Very busy schedule in the NBA on Wednesday as usual and it's a good one this week as only one game -- Nuggets at Jazz -- features two teams that for sure will not make the playoffs. Here are some player prop recommendations for the night.
Bulls vs. Bucks Props:
Pau Gasol 'Over/Under' 31.5 Points + Rebounds
Jimmy Butler O/U 19.5 Points
Giannis Antetokounmpo O/U 20.5 Points + Rebounds
I previewed this game here at SBR and gave the points to Milwaukee as Chicago has had little trouble winning the previous three meetings this season. Derrick Rose has officially been ruled out to return here but is apparently getting rather close. The Bulls still haven't played the Bucks since they got Michael Carter-Williams from Philadelphia -- well one game they did but MCW was out injured. Gasol is the NBA's double-doubles leader and he had maybe the best game of his career on Jan. 10 in Chicago in a 95-87 win over Milwaukee with a career-high 46 points as well as 18 rebounds. It might have been the best regular season game by any Bull since MJ left. Because of that huge outing, Gasol's numbers look huge vs. the Bucks this season: 27.7 points and 14.0 rebounds. The Bulls are 3-0 since Butler returned from an elbow injury and after a shaky first game he is 12-for-17 from the field in the past two. He's averaging just 11.3 in three games vs. Milwaukee. Perhaps one reason Butler hasn't put up huge numbers is he's guarded by Antetokounmpo, the super-athletic and long "Greek Freak." However, the Freak has struggled offensively vs. the Bulls, averaging 9.3 points and 6.3 rebounds.
NBA Free Picks: 'Over' on Gasol and Antetokounmpo and 'Under' on Butler.
76ers vs. Wizards Props:
John Wall 'Over/Under' 28.5 Points + Assists
Bradley Beal O/U 15 Points
Marcin Gortat O/U 9.5 Rebounds
Washington needs to right the ship before the playoffs begin as it has dropped five of its past six games. This should be one of those games the Wizards try to get out to a big lead against a bad -- but improving -- 76ers club and get the key guys some rest. That Washington is 1-2 on its current five-game homestand, with the lone win coming in overtime against Charlotte, certainly isn't Wall's fault. The All-Star is averaging 30.3 points and 8.0 assists in those three. Interesting because he totaled only 20 points in the final two games of a lousy road trip before this stretch. Wall is averaging 16.0 points and 10.5 assists in two games vs. the Sixers this season. Beal had a breakout season last year but has really been nagged by injuries all this year and is averaging just 14.7 points. He is down to 13.4 ppg in the past five. Beal has faced Philly once this season and had 10 points. Gortat is averaging 11.0 rebounds vs. the Sixers.
NBA Free Picks: 'Over' on Wall and Gortat, 'Under' on Beal with my NBA picks.
Clippers vs. Trail Blazers Props:
Chris Paul 'Over/Under' 21 Points
Blake Griffin O/U 30 Points + Rebounds
LaMarcus Aldridge O/U 34.5 Points + Rebounds
Robin Lopez O/U 17.5 Points + Rebounds
How much will the Clippers have in the tank here? They played fantastic basketball for much of Tuesday night at home against the NBA-best Warriors but ended up blowing a 17-point lead and losing by four. You have to think the Clippers, who had won seven straight, will be rather flat for this one. I did hit on two Clippers props Tuesday: 'Over' 20.5 points for Blake Griffin, who had a season-high 40, and 'Under' 28.5 points + rebounds for DeAndre Jordan, who had five points and 15 rebounds. I missed on Paul, who had a nice game with 27 points and nine assists. NBA odds makers know that Portland brings a four-game winning streak into this one and could clinch the Northwest Division title. The Clippers lead the season series 2-1, losing the one game in which Griffin was out injured. Griffin is averaging 20.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in his two games vs. Portland while Paul is averaging 27.0 points in three games. Aldridge is averaging 29.0 points and 10.3 rebounds vs. L.A. and Lopez 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds.
NBA Free Picks: 'Under' on both Clippers and 'Over' both Blazers. Portland is well-rested and L.A. is on fumes (while also having to travel overnight).