Wise n’ Shine: NBA picks, NHL predictions and college basketball best bets for Wednesday, January 18

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Welcome to another wonderful Wednesday of sports, Pickswise Nation. We have a big NBA slate tonight, plus NHL, college basketball, soccer and tennis on the schedule. Let’s get straight to making your next bet better!

About Last Night

Spurs stun the Nets
The Spurs were 5.5-point home underdogs against the Nets last night, but ran out with a 106-98 win over a team that began the day with more than twice as many wins as they had. Joel Embiid scored 41 points as the 76ers beat the Clippers 120-110.

Canadiens take down the Jets
The Canadiens are finding some form in the NHL and will have turned some heads with Tuesday’s 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The Blackhawks and Coyotes were another pair of struggling teams to bank valuable wins, over the Sabres and Red Wings respectively.

Jayhawks lose in overtime
#1 Houston had no trouble covering in an 80-60 win over Tulane, but the #2 Kansas Jayhawks were upset by rivals the Kansas State Wildcats, losing 83-82 in overtime to leave both teams with 16-2 records.

Today’s Slate

9-game slate in the NBA
Today’s 9-game NBA slate includes 2 games on ESPN with the Hawks facing the Mavericks at 7:30 pm ET. The Timberwolves then play the Nuggets at 10:00 pm ET.

TNT hockey doubleheader
There are only 5 NHL games today but that includes a TNT doubleheader featuring Bruins vs Islanders at 7:30 pm ET and Stars vs Sharks at 10:00 pm ET.

Top NCAAB teams in action
There are plenty of interesting games on the college hardwood tonight with UConn, Xavier and TCU all in action, plus a Tigers vs Tigers battle between Auburn and LSU.

Best Bet of the Day

NCAAB: Providence Friars +7.5 over Marquette Golden Eagles
9:00 pm ET, CBSSN

The Friars of Providence invade Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee looking to bounce back after a 73-67 setback at Creighton on Saturday. That loss snapped a 9-game winning streak which included a 103-98 victory in overtime in Providence as a 1-point underdog. While the Friars failed to grab the cover in Omaha against the Bluejays, Providence is an impressive 9-1 ATS mark across the past 10 games overall. The Friars are catching 7.5 points, and they’re 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog, while winning 4 of those games outright.

Must-watch

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

Lauren Jbara and Jared Smith are your hosts today and they will be joined by Pickswise props expert Bobby “Prop Holliday” Stanley to look at the midweek NFL line moves, conference odds and today’s NBA games. As ever, the team will close by revealing their Plays of the Day!

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

Stat of the Day

The Oklahoma City Thunder have covered the spread in 6 straight games.

Quote of the Day

“It’s football. I’ve got a bounty on me every week I go out there on the field.”

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts is not worried about risking his sprained shoulder against the Giants.

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