Nets, Clippers Are Solid Bets In Wednesday's NBA Action

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 2:38 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 2:38 PM UTC

The Wizards have totally given up on the season and should be easy prey for the Nets, while the Clippers and Jazz will battle in Utah with the season series on the line.

Washington (24-36 SU, 26-34 ATS) at Brooklyn (32-30 SU, 35-27 ATS)

Wednesday 7:30 p.m. ET
Free NBA Pick: Nets ATS
Best Line Offered: Bovada

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Washington is closer to being in the top five of the NBA draft standings than they are to being in the playoff hunt, while the Brooklyn Nets have turned into one of the surprise teams of the entire NBA this season. Brooklyn is 18-14 at home and 15-4 in its last 19 home games since blowing a 23-point lead to Oklahoma City on Dec. 5.

The Nets turned in three straight disappointing home losses against Milwaukee on Feb. 4, Chicago on Feb. 8 and Portland last Thursday before rebounding nicely with a 101-85 win over San Antonio on Monday night. The Nets hit 19 3-pointers and began a stretch of six out of eight games at home by allowing their second-fewest points this season.

At 24-36, Washington is 2 1/2 games behind 10th-place Miami and four out of the eighth-place Hornets. The Wizards have been off since a 119-112 home loss to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, their ninth loss in 12 games and fourth in a row. Washington is on its third losing streak of at least four games, and in this skid, the Wizards are allowing 123 points and 50.8 percent shooting, including 41.7 percent from 3-point range. In their latest loss, the Wizards fell behind the Pacers by 17 in the first half before making two comeback attempts in the fourth quarter. Washington also allowed 56.6 percent shooting.

Wednesday starts a stretch of seven straight games against opponents with losing records and it would greatly behoove the Nets to rack up some wins in those games to maintain their positioning in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Nets are 23-13 against teams with under .500 records and 17-3 against those teams since Dec. 8. After the friendly stretch comes a seven-game road trip, and 11 of the final 13 games are against opponents with winning records, including six against the top five teams in the Eastern Conference.

On Monday, D’Angelo Russell followed up a 40-point showing in Charlotte with 23 points against the Spurs, giving him 34 games with 20-plus points this season. Joe Harris hit five 3-pointers and is shooting 73.1 percent (19 of 26) from behind the arc in his last five games.

The Wizards are an abysmal 9-22 ATS on the road this season and the Nets should easily be able to take care of business against a team that has seemingly given up on the season.

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Los Angeles Clippers (34-28 SU, 34-28 ATS) at Utah (33-26 SU, 31-26-2 ATS)

Wednesday 9 p.m. ET
Free NBA Pick: Clippers ATS
Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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The Jazz and the Clippers are both playoff contenders in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, and the two teams have a lot at stake when they meet in Utah on Wednesday night. Serious playoff implications are in play between the two teams, as this will be the second of three times the two teams face each other in the regular season. Utah won the first matchup 129-109 on Jan. 16 in Los Angeles. A second victory for the Jazz (33-26) on Wednesday would clinch a series win and give Utah a valuable tiebreaker as the two teams jostle for playoff positioning.

The Jazz have won three straight at home and four of five in February. They earned their first post-NBA All-Star break win on Saturday, pulling away to beat Dallas 125-109.It marked the third time in four games that Utah scored at least 125 points. The Jazz shot 48.2 percent from the field and never trailed after the first quarter. They are showing signs of mounting a surge over the final weeks of the regular season, just like a year ago. Los Angeles (34-28) comes to Utah with a bit of momentum. The Clippers have won three of their last four games after also beating Dallas 121-112 on Monday. They also have won six of their last 10 games away from Los Angeles.

Strong bench play has been lifting the Clippers of late. Los Angeles got 71 points from its second-unit against the Mavericks. Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams led the way. Harrell poured in a career-high 32 points and Williams added 21.

Utah's win over Los Angeles in January was the fifth victory in a six-game winning streak for the Jazz. Donovan Mitchell paced Utah with 28 points, while Rudy Gobert added 23 points and 22 rebounds. Williams led the Clippers with 23 points off the bench.

Look for the Clippers to get a bit of revenge and even up the season series with the Jazz and on the process get a major cover of the spread that opened up with the Jazz being favored by 8.5 points. That’s entirely too much of a cushion to have for two teams that are almost evenly matched.

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