Big 10 game slate in the NBA this Wednesday night, headlined by a ESPN double header from 7.30pm. Check out our preview and betting picks for the key games of the night below.
NBA Wednesday Betting Picks
Dallas Mavericks at Philadelphia 76ers
Wells Fargo Center, 7.30pm (ET)
The Mavericks are in a terrible place at the moment. They have lost seven of their last 10 games to fall out of the top 10 in the Western Conference and if the season ended today, they wouldn’t even be in the play-in. They are 15-23 away from home this year and will find themselves on the road again on Wednesday night as they face the 76ers.
Philly have lost their last three on the spin but still sit in third place in the Eastern Conference, two games clear of the trailing Cavaliers. Their two stars in James Harden and Joel Embiid are both currently listed as questionable for the clash, throwing the lines and totals for the game into disarray.
The Mavs are currently five point underdogs, and I like them at that line. It’s do or die for them now after falling out of the play-in picture, so they’ll no doubt be leaving it all out on the court. If one or both of the Embiid/Harden combo is ruled out then I think that line drops a touch. On the contrary, the Mavs are fully healthy at the moment.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Phoenix Suns
Footpring Center, 10:00pm (ET)
The Phoenix Suns have won their last two games to climb back into the top four in the Western Conference. Star forward Kevin Durant could make his long awaited return to the line-up on Wednesday night, currently listed as questionable for the game. It would give the Suns a full strength line-up for the first time since they acquired Durant.
On the other side of the ball, the Wolves are battling injuries to key players Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns, both of whom are listed as day-to-day leading into Wednesday night’s clash. They have won their last four games and currently sit in 6th plae in the Western Conference, but just two games ahead of the Mavericks all the way down in 11th.
Like the look of the unders here. The Suns have the 5th ranked defense in the league this season, allowing just 111.9 points per game. The Wolves have averaged 114.3 points per game over their last three while the Suns put up just 116 in their last clash against the Wolves.