Daily NBA Picks: Start Cashing With Our Two Value Plays

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 4:31 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 4:31 PM UTC

The first big NBA slate of the season is here! We've got a ton of games to choose from when finalizing our NBA picks, so let's make sure we pick wisely.

What an awesome first Wednesday slate we have for NBA fans this season! A lot of good matchups are out there for NBA odds exploitation, but below are the two games we're squaring in on.


Indiana Pacers vs. Toronto Raptors
Both of these teams have seen some changes over the offseason, but Indiana's roster makeup in particular is much different.

First though, we need to talk about Paul George. After a gruesome leg break before last season even started, it's been a long time coming for the forward to be at full strength for this opener. He'll be ecstatic to be back out on the court and acting as the foundation for a new-look Indiana team. The Pacers ditched Roy Hibbert and also saw David West leave town, but they were able to pick up a couple nice additions in Monta Ellis and Jordan Hill, who should immediately step in and start. Myles Turner was draft in the first round and figures to contribute too.

As for the Raptors, their biggest move was bringing DeMarre Carroll over from Atlanta, and they also have former Pacer Luis Scola on board now too. This team revolves around the backcourt, with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan a potent duo that will be scoring plenty of points throughotu the season.

We do have high hopes for the Pacers in general this season, and they could easily grow to become a formidable team so long as George stays healthy and the likes of Ellis and company mesh well. It's going to take time though, and we think a more cohesive unit in Toronto, at this point in time, will prove too much at home.

For your NBA picks on Wednesday, consider backing the Raptors to win by at least six. They have a great home-court advantage and should use it to their benefit against the Pacers.

NBA Pick: Raptors -5.5 at 5Dimes

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Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets
You have to figure this is going to be an uptempo, high-scoring game between two Western Conference foes in the Rockets and Nuggets. Houston in particular likes to push the pace and get up and down the court, with superstar James Harden leading the way, of course.

For the Rockets' season opener, they've been classified as 11-point favorites at home against Denver. The total is at a rather high number of 212, with Houston obviously expected to account for a large chunk.

Probably the biggest move the Rockets made during the offseason was reaching a deal for point guard Ty Lawson, who will immediately be the starter alongside Harden in the backcourt. It's quite ironic that his team debut will come against his old team. Elsewhere, Trevor Ariza, Terrence Jones and Dwight Howard are locked into the other starting five spots, with Patrick Beverley, Corey Brewer and Donatas Motiejunas among others expected to get their fair share of minutes. 

For the Nuggets, they appear to be in rebuild mode, with Lawson's departure one of the big factors. They opted to draft Emmanuel Mudiay to take over at the point, and he'll be the new face of the franchise. Gary Harris, Randy Foye and Jameer Nelson will also get their minutes in the backcourt too. Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson are all around and will play various forward roles, while Joffrey Lauvergne will start at center for as long as Jusuf Nurkic is out.

We do expect to see the Nuggets play better than people think, but they just can't match Houston at this point. Harden and the Rockets should prove to be too much here in their opener.

NBA Pick: Rockets -10.5 at Pinnacle

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