Three-Team Parlay to Add Value to Your Wednesday Night NBA Picks

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 1:34 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 1:34 PM UTC

There are 11 games on the NBA schedule on Wednesday, and I've narrowed my betting focus to three nice-looking favorites at sportsbooks -- one on the road -- against teams with losing records that will make a nice parlay bet and good picks value.

Denver vs. New Orleans (-6.5)
The Nuggets have been one of the NBA's streakiest teams all season and they are on a bad one right now, having lost seven straight games. Denver has some good players like Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried and Arron Afflalo but no stars and the team might become a seller in the trade market very soon. All three of those guys mentioned would bring back some decent value. Defense has been a problem in the skid as every opponent but one has scored at least 100 points. Oddly, this follows a five-game winning streak.

The Pelicans have won four straight games to move three games over .500 for the first time since Coach Monty Williams' first season in 2010-11. New Orleans clobbered the 76ers on Monday 99-74 as Anthony Davis kept up his MVP-caliber season with 32 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. New Orleans has been without starting point guard Jrue Holiday for the past eight games with a stress reaction in his leg and he's likely to miss a few more weeks. Tyreke Evans has raised his game in Holiday's place. He's coming off back-to-back 12-assist games and his scoring has gone up as well.

New Orleans will want a bit of payback for its only meeting with Denver thus far, a 117-97 loss in the Mile High City on Nov. 21. Davis was held to 18 in that one. The Pelicans played without starting center Omer Asik, but he's healthy now. The Pelicans have covered the NBA odds in four straight home games in this series and are 13-3 ATS in their past 16 overall vs. the West.


LA Clippers (-6.5) vs. Utah
This line seems at least a few points too low considering how well Los Angeles is playing. It enters on a five-game winning streak and only one of those was close: Monday's 102-98 home win over the Nuggets. Sixth man Jamal Crawford went nuts in the fourth quarter of that one by scoring 21 of his 23 points in the quarter. L.A. outscored Denver 33-21 overall to rally from a 16-point deficit, the team's biggest comeback win of the season. The Clippers did get some bad news when starting forward Matt Barnes re-aggravated an abdominal injury in the fourth quarter. If Barnes sits, that just means more minutes for Crawford, which is probably a good thing.

Utah hasn't won three straight this year and failed in its latest attempt on Monday by losing 99-90 at home to Boston. The Celtics took control by outscoring the Jazz 38-14 in the second quarter, although Utah cut it to five entering the fourth. Utah coach Quin Snyder has started rookie first-round pick Dante Exum the past three games, but Exum was scoreless against Boston in 25 minutes. Trey Burke seems to be comfortable coming off the bench for now. He had 18 vs. Boston.

The Clippers are 3-0 vs. Utah this season and have won 12 straight in the series overall, the most consecutive wins against any opponent in franchise history; which is why you should consider them for your NBA picks. These Jazz have failed to cover four straight in NBA betting against teams with a winning record.

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Charlotte vs. San Antonio (-12.5)
The Hornets have just started to play to expectations, but that's not likely to last now that the team's best player this season, point guard Kemba Walker, will have knee surgery Wednesday in New York that will knock him out for at least six weeks and may end his season.  Walker has a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. Walker leads the team in scoring (18.8 ppg), assists (5.2 apg) and steals (1.4 per game) and is tied for sixth in the NBA in assists per turnover ratio (3.1). Expect Charlotte to make a trade to boost the backcourt. There are rumors the team is talking with Brooklyn about Lance Stephenson for Joe Johnson. Brian Roberts will start at the point for now.

Charlotte looks to be very short-handed for this one as forward Marvin Williams isn't expected to play as he deals with a broken nose and concussion, while center Bismack Biyombo has a knee bruise and is likely out 10 days or so. Biyombo actually has been playing fairly well this month, averaging 7.7 points and 8.9 rebounds.

The Spurs have started a six-game homestand with wins over the Lakers and Bucks. Kawhi Leonard tweaked his ankle in Sunday's 101-95 win over Milwaukee but apparently is fine and will play. He had  19 points and 14 rebounds.

San Antonio has won eight straight against Charlotte. The Spurs took a 98-93 decision in North Carolina on Jan. 14 to end the Hornets' five-game winning streak. Walker had 28 points and Biyombo 12 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. Leonard was out injured. San Antonio has covered five of the past six meetings overall at sportsbooks and six of the past seven at home.

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NBA Free Pick: Take the favorites in all three games as your parlay option.

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