Wednesday NBA Odds & Betting Picks: Our Favorite Bets for Bucks vs. Pistons, Nets vs. Knicks (Jan. 13)
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- The NBA's unpredictability has been in full force Wednesday with game postponements and blockbuster trades.
- Still our staff is making picks on two matchups tonight: Bucks vs. Pistons, Nets vs. Knicks.
- See where they are finding a betting edge in those games.
Editors note: The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly traded Caris LeVert, Rodions Kurucs, Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince in a three-team deal to acquire James Harden from the Houston Rockets.
With seven games on Wednesday’s NBA schedule, our crew has zeroed in on two games they plan to bet tonight: Bucks vs. Pistons and Nets vs. Knicks.
NBA Odds & Picks
Bucks vs. Pistons
Brandon Anderson: Trivia Time! When was the last time the Milwaukee Bucks played a game, any old basketball game, within single digits.
It was their opening night game against the Celtics when Jayson Tatum hit the game winner in the final second, approximately forever ago. The Bucks have played in 10 straight games with a double-digit margin since then with an average win margin of nearly 25 points.
News flash: when the team that dominated the past two regular seasons adds a star in Jrue Holiday to its existing core, it turns out they’ll still be good! Milwaukee has the league’s No. 1 offense right now and is shooting the lights out. The defense has finally found its footing over the past few games.
The Pistons? They’re not good. As in the likely favorites to land the No. 1 overall pick. The Pistons have six losses this season by at least eight points, and the Bucks just beat them by double digits twice a week ago.
At -10.5, this line just isn’t high enough to give me pause. Milwaukee feasts against bad teams in the regular season. I’ll play to -12, and if it pushes past that, I may just play the Bucks first half line and avoid the back door.
Nets vs. Knicks
Raheem Palmer: Kevin Durant will be playing in his first back-to-back game since returning from his achilles injury. This is a prime let down spot for the Nets who played yesterday and needed to overcome a 17-point third-quarter deficit to get a win.
The Nets will still be without Kyrie Irving int he short term and will be face a Knicks team that ranks seventh in Defensive Efficiency (108.4) in their non garbage time minutes.
In addition, the Knicks have struggled to score, putting up just 103.6 points per 100 possessions, according to CleaningThe Glass. Despite the Nets’ struggles on defense of late, the Knicks haven’t scored more than 90 points in their past three games.
The Knicks are just 2-9 to the over this season and are playing at the slowest pace in the league. We’re likely to see this under trend continue tonight.