NFL Wild Card Weekend, NBA & La Liga Picks for Jan. 8, 2021 | Odds Shark’s Guys & Bets (Episode 304)

With Wild Card Weekend coming up, we’ve got a jam-packed show with picks from the NFL playoffs, NBA and more!

Joe Osborne, Andrew Avery and Iain MacMillan have their bets lined up for these games and will answer your questions in the chat.

It wouldn’t be a football show without a 6-point teaser from Joe and he’s got one today. The Buffalo Bills are one of the teams he’s got as they have a home date with the Indianapolis Colts. The Bills are on a hot streak, going 9-1 to finish the season, and they’ve held their opponents to fewer than 20 points in three of their last four games. Check out who he’s got as the other team on his teaser as he looks to keep that regular-season success going in the playoffs.

For his next football pick, Joe is betting the total as the Chicago Bears head to the bayou to take on the New Orleans Saints. It’s still unofficial whether Alvin Kamara will play on Sunday, but he did tweet out “see y’all Sunday” with a heart emoji, so things look good on that front. The Bears offense has looked good since Mitch Trubisky returned as the starter, and quietly, David Montgomery put together a nice season.

Over in the NBA, the Brooklyn Nets, minus Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, tip off with the Memphis Grizzlies, who continue to play without their star, Ja Morant. A former Guys & Bets darling, the Grizzlies have been snake-bitten since Morant went down, losing four of five games. In Brooklyn, it’s been quite a start for Steve Nash as head coach. First, Spencer Dinwiddie goes down for the season, then Durant is forced to quarantine due to exposure to someone who had COVID-19, and now Irving has gone AWOL. Yet the Nets just keep on plugging away. They had a big win against the 76ers without their stars and look to do the same in Memphis.

Ninja has found a nice spot in the NFC as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the road to face the Washington Football Team. There have been questions surrounding the health of Alex Smith all week, as the veteran signal-caller won’t be at 100 percent for this game. Furthermore, there has been chatter that Washington will rotate quarterbacks as needed. That isn’t what you’d want to hear going into a playoff game. But this young Washington team’s defense has been up to the task this season, led by Chase Young. This is a different opponent they’re facing, though, with Tom Brady and ALL of the weapons the Bucs have in the passing game.

If you’re looking for some footy, Ninja likes a moneyline wager as Celta Vigo takes on Villarreal in La Liga. Villarreal has gone 4-1-1 in its last six games and sits fifth overall in the league table. Celta Vigo has been playing great football of their own thus far, sitting in the eighth spot. Ninja keeps it simple with a play on the moneyline.

Iain has a couple of bets for NFL Wild Card Weekend and he starts off in the AFC with the Baltimore Ravens taking on the Tennessee Titans. If there was ever an NFL game that looks like a ground and pound game, this is it. NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry became just the eighth player in NFL history to surpass the 2,000-yard mark in a season, finishing with 2,027. The Titans will need that kind of production out of their workhorse as the Ravens come into this game hot. They have won five in a row to end the regular season. But now the question will come up: Can Lamar Jackson lead them to a win in the playoffs?

In the NFC, it’s a West division rivalry with the Los Angeles Rams heading to the Pacific Northwest to face the Seattle Seahawks. All signs right now point to Rams quarterback Jared Goff being a true game-time decision but John Wolford did help lead the Rams to a win over the Arizona Cardinals to get into the playoffs. The Rams backfield is healthier now with Cam Akers returning last week. The Rams defense has been the backbone of this team for much of this season, though. The Seahawks have never been an easy out in the playoffs with Russell Wilson as their quarterback, and that looks to be the case again this year.