Tonight is the last full night of NBA games before a very long All-Star Break. Let's make it count as we provide you with the top NBA Totals of the Night for Wednesday.
Will Golden State Starters Be Playing in the 4th Quarter?
In one of the highest betting totals tonight, you have one of the biggest mismatches on the board. Golden State is a great offensive team that can tear up the nets as they're number 1 in the NBA at 110.9 points per game and they face a Timberwolves with some young talent, but their defense is simply awful.The T-Wolves are 30th in the league, allowing 106.3 points per game. This game really comes down to the blowout factor as the Warriors are a 9 point favorite in NBA odds on the road.
"Will Golden State be up by so many points that their starters and key bench players won't be needed for the 4th quarter?" If that's the case, the over the total, which I like, is in jeopardy.
We also have to worry about the Minnesota offense. Andrew Wiggins is really starting to play like the number 1 pick in the draft, averaging 15.4 points per game. Minnesota also has a healthy Kevin Martin back in the lineup and veteran Thaddeus Young is good for a solid contribution. That said, the Wolves offense only averages 97.7 points per game and the shock factor of facing the best team in the NBA could come into play. I expect the Wolves to get their points, but Golden State is on a completely different level as a basketball team.
Look for the Warriors, who have two of the best sharpshooters in the game in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, to rack up the points despite a weak offensive outing in their last game in an 89-84 victory over the pathetic Philadelphia 76'ers.
NBA Pick- Over 216 at Bovada
Can the Grizzlies Defense Keep the OKC Offense in Check?
You know for the total to be under 200, one of these teams has a really good defense and it's the Memphis Grizzlies. In fact, the Grizzlies have the best defense in the NBA and lately they have been holding opponents under 90 points. These opponents aren't bottom feeders. They're teams such as the most improved team in the Atlanta Hawks. Serge Ibaka will have to play his best game tonight when dealing with the duo of Zack Randolph and Marc Gasol.
As for OKC, they're trying to play "catch up" after having most of their key players injured for most of the season. Oklahoma City, who is on the outside looking in, where the playoff picture is concerned, is not only a good team, but could be a title contender if they find their way into the post-season and a game like this before the break is huge as they play at home.
People are saying who is Mitch McGary? McGary is one of the players that played on Michigan's Final Four team a couple of years back that had Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. The Thunder have recently discovered that McGary has got game and could be a major contributor on both ends of the court.
In his last two games, McGary is averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds on 14 of 21 shooting from the field in an average of 24 minutes per game. McGary is an asset that the Thunder didn't even know that they had. Tonight, the real test comes for McGary and OKC as they face the wrath of the Grizzlies defense. I think Oklahoma City has enough firepower at home to make this a solid NBA pick over a relatively low betting total.
NBA Pick- Over 196.5 at 5Dimes