Increase Your Payout With This Trio of Wednesday's Best 'Over'/'Under' NBA Picks

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 1:17 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2015 1:17 PM UTC

We close out the 2014-15 NBA regular season with 14 games on the schedule Wednesday. A handful of meaning, while some matchups feature teams already making golf plans. Here are three game totals I recommend with BetOnline NBA odds.

Hornets vs. Raptors (197 at sportsbooks)
Let's start with Charlotte first. The Hornets are a very good defensive team when healthy and when motivated. Neither will be the case here. Charlotte was expected to build on last season's playoff berth after adding Lance Stephenson this offseason. However, Stephenson has been a major bust and probably won't be back with the team next season as it reportedly tried to trade him much of this year. It's possible that star center Al Jefferson could become a free agent this offseason if he declines a player option. He was very injury-prone this season, one big reason why the Hornets were a disappointment. Jefferson will not play tonight. Neither will Stephenson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Cody Zeller. So you are looking at Kemba Walker (assuming he plays) and a bunch of reserves and/or rookies. Interesting dilemma for Toronto. Should it win this game and the Bulls lose at home to Atlanta, the Raptors are the No. 3 seed and would face Milwaukee in the first round -- but also then potentially have to see Cleveland in the conference semifinals. A Raptors loss locks them into the No. 4 seed and a first-round matchup with Washington -- then potentially have to see Atlanta in the conference semifinals. I don't know what Toronto plans to do, but star guard DeMar DeRozan says he plans to play after missing Tuesday's loss in Boston due to a minor groin injury.

NBA Free Pick: Go 'Over' with your NBA picks here. There won't be much defense in this one. The 'over' is 5-1 in the Raptors' past six against teams with a losing record. It has hit in the past five meetings.

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Heat vs. 76ers (199.5)
Miami's playoffs hopes vanished Tuesday night when the Pacers beat the Wizards in double overtime. The Heat are  the first team to miss the playoffs the season after making the NBA Finals since the 2004-05 Lakers. Thus I expect just about everyone of substance to sit this game out, including Dwyane Wade. Also, it benefits Miami to play badly and lose because if its draft pick is in the Top 10 the Heat keep it. If not, the 76ers get it. It's possible the Sixers could tie the Knicks for the second-worst record in the NBA with a loss and New York win against Detroit so there could be some lottery ramifications there. It's not clear if Philly rookie big man Nerlens Noel, a key to the team's pretty solid defense, will play. He has missed the past two games with an ankle injury but one would think the team would like to give those poor 76ers season-ticket holders some reason to come to this game.

NBA Free Pick: 'Under.' This will be two bad offenses on display assuming Wade, etc. don't play.


Kings vs. Lakers (207)
This game means less than nothing as the Kings and Lakers will both be back in the NBA Draft lottery, so keep this in mind when looking at the NBA betting odds. The Lakers could look very different in their next regular-season game after this one. Might Kevin Love and/or Rajon Rondo be wearing purple & gold alongside a healthy  Kobe Bryant? One bright spot of this lost season was the emergence of rookie Jordan Clarkson, who looks like a second-round steal. Sacramento has a franchise player in place in center DeMarcus Cousins, although he won't play in this one. Neither will second-leading scorer Rudy Gay. The Kings could take a big step forward  next season with a full year under coach George  Karl, who was hired at the All-Star break. These teams just played in Sacramento on Monday and the Kings won 102-92. I don't expect that few points again as this is a glorified pick-up game that will feature no defense. The Kings and Lakers are tied as the second-worst defensive teams in the NBA, each allowing 105.1 points per game.

NBA Free Pick: 'Over.' It has hit in 12 of the Kings' past 17 on the road. The 'over' is 21-10 in the Lakers' past 31 vs. teams with a losing record. 

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