Wise n’ Shine: NBA picks, college football predictions, World Cup and NHL best bets for Friday, November 25


Good morning, Pickswise Nation. We hope you had a great Thanksgiving and find some Black Friday buys you like today. We have NBA, NHL, college football, college basketball and a huge World Cup soccer game to enjoy today, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Happy Thanksgiving for Pickswise Nation
Pickswise followers had a great Thanksgiving Day as we went 3-0 ATS on the NFL slate with our picks of Lions +9, Giants +9 and Vikings -2.5. That takes our record on sides this season to 95-68-4 for +38.1 units of profit. We hit our NFL parlay at +630 odds and had TD scorer winners with Josh Allen (+125), TJ Hockenson (+215) and Dalton Schultz (+230). On top of that, our Lions vs Bills Same Game Parlay was a winner at +750 odds!

Mississippi State upsets Ole Miss
Mississippi State now has the same 8-4 record as Ole Miss after the Bulldogs’ 24-22 win over the Rebels on Thanksgiving night.

Brazil turns on the style
It took World Cup favorite Brazil some time to break through against Serbia, but the Selecao now has +210 odds to win the tournament with FanDuel Sportsbook after a 2-0 win capped by a sensational strike from Richarlison. There were also wins for Switzerland and Portugal, while Uruguay tied 0-0 with South Korea. This morning’s early game in the same group as the United States and England saw Iran beat Wales 2-0 with 2 late goals.

Today’s Slate

Huge game for USMNT in World Cup
The USMNT plays a crucial World Cup game against England at 2:00pm ET (FOX, Peacock, Telemundo) looking to build on its opening 1-1 tie with Wales. Before that, Netherlands plays Ecuador at 11:000am ET.

Big NBA slate tonight
The NBA action returns with a 14-game slate, starting with Timberwolves vs Hornets at 5:00pm ET. Pelicans vs Grizzlies at 8:00 pm ET and Nuggets vs Clippers at 10:30 pm ET are being shown on NBA TV.

Early start in the NHL
There are also 14 NHL games today and the action starts early at 1:00pm with Hurricanes vs Bruins on NHL Network. Penguins vs Flyers is on TNT at 5:30pm ET and Blues vs Lightning at 8:00 pm ET is on

Friday night lights are on
It’s a busy Friday of college football, with Tulane vs Cincinnati and Baylor vs Texas among the early

Gonzaga and Villanova in action
Iowa vs Clemson at the Emerald Coast Classic at 7:00pm ET is among today’s top college basketball

Best Bet of the Day

NCAAF: North Carolina Tar Heels -6.5 over North Carolina State Wolfpack
3:30 pm ET, ABC

The Tar Heels took a disappointing loss last week to Georgia Tech that crushed any realistic chance they might have had at the college football playoffs, but there is still plenty to play for. UNC is heading to the conference championship game against Clemson, and a win this week should assure them of a great bowl slot. NC State is going bowling too, but their season has mostly collapsed down the stretch after losing QB Devin Leary, and backup QB MJ Morris could also miss the game.


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

Lauren Jbara and Mark Zinno are your hosts today, and they will be joined by soccer expert Mark Langdon, head of sports content at the Racing Post in London, to preview today’s big World Cup game between the USMNT and England. The team will also be looking back at the Thanksgiving NFL action, finding the best bets for today’s college sports, and revealing their Plays of the Day.

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

The Week 12 edition of Pickswise Playbook, our weekly NFL preview show, is also available, featuring former NFL star Tank Williams, so be sure to check that out too!

Stat of the Day

England has never beaten the United States at the Soccer World Cup, with the U.S. winning 1-0 in a huge upset in 1950 and the teams playing to a 1-1 tie in the 2010 tournament.

Quote of the Day

“I just knew another chance is going to pop up and I got to be ready for it.”

Bills kicker Tyler Bass nailed the game-winning kick against the Lions after an earlier miss.

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