Has there been any significant NBA odds movement throughout the day? As we approach tonight's full slate of games, it's time to run over the top matchups on the board and see where the value lies.
Which teams make it to our NBA picks for Wednesday night?
Dallas Mavericks (-13.5) over NY Knicks
The Mavericks will be at home the Knicks tonight, and the odds are suggesting another blowout win for Dallas. That wouldn't be anything new, as Dallas has been killing teams left and right and now take on a New York team that will be without none other than Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks are just 1-6 on the road this season, while Dallas is 6-2 at home.
San Antonio Spurs (-13) over Pacers
Tonight the Spurs play host to the Pacers, who have been short-handed all season long. Indiana has been more competitive than most expected, and actually occupy the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference right now, but the gap in talent level has just been too much to overcome for the most part. San Antonio comes in with a four-game winning streak.
Golden State Warriors (-9) vs. Orlando Magic
The biggest road chalk for Wednesday belongs to Stephen Curry and the Warriors, who dropped the Heat in South Beach last night to pick up their sixth straight win. Golden State is firing on all cylinders at the moment, and it'd be a surprise if they didn't take care of an Orlando squad that's lost two in a row. The Magic could also be without their emerging forward Tobias Harris, who's currently listed as a game-time decision.
Phoenix Suns (-8.5) over Denver Nuggets
The Suns will take on the Nuggets tonight in what should be a frantic, high-pace game. Denver is on a roll right now, having won five in a row, yet they're not being given much of a chance by NBA odds makers tonight in Phoenix. The Suns are 4-3 on their home court this season, and they'll hope to get the best of the Nuggets, who are 3-4 on the road thus far.
Below you will find the highest totals on the NBA odds board for tonight.
Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns (216.5)
No surprise here. Both teams are in the top five in PACE, which studies which teams use the most possessions per game. The Nuggets are fourth, while the Suns are fifth. Needless to say, this one should be played at a crazy tempo, and there's not going to be a lot of defense. Ty Lawson has been on fire lately, but the Nuggets have had trouble stopping bigs all season long, so Markieff Morris could have a big night.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (205)
There's quite a significant dropoff for the second spot. The Bucks will welcome Minnesota to Milwaukee tonight, and there's a rather high total posted. We're a little surprised to see 205, considering the Bucks have been much improved defensively under Jason Kidd. That being said, Minnesota has been playing at a relatively high pace throughout the early stages of the season.
Utah Jazz vs. OKC Thunder (185)
Given Oklahoma City will be without its top two offensive players, we can't disagree with a low number. The Thunder have struggled to put the ball in the basket, despite Reggie Jackson's best efforts in putting the team on his back. Oklahoma City is second-to-last in offensive efficiency, while Utah is also in the bottom half of the league.
Indiana Pacers vs. San Antonio Spurs (187)
The only reason the Pacers have been able to be competitive this season has been their defense. Frank Vogel has done a great job in getting these guys ready each and every game. It's going to be tough sledding to slow down the juggernaut that is the Spurs, but stranger things have happened in the NBA. For the record, Indiana ranks ninth in defensive efficiency, while San Antonio is all the way up in third.