It’s a loaded NBA schedule with 22 teams in action across the Association Wednesday night, headlined by a battle of two of the only three unbeaten teams as the 76ers host the Timberwolves. But the big news of the day is that Kawhi Leonard will be sitting out versus the Utah Jazz. Monique Vág brings you the best betting notes, prop and predictions from around the league to help you turn a profit on the hardcourt.
KEEPING IT LOW SCORING EARLY
The Magic host the Knicks as 9-point favorites, but both teams have been two of the lower scoring first half teams with Orlando averaging 50.3 per contest, and New York coming in at 48.8. Defensively, the Magic have allowed the third lowest first half points per game with 48, while the Knicks sit at 55.2. With both teams playing well defensively, bet the Under first half total of 109.
FINDING THEIR GROOVE
Bot the Nets and the Pacers have struggled defensively, allowing opponents to shoot a very high percentage so far this year. The Nets are allowing teams to shoot 45.9 percent from the floor, and the Pacers have surrendered the second highest shooting percentage to opponents at 49.4 percent.
Offensively, the Nets are averaging the most points per game in the Association averaging 124 on 46.1 percent shooting. Meanwhile, the Pacers are shooting 44.1 percent from the floor and have averaged only 101 points a game. Look for Brooklyn to light up the scoreboard and bet their team total Over 111.5.
CLOSE GAME HAS US THINKING UNDER
The Portland Trail Blazers wrap up the final game of a four-game road trip in Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder who have lost three of their first four games this season. The Thunder are averaging only 103 points a game offensively, but are holding opponents to a very low 101.2 points a contest.
The Blazers enter today averaging 113.2 points a game on a very efficient 46.2 percent shooting. Defensively they are allowing 113 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Look for defense to be an emphasis especially for the Thunder, and bet the game total Under 221.5.
THE SEASON DEBUT OF “LOAD MANAGEMENT”
One of the marquee matchups today is a battle of two of the best in the West as the Utah Jazz host the Los Angeles Clippers as 4.5-point home favorites. Through four games the Jazz have allowed the fewest points per game by a considerable margin allowing only 91.5 points. And now, the Clippers will be missing Kawhi Leonard, just probably the best player in the game right now, as he takes his first “load management” rest day of the season.
Look for Utah's Donovan Mitchell to continue his hot shooting and build off his average of 24 points a game on 51.4 percent shooting from the floor, and 43.8 from beyond the arc and bet Over his points total of 21.5.
BEATING UP ON THE WARRIORS
The Phoenix Suns travel to Chase Center to take on the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are coming off a big 134-123 win on Monday night versus the Pelicans, their first of the season.
Defensively the Warriors have stunk, surrendering the second most points per game with 128 and they have struggled mightily defending opposing centers, allowing 29.5 points on 75.6 percent shooting and 15 boards. This is a great spot for the Suns' Aron Baynes who should have his way inside the paint versus a Warriors team allowing an average of 55.3 points in the paint. Bet Over his points, rebounds, assists total of 15.5.
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