The NBA continues this Wednesday night with a monster 11-game slate. We bring you all of our best betting picks for the schedule right here. Good luck to everyone following!
NBA Betting Picks: Wednesday January 5th
Houston Rockets at Washington Wizards
Capital One Arena, 7pm ET
The Rockets are in the midst of another slump and enter this slate on an eight-game losing streak. Still, that is far from their worst such streak this season, as they recorded 15 losses in a row at the very beginning of their campaign. The worst part of their recent losses is the manner of them, with seven of their last eight defeats being by at least 10 points.
The Wizards have suffered a couple of losing streaks of their own this season, but enter this slate in some good form having won four of their last seven games. Most recently they held off the Hornets in a 124-121 shootout where Kyle Kuzma and Bradley Beal combined for 71 points. That win also saw the Wizards go back over .500 for the season at 19-18.
The last time these teams met was just under 11 months ago, so there isn’t any recent form to go off here. Regardless, the Wizards are the far superior team and are also catching the Rockets on an eight-game losing streak, with most of those being blowouts. All things considered, we’re happy to be with the Wizards to get the job done easily in this one.
Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks
Fiserv Forum, 8pm ET
The Raptors, like nearly all teams this season, have had their fair share of troubles with injuries and health and safety protocols, but right now they’re as fit and healthy as they’ve been in a while and it’s translating to some really good results. They’ve won each of their last three games and eight of their last 12, which has seen them come back to .500 on the season and right back in the playoffs mix in the East.
The Bucks suffered a shock loss at home to the undermanned and inexperienced Pistons last time out, which was a bitterly disappointing way to snap their six-game win streak. Regardless, the Bucks would be content with how they’ve been playing over the last couple of months, with their solid form improving them into third spot in the East and just two games back from the #1 seed.
There’s no question that the Bucks are the far superior outfit of the two in this matchup, but on current form you could argue that the Raptors are a decent chance to keep things close here. They’ve already beaten the Bucks once this season and as long as they play to the standard they have of late, then they should be able to cover the big spread at the very least here.
Miami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers
Moda Center, 10pm ET
The Heat have run into a minor road block with losses in each of their last two games against the Warriors and the Kings, both of which have come on the road. Prior to that they’d won nine of their last 11 and had climbed as high as third in the East standings. The Heat will continue their current road trip with a quick visit to Portland in hope of improving their 11-11 road record.
The Trail Blazers have arguably been the most underwhelming team in the league this season and things only look to be getting tougher now that both CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard are on the sidelines. In saying that, the Trail Blazers managed to win without the star pair in their most recent outing against the Hawks, courtesy of a monster 43-point performance from Anfernee Simons.
These teams are yet to face each other yet this season, but it will be the Trail Blazers starting as the slight favorites due to holding home court advantage. Irrespective of where this is played, we believe the Heat should be the hot favorites in their first matchup, due to their superior recent form and consistency over the course of the season. With that said, we’re keen to back them into get the job done on Wednesday night.