Two Wednesday Night NBA Match Ups Headed For Under City

Charles Stark

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:35 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 12:35 PM UTC

Wednesday in the NBA is always a huge slate of games and today we’re going to look at two interesting matchups. Miami takes on Eastern Conference rival Philadelphia at Philadelphia, and Toronto visits Chicago.

Miami vs Philadelphia

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Free NBA pick: Under 201Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

Earlier this month Miami traveled to the same spot losing to Philadelphia 103-97 going under the total of 203. In this matchup oddsmakers have come out with a lower total of 201 and for my NBA pick, I’m going to back under the total. This should be a great matchup of two very good defensive teams with both of them controlling pace and ranking in the top part of the league in most defensive categories.

On the season Miami is allowing opponents to shoot just 45.2% overall and allowing just 35.7% from distance ranking them ninth and 11th in the NBA respectively. What I like about the most of all those the facts is they allow just 37.1 field goals made per game which ranks them third. Philadelphia is right there with them allowing opponents just 43.5% overall shooting and 33% from distance ranking them second and first in the NBA respectively. Like Miami, they are also very solid in limiting opponent field goals per game allowing just 37.9 which ranks them seventh in the league. Both teams come in with elite defenses and I simply don’t see this game getting over 200 points.

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Toronto vs Chicago

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Free NBA pick: Under 217Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

These two teams haven’t met since the beginning of the new year where Toronto handled business beating Chicago in this same venue 124-115 going over the 217 mark.

Oddsmakers have come out setting the same exact total today at 217, so I’m going to back under the total this matchup. After playing some solid basketball for a short time in late December early January, Chicago has come back down the earth and have lost eight of their last 10 games. In that span they’ve only been over the total three times, and I’ve a hard time believing they’re going to change that trend versus a good Raptors defense. With Toronto on the second leg of a back to back and having to travel, I don’t expect for them to put up a lot of points. On the season the Raptors have been a stout defensive team allowing opponents just 44.7% from the floor and 35% from beyond the arc ranking them fourth and sixth in the NBA respectively. This will prove problematic for a Chicago team as they rank second to last in the NBA in shooting percentage. With the way these two teams matchup this total just too high.

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