NBA Picks: Wednesday's Betting Odds Report

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 3:54 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 3:54 PM UTC

All eyes are on the Eastern Conference showdown between Miami and Indiana, but there are a number of other games worth tracking to. Here's the NBA odds breakdown for Wednesday night.

Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat

Covered by David Lawrence

Tensions are sure to be high when the Heat and Pacers do battle for the second time this season. Indiana came from behind to win the first meeting at home – can they make it two for two tonight? The Pacers come in fresh off a home loss to Detroit, while the Heat have won four of five.

The NBA odds show Miami favored by four points, but obviously a lot rides on whether or not LeBron James will feel good enough to play. We have a hard time believing he'll miss this game and ultimately David thinks the Heat are the right side tonight, with that revenge factor playing a huge role.

Pick: Heat -4


Chicago Bulls vs Houston Rockets

Covered by Jeff Grant

Chicago's struggles continued on Monday as they lost again at home, this time by a point to Orlando. The Bulls have lost two in a row and are 1-5 SU and 0-6 ATS over their previous six contests. Tonight they're getting as many as 6.5 points from sportsbooks.

Considering Houston is 10-3 SU at home and Chicago is 3-9 SU on the road, it's a tad surprising the Rockets aren't favored by even more.

Pick: Check back later for Jeff's pick


New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Covered by Jason Lake

Oddsmakers don't like New Orleans' chances tonight whatsoever, as they get set to tangle with Chris Paul and the Clippers as 10-point underdogs. L.A. is 4-1 SU and ATS over their past five, while New Orleans has dropped four of six coming in.

Sure this is a ton of points, but the Clippers will have the rested legs and will face a Pelicans team that's missing Anthony Davis and likely Tyreke Evans. It's going to be difficult for New Orleans to keep up with an efficient offensive team in L.A, so Jason's backing the Clippers to cover.

Pick: Clippers -10


Memphis Grizzlies vs. Dallas Mavericks

Covered by Jeff Grant

The Mavericks, who are an impressive 10-2 at home this season, will welcome the struggling Grizzlies tonight. Currently Dallas is favored by 9.5 points, while the O/U is locked in at 194 at most of the top sportsbooks.

Memphis lost a tough one last night and then had to immediately travel to Dallas, with the Mavericks having not played since Saturday. Armed with the fresher legs and a lot of great first-half performances this season, Jeff is thinking Dallas will come out and cover the spread in the first 24 minutes.

Pick: Mavericks 1H -6


San Antonio Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns

Covered by Jason Lake

These teams have met once already this season, with the Spurs holding on for a narrow 99-96 win at home. The Suns easily covered for backers as 13-point dogs. Things are different this time around though, as Phoenix is one of the hottest teams in the league, having won five in a row.

That's not to mention the fact Tony Parker will miss this game with a shin contusion. That's a massive loss for San Antonio and Jason believes it's going to be too much for the road team to overcome against a Phoenix team that always shows up and plays hard. We'll be add the Suns to our NBA picks for this Western Conference match-up.

Pick: Suns +2.5

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