Wednesday tip-off: Four savvy NBA choices to boost midweek profits
The resurgent Wizards and dominant Warriors are among our best bets to fill your end-of-year coffers...
Washington Wizards to beat Indiana Pacers -
After a poor start to the season, the Wizards have finally bounced back.
Washington have won seven of their last 10 games, and have climbed to 10th in the Eastern Conference standings.
Their fine form should continue against the Pacers, who have lost three consecutive games and five of their last seven.
Home advantage will likely be the difference for the Wizards.
They have only lost six of their 17 home games this season, while Indiana have been beaten 12 times in 16 road games.
Milwaukee Bucks to beat Detroit Pistons -
The Pistons have been playing poorly recently, losing five of their last six games.
And while the Bucks have lost three of their last six, two of those defeats were against the defending NBA champions – the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Detroit’s defence is excellent, but Milwaukee are also very good at that end of the court, ranking 10th in defensive rating.
And, crucially, the Bucks are averaging 104.5 points per game – almost six points more than Detroit.
That scoring advantage gives them the edge here, and in Giannis Antetokounmpo, they will also have the best player on the court.
The Greek Freak is averaging 23.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists this season.
Denver Nuggets to beat Minnesota Timberwolves -
The Nuggets have been one of the NBA’s best offensive teams this season, averaging 109.4 points per game – the league’s fifth-highest mark.
That offensive firepower should see them beat the Timberwolves, who have the NBA’s fourth-worst defence.
Minnesota have only won five of their 15 away games this season – a record that inspires little confidence ahead of their trip to Denver.
Especially considering the Nuggets have won three of their last four at home.
Denver have had the better of the Timberwolves of late, winning each of the last four meetings between these two teams.
Expect them to extend that winning streak here.
Golden State Warriors to beat Toronto Raptors -
Not the most imaginative pick, but it is always worth backing the Warriors at home.
Golden State have won 15 of their 18 games at Oracle Arena this season, and haven’t lost on their own court since a two-overtime thriller against the Houston Rockets on 1 December.
The Raptors are the NBA’s third-highest scorers, but even they cannot match the offensive might of the Warriors.
They are averaging 117.2 points per game this season – 3.4 points more than any other team – and also boast the league’s highest field goal percentage.
That they also lead the NBA in defensive rating indicates just how well-rounded this team is. It’s hard to see them failing to win here.