NBA Picks: Evening NBA Odds & Betting Lines Update

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 7:54 PM GMT

In what should be a breathless night of NBA action, it's your last chance to bet on a number of teams. Let's look over the basketball odds one last time.

It's time to bid goodbye to the regular season, though we are extremely excited for what should be another thrilling postseason. 

Wednesday's Biggest Movers 

The most movement has come in the Indiana/Philadelphia game. The Pacers opened as 5.5-point favorites, but that number has been bet all the way down to three. 

Jordan Sharp has included the 76ers as one of his plays in his NBA Picks of the Day article and was able to get on the original number of +5.5.

Why has there been such a drastic change in the NBA odds? Four of Indiana's starters (Paul George, David West, Roy Hibbert, and George Hill) will not play, leaving the Pacers with a likely starting five of D.J. Augustin, Lance Stephenson, Gerald Green, Tyler Hansbrough, and Ian Mahinmi. 

Other games that have seen the odds shift include New York/Atlanta, Memphis/Utah, and Brooklyn/Detroit. 

Today I released my pick for the Knicks home game with the Hawks and ultimately decided to side with the hosts. New York was favored by 3.5 points when I released the play and now the number has risen to 4.5. 

The Jazz are in a must-win situation against the Grizzlies and are getting quite a bit of love from the public, with the spread getting bet down from five to four. Jeff Grant is looking for Memphis to get the ATS cover and ending Utah's playoff aspirations in the process. 

Instead of giving their important players the night off, the Nets will give their starters some run, albeit not their normal allotment of minutes. Perhaps that's why Brooklyn is now favored by five points instead of the original six. 

Lakers/Rockets 

All eyes are on this game considering how much is on the line for both teams. 

Two of our NBA handicappers have picks for the showdown, and they both like the same play in actual fact. Sharp and Grant are both taking the OVER 203 points with their NBA picks. Everyone knows both of these teams have struggled mightily on the defensive side of things this season, so it's not too surprising to see such predictions on the game's outcome. 

The Lakers will be hoping to get more of the same out of the surprising Steve Blake, who's picked up the scoring slack lately with Kobe Bryant out. L.A. is favored by two points at the moment – will they cash?

Final Thoughts 

Many of the teams in action today have little to play for, which can make it extra tricky to beat the books with your NBA picks

Some of our other plays today: Sharp is picking the OVER 197.5 for Dallas/New Orleans and the UNDER 186.5 in Chicago/Washington. Finally, he's foreseeing a high-scoring game in the Clippers' road encounter with the lowly Kings, with the OVER 207.5 his preferred play. 

What else? Well, Grant is on Minnesota tonight as they try to stay within nine points on the road versus San Antonio. He likes how well the Timberwolves have done against the spread on the road lately and hopes they can keep it up against Gregg Popovich's crew. 

Largest ATS Spreads

Denver Nuggets (-12.5) vs. Phoenix Suns

San Antonio Spurs (-9) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Chicago Bulls (-8.5) vs. Washington Wizards

Dallas Mavericks (-8) vs. New Orleans Hornets

Golden State Warriors (-8) at Portland Trail Blazers

Highest Totals

Denver Nuggets/Phoenix Suns: 211

Sacramento Kings/L.A. Clippers: 208

Portland Trail Blazers/Golden State Warriors: 205.5

L.A. Lakers/Houston Rockets: 203.5

Oklahoma City Thunder/Milwaukee Bucks: 203

Lowest Totals

Memphis Grizzlies/Utah Jazz: 180

Indiana Pacers/Philadelphia 76ers: 186.5

Chicago Bulls/Washington Wizards: 186