Wise n’ Shine: NFL picks, NBA predictions, NHL and college basketball best bets for Sunday, January 22


Good morning, Pickswise Nation, and welcome to another super Sunday of sports. The #1 seeds lived up to their billing in yesterday’s NFL playoff games as the Chiefs and Eagles punched their tickets to Championship weekend and there are 2 more places available today. We have everything you need to enhance your enjoyment of today’s NFL games, plus the action in the NBA, NHL, college basketball and soccer, so let’s get straight to making your next bet better.

About Last Night

Chiefs and Eagles march on
The favorites won both yesterday’s playoff games, but only the Eagles covered. Backers of the Chiefs on the spread were undone by a late Jaguars field goal that made the final score 27-20 to KC. The Eagles had no worries about a back-door cover as they dominated the Giants in a 38-7 win. The Chiefs are now +280 favorites for the Super Bowl at FanDuel Sportsbook, with the Bills at +310, the Eagles at +330 and the 49ers at +450.

Celtics win 9th straight game
The Celtics won for the 9th successive game, beating the Raptors 106-104 without Jayson Tatum, while the 76ers beat the Kings 129-127 in the late game.

Flames beat the Lightning
The Calgary Flames scored an impressive 6-3 win over the Lightning, while the Blackhawks upset the Blues 5-3 and the Avalanche beat the Kraken 2-1 in a shootout on Saturday’s NHL slate.

Today’s Slate

Huge playoff games in the NFL
We have a couple of monumental clashes in the NFL today, with Bengals vs Bills getting things started at 3:00pm ET before the Cowboys take on the 49ers at 6:30 pm ET.

7-game slate in the NBA
Today’s 7-game NBA slate includes the Nets vs Warriors game at 8:30pm ET on NBA TV.

Penguins vs Devils on NHL Network
We also just 5 games in the NHL today, but NHL Network is showing Penguins vs Devils at 2:00pm ET and Kings vs Blackhawks at 7:00pm ET.

There’s college basketball, soccer and tennis too
There’s some great college hoops action today, with Houston, Purdue and UConn among the teams taking the court.  We also have soccer picks for today’s 3 EPL games, which include Manchester United vs Arsenal on NBA at 11:30am ET. The Australian Open tennis action continues too, and Ricky Dimon has tennis picks for Day 8 as he bids to hit a 6th straight parlay play!

Best Bet of the Day

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals +5.5 over Buffalo Bills
3:00 pm ET, CBS

Neither team looked particularly impressive last week, but the Bengals have arguably been playing the most consistent football in the NFL over the past couple of months, and they aren’t getting nearly enough respect for a team that’s on a 9-game winning streak. The Bills have played just 2 teams that made the postseason since Week 6. One of those was the Dolphins, whom they beat by 3 points, and they lost to the Vikings at home. This game looks much closer than the spread suggests.


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.

Mark Zinno and Jared Smith are your hosts today and they will be joined by Pickswise NFL props expert Bobby “Prop Holliday” Stanley to look at today’s NFL line moves and the best props and teasers before revealing their Plays of the Day!

The Divisional Round edition of Pickwise Playbook, our weekly NFL preview show, is also available — featuring former NFL star Tank Williams. So be sure to check that out, too!

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Stat of the Day

The Bengals have covered in 7 straight games as a road underdog.

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