NBA Picks: Wednesday's NBA Odds Report

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 3:48 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 3:48 PM UTC

Let's see what kind of edge can be found in our NBA betting as we analyze tonight's healthy portion of matchups.

The biggest favorites are Houston (-10.5 vs. Phoenix) and Indiana (-8 at Utah), while many of the other games are expected to be close. Read below to see more in-depth analysis of the four games we've covering for tonight.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

Covered by David Lawrence

The Timberwolves and Spurs meet up for a showcase in Mexico City this evening. Minnesota is 9-10 SU and 10-9 ATS on the year, while San Antonio is 15-3 SU and 9-9 ATS. 

Over their last four games, the Spurs have alternated wins and losses, beating Orlando and Atlanta and losing to Oklahoma City (on the road) and Houston (at home). The Spurs have failed to cover in three of those four clashes. 

Minnesota has been a bigger rut though, losing four of five and six of eight ahead of tonight's tip. David Lawrence has looked at this game closely and thinks the best value for our NBA picks lies in backing San Antonio (-2.5).


Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Covered by Nila Amerova 

Who would have thought the Trail Blazers would be 15-3 through their first 18 games? They're truly killing it so far this season, but face another difficult test against Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder on Wednesday. 

Looking over the NBA odds we see Portland favored by 2.5 points on their home court, with the O/U at 204.5 or 205 depending on the book. Ahead of tonight, the Trail Blazers have been extremely profitable at 13-5 ATS, while the Thunder are an even 8-8 versus the number.

Durant and company have dominated the series over the years, winning seven in a row (6-0-1 ATS), but this spot sets up nicely for Portland to end that run, especially with Oklahoma City having played last night.


Los Angeles Clippers vs. Atlanta Hawks

Covered by Jason Lake 

Chris Paul and the Clippers hope to recover after a five-point home loss to Indiana back on Sunday. Before that defeat they had won four in a row, while going 3-1 ATS during that span.

As for the Hawks, they've hit a rough patch, losing two in a row and five of their previous six. That includes hard-to-take home defeats to both Orlando and Boston. They did manage a good effort two nights ago in a two-point road loss to San Antonio though. 

With his NBA picks for tonight, Jason thinks we should focus on the total. He likes the look of the UNDER 203 points, with injuries to JJ Redick and Matt Barnes and the potential absence of Kyle Korver supporting the cause.


Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets

Covered by Jason Lake 

The Rockets (13-6 SU, 11-7-1 ATS) square off with the surprising Suns (9-9 SU, 12-5-1 ATS) at the Toyota Center this evening. The NBA odds show Houston as 10.5-point favorites, while the O/U is at 209. 

It may not be such a walk in the park against the Suns, who continue to battle game in and game out. They've lost two in a row, but Jeff Hornacek has these guys playing hard. 

What's the best way to go with our sports picks? Well, Jason is bypassing the spread and instead thinks the OVER is the play. There's a lot of guys that can light up the scoreboard in this encounter, so he thinks offense will win out here.


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