Good morning, Pickswise Nation, and welcome to another super Sunday of sports. We have bad news and good news — the bad news is there are only 3 games left in this NFL season but the good news is that 2 of them are today and we can’t wait to see the 49ers vs Eagles and Bengals vs Chiefs heavyweight clashes. 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
Celtics and Suns win in OT
There was a controversial end to last night’s game between the Lakers and Celtics as no foul was called on a missed layup by LeBron James at the end of regulation and the Celtics went on to win 125-121 in OT. Suns spread backers were delighted that their game went to overtime, as Phoenix pulled clear in the extra period to beat the Spurs 128-118 and cover the 6-point spread.
Panthers upset the Bruins
The Boston Bruins are hardly in crisis with a 38-6-5 record, but Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers was the first time this season that they had lost back-t0-back games. They are +500 Stanley Cup favorites with FanDuel Sportsbook.
Crimson Tide sunk by Sooners
Alabama had been ranked as the #2 NCAAB team, but a 93-69 loss to Oklahoma as 6-point favorites will not help their status, with Houston, Tennessee, Kansas State, Arizona, Virginia and Kansas all winning.
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The Super Bowl beckons
We have a couple of huge NFL games today, with 4 worthy contenders due to do battle for the conference championship trophies. The 49ers and Eagles fight it out for the NFC crown at 3:00pm ET on FOX before the Bengals and Chiefs stage a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship Game at 6:30 pm ET on CBS.Pelicans vs Bucks on NBA TV
The NBA is largely letting the NFL take center stage today, with only 4 games, but the slate concludes with Pelicans vs Bucks at 8:00pm ET on NBA TV.
Just 2 games in the NHL
We have just 2 games in the NHL today, but NHL Network is showing Capitals vs Maple Leafs at 5:00pm ET.
There’s college basketball and soccer too
There’s some great college hoops action today, with #1 Purdue taking on Michigan State at 12:15pm ET on CBS. Read today’s NCAAB predictions. We also have soccer picks for today’s Brighton vs Liverpool FA Cup game, which starts early at 8:30am ET on ESPN+.
Best Bet of the Day
NFL: Under 46.5 points in San Francisco 49ers vs Philadelphia Eagles
3:00 pm ET, FOX
The NFC Championship Game features two of the more prolific offenses in the NFL, but also two of the top defenses. The Eagles are ranked 6th in DVOA for total defense, while the 49ers have a defense that ranks 1st overall in DVOA defensive rankings. The under has hit in the last 4 games for the Eagles, including last week’s win over the Giants, and in 5 of their last 6. The under has hit only twice in the last 6 for the 49ers, but they’ve allowed an average of just 19 points per game in that span, so the over has hit strictly because the opposing defenses could not compete.
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Stat of the Day
The under is 8-2 in the Chiefs’ last 10 home games.
Boost of the Day
FanDuel Sportsbook has enhanced the odds of a 3-leg parlay on the 49ers vs Eagles game today, with a wager on Christian McCaffrey scoring 1+ TDs, Deebo Samuel having 50+ rushing and receiving yards and Jalen Hurts registering 150+ passing yards boosted from +130 odds to +200.