NBA Betting: Wednesday Picks
For our first of 3 NBA picks we'll cover the reigning champs' visit to the bay.
Miami Heat at Golden State Warriors
Golden State beat Miami in South Florida a month ago, executing well down the stretch and showing the NBA community that it could beat an elite team on the road. That game gave the Warriors a tremendous amount of confidence. When coach Mark Jackson's team takes the court on Wednesday night in Oakland in the second (and final) meeting between these two teams in the regular season, Golden State will have had two full days off, while Miami will be nearing the end of a six-game road trip. The Heat will have five full days off from Jan. 18 through Jan. 22, but until then, they're going to get put through a meat-grinder of a schedule, playing at Golden State on Wednesday and then at the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. If the Heat and the Warriors played a seven-game series, the Heat would win, but this is a nasty spot for the defending champions, while Golden State is going to be physically and mentally fresh. Miami wants revenge, but they won't get it. Take the Warriors.
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NBA Picks: Warriors
Washington Wizards at Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings might not leave for Seattle after all, though no one knows exactly how or when this situation will be resolved. At any rate, the sense five days ago was that the team was gone; now, a few local ownership groups have emerged to compete with the Seattle ownership group that wants to buy the team from the Maloof brothers, who currently own the Kings. Sacramento has been playing one long and uninterrupted homestand during this drama, and this is the final game of that homestand. The Kings will want to give their fans a win, and since Washington – the worst team in the NBA and a truly awful road team – is in town, Sacramento should be able to win decisively.
NBA Picks: Kings -4.5 at WillHill
Cleveland Cavaliers at Portland Trail Blazers
The Cavaliers are in the midst of their big West Coast swing, having played the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday and Sacramento on Monday, losing to both teams on the journey. However, fatigue is going to affect both teams in this game, not just one. Portland played Tuesday night in Denver while Cleveland spent that same night resting in a Portland hotel. Will Cleveland's extra day of rest be enough to overcome the fact that it is the plainly inferior team when matched up with Portland's superior skill in the paint? Probably not. LaMarcus Aldridge is going to feast against Cleveland's low-post defense and carry the Trail Blazers to another victory. Portland has been playing like a playoff team over the past few weeks, and playoff teams do not lose home games to the Cleveland Cavaliers, even on relatively short rest.
NBA Picks: Trail Blazers -6.5 at Bookmaker
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