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Check out the Betway Insider's NBA picks and predictions page for tips throughout the 2020-21 NBA season.

New Orleans Pelicans (+9) vs Brooklyn Nets

The Nets will welcome Kevin Durant back from injury for this game on Wednesday night, but the 2014 MVP’s return has been overshadowed by the news that current MVP contender James Harden is set for at least a 10-day absence with a hamstring strain.

Durant will likely need some time to get up to speed after missing 23 games, so it’s worth backing the Pelicans to at least keep this one close. Although New Orleans has lost six of its last 13 games, only two of those defeats came by a margin of 10 points or more.

While the Nets have the Eastern Conference’s joint-best record (35-16), they’ve won just two of their last 13 games by double digits and will certainly be affected by Harden’s absence.

Charlotte Hornets (-5.5) vs Oklahoma City Thunder

The Hornets are fifth in the East with a 25-24 record and should comfortably win this game against a shorthanded Oklahoma City team.

The Thunder are missing several players through injury, including Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Darius Bazley and Luguentz Dort – their three leaders in minutes per game this season.

They have lost six of their last seven games, and eight of their last nine defeats have been blowouts of 17 points or more.

Denver Nuggets (-7) vs San Antonio Spurs

The Nuggets are one of the hottest teams in the West, having won 10 of their last 12 games including six straight.

The Spurs are on the opposite trajectory. They’ve lost eight of 10, the most recent of which was a 24-point blowout against the 18-32 Cavaliers.

The Nuggets have improved since acquiring Aaron Gordon at the trade deadline and they now rank fifth in the NBA in net rating and have won five games in a row by a margin of at least seven points, so they shouldn’t have any problem beating San Antonio here.

Phoenix Suns (+1.5) vs Utah Jazz

In a meeting of the Western Conference’s two best teams, it’s worth backing Phoenix to extend its home winning streak to six games.

The Suns are 15-3 in their last 18 games since the end of February and have won six games in a row. They are 18-8 at home and a conference-leading 21-8 against teams from the West.

The Jazz are a formidable team, but they lost 111-103 to the Mavericks in their last game and have been much better at home than away this season, going 22-2 on their own court compared to 16-10 on the road.

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