It’s a monster thirteen game slate in the NBA on Wednesday, with some huge games on the schedule. We’ve got you covered with our best spread and player prop picks below!
NBA Betting Picks: Wednesday January 19th
Portland Trail Blazers at Miami Heat
FTX Arena, 7:30pm ET
The Blazers head to Miami with four wins from their last five games, as their roller coaster season continues in its typically inconsistent fashion. In their last five games the Blazers have had wins against Magic, Wizards, Nets and Kings with a 32 point loss in the middle of that stretch. Miami are 8-3 in their last eleven games, including a 115-109 win over Portland on the road.
The Heat have the second best record in the Eastern Conference at 28-16, and they’ve been dominant at home this season with a 14-5 record in Miami. The Blazers possess one of the worst road records in the NBA, at 3-14. CJ McCollum returned from injury in the win over the Magic on Monday, however with Damian Lillard still out with an abdominal injury, this Portland lineup is very thin.
The discrepancy at the defensive end of the floor gives Miami a huge advantage in this game. The Heat have the 8th best defensive rating in the NBA, while the Blazers have the worst defensive rating in the league. To pair with their excellent defense, the Heat have the 4th best offensive rating in the NBA and will be able to expose a poor Blazers defense. Miami had four players score in double digits Monday, and they’re going to have too many weapons for the Blazers to handle. The Heat’s last five wins have come at an average margin of 12.8 points, while the Blazers are 5-7 in their last twelve games, with those seven losses coming at an average margin of 18.2 points.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls
United Center, 8:00pm ET
Chicago will be looking to bounce back from a comprehensive defeat at the hands of the Grizzlies on Monday, when they host the Cavaliers. Led by Darius Garland’s 22 points, 12 assists and 6 rebounds, the Cavs defeated the Nets on Monday to move to 27-18, the fourth best record in the East.
Despite being the number one seed in the East, the Bulls have lost four consecutive games, with three of those defeats coming by double digit margins. Zach Lavine’s absence through a knee injury has hurt the Bulls, who haven’t won since he went down against the Warriors last week. It’s having a flow on effect on Demar DeRozan who has hit a scoring slump despite being an MVP candidate. DeRozan is averaging 25.7 points per game this season, but is only averaging 19.7 in his last seven games, and hasn’t scored above 24 points in that seven game stretch.
The Cavs improvement this season has come on the back of their tall ball lineup drastically reshaping their defense. Last season Cleveland was ranked 27th in defensive rating, this season they’re ranked number three in the league, only behind Golden State and Phoenix. With the height they possess in their starting five with Mobley, Markkanen and Allen, the Cavs have the defensive weapons to halt the Bulls and extend their losing streak to five games. Without Lavine, Caruso and Ball the Bulls have lost five of their last six games by an average of 19.4 points. The Cavs defeated the Bulls by 23 in their only meeting so far this season, and it should be another comfortable win for Cleveland.
Memphis Grizzlies at Milwaukee Bucks
Fiserv Forum, 8:00pm ET
It’s a blockbuster game at the Fiserv Forum as the defending champs host the hottest team in the NBA. The Grizzlies have won twelve of their last thirteen games to sit comfortably as the fourth seed in the West with a 31-15 record. Memphis dominated the paint in their 119-106 victory over the Bulls on Monday, with a +26 advantage points in the paint.
The Bucks have lost three of their last four games, including a fourth quarter fadeout against Atlanta on Monday, as the Hawks outscored the Bucks 25-8 in the last seven minutes of the game. Jrue Holiday has missed the last six games for the Bucks through health and safety protocols and an ankle injury, the Bucks have struggled without him this season going 4-9 in games that Holiday hasn’t played in.
The Grizzlies rank top ten in both offensive rating (7th) and defensive rating (10th) and their balance on both sides of the ball is why they’ve been red hot over the last two months. Although the Bucks have plenty of talent, the absence of Holiday and big man Brook Lopez leaves a massive void in the team. The Grizzlies have been on fire, and will continue their winning ways.