Top Cashing Picks For Wednesday Night's NBA Slate

Troy Haliburton

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 2:58 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 2:58 PM UTC

Wednesday presents an NBA schedule that is a bit on the lighter side with only 5 games playing, but some are quite intriguing. Read on as we find the betting value and dish out three winners that you don't want to miss.

Knicks vs Magic

The New York Knickerbocker’s continue to surprise the NBA world as they extend their winning streak to three games overall and six out of the last seven. Kristaps Porzingis is establishing himself as one of the dominant players in the game, and certainly making a strong case for an early All-Star bid. The Latvian forward continues to display that versatile talent that the Knicks are more than comfortable with riding to victory. Porzingis is coming off another masterful performance in which he lead his team from an 11-point deficit to victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

Orlando will try to stop Porzingis’ hot streak and hopefully ignite a spark within themselves after fizzling out the last two games against the Bulls and the Celtics. The Magic unexpectedly found themselves as one of the more talked about teams in the NBA and ended up faltering enough to allow the doubt of their legitimacy to seep in.

Aaron Gordon has been stellar in the first 10 games of the season, and has shown marked improvement in his offensive game. Gordon is shooting 55% from the field, which is up considerably from his career average of 30.8%. Just the threat alone of Gordon being able to be a capable spot-up shooter has allowed him to use his most useful talent, which is elite athleticism to his advantage. Teams literally have to pick their poison in terms of how they defend Gordon. If you go under the screen, he can beat you with his improved jump-shot. If you hedge hard and go over the screen, Gordon will use his ball-handling skills to get to the rim, and has no problem finishing over or through contact at the rim.

Gordon and the Magic will be too much for the Knicks to handle, especially considering the fact that the Knicks are playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

Free NBA Pick: Magic -5.5Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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Lakers vs Celtics

The Boston Celtics are riding high as the team with the best record in the NBA and at first glance, a visit from the distant rival Los Angeles Lakers seems like an easy mark on the schedule, but things may appear closer than they seem. The Lakers are finding their groove as a young team in the NBA and coming off of three days of rest, will be more than ready to compete in a nationally televised game.

Lonzo Ball has received all of the attention thus far, but Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma are the young Lakers who are really excelling right now. Ingram and Kuzma are averaging 15.3 and 15.4 points per game, respectively and are a large part of the reason why the Lakers have been able to compete with teams this season. Combine that with the fact that Brook Lopez is averaging 16 points per game and shooting 40% from three as a true center, and the Lakers have the recipe to at least be competitive in the majority of games.

Boston is coming off of a tightly contested game against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday and are thriving mightily in the absence of losing Gordon Hayward on opening night. Kyrie Irving is transitioning from superhero sidekick to leading man and the Celtics are winning games because of it. Look for the Celtics to finish victorious, but expect the outcome to be closer than expected.

Free NBA Pick: Lakers +9Best Line Offered: at SportsInteraction

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Timberwolves vs Warriors

Jimmy Butler has settled any debate about the hierarchy in the Minnesota offense. Butler has settled in as an ancillary option in Minnesota, and allowed the young stars, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns dominate the ball on offense. Butler is fifth among Wolves player in usage rate at 19.7%, which means that he is getting the ball much less than he did last season in Chicago where he had a usage rate of 26.5%. Butler is reverting back to his early days in Chicago where he was a critical role player behind Derrick Rose.

The Timberwolves are 7-3 and one of the hottest teams in the NBA, which makes the Warriors spread of -11 a bit perplexing. The Warriors have struggled to find the dominance that made them be feared throughout the league. Even the Warriors state of mortality seems prosperous because the defending champs still boast an 8-3 record. Winning is not an issue for Golden State, but the intensity it takes to dominate a team for four quarters is not currently something the Warriors have as a priority. Expect the Wolves to remain close enough to reward the believers who bet on them to cover.

Free NBA Pick: Wolves +11Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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