NBA betting tips: 4 picks and predictions for Wednesday night
Jack Green makes his NBA predictions for Wednesday night's games, with four picks against the spread.
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New York Knicks (-5.5) vs Chicago Bulls
The Knicks’ nine-game winning streak came to an end against the 43-18 Phoenix Suns on Monday night, but they should bounce back against the Bulls.
Chicago has lost seven of its last 11 games and is 10-17 since the All-Star break, and star shooting guard Zach LaVine will miss this game due to health and safety protocols.
Without their best offensive player, the Bulls will likely struggle against a Knicks defense that has allowed just 104.9 points per game this season – the best in the NBA.
Denver Nuggets (-4) vs New Orleans Pelicans
The Nuggets crushed the Memphis Grizzlies 120-96 on Monday, meaning they’ve now won 14 of their last 17 games, and 11 of 12 at home.
Denver ranks fifth in the NBA in net rating and now faces the inconsistent Pelicans, who are 27-34 this season and 10-18 on the road.
The Nuggets have been one of the league’s best teams since All-Star Weekend and haven’t been hampered too much by the loss of Jamal Murray to an ACL injury, with Michael Porter Jr. averaging 25.7 points per game since Murray went down.
Memphis Grizzlies (-2) vs Portland Trail Blazers
Although the Grizzlies are coming off a heavy defeat, they’ve won nine of their last 15 games, with seven of those wins coming by double digits.
Memphis has climbed into the eighth spot in the Western Conference thanks to its strong form over the second half of the season, while Portland is dropping down the standings after losing 10 of its last 14 games.
Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant has been on fire of late, while the Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard is enduring a shooting slump. With these teams and their star players on opposite trajectories at present, it’s worth backing the Grizzlies to cover here.
Utah Jazz (-8.5) vs Sacramento Kings
Despite losing two games in a row to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah remains one game clear at the top of the Western Conference with an NBA-leading 44-17 record.
The Jazz rank inside the top four in the league in both offensive rating and defensive rating, and this should be a comfortable win over a Sacramento team that has lost 11 of its last 14 games, including seven double-digit defeats.
The Kings are just 14-17 at home this season and they were blown out 128-112 when these teams last met on 10 April.
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