Top Value Betting Odds & Free NBA Picks for Wednesday

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 4:59 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 4:59 PM GMT

Wednesday is typically one of the busiest nights of the week in the NBA and tonight is no different. Bettors can also enjoy live wagering at sportsbooks that offer it on two ESPN games: Indiana at Miami and Houston at Minnesota. All times Eastern.

Thunder vs. Celtics (-5.5, 197.5)
Covered by Dave
It's a 7:30 tipoff for this one and the second of a back-to-back for Oklahoma City as the Thunder lost 85-78 in Milwaukee on Tuesday night to drop to 2-6 overall and remain winless on the road. The injury-ravaged Thunder saw the season debut of shooting guard and 3-point specialist Anthony Morrow in the game. He had been out with a knee injury. Morrow had 10 points, but It didn't help much as the Thunder shot just 33.3 percent from the field. Boston will have fresh legs as it hasn't played since a 106-101 upset victory in Chicago on Saturday. The Celtics played that one without star point guard Rajon Rondo as he was back in Boston to have screws removed from his surgically repaired left hand. However, Rondo went through a full practice on Tuesday and will start this game, according to Coach Brad Stevens. Dave says give the points.

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Pacers vs. Heat (-8.5, 190)
Covered by Scott
It's rematch of last season's Eastern Conference Finals with a 7:30 p.m. start time in Miami. No one really expects either the Pacers, after losing Paul George and Lance Stephenson, or Heat, after losing LeBron James, to get back to the conference finals this season. Indiana is 2-6 but did end a six-game slide Monday with a 97-86 home victory over Utah. Indiana again will be without four injured rotation guys against Miami: David West, George Hill, Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Watson. The Heat enter off a 105-96 win in Dallas on Sunday behind a season-high 30 points from new addition Luol Deng. the Heat shot 55 percent to 42 percent for Dallas. Dwayne Wade is averaging 23.3 points on 55.8 percent over his last three games. Scott lean the home Heat.

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Magic vs. Knicks (-6, 191.5)
Covered by Joe C.
Another 7:30 p.m. tipoff as Orlando visits New York. The Magic lost 104-100 in Toronto on Tuesday night to drop to 2-6. Orlando blew an 11-point fourth-quarter lead but did manage to cover the spread. Tobias Harris had 23 points and 13 rebounds. The Magic's only road win thus far was at wretched Philadelphia. New York is also 2-6 and the NBA's lowest-scoring team has lost five straight games. The Knicks still haven't managed to even reach 100 points in a game yet. Coach Derek Fisher says his guys are too passive on offense. The Knicks are shooting free throws at the lowest rate in the NBA and have the highest number of mid-range jump shots per 48 minutes. New York was hoping that starting point guard Jose Calderon would make his season debut vs. Orlando but that's not likely after he didn't practice Tuesday. Joe recommends taking the points.

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Lakers vs. Pelicans (-10.5, 209)
Covered by Scott
It's an 8 p.m. tip in New Orleans. The terrible season of the Lakers continued on Tuesday night with a 107-102 loss at Memphis. Kobe Bryant led the 1-6 with 28 points, but shot just 10 of 26 from the field and surpassed Hall of Famer John Havlicek for the most missed field goals in an NBA career. Havlicek missed 13,417 shots. Bryant now has 13,421. New Orleans fell 118-11 in Cleveland on Monday despite 27 points and 14 rebounds from superstar Anthony Davis and 32 points from Ryan Anderson. The Pelicans had flight problems getting to Cleveland and didn't arrive until 3 a.m. on Monday. The Pelicans won two of three meetings last season against the Lakers, with the first victory ending a 12-game losing streak against Los Angeles. Check out Scott's interesting NBA picks on the biggest spread of the night.

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Rockets vs. Timberwolves (+7, 200.5)
Covered by Jordan
The final tipoff of Wednesday is this 10 p.m. matchup in Mexico City -- yes, Mexico City. Houston looks to bounce back from its first loss of the season 98-87 at Golden State on Saturday. The Rockets played without three starters: center Dwight Howard, power forward Terrence Jones and point guard Patrick Beverley and it certainly showed. The Rockets set season lows in scoring and field-goal percentage at 34.9. Howard appears likely to return vs. Minnesota but not Jones or Beverley. The Timberwolves played their first game without injured point guard Ricky Rubio on Saturday and lost 102-92 at Miami on Saturday. Rubio is out indefinitely with a severely sprained ankle. Jordan's best play is the 'over' here. 

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