How’s that for bounceback performance? We swept the board on a light NBA slate Tuesday night, going 2-0 against the spread and over the favored Nuggets and underdog Hornets to erase the taste of our 1-2 night to open Saturday. Cash?
We feel similarly strong about Wednesday’s slate, which initially featured four games we liked before the Wizards-Pistons game was postponed. After all, we’re still saddled with three home favorites who aren’t getting enough respect against dubious road opponents.
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NBA Wednesday Odds and Picks (via BetMGM)
- Grizzlies -5.5 vs. Trail Blazers
- 76ers -9.5 vs. Magic
- Suns -1.5 vs. Hawks
Grizzlies vs. Trail Blazers Predictions and Analysis (7:10 p.m. ET)
No team has been streakier this season than the Grizzlies, whose win on Sunday snapped a five-game losing streak that immediately began a franchise-record 11-game winning streak. Could this win be the start of a new hitter for Memphis?
While that five-game losing skid was mild at least, all five games came on the road, where Morant and co. are just 11-15 with a 9-16-1 ATS record. It’s a completely different story at home, where Memphis is a ridiculous 21-3 straight up (15-8-1 ATS) with eight straight victories.
That should worry the Trail Blazers, who have lost eight straight games (0-8 ATS), with each of the last six decided by six or more points. With the talent difference already to Wednesday’s hosts, these teams’ extreme home road splits make it much easier to back the Grizzlies.
Pick Grizzlies vs. Trail Blazers.
76ers vs. Magic predictions and analysis (7:10 p.m. ET)
Just when it looked like the 76ers might challenge their longest winning streak of the season, the Magic came back to win as road underdogs. I don’t expect two lightning strikes in a row in this matchup.
Since the start of last season, we’ve only seen 14 teams lose outright as home favorites in their next game against the exact same team in the exact same spot. Those teams are 9-5 ATS at the point, having outscored opponents by 10.1 points per game in as many 20-point wins (5) as ATS losses (5).
I’d be surprised to see the Magic avoid another big game from Joel Embiid, who dropped 30 points against Orlando’s frontcourt on Monday and is averaging 34.1 points and 10.7 rebounds in nine games since returning from injury. are Another big night could push him even higher in the MVP race and even push Philly to an easy win.
Picked 76ers vs Magic.
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Suns vs. Hawks Predictions and Analysis (10:10 p.m. ET)
For a while it looked like the Suns were in deep trouble without injured star Devin Booker (Grouin). They have since regained their footing and should get the best of a Hawks team dealing with their injury woes.
After a big win against the Lakers in Booker’s first game outing, Phoenix went 2-12 with the NBA’s second-worst net rating (-9.7), culminating in a season-worst 30-point loss to the Grizzlies in January. happened 16. It sparked a resurgence for Monte Williams’ group, which has won six of its last seven games (6-1 ATS) after Monday’s win over the Raptors.
Conversely, the Hawks have stumbled to a 1-4 record in their last five games as star guard Trae Young (ankle) battles a nagging injury that sidelined him on Monday and delayed him. has clearly blocked his 3-point shot. If he’s not at full strength, it will be difficult for Atlanta to keep pace with the red-hot Suns.
Suns vs. Hawks Pick
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