NBA Wednesday Match Results: Good Night for Road Teams
KD Makes Suns Debut
Suns Win on Durant Debut
The Phoenix Suns ushered in the Kevin Durant era with a comfortable 105-91 road win over the Charlotte Hornets. Let’s dive into the NBA Wednesday Match Results and see what went down around the league.
The Phoenix Suns closed as 10.5-point road favorites against a Hornets team missing LaMelo Ball, who underwent ankle surgery to rule him out for the remainder of the season. Phoenix made light work of their opponents down the stretch and their defense did an impressive job of holding the Hornets to just 36% shooting from the field.
While the offense did experience some teething problems at times there were certainly enough glimpses to solidify the markets decision to enlist the Suns as the top team in the Western Conference.
The two top teams in the Eastern Conference both recorded impressive wins as the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks continued to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
The Celtics were 117-113 home winners over the Cleveland Cavaliers in a game that featured plenty of late pointspread drama that added to NBA Wednesday match results.
Boston closed as 4.5-point home favorites and led by 13 points with 1:18 minutes left to play in the final quarter. An 8-0 run for the Cavs saw them pull to within five points with 27 seconds left to play and while the Celtics made their foul shots down the stretch the Cavs hit another 3-pointer with 12.1 seconds to make it a four point game.
The Celtics then played through a full court press and were able to run out the clock without being fouled to give Cleveland bettors a miracle backdoor cover.
The Bucks gave bettors little to sweat about as they blew out the Orlando Magic 139-117 on the second night of a back-to-back.
Milwaukee closed as 9.0-point favorites after it was confirmed that Giannis Antetokounmpo would play and the Greek Freak delivered once more with a 31 point, 7 rebound & 6 assist night in just 28 minutes of court time.
Sixers, Knicks Put on a Show
The Philadelphia 76ers were handed a blow when Joel Embiid was ruled out before tip-off in their game at Miami, but the team managed to rally and record an impressive 119-96 win over the Heat.
The Sixers initially opened as 1.0-point road favourites before closing as 4.0-point underdogs on the back of the Embiid injury news. Miami is now just 6-19-2 (24%) ATS as a home favorite this season – only Houston has a worse strike rate as a home favorite.
The New York Knicks put up 81 points in the first half en route to a 142-118 win over the Brooklyn Nets in the Battle for New York.
Jalen Brunson had 39 points on 15-for-18 shooting from the field as the Knicks recorded their 7th straight win where they’ve also gone 7-0 ATS. New York is now just 1.5 games behind Cleveland for the #4 seed in the East.
In the other Eastern Conference game last night, the Chicago Bulls held on to beat the Detroit Pistons 117-115 to keep their faint playoff hopes alive.
The Bulls closed as 6.5-point favorites and despite leading comfortably for the majority of the game a 29-16 final quarter in favor of the Pistons saw the home team steal a cover and relegate Chicago to a 12-18-1 (40%) ATS road record on the season.
Chicago was one of the more popular Moneyline plays for most people’s NBA picks and parlays but they were made to sweat a possible go-ahead bucket with 9.1 seconds remaining only for Detroit to turn the ball over after failing to inbound possession in time.
Pelicans, Lakers Score Big Road Wins
The New Orleans Pelicans picked up a vital road win as they beat the Portland Trail Blazers 121-110.
Both teams are fighting for a play-in spot in the Western Conference and in the end it was the Pelicans who pulled away thanks to a 31-19 fourth quarter.
The Pelicans are now 1.0 games up on the LA Lakers, who themselves recorded a big road win in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder were once again without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, but that was offset by the fact that the Lakers were missing LeBron James, Anthony Davis and D’Angelo Russell for this one.
LA closed as 3.0-point underdogs but still managed a 123-117 win to push the Thunder further away from that play-in picture. The Lakers are now 6-4 (60%) ATS when playing on no rest.
In the nights other game the Memphis Grizzlies comfortably dealt with the Houston Rockets as they recorded a 113-99 road win.
The Grizzlies closed as 10.5-point favorites despite playing on the second night of a back-to-back, but once again Houston’s offense failed to trouble their opponents as they finished the night shooting just 40% from the field and going 16-for-25 from the free throw line.
That’s all for our NBA Wednesday Match Results recap. Be sure to check back for more NBA scores and odds reviews, as we countdown the final few weeks of the NBA regular season.Follow us on Twitter