The NBA is back with a big, beautiful 10-game slate Wednesday night with two nationally televised games. The first catches my attention as Eastern Conference rivals when the Celtics head to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers. Boston will be without Jayson Tatum, and while I won't be wagering on this game, I do lean toward Philadelphia covering the spread at home.
As for other notable action in the Association, the Suns are in Houston to face the new-look Rockets, and Kyrie Irving is scheduled to make his return for the Brooklyn Nets in Cleveland tonight. If Darius Garland and Collin Sexton play, I like the Cavs plus the points AND the over.
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NBA Betting Plays - Wednesday, Jan. 20
Mavericks vs. Pacers (+1) Total: 218
Both the Mavericks and the Pacers come into Wednesday night's game with injury concerns. Myles Turner is out for the Pacers while Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith are both expected to be out for Dallas. Both teams also have players that are questionable. This game opened up with the Pacers as one-point favorites, and the majority of tickets are backing the Mavericks now they are the favorites. Dallas has not played as well as people expected it would this season, but with Kristaps Prozingis back that should start to turn around.
Indiana, despite recent struggles, has played well this year. Both of these teams are above .500 against the spread (ATS), although the Mavericks are in the midst of a three-game losing streak. They were just stomped by the Raptors on Monday. This will likely be a one-possession game, and I'm going to ride with the home team Pacers.
The Pick: Pacers +1
Orlando Magic vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (+3.5) Total: 216.5
Thankfully we don't have to watch the games that we wager, because this is going to be a tough watch. Both Orlando and Minnesota are missing key pieces of their respective rotations right now. Orlando, the "favorite" in this game, is on a six-game losing streak. Minnesota is 1–10 straight up in its last nine games. In 20 combined games, these teams have five ATS wins; what a Sugar Honey Iced Tea show.
The total in this game opened up at 219, but money is coming in on the over but the line is tumbling. I'm not sure both of these teams will score more than 100 points. Give me the under.
The Pick: Under 216
The People's Parlay
It was just Tuesday that a certain sportsbook director told me he loves to see parlays. I say that to tell you these bets are more for fun. Be careful with your units and bet with your head, not over your head.
- Philadelphia 76ers moneyline -200
- Phoenix Suns moneyline -210
- San Antonio Spurs moneyline -106
- ODDS: +333
I hope the Warriors don't blow up another one of my parlays ...
Overall Record: 13–15 ATS - This will improve trust me
NBA League Pass Nightly Rankings
1. Nets vs. Cavaliers — Kyrie Irving is back and Austin Carr will be on the call for Cleveland. Too bad we New Yorkers will be blacked out.
2. Spurs vs. Warriors — This should be a goodie, just like old times.
3. Mavericks vs. Pacers — Luka Dončić vs. Domantas Sabonis.
4. Grizzlies vs. Trail Blazers — Ja Morant vs. Damian Lillard "12 Back, Ya Heard Me"
5. Kings vs. Clippers — Upset alert.
Basketball Card Investing
If you are in the basketball card investing hobby, I would be looking to pick up an Isaiah Roby rookie card. Roby was drafted last season by the Mavericks, and this year he is doing work for the Thunder.
Currently, his Panini Prizm rookie card is going for about $7.