The online betting action continues amidst the shadow of COVID and sidelined players. With this in mind, I looked at Wednesday’s packed slate to find any teams worth looking into from an NBA betting perspective.
We’ve got a few chalk here and there, but one team in particular has been asking to be bet on and you can probably guess from the title.
Road Warriors Jazz to Stifle the Flimsy Wizards
The Jazz on the second night of a back-to-back may not inspire confidence, but they’re one of the best road teams (5-2) in the league and are against the worst defensive team. Washington will also be without star guard Russell Westbrook and center Thomas Bryant.
Bradley Beal has been busy putting up NBA 2K numbers at 38.6 points on 52.7 percent shooting in his last five games. Ridiculous. The Wizards went 3-2 in that span, including an upset over the Phoenix Suns.
But Washington has been abysmal at home with a 1-5 record and they remain one of the worst rebounding teams (25th) while Utah is the best in the NBA. Star center Rudy Gobert has put up 14.2 rebounds and 4.2 blocks in his last five games and will wreck.
Beal will be the best player in this game, but when sophomore F Rui Hachimura is his second-best teammate, you can chalk for the Jazz like we are. Take Utah as a confident play for your NBA betting picks.
Pick: Utah Jazz to win and cover -3.5 (-110)
Phoenix Scorches the Baby Hawks
[Editor’s Note: This game has been postponed.]
In Phoenix and Atlanta, we have two teams who have fared differently per expectations. The Suns are as good as expected while the Hawks… not so much. Adding Chris Paul has helped Phoenix become more efficient on offense, ranking second in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.05).
Paul has raised Phoenix’s floor and players like F Mikal Bridges (15.1 points per game) and F Cam Johnson (12.5 points) have seen their shooting improve. The Suns now rank in the top-ten in true shooting percent (9th), assist percent (4th), and three-pointers (8th).
On the other hand, Atlanta has cooled off since a hot 4-1 start. They were on a four-game losing skid until they beat the shorthanded Sixers. Atlanta was favoured in all these games and ranked 27th in the NBA with a 103 offensive rating.
Although Atlanta has improved on their defense, their offense has been anemic. The well-rounded Suns team that finally has proper leadership and chemistry should handle business at home. I’m taking the Suns to beat the Hawks easily.
Pick: Phoenix Suns to win and cover -5.5 (-110)
Hornets Buzz as Underdogs
Can the Hornets do it twice? Oddsmakers say no, but they also said no previously when the Hornets took out the Dallas Mavericks as eight-point underdogs. Dallas will be visiting Charlotte down several rotation players including starting SG Josh Richardson and backup forwards Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber.
Kristaps Porzingis will return for Dallas, but they lose most of their key defensive players. Charlotte has won four in a row thanks to LaMelo Ball, who has averaged 13.8 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists with just 1.5 turnovers.
Charlotte has also played good defense at home, allowing only 102.8 points on 42.47 percent shooting and 31.22 percent from three, all in the top three in the league. They limited Dallas to just 39.1 percent from the field the last time and outrebounded them 50-39.
Even when Luka Doncic has been tearing it up lately (30.3 points in his last three games), he’ll be hard-pressed to carry the Mavericks against the Hornets, who are buzzing right now.
Pick: Charlotte Hornets to win (+190)
Parlay: Phoenix to cover (-110), Utah to cover (-110) and Charlotte to win (+190) at +1057.
“Go big or go home.” That’s the theme of this parlay, which would see a return of over ten times your wager from your favourite sportsbook.
Phoenix serves as the parlay anchor as they take out the Hawks at home. Utah is one of the better road teams this season and will handle business against one of the NBA’s worst teams. The kicker here is Charlotte. If the Hornets pull off another upset, your parlay is golden. [See Editor’s Note.]