Wednesday nights are typically one of the most loaded days on the weekly NBA schedule, and BetRivers.com is proud to provide an impressive slate of NBA Wednesday odds, props, teasers, and daily specials. Wednesday’s marquee matchup takes place in Philadelphia, where the 76ers and Brooklyn Nets, the two best teams in the Eastern Conference, meet in a possible Eastern Conference Finals showdown. But in looking at the NBA Wednesday odds, there is a considerable lean in the direction of the 76ers.
Longtime basketball writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 Podcast Network is here to break down the NBA Wednesday odds and analyze the best bets worth a wager for 76ers vs. Nets and Pacers vs. Rockets.
BOOSTED BETS: NBA SPECIALS
- Zac LaVine to score 30pts & Bulls -9.5 vs. Magic. Was +375. Now +475 (Available in Illinois only)
- Joel Embiid or Luka Doncic to score 40 points. Was +240. Now +275
- Mavericks and Nuggets both cover -2.5. Was +230. Now +265
NBA WEDNESDAY ODDS: PICKS & PREDICTIONS
BROOKLYN NETS (37-17) at PHILADELPHIA 76ers (37-17), 7:10 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: 76ers -400 ML, Nets +310 ML
SPREAD: 76ers -8.5
OVER/UNDER: 225.5 points
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Tonight’s showdown for first place in the Eastern Conference is quintessential Modern NBA: We have no idea who is going to be playing for Brooklyn, the team that seems to be the favorite to win the East this year.
James Harden is out with a hamstring strain. Kevin Durant has returned from his hamstring strain, but it’s not as simple as “Kevin Durant is going to be in the lineup on Wednesday night.” On Tuesday, the Nets beat the Timberwolves behind 31 points from KD, but that game was supposed to be played on Monday. It now means that Durant is on the second night of a back-to-back, so there’s a real chance that he won’t be suiting up. And then there’s Kyrie Irving, who sat out Tuesday’s game for personal reasons, and you never really know if or when Kyrie will sit out again. Chris Chiozza started on Tuesday in Irving’s place, and he left the game with a thumb injury. Will Landry Shamet be the starter tonight?
So before we get to anything that has to do with tonight’s game itself, let’s be clear: Until we have info on who is playing, betting on either side — especially the Nets — will be a risk. Case in point: The line has already moved from (-5.5) to (-7).
Now, it is worth noting here that the Nets did beat the 76ers earlier this year without their stars in the lineup, but that came at a time when Caris LeVert, Taurean Prince, and Jarrett Allen were still on the roster. It was last year’s team. This group is new. They’re not going to be as competitive without the best isolation scorers in the league available.
I like the 76ers here. They are good enough defensively to overwhelm the Nets if they are missing their stars, but I would not go past (-7.5).
INDIANA PACERS (25-28) at HOUSTON ROCKETS (14-40), 9:10 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Pacers -190 ML, Rockets +160 ML
SPREAD: Pacers -4.5
OVER/UNDER: 234 points
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I like the under here, and this is purely a spot play. The Pacers are on the second night of a back-to-back playing their third game in the last four days in three different cities. The Pacers have hit for more than 130 points in two of those three games, but those are the outlier games — they rank 17th in the NBA in PPG.
There is also a chance that they are getting Myles Turner back tonight, and without him, they are worse defensively, they play faster and — believe it or not — they are better offensively. Combine all of that with the fact that the Rockets are the Rockets, and I’ll be betting on misses in this game.