NBA Wednesday Games Recap: Home Teams Run Rampant
Rough Night for Road Teams
A Nice Night for Betting Favorites
It was a busy 10-game slate in the NBA as many teams played their final game before the upcoming All-Star break. Let’s dive into our NBA Wednesday Games Recap to see how the betting market fared across the board.
Home teams went 9-1 straight up and 8-2 against-the-spread (ATS) as road teams struggled to show up ahead of the upcoming break. Interestingly, there were no road favorites in the market on the Wednesday slate.
The LA Lakers picked up an important 120-102 home win over the New Orleans Pelicans as both teams continue to vie for positioning in a crowded Western Conference playoff race.
The Lakers closed as 4.5-point favorites as LeBron James made his return to the starting lineup for the first time since the NBA trade deadline.
The Denver Nuggets cemented themselves as the number one team in the West with another home win, this time against the Dallas Mavericks.
The Nuggets closed as 6.0 point favorites as they earned a 118-109 win against a Mavs team that had Kyrie Irving ruled out just before tip-off as NBA injuries again wreaked havoc on the market. The Mavs had sat as low as +4.5 points in the market before getting news that Tim Hardaway Jr and Irving would not take the floor.
The Memphis Grizzlies will head into the All-Star break as the second-best team in the West right now as they came away 117-111 winners over the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz were without Lauri Markkanen for this one as they closed at +11.5-points and despite trailing by as many as 21 points in the third quarter the visitors rallied to almost snatch an unlikely win down the stretch. They were the only road team to cover the spread despite losing the game.
Knicks Lone Road Winners
The New York Knicks were the only team to win outright on the road as they picked up a crucial 122-101 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
The Knicks closed as 3.5-point underdogs but led wire-to-wire in an impressive performance that cemented them inside the top six seeds in the East. They’re now just 2.0 games behind the Brooklyn Nets for the #5 seed.
The Chicago Bulls looked like snapping their streak with a road win in Indiana against the Pacers but they blew a 24-point lead en route to a 117-113 loss.
Chicago is now four games under .500 as they go into the All-Star break riding a five-game losing streak.
The Cleveland Cavaliers road woes continued as they were beaten by the Philadelphia 76ers 118-112.
The Sixers closed as 2.0-point favorites in a game that saw plenty of NBA moneyline movements. Philadelphia were initially 2.5-point favorites across the board, but the market flipped to Cleveland being 1.0-point favorites with news that Joel Embiid was a gametime decision.
Once he was announced available the market eventually settled with the 76ers as rightful favorites.
The San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons all added another loss to their columns as they continue to bottom out in a bad way.
The Spurs were 120-110 losers to lottery contenders Charlotte as they failed to cover the spread as 5.5-point underdogs. The team goes into the All-Star break riding the longest losing-streak in the league.
The Rockets put in one of their worst efforts of the season in a 133-96 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Houston shot 33% from the field and went 26-for-38 from the free throw line in one of the worst shooting performances from any team in the NBA this season.
The Pistons gave a fair effort but simply couldn’t keep up with the NBA’s best team as they fell 127-109 to the Boston Celtics.
This line had plenty of movement given Boston’s injury situation. The Celtics originally opened as 9.5-point favorites and were as low as -7.5 points before news came out that Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Marcus Smart would return to the lineup.
Boston eventually closed as 12.5-point favorites and ensured they covered all numbers as they took care of business on their home floor.
The Unders went 6-4 (60%) on the night and continues to be the trending side heading into the All-Star break as teams begin to show signs of fatigue.
That’s all for our NBA Wednesday Games Recap. Be sure to check in for plenty of All-Star previews before regular duties resume for the final stretch of the regular season.
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