuel Sportsbook

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new FanDuel Sportsbook account & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

DraftKings

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Deposit Bonus!

Register for a new DraftKings Sportsbook account & deposit

DraftKings will match 20% of your deposit up to $1,000 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $500

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

Monkey Knife Fight

$100

Claim 100% Instant Deposit Match up to $100!

Register for a Monkey Knife Fight account & deposit using promo code PICKSWISE100

Monkey Knife Fight will match your first deposit up to $100

Deposit $100 and you'll get $100 bonus + a free $5 game

18+. Terms and conditions apply. You must live in one of the states where real money DFS is legal.

TVG

$300

Get a $300 Risk-Free Bet with TVG Racebook!

Register for a new TVG account and make a deposit

Place your first single horse win-type bet up to $300

If your horse doesn't win you'll get a refund up to $300

21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.

TwinSpires

$400

Get a $400 Risk-Free Bet on the Breeders' Cup!

Register for a new Twinspires account using offer code PICKS400

Place a bet on the Breeders' Cup

Receive a refund if your first bet loses up to $400

21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.

Yahoo DFS

$25

Get $25 in Site Credit With Yahoo DFS When You Deposit $5!

Register for a new account with Yahoo DFS and deposit $5+

Enter a $5 DFS contest

Upon entry, you will receive a bonus $25 in credit into your account!

21+ and new players only. Full terms available from Yahoo DFS.