Free NBA Betting Picks for Wednesday’s Games
Online NBA betting enthusiasts won’t be having any complaints about the lack of games this Wednesday, as the day’s schedule features a total of 13 scintillating games. This includes two of the best NBA teams in the West (Golden State) and East (Cleveland) battling in their respective games to stay atop their conferences. And with Christmas Day coming just two days away from now, both the Warriors and Cavs, who will be playing each other this Friday, need to win today’s games to build momentum for their much-awaited Christmas showdown. We will, of course, be talking about that top-tier game in our NBA section later, but for now, let’s focus on the games at hand. Here are your free NBA picks for the best Wednesday NBA games, complete with succinct NBA betting previews on the same.
Free NBA Betting Picks for Wednesday’s Games
When: Wednesday, December 23 at 7:00 pm ET, FSSO
NBA Odds: Charlotte -2.5
Analysis: The duo of Isaiah Thomas (21 PPG and 6.8 APG) and Avery Bradley (15.3 PPG and 2.4 RPG) has been a key reason behind Boston’s strong season, and the two players will be looking to use their offensive prowess in search of a win at Charlotte this Wednesday. But to do so, they will have to go through Charlotte’s equally dynamic duo of Kemba Walker (18 PPG and 4.9 APG) and Nicolas Batum (16.1 points and 6.5 RPG). With four losses in their last five games, the Hornets direly need a win, something that is likely to motivate them for a big game, but with Celtics enjoying a solid run of four wins in their last six road games, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Boston plays it safe and comes out unscathed from the Hornets’ nest.
NBA Picks: Boston upends the currently-disarrayed Hornets for a crucial win and cover for the Celtics.
Houston Rockets (15-14) at Orlando Magic (16-12)
When: Wednesday, December 23 at 7:00 pm ET, NBA TV
NBA Odds: Orlando -1.5
Analysis: James Harden (averaging 28.8 points and 6.8 assists) and the Rockets are enjoying their best run of the season, having won five of their last six outings, meaning they will be dangerous road opponents to the Magic in this game. Of course, with 10 wins in their last 14 outings, along with 6 wins in their last 9 games in Orlando, the Magic are clearly no pushovers. Still, outside the trio of Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo, the Magic don’t have much of a balance to cope with the dynamism of Houston’s first and second unit, so Orlando will be hard-done in dealing with the surging visitors.
NBA Picks: The Rockets (who have defeated Magic in six of the last seven meetings, including an OT win this season) continue their dominance over Orlando with a narrow win.
New York Knicks (14-15) at Cleveland Cavaliers (18-7)
When: Wednesday, December 23 at 7:00 pm ET, FSOH
NBA Odds: Cleveland*
Analysis: On any given day, a meeting between LeBron James and his arch-nemesis Carmelo Anthony is usually a dicey game that could go either way. However, with Melo coming into this game banged up (and a doubt for today) after spraining his right ankle in the loss to Magic on Monday night, it doesn’t look like the Knicks offense will be causing that much of a trouble to Cleveland’s third-ranked scoring defense in the NBA. And with LeBron, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith doing their lights-out things at the Quickens Arena, it would be a big surprise if Porzingis and Co. came out of Cleveland with a win.
NBA Picks: Cleveland shows that it is ready to face Golden State on Friday by beating the Knicks rather comfortably for a decent win and cover of the spread.
Utah Jazz (12-14) at Golden State Warriors (26-1)
When: Wednesday, December 23 at 10:30 pm ET, ROOT
NBA Odds: Golden State -14
Analysis: The red-hot and sharpshooting Stephen Curry, aka Mr. Are You Kidding Me, and his fearless Warriors will be looking to continue posting more mind-boggling numbers when they take on the Utah Jazz. Given the way the Jazz have been playing this season, it would be a mistake to write them off from playing well or even upsetting the Warriors. Unfortunately, the Warriors have owned the Jazz recently, winning all their last four home meetings against Utah, while boasting of an 8-2 SU and 5-5 ATS record in their last 10 meetings with the Jazz, so an upset looks very unlikely here.
NBA Picks: Golden State scores 110-plus points en route to a double-digit win and cover over the Jazz.