Home Cooking Should be Plenty Filling for Trail Blazers and Hawks

Troy Haliburton

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 5:56 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 5:56 PM UTC

There's a lot of money to be made on Wednesday night's NBA action, so let's see why the home teams in the Wolves-Blazers and Raptors-Hawks matchups are worth the wagers.

Wednesday NBA: Timberwolves vs. Trail BlazersFree NBA Pick: Trail Blazers -3.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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The Timberwolves are having a great season and a lot of that has to do with the play of all-star reserves Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns. It is Butler's fifth selection to the All-Star Game and Towns' first. However, Butler might not be able to play in it after he injured his knee last week. He almost certainly miss tonight’s game, opening a huge door for Portland to get an upset victory and try to climb the Western Conference standings.

Portland, a home favorite on tonight's NBA odds board, has its own all-star in Damian Lillard, who campaigned very hard for himself to make the All-Star Game. Lillard is known for hitting clutch shots and carrying his team to victory with the help of his backcourt mate C.J. McCollum. The Trail Blazers do not have a lot of depth on their roster, but luckily for them the Timberwolves are just as thin. Without Butler, it will be very difficult for Andrew Wiggins to step up in his place and fulfill a lot of his duties, so for my NBA picks I like the Blazers minus the points.

Wednesday NBA: Raptors vs. HawksFree NBA Pick: Hawks +6Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Toronto's DeMar DeRozan had already been voted in as an All-Star Game captain, and Tuesday the team found out that Kyle Lowry will be joining DeRozan in Los Angeles. Toronto is deserving of having two all-stars because they have been one of the better teams this season. The Raptors (31-14 SU) are just 1.5 games back of the Boston Celtics for the top record in the East. A scheduling quirk will allow the Raptors plenty of opportunities to catch the Celtics. Toronto has played all of its Western Conference away games this season, going 8-7, so they will not have to travel to the west coast again, allowing them to save ample travel time.

The Hawks are doing exactly what they planned on doing before the season, and that is losing as many games as possible so they can get a top draft pick in what seems to be a loaded draft class. The tanking is real in Atlanta because they have talented players such as John Collins and Dewayne Dedmon on the bench while lesser-talented players Miles Plummer and Ersan Ilyasova start. The Hawks, +6 home underdogs on the NBA odds board, actually have a very good record of 13-10 ATS at home, and for my NBA picks I think they might sneak up on the Raptors in a perceived trap game.

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