Lows & Highs: Play Totals in Jazz-Pacers, Magic-Lakers Matchups

Charles Stark

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 10:47 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018 10:47 PM UTC

These interconference matchups on Wednesday's NBA schedule feature unusual totals, so what are the best bets when Utah visits Indiana, and Orlando plays at Los Angeles?

Wednesday NBA: Jazz vs. PacersFree NBA Pick: Under 200Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Indiana pulled off the upset in the teams' first meeting this season, winning 109-94 at Utah. The total for this rematch opened at a really low 200 on the NBA odds board, and with my NBA picks I will back "under" the total. Both teams recently have picked things up defensively, each allowing an average of around 93 points in their past three contests. As well, neither team has pushed a ton of tempo this season; Utah ranks 28th, averaging 82.5 attempts per game, and Indiana is 15th at 85.7. Although the Pacers have been shooting a respectable 47.7 percent overall, which ranks fourth in the NBA, I think they will find things a little bit slow going and difficult. Utah allows just 82.2 attempts per game and 37.4 opponent field goals made per game, ranking second and third, respectively. The first time these teams played, the total was set at 207.5, and it really intrigues me that it is all the way down to 200 in this high-scoring season. Expect this game to be a grind.

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Wednesday NBA: Magic vs. LakersFree NBA Pick: Over 227Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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A huge 227 total was the opening number for this game on the NBA odds board, and I’m going to back the "over" with my NBA picks. In their previous matchup at the end of January, Orlando took care of business at home and beat Los Angeles 127-105. Although I’m not very pleased with some of Orlando’s trades, they do seem to be pretty healthy. The Magic are shooting a respectable 46 percent from the floor and rank 14th in the NBA in shooting efficiency. On the other side of the ball they have been more than willing to allow opponents to get up and down the floor. They allow 87.9 attempts per game and 41.6 opponent field goals made per game, ranking 27th. Los Angeles has been scoring a lot in its past few games, averaging 116.7 points while allowing 111 per game. The Lakers rank first in the league with 89.2 attempts per game, and third-to-last in 90.2 attempts allowed. This looks to be a fast-paced affair with not a lot of defense, so back the "over."

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