Highs & Lows: NBA Matchups in Charlotte and Detroit to Go Opposite Ways

Charles Stark

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 6:38 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 6:38 PM UTC

Two contrasting matchups are on Wednesday's NBA slate as New Orleans travels to Charlotte, and Utah visits Detroit. Look closely at the matchups and you'll find some betting value in the totals.

Wednesday NBA: Pelicans vs. HornetsFree NBA Pick: Over 222.5Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Oddsmakers came out with a big total for this game, and in my NBA picks I will back the over. Alvin Gentry is known as an up-tempo coach for New Orleans, and I think counterpart Steve Clifford and his Hornets will be happy to run with them tonight. The Pelicans remain among the NBA's best offenses, shooting 48.6 percent from the floor and averaging 41.5 field goals made per game, ranking second in the league in both categories. On the other side of the ball they have been less than stellar, ranking outside the top half in every defensive statistic.

Charlotte has not been great on offense but they are home and they like to push tempo at 86.6 attempts per game, which ranks seventh in the NBA. The Hornets have been subpar on defense with opponents shooting more than 45 percent against them, which ranks 12th.

The total on the NBA odds board is high for reason, and I like this game to be an up-and-down affair with a lot of points, and for DeMarcus Cousins to have another big game for the Pelicans.

Wednesday NBA: Jazz vs. PistonsFree NBA Pick: Under 201.5Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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Despite the fact Utah has shown the ability to actually score some points this season, the total on the NBA odds board is a very low 201.5 for this game. I think oddsmakers are on top of this matchup, and with my NBA picks I will back the under. Both teams allow such a slow pace, I have a hard time believing they’re going to be able to reach this number. Detroit has allowed opponents just 82.6 attempts per game this season and Utah just 80.9, ranking them eighth and second in the league, respectively.

On the other side of the ball, Utah is getting up just 82.5 attempts (ranking 28th) and shooting just more than 45 percent (ranking 20th). Detroit has been less than stellar offensively as well statistically, shooting just 45 percent and ranking 22nd in shooting efficiency.

It seems both these teams will rely on their defenses to get the win, so I look for them to lean on slowing the pace. Don’t be surprised if this line actually drops.

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