NBA Betting Predictions For The Bucks vs. Pacers & Nuggets vs. Timberwolves

Jordan Sharp

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 5:29 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 5:29 PM UTC

The NBA preseason is reaching the point where starters are beginning to play more. We cashed our one and only NBA Pick in the preseason so far and I am looking to add a couple of value plays to our win column on Wednesday night.


NBA Preseason Record: 1-0


Bucks vs. Pacers

The Bucks’ loss of Khris Middleton for essentially the entire season really hurts this team. He was their best three-point shooter and while Giannis Antetokounmpo might put up insane numbers, the Bucks are still not a great team.

However, the Pacers might be one of the most undervalued teams in the league heading into this season. Indiana is also only a -5 NBA Odds favorite from 5Dimes in this preseason showdown with Milwaukee. While the starters won’t play their normal minutes, it might be as close as any one of them gets to playing a full slate of minutes in a game.

That makes the next few days of NBA Preseason Odds pretty valuable because you can almost handicap this game like a normal game. However, even with the bench guys getting extra run, the Pacers are still much deeper than Milwaukee. I have not heard of any players sitting out for both teams, but make sure you double check back just in case.

However, as it’s a home game in Indianapolis, I think the Pacers will play their starters and most of their key bench players enough to get the cover here.


Free NBA Pick: Pacers -5 (-110)


Best Line Offered: 5Dimes


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Nuggets vs. Wolves

The Nuggets have been playing pretty well on offense so far in the preseason and their upside is tremendous will all the good guards and shooting they have. However, they are running up against an unhappy Tom Thibodeau is this game after the Wolves’ played poor defense in their last preseason game.

If Thibs’ time in Chicago taught us anything, it’s that if he wasn’t happy with the defense the game before, his teams almost always come out locked in on that end of the floor in their next game.

With that in mind, 5Dimes has the Wolves as only -4 favorites in this one and considering the way home favorites have been playing lately and the entire preseason, the Wolves look like a great value.

This applies to our pick above as well if you glossed over it, but over the last week, home favorites of -5 or less are 10-3-1 ATS. This theory and system makes since. It’s getting to the point in the preseason where starters play more, especially at home. If we can expect both teams to play close to their regular season rotations and minutes, I am favoring the home team as my NBA pick. The Wolves’ will treat this game like a regular season tune up and they will play on both ends of the court, giving them great value.


Free NBA Pick: Wolves -4.5 (-110)


Best Line Offered: 5Dimes


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