NBA Picks: Wednesday Picks of the Day

David Lawrence

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 12:47 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 12:47 PM GMT

The defending NBA champions, the formidable Memphis Grizzlies and the age-defying San Antonio Spurs will all occupy the pro basketball spotlight on the second night of 2013.

NBA Betting: Wednesday Picks 

Here’s a look at our NBA picks of the day.

Record: 20-12-2

Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat

Beyond anything else, the main reason the Heat should win is that Dallas will not be able to make up a lot of ground in under two weeks. Dallas was outclassed by a legitimate 30 points on December 20th even though the final score of that Heat win was 110-95. Miami played scrubs in the fourth quarter as Dallas made a cosmetic and very hollow semi-comeback. Can the Mavericks really make up 30 points worth of quality 13 days after getting hammered at home by the Heat? That's not very likely.

The other thing to realize about this game is that Miami will have had Tuesday off while Dallas played a road game in Washington. Dallas, as a team, will be leg-weary – even if Nowitzki might be relatively fresh. Take Miami here.

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Free Pick: Heat -10.5 at Bwin

Memphis Grizzlies at Boston Celtics

The Grizzlies are powerful on the inside with the combination of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. It's true that Boston still boasts Kevin Garnett, a long-armed and savvy defender who knows his way around the basket and has the nasty competitive edge that makes him such a fierce figure on the court. However, Garnett is only one man; he's not two. Memphis might watch Gasol get contained by Garnett but that still leaves Randolph for Boston to deal with. Memphis's power and defense are going to be very hard for the Celtics to handle in this contest.

Memphis might have only one day off before this game begins but one should realize that the Grizzlies played a Monday afternoon matinee against the Indiana Pacers on Monday. They will have a bit more rest than a lot of casual observers might realize. If you're looking closely at this game, you'll come to the conclusion that Memphis should be fresh enough against Boston. That should matter a great deal when all is said and done. Go with the Grizzlies on the road.

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Free Pick: Grizzlies -2.5 at Bet365

San Antonio Spurs at Milwaukee Bucks

San Antonio – which beat Dallas by 38 points on December 23rd and also handled the Mavericks again by 25 points a week later – was able to beat Toronto by 20 points on December 26th. All of those blowouts have kept San Antonio physically and mentally fresh from one night to the next.

In the Spurs' most recent game this past Monday, they obliterated the Brooklyn Nets by a 104-73 score. San Antonio is flourishing at the moment, so much that it is only adding to its supply of energy, building on its stash of physical and psychological reserves. Being able to cruise to a 31-point win and then get a day off on New Year's Day should leave San Antonio in very good condition for this game. There will be no back-to-back malaise and no fatigue episodes for a team whose deep bench allows Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili to remain at the top of their games, which has in turn enabled the Spurs to remain a presence at the top of the Western Conference.

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Free Pick: Spurs -5.5 at Bovada

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