Free NBA Picks & Odds Report for Wednesday's Betting Action

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 2:01 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2015 2:01 PM UTC

Wednesday night in Oakland conference leaders Atlanta & Golden State face off for the final time. It's one of 7 games SBR has previews for on the schedule. Here's a quick look with all times Eastern.

Trail Blazers vs. Heat (+2.5, 201), 7:30 p.m.
Covered by: Darin
The Blazers' three-game winning streak came to an end in Washington on Monday, 105-97, the first time that Portland had been held under 105 points in five games. Portland trailed 60-40 at halftime, which matched its biggest deficit after two quarters this season. Miami clearly was fired up Monday as LeBron James returned to south Florida for the second time, and for the second time the Heat won easily. This time it was 106-92 as Dwyane Wade had 32 points. Portland beat visiting Miami 99-83 on Jan. 8 as the Blazers turned it over just seven times, still a season-low. The Trail Blazers outscored the Heat by 21 in the second half after failing to lead at all through the first two quarters. Miami had won the previous three meetings. Darin leans Portland.

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Pacers vs. Bulls (-1.5, 188.5), 8 p.m.
Covered by: Matt
The Pacers had been one of the NBA's best teams since Feb. 1 but have lost two straight entering Wednesday's final trip of the regular season to Chicago. Every loss is potentially costly as Indiana battles three other teams for one of the Eastern Conference's final two playoff spots. The Pacers are No. 3 in the NBA in points allowed but the 117 given up to Toronto on Monday were the second-most they have given up all season. Chicago has dropped five of six as it continues to be without Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. The latter two did practice on Tuesday but have been ruled out for this game. The Pacers lead the season series 2-1 and are looking to win both road games at Chicago in a single season for the first time since 2001-02. Matt leans big on the 'under.'

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Celtics vs. Thunder (-6, 212), 8 p.m.
Covered by: Jason
How about Boston's Brad Stevens getting some votes for NBA Coach of the Year. He won't win it but certainly deserves a few votes in getting the Celtics, who have traded two of their best players, into playoff contention in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics bring a five-game winning streak into Wednesday, not allowing an opponent more than 92 points in that stretch. They have played the past four without Isaiah Thomas, and he's out here. The Thunder look to avoid a second straight loss since late January and learned they will be without Serge Ibaka 4-6 weeks due to knee surgery. Jason is taking the points.

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Magic vs. Mavericks (-11.5, 202.5), 8 p.m.
Covered by: Jordan
Orlando dropped a fifth straight Tuesday night, 107-94 in Houston. Starting forward Tobias Harris left with a sprained ankle and thus seems unlikely to play vs. Dallas. After struggling for a handful of games offensively, the Mavericks have found a new gear in averaging 124 points in a two-game winning streak over the Clippers and Thunder. Rajon Rondo is finally attacking in transition and Dirk Nowitzki is breaking out of a slump. He scored a total of 36 points on 13-of-27 shooting in the past two games. Chandler Parsons is 18-for-26 for 53 points in those two games. Dallas won 108-93 in Orlando on Jan. 31, a game Rondo left very early with an injury. Jordan is going 'over' the total.

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Clippers vs. Kings (+7.5, 216.5), 10 p.m.
Covered by: Scott
L.A. ended a two-game losing streak Tuesday with a 99-92 home win over Charlotte. The Clippers nearly blew a 22-point lead, however. Matt Barnes was scratched because of a sore right hamstring and Jamal Crawford missed his seventh straight game because of a bruised right calf . Sacramento has lost three straight and eight of nine, and the Kings have given up at least 110 points in each of those losses (they allowed 106 in the lone win). Second-leading scorer Rudy Gay is questionable for this game after sitting out the past two with a knee injury. The Clippers swept the Kings last year and have won two of three meetings this season. Sacramento has lost four straight at home in the series. Where is Scott leaning?

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Hawks vs. Warriors (-6, 209), 10:30 p.m.
Covered by: Jordan
Atlanta is going to finish as the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a double-digit lead, and Golden State will do the same in the West despite not quite as big of a cushion. So as long as the Warriors and Hawks don't lose a home playoff game, they will meet in the NBA Finals. The winner here could hold the potential home-court advantage in that series with the teams separated by just a half game. This does lose a bit of luster because two All-Stars, and two of the league's best 3-point shooters, won't  play due to injury: Atlanta's Kyle Korver and Golden State's Klay Thompson. The Hawks beat the Warriors 124-116 in Atlanta on Feb. 6. Jordan is going 'under' the total for this NBA pick.

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Wizards vs. Jazz (-3.5, 180), 10:30 p.m.
Covered by: Matt
Two teams very good on the defensive end of late here. Washington, winner of four straight games, has held 10 opponents in a row under 100 points (average of 91.6). Utah has been a defensive beast since the All-Star break, ranking No. 1 in the NBA in efficiency on that side of the ball. French 7-foot-1 center Rudy Gobert has been a rebounding and shot-blocking menace since the team traded Enes Kanter to Oklahoma City at the deadline. The Jazz have the longest winning streak in the NBA at six games, which is why they enter tonight's contest as a -3 point favorite on NBA odds board. Also their longest since 2012. They haven't won seven in a row since 2010. The Wizards  beat the visiting Jazz 93-84 in December. Matt likes Utah and the 'under' in this one.

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