Swinger’s By the Numbers NBA Picks for Wednesday, March 15th

Houston Rockets

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 1:09 PM GMT

By the Numbers is a daily NBA column featuring Swinger’s top selections according to historical trends and game time matchups. Let’s review the top picks for Wednesday’s slate and cash in our NBA picks.

Timberwolves (28-38 SU, 32-34-2 ATS) vs. Celtics (42-25 SU, 34-31-2 ATS)

* Boston is 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games as a favorite.

* Boston is -5 ATS in their last six home games vs. a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400.

* Boston is 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a straight up win.

* Boston is 2-7 ATS in their last nine games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5.

* Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in their last five after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.

* Minnesota is 4-0 ATS in their last four Wednesday games.

* Minnesota is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600.

* Minnesota is 7-1 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win.

The T-Wolves are cashing big time for those who have backed them in their NBA picks recently. Minnesota has covered the NBA odds in nine of their last 10 contests with their latest being no exception, as they rolled over Washington Monday night to a 119-104 victory. Similarly, the Celtics looked solid in their 100-80 win over Chicago on Sunday but they have been inconsistent with a 2-3 straight up and ATS mark over their last five. Let's grab the points and the red hot Wolves.

NBA Pick: Timberwolves +6

Best Line Offered: at Betmania

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Lakers (20-47 SU, 28-37-2 ATS) vs. Rockets (46-21 SU, 38-29 ATS)

* Houston is 4-1 ATS in their last five after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.

* Houston is 4-0 ATS in their last four games vs. a team with a winning percentage below .400.

* Houston is 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games as a favorite of 11.0 or greater.

* Houston is 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games as a home favorite of 11.0 or greater.

* Los Angeles is 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine games following a straight up loss.

* Los Angeles is 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.

* Los Angeles is 1-4 ATS in their last five Wednesday games.

* Los Angeles is 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.

When last these teams met, the Rockets throttled the Lakers 134-95 as 13 ½ point home chalk. In that context, and considering what the numbers are telling us, this enormous spread doesn't look so out of whack after all. Although laying double digits is not something I routinely advise, in this case and with this particular matchup, it appears the Rockets are ready to repeat their dominating December performance against the Lakers.

Free NBA Pick: Rockets -17

Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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