Top Five NBA Picks & Odds Report for Wednesday's Betting Action

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 2:13 PM GMT

Very busy night of NBA action on Wednesday and SBR will provide you with previews of five of them. Here's a quick summary of those five. Also check out Jordan's picks of the day story and Joe's player prop picks. All times Eastern.

Celtics vs. Pistons, (+1, 200.5), 7 p.m.
Covered by:
Ross
This game will have live betting at the sportsbooks as it is televised on ESPN. The Pistons are  playing out the string and the Celtics are trying to hang on to the final playoff spot in the East. Boston has been off since a very important 117-116 overtime win at Toronto on Saturday. Rookie Marcus Smart won it with the first buzzer-beater of his career, coming on a layup. With 2.6 seconds left and Boston trailing by one, Smart took a pass from a driving Isaiah Thomas and snuck behind the collapsing Toronto defense. Detroit hurt Miami's playoff chances with a 99-98 home win Saturday behind 29 points from Reggie Jackson. He hit the winning layup with five seconds left. The Pistons were down 15 in the fourth. They have won five straight at home, while Boston has dropped six in a row in Detroit. Ross likes Boston for his NBA picks.

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Bulls vs. Magic (+8, 192.5), 7 p.m.
Covered by: Scott
The big story here is that former NBA MVP Derrick Rose is expected to return from knee surgery for Chicago. He made it through the team's shootaround early Wednesday and said he would play. Rose hasn't played since Feb. 23 and had the surgery four days later. He absolutely will be on a minutes limit for a while, probably a maximum of 20 in this game. Chicago plays again on Thursday in Miami and Rose surely will not play in the second of a back-to-back. Fellow guard Kirk Hinrich is questionable to return from a hyperextended left knee vs. the Magic. The Bulls have won eight straight in Orlando, their longest current road winning streak against any team. Orlando enters on a two-game winning streak but both of those were on the road. The Magic now look to avoid matching a season high with a fifth consecutive home defeat. Scott likes Orlando plus the points.

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Pelicans vs. Grizzlies (-5, 194.5), 8 p.m.
Covered by: Scott
New Orleans could be in for a bit of a letdown game here. The Pelicans control their fate for the No. 8 seed in the West following Tuesday's 103-100 upset of visiting Golden State (not an upset if you read the preview here at SBR). That win, combined with Oklahoma City's blowout loss to San Antonio, gave the Pelicans half-game lead over the Thunder. Memphis is still battling Houston for the Southwest Division title and the No. 2 seed -- the Rockets lead the Grizzlies by a game. Memphis did not play well last time out, a nine-point home loss to Washington. In addition, forward Jeff Green had to leave in the second half with back spasms so he's questionable. New Orleans has won six of the last eight overall against the Grizzlies. Scott is taking the points offered on the NBA odds.

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Suns vs. Mavericks (-8.5, 206.5), 9:30 p.m.
Covered by: Dave
This is the second game on the ESPN doubleheader. Phoenix is now 3.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the West and thus about to be eliminated. The Suns have dropped six of seven and were held to just 69 points in a 27-point defeat in Atlanta on Tuesday. Gerald Green, with 15 points, was the only Phoenix player to score in double figures. Star Eric Bledsoe was ejected in the third quarter for arguing with officials. The Suns played without starting guard Brandon Knight and center Alex Len and both are out Wednesday if not the rest of the season. Dallas really has nothing to play for as it's all but locked into the No. 7 seed in the West. The Mavs have dropped two straight, both at home. Dallas starters Rajon Rondo and Chandler Parsons are questionable for this game, with Rondo looking like he will play. The Suns have averaged 113.3 points while winning the first three meetings with the Mavericks. Does Dave think Phoenix will complete a season sweep?

 

Timberwolves vs. Trail Blazers (-17, 204), 10 p.m.
Covered by: Dave
This game has by far the largest spread on the board. Minnesota lost a seventh straight Tuesday, 116-11 in Sacramento. It was only the second loss in that stretch by single digits. Kevin Martin matched his season high of 37 points and had eight assists for the Timberwolves, while rookie Andrew Wiggins had 26 points and eight rebounds. Pretty much everyone else of note for the Wolves is hurt, sat out Tuesday and will again in this game. Portland had to travel across country to Brooklyn on Monday for a makeup game, lost it, and left home three key players in LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Chris Kaman. All three should play Wednesday. Coach Terry Stotts said he has no plans to rest any more players.  The Blazers have dominated this series at home by winning the past six by an average of 12.0 points. Dave is giving all those points.

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