NBA Picks Of The Day: Our Best Bets for a Rewarding Wednesday

Jordan Sharp

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 2:54 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 2:54 PM UTC

Yesterday’s slate of games was one to forget for yours truly. Even with our NBA Picks flying up and down like a rollercoaster, Wednesday’s NBA Odds brings 12 games and tons of value.

Hornets vs. Magic
The Hornets and Magic are two up and coming teams in the Eastern Conference, and they get a chance to face off against one another tonight from Florida. The NBA Odds have the Magic as -1 ½ favorites in this one, with a total of 196 points. Both of these teams have started the season above .500 SU and ATS, and while it remains to be seen how long one or both of them will keep their winning records, tonight should give us a nice indication as to whether or not these teams are for real.

So far this season, the Hornets are 14-9 SU and 13-9-1 ATS, and more importantly they are just outside of the top five in both Offensive and Defensive Rating. This is the mark of a much-improved offensive team from last season, even without the services of their big man, Al Jefferson over the last few weeks. The Hornets were abysmal last season on offense, and the fact that their ORtg has improved to 104.4 is a little shocking. The acquisition of Nicholas Batum is a big reason why, but it’s not the only reason. The Hornets are playing faster and more efficient, and it starts with the play of Kemba Walker. The young New York native is having yet another stellar season, and with his field goal percentage up and his turnovers down, this team poses a nice threat to the Magic at home in this one.

Orlando has been one of the better ATS plays this season of any team, amassing a record of 17-7 ATS through 24 games. However, even though we missed on fading them the other night against the Nets, I am back to fading them again tonight. While it’s risky, the Magic are simply playing above their pay grade. Unlike the Hornets who have the talent, the Magic are simply not as good as their ATS or SU record shows. While Scott Skiles has made them a viable playoff contender in the East, I can’t see them beating the Hornets tonight, even at home. The Magic will fall off eventually, and I am betting on it tonight.

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NBA Pick: Hornets +1½
Best Line Offered:  at Heritage


Pelicans vs. Jazz
New Orleans can’t seem to get it together this season, and after making a run into the 8th seed in the Western Conference last season, the Pelicans have started this year 6-18 SU and 8-16 ATS. Tonight they head into Utah against the slow-paced Jazz, and even though Utah is still without some starters in this one, the NBA Odds have them as -4 favorites, with a total of 203. While I am really tempted to lay the points with the Jazz, I think a better NBA Pick might be the total sitting well above 200 points.

The first time these two played this season the game was in Utah as well, and the Jazz limited the Pels to only 87 points. While the Pelicans are a little healthier than they were back then, I don’t think it changes much tonight. The Pelicans are 11-2 cashing the under when playing on the road this season, and combined these two teams are 28-19 cashing the under on the season. On top of that, the under is 6-3 in Utah’s last nine home games, and the under is 5-0 in the Pelicans last five road games. Even though Utah’s defense has looked a little shaky at times over their last five games, the Pelicans don’t have the presence to drop 115 points on the road here. Utah is giving up 98 points per game at home this season, and I doubt the Pelicans can even get to that mark.

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NBA Pick: UNDER 203
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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