NBA Rivalry Week will feature two nationally televised games on Wednesday night, and by all accounts, the Nets vs. 76ers (7:30 p.m. ET) and Grizzlies vs. Warriors (10:00 p.m. ET).
Our experts go in different directions to make the best bets. They aim to place two to three bets per 10 games on the schedule, like player props, first half totals and spread bets on those games.
Read their expert picks and predictions for Wednesday night.
NBA Odds & Picks
Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic
Chris Baker: Since Monday, I’ve flipped that point for the Wizards, and their win over the Celtics only reinforced my belief. I’ve been good to this Magic team all season long, and they finally got back to full health when Jonathan Isaac returned on Monday.
Isaac was a direct hit on both ends of the floor against the NBA’s No. 1 team: 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting with two steals. Isaac increases the number of unicorns in front of the wizard.
With Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Bol Bol, Isaac, Mo Bamba and J.Wendell Carter, this Orlando team is loaded with really talented bigs. That’s a big deal for the Pacers, who lack size and defensive ability in their frontcourt. Aside from Myles Turner, the Pacers hardly have any other big players in their starting rotation.
As a result, the Pacers are 29th in defensive rebounding rate and 27th in opponent turnovers allowed. They don’t protect paint very well, which is essential against magic. They’ll try to guard 6-foot-10 players like Wagner and Banchero from Aaron Nesmith and Chris Duarte. It won’t be a perfect fit, and I expect the Magic to score as much as they want tonight.
Plus, it’s a scary place for the Pacers on the road for the second night after Tuesday’s emotional comeback against the Chicago Bulls.
Without Tyrese Haliburton, I don’t rate this team as highly. The Pacers are 1-6 SU and 3-4 ATS since Haliburton went down on Jan. 11, and they rank 29th in offensive rating during that stretch. The only positive for them is their offensive rebounding rate (2nd this stretch). I expect their new offensive board talent to disappear against this physical Magic team that ranks 12th in defensive rebounding.
I love this spot for the conditions and the play and I’m comfortably playing it to -6.
Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings
Joe Dellera: The Kings play the Raptors today and it’s a great game for Domantas Sabonis. He’s been incredible this season and finally gets the recognition he deserves around the league. I love his assists tonight against Siakam and the Raptors.
Sabonis and Siakam have similar styles of play, both capable of scoring, rebounding, and assisting. However, Sabonis has excelled in this battle over the last few seasons. He had five consecutive double-doubles and triple-doubles.
Sabonis’ point + rebound prop is 31.5 and could be 32.5 depending on your book. He has eclipsed that mark in 3 of the last 5 games against Siakam, but most importantly, on Dec. 14, he destroyed that mark with 21 points, 20 rebounds and 7 assists this season.
I prefer the points + rebounds line because I don’t think his assists in this game will matter because of Toronto’s length and the Kings’ ability to defend other scorers. I think Sabonis will be the primary offensive option tonight.
His streak against the Raptors aside, Sabonis has missed that 31.5 streak in three games; However, in 18 of the previous 19 games, it exceeded 31.5. I’ll back him to get back on track tonight against the Raptors and take it to a 32.5 PR.
Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings
Munaf Manji: The Raptors and Kings face off tonight in Sacramento and I expect a lot of points in the first half.
First, the Raptors are 7-1 in the first half of their last eight games, according to Bet Labs. The Kings are 8-1 in the first half of their last nine games.
Furthermore, over the past five games, the Raptors and Kings have ranked first and second in Offensive Rating, respectively. The Kings average 127 points in the first half during that span, while the Kings are averaging 63 points per game in the first half.
The Raptors are no strangers to high-scoring games this season. In fact, the Raptors are 10-4 in non-conference games this season and are 13-8 this season (according to Bet Labs). I expect the offense to be firing on all cylinders tonight. I like numbers up to 123.5.
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