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Wednesday NBA Betting Expertise
Hard Court Free Betting Tips
By Liam Davis
Neither the Detroit Pistons nor Chicago Bulls have been particularly impressive of late. The Pistons are, by head coach Stan Van Gundy's own admission playing lazy, while the Bulls are banged up and unable to generate much space.
Chicago has the best player, Jimmy Butler, in this match up. But he can only carry the team so far. Plus, the Bulls are working off an overtime loss in Toronto on Tuesday night, and Robin Lopez is bound to be suspended after punching Serge Ibaka in the face. On top of that, Dwyane Wade is done for the season.
If any team is positioned to reach another gear, it's the Pistons.
The Pick: Pistons (-1.5)
It seems like the Oklahoma City Thunder have reached another level since inserting Taj Gibson into the starting lineup. And there's no question they are going to win this game. The Philadelphia 76ers are always missing bodies, and the Thunder need this one as they try, against all odds, to catch the fifth-place Los Angeles Clippers.
Still, we've seen this story before. The shorthanded Sixers catch teams off guard. They have the defense to combat the Thunder's oft-one dimensional offense, and they've lost just two of their last seven games by double-digit point margins.
Don't expect a blowout Wednesday night.
The Pick: Philadelphia 76ers (+11.5)
Paul George said it himself: The Indiana Pacers are a terrible road team. They are 23rd in net rating when playing away from home, according to NBA.com. Not one of the other five sqauds that are worse than them would be in the playoffs if they started today. That says a lot about the Pacers' immediate prospects.
On the flip side, though, the Boston Celtics are struggling to piece together consistent defensive efforts. They're working off a semi-impressive win over the Washington Wizards on Monday night, but they're a lackluster 5-5 against the spread in each of their last 10 games.
Playing a Pacers outfit that epitomizes mediocrity overall and poor play on the road should be just the cure to their stretch of piddling betting appeal.
The Pick: Boston Celtics (-7)
You shouldn't be thrown off by this line. The Denver Nuggets know how to score. Getting into a shootout with a Cleveland Cavaliers squad that lacks defensive verve these days favors them.
Nevertheless, LeBron James isn't expected to rest. Both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are supposed to be in the lineup as well. Even if this game is tight, the Cavaliers should win. And it's more likely they eclipse a three-point margin of victory playing the free-throw game at the end than anything else.
The Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers (-3)
The Milwaukee Bucks have been borderline on fire since the start of March, posting a 9-3 Record while hovering around the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. They've even picked up some good road wins, most notably their victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.
Although the Bucks still aren't the team to be considered locks in any road matchup, the Sacramento Kings help make this line look good. They've seen some promising performances from a few of their younger players since the DeMarcus Cousins trade, but they have not really been able to pick up wins against quality teams.
There's a chance this game turns into a blowout in Milwaukee's favor.
The Pick: Milwaukee Bucks (-5)
Paul Millsap has missed each of the Atlanta Hawks' last two games, both of which they've lost by at least 15 points. He won't be suiting up Wednesday night either, which doesn't bode well against a Washington Wizards team that has been tough to beat at home.
The Wizards have recently looked human, losing four of their last five. But the starting lineup is expected to be at full strength, and the Hawks don't have the depth to compete without both Millsap and Kent Bazemore.
The Wizards (-7)
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