Best Bets Today: Top Picks, Predictions from Wednesday's Sports Slate
We've shopped the odds and lines at our best sportsbooks in search of today's best bets for Wednesday, Jan. 25. Our top picks include offerings from the NBA, NHL, and college basketball.
With the NFL's AFC and NFC Championships still several days away, the NBA, NHL, and college basketball remain at the forefront of the sports betting landscape in the middle of the week.
Read on for today's best bets for Wednesday, Jan. 25, based on the odds from our best sportsbooks.
Wednesday's best bets
- NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder (+100 via FanDuel Sportsbook) vs. Atlanta Hawks ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- College basketball: Houston-UCF Under 127.5 (+100 via WynnBet) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- NHL: Tim Stützle anytime goal (+205 via Caesars Sportsbook) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wednesday's NBA best bet
Thunder ML vs. Hawks (+100 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This game is essentially a pick‘em, and though the Hawks are listed as 1-point favorites, the odds for both teams on the Moneyline range from -105 to -115. That’s true on all of our featured books except for FanDuel. FanDuel offers Oklahoma City at plus-money odds, and we can get a lot of value by using that book.
The Thunder are 15-8 ATS at home, 9-5 as home underdogs, and 15-8 against Eastern Conference opponents. Straight-up, the Thunder have been equally impressive, sporting a 14-9 record at home, including an 8-6 record as home dogs.
Oklahoma City has won five of the last six and four straight at home. Atlanta has lost two in a row and has just a 2-6 ATS record as the road favorite.
NBA best bets for Wednesday made by Zachary Hanshew. Also see our Nets vs. 76ers picks.
Check out all of our NBA best bets, and our 2023 NBA Finals odds and 2023 NBA MVP odds.
Wednesday's college basketball best bet
Houston vs. UCF Under 127.5 (+100) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dating back to 2021, the following are Houston’s point totals allowed in the game immediately following a loss (not counting NCAA tournament games): 60, 46, 52, 49, 56, 69, 52, 56, and 46. That averages to 54 points per game, and the Cougars experienced a second loss in just one of those games.
In fact, the Under is 10-1-1 in Houston’s previous 12 games following a straight-up loss. Thus, this is a four-star play as we look for another spirited defensive effort from Houston in the wake of its 56-55 home loss to Temple. Additionally, UCF plays at one of the slowest tempos (335th) in the country.
We are headed to WynnBet for this wager, the only sportsbook offering plus-odds to back the Under.
College basketball best bets for Wednesday made by Mike Spector.
Check out all of our top college basketball picks, as well as our 2023 March Madness odds and 2023 Wooden Award odds.
Wednesday's NHL best bet
Tim Stützle anytime goal (+205 via Caesars) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Stützle is busting out in his third NHL season and has scored 20 goals in just 42 games. That includes finding the net at least once in 10 of 23 home games.
Since returning from an injury in late December, he has also played more than 20 minutes in 13 of 14 games. With Josh Norris returning to the injured list, Stützle is the unquestioned first option at center for the Sens.
Stützle faces a New York Islanders squad that ranks 25th with 3.39 expected goals against per 60 minutes on the road and the Isles are going with backup goaltender Semyon Varlamov on Wednesday. Varlamov is a strong second option in net, but the matchup is more favorable than if Ilya Sorokin was getting the start.
While DraftKings, BetMGM, and PointsBet are all offering a Stützle anytime goal at +180, FanDuel and Caesars are hanging +205 on the board. That is a significant incentive to make the wager at FanDuel or Caesars which, in my experience, tend to offer the best anytime goal scorer prices among the top-rated sportsbooks.
NHL best bets for Wednesday made by Scott Cullen.
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