Wednesday tip-off: 4 NBA no-brainers to boost your midweek profits
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Detroit Pistons to beat Dallas Mavericks –
Home advantage should prove crucial for the Pistons in this meeting of playoff hopefuls.
They have won 16 of their 27 games in Detroit this season, while Dallas have lost 18 of 27 on their travels.
Both these teams are below-average offensively, but the Pistons’ strength at the defensive end gives them a clear edge.
They rank seventh in defensive rating, and have conceded the fifth-fewest points per game this season.
Detroit won by a 10-point margin when these teams met earlier this season, and a repeat of that result is the likeliest outcome on Wednesday night.
Milwaukee Bucks to beat Brooklyn Nets –
Yet again, we’re picking against the Nets this week.
And why not? They have lost 13 consecutive games, after all.
They have won just two of their last 30 – a run that dates back to December – and things are unlikely to change against the Bucks.
Milwaukee have won back-to-back games for the first time in a month and, given that they are ninth in the Eastern Conference, still have a chance of making it to the playoffs.
They have struggled defensively this season, but rank 11th in offensive rating and third in field-goal percentage.
That should be good enough to beat Brooklyn, who rank inside the NBA’s bottom five both offensively and defensively.
Oklahoma Thunder to beat New York Knicks –
The Knicks pulled off an upset on Sunday night with a victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
Don’t read too much into that game, though. New York have lost six of their last eight, and should revert to that form in Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
The Thunder have won 19 of their 27 home games this season, while the Knicks have won just nine and lost 18 on their travels.
Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook is having an incredible season, and his ability to score at the rim should be the difference here.
The Knicks struggle to protect the basket, having conceded the third-most layups and sixth-most dunks in the NBA.
Atlanta Hawks to beat Los Angeles Clippers –
In a meeting of the fourth seeds from each conference, it is hard to see the Clippers winning without Chris Paul.
The point guard is out with a thumb injury, and his team have lost 12 of the 19 games he has missed this season.
Los Angeles have won their last three games, but their opponents in those contests have a combined record of nine wins and 21 defeats in their last 30.
Atlanta are a step up from those teams, and their away record of 16 wins and 12 defeats suggests they will not suffer from playing on the road.
With a defence that ranks fifth in the NBA, they should be able to stifle a team missing its top playmaker.