With 12 matches tonight, it helps to have NBA handicappers point out the games with the best betting value. Here are our top four NBA picks.
The game of the night is the latest-starting one as the arch-rival Clippers and Warriors face off in Oakland. These clubs don't like one another and met in a contentious playoff series last season. The Warriors opened as slight favorites on NBA odds. All times Eastern.
Heat vs. Hornets
Covered by Scott
First we begin with a 7 p.m. tip that's the second of a back-to-back for both the Miami Heat and Charlotte. The Heat played a big one at home Tuesday night against Houston, while the Hornets were in New Orleans. Thus both clubs had to travel to Charlotte. Could make for a sloppy affair indeed. Miami-Charlotte has been the NBA's most lopsided rivalry with the Heat winning 20 straight games. Of course the vast majority of all those were when Miami was a superpower with LeBron James and Charlotte was a bad team named the Bobcats. Charlotte did play Miami very competitively in the first round of last year's playoffs even thought it was a sweep. You know those players want to end this embarrassing skid, even if LeBron is no longer around. Key injuries to watch here to affect those NBA odds: Miami's Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem and Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Because of questions surrounding those players' availability, mainly MKG, who missed Tuesday's game, there was no overnight line posted on this matchup.
Covered by Dave Lawrence
It's the first game of ESPN's national TV doubleheader with an 8 p.m. tip from Washington, D.C., when the Indiana Pacers visit the Wizards, with Washington opening as an 11-point favorite on BetOnline's NBA odds. These teams met in a very competitive Eastern Conference semifinals series last season, with the Pacers beating Washington in six games. However, both clubs are very different now as Indiana is without injured star Paul George all season and lost Lance Stephenson to free agency. The Wizards, meanwhile, remain without injured rising star guard Bradley Beal for at least a few more weeks. It's the second of a back-to-back for both teams as Indiana hosted Milwaukee on Tuesday and Washington visited the Knicks.
Cavaliers vs. Jazz
Covered by Joe Catalano
We shift west for possible trap game -- tipoff at 9 p.m. -- for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday in Salt Lake City. The Jazz are just 1-3, but they have played a very difficult schedule in Houston, Dallas, Phoenix (the lone win) and the L.A. Clippers. The Jazz will be plenty rested in not having played since Monday. However, it's the second of a tough back-to-back for the Cavaliers after playing at Portland on Tuesday. The Blazers run teams ragged as it is. Then having to fly to Utah and play 24 hours later at altitude? That's a challenge. However, Cleveland opened as a 7.5-point favorite at sportsbooks now can be found at -4 at YouWager
Covered by Scott
We complete out trip around the top value NBA picks with the marquee matchup between the LA Clippers and Warriors, which tips at 10:30 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN. These teams usually play very high-scoring tilts and the opening total of 210.5 on NBA odds is easily the highest of any game Wednesday. L.A. star point guard Chris Paul had the NBA's first triple-double of this season in Monday's win over Utah. Golden State, meanwhile, has looked like perhaps the NBA's best team thus far at 3-0. Klay Thompson leads the NBA in scoring at 29.7 points per game. Golden State hasn't had starting power forward David Lee yet this year due to a hamstring injury, but he hopes to debut in this one. The Warriors and the LA Clippers split four regular-season meetings last year, each sweeping at home.