Blazers to Maintain ATS Road Success vs. Rockets

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 7:22 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 7:22 PM UTC

Portland is one of the best road teams ATS, but will that trend continue Wednesday in Houston? Let’s see if the Blazers are a quality selection among our NBA picks.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Trail Blazers vs. Rockets">Wednesday NBA: Trail Blazers vs. Rockets</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3264047, "sportsbooksIds":[238,180,19,169,1096], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Trail Blazers +8.5</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Pinnacle</a></h2><p>The Blazers have looked like a team ready to play like they did at the end of last season when a healthy Jusuf Nurkic changed things. Nurkic allows the Blazers to run more pick-and-roll action with their two dynamic guards, and the fact Nurkic is a proficient passer allows them to master dribble handoffs between C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard. Portland is establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference because of their superb guard tandem.</p><p>Lillard will miss his fourth consecutive game, but Shabazz Napier has kept the ship afloat in Lillards absence. In the last 10 games, Napier is averaging 14.9 points and 4.3 assists on 47-percent shooting from the field.</p><p>The Rockets have been struggling without James Harden in the lineup, despite the fact Gerald Green has been playing out of his mind. Green is averaging more than 20 points on more than 50-percent shooting from the field and from three-point range. The problem with Houston is Chris Paul’s inability to take over games with scoring, as he did when he played with the Clippers.</p><p>Portland boasts the NBA's second-best record ATS as a road team (13-6-1). For our <a href="" title="NBA Picks">NBA picks</a>, look for the Blazers to keep the Rockets on the launching pad in Houston.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Thunder vs. Timberwolves">Wednesday NBA: Thunder vs. Timberwolves</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3264054, "sportsbooksIds":[238,180,19,169,1096], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Thunder +4.5</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=Intertops" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Intertops</a></h2><p>The Timberwolves are quietly playing the best basketball in the NBA since the calendar flipped to 2018. Jimmy Butler has settled any debate about the hierarchy in the Minnesota offense. He has settled in as an ancillary option in Minnesota, allowing young stars Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns to dominate the ball on offense. Butler is fifth among Wolves players in usage rate at 19.7 percent, meaning he is getting the ball much less than he did last season in Chicago. What Butler is doing is establishing himself as the defensive stopper and glue guy the Wolves have been missing.</p><p>The Thunder, on the other hand, have three offensive weapons who thrive better in isolation situations. Oklahoma City ranks 21st in the NBA in 3-point shooting, making only 35 percent of their attempts.</p><p>Things are turning sour in OKC at a rapid pace, making tonight’s game almost a must-win situation. Look for Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, who are getting points on the <a href="" title="NBA Odds">NBA odds board</a>, to get the victory outright.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Magic vs. Bucks">Wednesday NBA: Magic vs. Bucks</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3264057, "sportsbooksIds":[238,180,19,169,1096], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Bucks -10.5</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a></h2><p>The Bucks are going through growing pains as they try to solidify their rotations. Their problem seems to be who will play the majority of the minutes at center. John Henson has been the guy getting a lot of those minutes, but he is not known for being a physical presence down low. Jason Kidd has tried to play Giannis Antetokounmpo some minutes at center, and it has worked in short dosages but is not sustainable for long stretches.</p><p>Orlando needs to get consistent play from point guard Elfrid Payton, whose days with the Magic might be numbered. Orlando is in a major slump, having lost their last four games and 10 of their past 12. This slide could have been predictable because the way they played at the beginning of the season was clearly unsustainable.</p><p>Orlando was shooting and making the most threes in the NBA for a stretch and a lot of that was coming from Aaron Gordon, who is definitely not known for being a prolific sharp-shooter. Not only are the Magic struggling on the offensive end, they are also struggling mightily to stop teams from scoring. The Magic give up an average of 110 points per night, making them the NBA's 27th-ranked defense.</p><p>Look for the Bucks to get back on track with an easy win against one of the league's worst teams.</p>
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