NBA Picks & Odds Report for Tonight's Betting Action

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 4:10 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 4:10 PM UTC

There are 11 games on the NBA schedule Wednesday night but clearly one stands out above all others: a potential NBA Finals preview between the Spurs and Cavaliers. SBR breaks that game and three others down on NBA odds. All times Eastern.

Spurs vs. Cavaliers (-2, 201.5), 7 p.m.
Covered by Scott
ESPN has national coverage of this one. If San Antonio makes another trip to Cleveland this season, it will be this June in the NBA Finals. On 5Dimes NBA odds, the Cavaliers are -130 betting favorites to win the Eastern Conference and the Spurs are +265 to take the tougher Western Conference. Cleveland is +300 to win its first NBA title and San Antonio +375 to win a sixth. A Spurs-Cavaliers exact Finals matchup is naturally the betting favorite as well at +568. Of course LeBron James faced the Spurs in the past two Finals, with James' Heat winning the 2013 championship in seven games and the Spurs taking the 2014 Finals in five -- a result that most likely was what helped LeBron decide to leave Miami for Cleveland. Neither the Spurs nor Cavaliers look like title contenders all that much yet as each team has four losses in the early going. Cleveland was shocked at home 106-97 on Monday by a Denver team that entered at 2-7 and playing its second game in 24 hours. LeBron missed the pre-game shootaround with flu-like symptoms but did play and finished with 22 points. Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters all had at least 20 points but no other Cavalier did much. The Spurs coasted in Philadelphia on Monday night, 100-75. Coach Gregg Popovich barely had to play his Big 3 of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Scott leans a Cleveland home cover.

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Clippers vs. Magic (+5, 203.5), 7 p.m.
Covered by Joe C.
The Clippers begin a seven-game, two-week road trip with this one in central Florida. At 5-4, Los Angeles is another early-season disappointment. It was handled easily Monday night at home, 105-89, by a Chicago Bulls team missing stars Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol. The Clippers led 46-32 with just under four minutes left in the second quarter but were outscored a whopping 73-43 over the final two-plus quarters. It had to be a disappointing result for Coach Doc Rivers because the Clippers played their best game of the season two nights earlier, a 13-point win over Phoenix. Orlando looks improved from last season and has won three of its past four games. The Magic have one of the best centers in the NBA in Nikola Vucevic, who is averaging 18.8 points and 11.8 rebounds. His matchup with DeAndre Jordan will be worth watching. The Clippers and Magic have split both meetings in each of the last two seasons. Joe's pick could surprise you.

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Grizzlies vs. Raptors (-2.5, 194.5), 7:30 p.m.
Covered by Scott
Sure, Spurs-Cavaliers steals the spotlight Wednesday but don't overlook this tremendous matchup that could also be an NBA Finals preview. After all, Memphis (10-1) has the best record in the NBA while Toronto (8-2) is atop the Eastern Conference. The Grizzlies' only loss was a last-second defeat in Milwaukee and they have won four straight since then. Memphis routed another excellent team, Houston, 119-93 on Monday night. The Grizzlies led by 16 points in the first quarter and never looked back. The 26-point winning margin was the largest of the season for Memphis, which had seven players score in double figures. Toronto bounced back from a home loss to Chicago -- the Raptors' only home defeat of the year-- with an 18-point win over visiting Utah on Saturday. Toronto is No. 5 in the NBA in scoring and has reached triple digits in all but one game. Memphis is No. 1 in defense. Toronto swept Memphis last season, winning each by double digits. Scott is taking the points.

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Lakers vs. Rockets (-12.5, 209), 9:30 p.m.
Covered by Dave
The is the second game of the ESPN doubleheader and the second meeting of the season. On Opening Night, Houston won 108-90 in Los Angeles behind 32 points from James Harden. Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard got into a bit of a verbal exchange. You know they don't like each other from Howard's year with the Lakers. Houston will be looking to save face here after getting blown out 119-93 in Memphis on Monday. The Lakers (2-9) actually won 114-109 in Atlanta on Tuesday night as 8.5-point underdogs on NBA odds before traveling to Texas. Nick Young made his Lakers season debut off thumb surgery and had 17 points. Kobe finished with 28 points, including a key three-point play with 1:11 left to give the Lakers a 108-102 lead. This is the Lakers' sixth game already as a double-digit underdog on NBA odds. Los Angeles has covered three of the first five at sportsbooks. Dave says Lakers will cover here. 

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