Wise n’ Shine: NFL picks, NBA predictions and NHL best bets for Saturday, January 7

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Welcome to a super Saturday of sport. The final week of the NFL regular season starts today with two games, and we also have NBA, NHL, college basketball and soccer to entertain us. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Hornets make lightning-fast start to beat Bucks
The Hornets were not hanging around in their game against the Bucks last night, equalling Golden State’s NBA record by scoring 51 points in the first quarter of their 138-109 win. Milwaukee had been a 10-point favorite for the game. The Nuggets beat the Cavaliers and the Nets beat the Pelicans in other notable results.

Solid day in the NHL parlay
We went 4-2 on our Friday NHL picks, while Mark Lammey had a 2-0 night with our hockey player props, putting us on a 4-0 streak and 10-3 over the last week. The Jets beat the Lightning 4-2, while the Ducks beat the Sharks 5-4 in the day’s only overtime game.

Big win for California
Our sole NCAAB pick on Friday won comfortably as 8-point underdog California beat Stanford 92-70. We were also 1-0 on soccer as Manchester United covered a -1 spread in a 3-1 FA Cup win over Everton.

Today’s Slate

NFL Week 18 starts today
We have Saturday football today with Chiefs vs Raiders at 4:30pm ET and the AFC South title-decider between the Titans and Jaguars at 8:15pm ET, both on ESPN.

5 games in the NBA
We have a 5-game slate today in the NBA, including Pelicans vs Mavericks at 8:00 pm ET and Lakers vs Kings at 10:00 pm ET.

Rangers vs Devils on NHL Network
The NHL has 9 Saturday games, starting early with the first NHL Network game between the Rangers and Devils at 1:00 pm ET. Red Wings vs Maple Leafs follows at 7:00 pm ET.

There’s college hoops and soccer too
Kansas, UConn and Texas are among the top college basketball teams in action today and we have NCAAB picks for all the big games, while we also have soccer predictions for today’s Wolves vs Liverpool FA Cup game.

Best Bet of the Day

NCAAB: Kansas Jayhawks -1.55 over West Virginia Mountaineers
6:00 pm ET, ESPN+

The battle-tested Kansas Jayhawks picked up a huge 75-72 win on the road against Texas Tech on Tuesday. While it’s a tall order traveling to Lubbock, back to Lawrence and then off to Morgantown, Kansas has not blinked an eye this season when facing similar tasks. Kansas is 2-0 SU/ATS in two true road games this season, while going 5-1 SU and 3-3 ATS in 6 games off campus. The defending champs have been doing it with timely offense and solid defense. The Mountaineers have picked up 10 wins, but are on a 2-game losing streak after road losses at Kansas State and Oklahoma State. While West Virginia is 7-0 SU at home this season, it is just 4-3 ATS, failing to cover in the past 2 games and has played weak opposition. Facing Kansas will be a giant step up.


The Week 18 edition of Pickwise Playbook, our weekly NFL preview show is available now featuring former NFL star Tank Williams, so be sure to check that out. Follow the link above for the full show or watch the Chiefs vs Raiders section right here.

Read all of our great sports analysis as it arrives throughout the day on the  tab.

Stat of the Day

The Titans have won 10 straight games on the road against divisional opponents.

Boost of the Day

Patrick Mahomes to pass for 300+ yards and Chiefs to win vs Raiders

FanDuel Sportsbook has enhanced the odds of Patrick Mahomes throwing for 300 yards or more in a Chiefs win over the Raiders today from -115 to +150.

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