NBA Expert Betting Picks (Wednesday, Feb. 5): Our Favorite Bets for Hawks vs. Timberwolves, More
Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Trae Young (11) of the Atlanta Hawks.
There are nine games on Wednesday NBA schedule and our experts are betting on these specific matchups:
- 7 p.m. ET: Phoenix Suns at Detroit Pistons
- 8 p.m. ET: Atlanta Hawks at Timberwolves
See the bets they’re making below.
Odds as of Wednesday afternoon and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.
Wob: Suns at Pistons
- Spread: Suns -3
- Over/Under: 218.5
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
Have you seen the Detroit Pistons play? If they didn’t pull a miracle win out of their behinds on Super Bowl Sunday against a Nuggets team that was already half way back to Denver by tipoff, this line would be -5.
Statistically, the Pistons aren’t that terrible … yet. They rank 21st in defense and have the 19th-ranked offense — the Suns aren’t much better, ranking 17th in offense and 18th in defense.
But with the Pistons’ entire starting lineup sans Andre Drummond sidelined with injuries, they are legitimately using regular season NBA games as practice. I am not lying to you when I say they have an isolation package for Sekou Doumbouya they run. Yes, seriously, like during the game.
And now that Reggie Jackson is finally back, the NBA’s No. 1 check-cashing campaign is up-and-running again. It is a true, genuine pleasure to watch Jackson dribble for seven seconds and launch a contested fadeaway. We haven’t seen a level of this DGAF since Gilbert Arenas.
The Pistons are a blind fade for me right now anything up to -5. If this game was in Phoenix the line would be -8. Since when is Little Caesars Arena Cameron Indoor Stadium? Easiest bet on the board.
The PICK: Suns -3
Brandon Anderson: Hawks at Timberwolves
- Spread: Timberwolves -4.5
- Over/Under: 239
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
I grabbed the Atlanta moneyline at +205 last night after the Robert Covington trade news broke. Money is pouring in on the Hawks now and the line is moving fast.
The T-Wolves barely have enough guys to play in this game. Obviously Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins (yay) are there along with Culver, Okogie, and Dieng. The team literally doesn’t have an NBA point guard on the roster, and unless Evan Turner can find a uniform in time (he’s already in town with Atlanta), the rest of the roster is basically G-League guys.
It’s at this point that I’d like to remind you that the Wolves have lost 12 games in a row and are somehow favored in this game. They literally have not won a basketball game that Towns has played in since the night before Thanksgiving. The Wolves are 5-26 in that span.
The Hawks are not good, but I don’t care. You could give me the Washington Generals at +185 against this Wolves team right now and it would still be a worthwhile bet.
The PICK: Hawks ML