Wise n' Shine: World Cup predictions, NHL and NBA best bets for Wednesday, December 14

Good morning, Pickswise Nation. Welcome to another wonderful Wednesday of sports. For today, we have action in the World Cup, NHL, NBA and college basketball action before college football and the NFL resume this weekend. It’s another big day in the world of sports, so let’s get right to it and make your next bet better with Wise n’ Shine! 

About Last Night

Lakers down Celtics in overtime
The Celtics were able to snap their mini-skid with an overtime victory over the Lakers, prevailing 122-118. That result also meant our Celtics -3.5 and Over 234.5 picks both cashed. Meanwhile, the Bucks took care of the Warriors 128-111.

NHL handicappers go 8-4 on picks
The Pickswise NHL team was hot on the ice yesterday as they went 8-4 on picks and cashed a +454 parlay win. The Hurricanes defeated the Red Wings 2-1 to cash the first leg of the parlay, the Maple Leafs smashed the Ducks 7-0 to cash the second leg and the Lightning finished off the parlay with a 6-2 win over the Kraken. Our NHL team continues to stay hot even through the cold of winter, so be sure to follow along!


Today’s Slate

Can Morocco continue their miracle run?
It’s been a World Cup for the ages for Morocco. They have defeated Belgium, Canada, Spain and Portugal to get to the semifinals of the World Cup. However, France has been one of the strongest teams in Qatar and pose a tough challenge to Morocco. Here are our World Cup predictions. 

Double-digit games in the NBA
We have a solid slate of 10 games happening in the association tonight. Interesting matchups include the New York Knicks visiting the Windy City to battle the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves traveling to SoCal to face the Los Angeles Clippers. Don’t miss any of our NBA picks. 

Small slate in the NHL
After a big day on the ice yesterday, we are limited to just 3 games in the NHL tonight. Don’t miss all of our NHL picks for today. 

Battle of top 25s on the court
There aren’t a ton of top 25 teams in action on Wednesday, but one matchup that fulfills those requirements is #16 UCLA visiting #20 Maryland. Check out all of our college basketball predictions. 

Best Bet of the Day 

NHL: Minnesota Wild 3-way ML over Detroit Red Wings (-130)
7:30 pm ET, TNT 

The Minnesota Wild have had quite the weekend and last few days, but they get to have another home game on Wednesday evening. Kirill Kaprizov and company had a 3-game stretch in Canada that included a loss to Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. However, they bounced back the very next night and shut out the Vancouver Canucks, and then got their revenge against the Oilers at home on Monday night. If they can hold McDavid and company to just a single goal, they can also take care of business against the Red Wings. Check out our full Red Wings vs Wild predictions.


We still have a few days until football, but Jared Smith broke down his NFL Week 15 early picks and our expert has a +2200 49ers-Seahawks Same Game Parlay. We also have college football bowl picks for you to check out. There’s only one World Cup match today, but that hasn’t stopped us from making a +872 France vs Morocco Same Game Parlay. 

In the association, we also have a +1021 NBA mega parlay ready for a read.

Check out more great content as it arrives throughout the day on the Analysis tab. 


Don’t forget to check out our daily show Let’s Bet It! on our YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/c/Pickswise at 10:00 am ET. 

Jared Smith and Howard Bender are your hosts today and they will be joined by Pete Fitutak, @PeteFiutak, a publisher of CollegeFootballNews.com. There will be talks of the NFL midweek line moves, the NFL conference winner odds, CFB talk with Pete before the duo give their Plays of the Day. 

You can access the show at any time through Spotify and Apple Podcasts (search for Let’s Bet It Presented By Pickswise). 

Quote of the Day 

“I can say that I feel very happy in this whole World Cup. I am enjoying it a lot, and luckily enough I’m able to help my team and make things happen.”

— Argentina forward Lionel Messi

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