The first game featuring a must-bet home team will be played in Boston. Even though the Celtics recently took an odd loss to the Wizards, they responded by beating Denver on Tuesday night.
In doing so, Boston held Michael Porter Jr. without a single point, showcasing just how solid its defense is capable of playing. Going against an Atlanta team experiencing chemistry issues, there's a good opportunity.
The Celtics have obviously missed Marcus Smart over the last few weeks, but some of their other guys have stepped up as needed. The most curious thing has been Brad Stevens' ever-evolving bench rotations, but generally speaking, he does know what he's doing.
The Celtics have gotten great effort from both of their first-round rookies, Payton Pritchard and Aaron Nesmith, in the last several games.
The Hawks won't be leaving Boston with a win. Ride with the Celtics.
Portland and New Orleans are two teams that have both shown some incredible signs this year, with their stars carrying them to many wins. It's unfortunate that the Blazers have had to be without CJ McCollum for so long, but Damian Lillard has been able to guide the team on his own.
Wednesday night, though, a win is not what Portland is going to be escaping New Orleans with.
Coming off a dominant victory over Memphis, the Pelicans are feeling good, even on the second leg of a back-to-back. Josh Hart had another dominant effort off the bench, while Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson continued to put up impressive numbers.
Both of those guys are integral parts of the team's present, and of course, the future. Kira Lewis Jr. is starting to get comfortable in his role off the bench, while Willy Hernangomez has provided a nice lift as the backup center.
The explosive Pelicans offense is going to outperform that of Portland, finding themselves with a win by the time the final whistle blows this evening.
Picking the spread for a Miami Heat game this year is probably one of the more difficult things that oddsmakers have to do. The Heat are several games under .500, coming off a trip to the Finals, and with injuries still affecting them.
Yet betting against the Heat always seems like the hardest thing to do. But Wednesday night, you would be better off doing just that.
Golden State enters off a dominant win over the Cavaliers on Monday, in which Stephen Curry didn't need to get on the floor in the fourth quarter. He shot the lights out when he was in, as he seems to do every night this season.
Kelly Oubre and Andrew Wiggins have played incredible perimeter defense, and Draymond Green is dropping dimes like it's nobody's business. He had a career high of 16 in the win over Cleveland.
Even without Klay Thompson, the Warriors are currently in playoff position. The three-point battle will be must-see in this contest, but it will probably favor Golden State at the end of the night.
This is a team that has yet to win three games in a row on the year, hoping to do it for the first time. This would mark two in a row.
Ride with Curry and company and take the Warriors.
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