Very busy Wednesday around the NBA with 13 games, but almost each one has a major injury concern so you will want to wait as long as possible to follow this parlay recommendation.
Which way to lean at the best sportsbooks for our NBA picks?
Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 – 07:30 PM EST at Barclays Center
Brooklyn already has ruled out Ben Simmons, who has been playing a lot better of late, after he left the Nets’ win over Orlando on Monday night with knee soreness. Simmons has already missed multiple games due to knee soreness this season, and Coach Jacque Vaughn noted that an increased workload is likely to blame for the persistent issue.
“He hasn't had this amount of accumulation of games over a period of a long time," Vaughn said. "We were warned about that just as these games start to add up. It's really stretching him the amount of games we've just had, with the minutes he's played."
While obviously, it would be nice if Simmons played, I still think the Nets take care of business at home – they just may not cover the 6-point spread at the NBA odds.
Washington will be without one of its rotation players Rui Hachimura for a sixth straight game due to a bone bruise in his right ankle. He was averaging 11.6 points and 4.8 assists.
The Wizards defensively just don’t have anyone to check Kevin Durant, but then again what teams really do?
Durant is seventh in the league in ppg (30.0) and leads the league in total points scored (660). He is the only player in the league’s Top 10 in scoring averaging fewer than 20.0 field-goal attempts per game (19.3) and he boasts the highest field-goal percentage (.548) of any player in the league’s Top 10 in scoring.
Brooklyn has won four in a row at home, its longest home win streak since the 2020-21 season. The Nets also obliterated the Wizards in the lone meeting so far this year, 128-86 on Nov. 4 and that was in DC.
NBA Pick: Nets (-225) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
Chicago Bulls vs. Phoenix Suns
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 09:00 PM EST at Footprint Center
When a team is deep into a road trip, you generally should always fade said club. That’s the case for the Bulls as this is the fourth game of a cross-country six-game trip. Chicago was a 114-107 upset winner in Utah on Monday, but I think the Jazz are hugely overrated.
Chicago could be very thin in the backcourt tonight with Alex Caruso, Ayo Dosunmu, and Goran Dragic (who formerly played for Phoenix) all in question – and, of course, Lonzo Ball has yet to play this year. The Bulls are 4-6 away.
The Suns remain without Chris Paul and Cameron Johnson but have won five straight in this series. Phoenix moved to a Western Conference-best 14-6 on the season following a 122-117 win over the Kings on Monday.
Ranking second in the NBA in offensive rating (115.9), sixth in defensive rating (109.1) and second in net rating (+6.8), the Suns are one of two teams (New Orleans) in the league to rank in the Top 6 in offensive, defensive and net rating this season, having been the only team to rank in the top-five in all three categories during the 2021-22 season as well.
Phoenix is tied for fifth in the NBA in protecting the basketball, averaging only 13.4 turnovers per game. Chicago, however, is second best in the league in scoring points off opponents’ turnovers (20.2).
The Suns have won five in a row in the series. The most recent meeting was on March 18, 2022, with the Suns winning 129-102. It was Phoenix's largest win over Chicago in franchise history.
NBA Pick: Suns (-215) at BetOnline
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 10:30 PM EST at Crypto.com Arena
Portland Trail Blazers
NBA TV has this late-night matchup, and it’s a tough second of a back-to-back for the Blazers, who remain without injured superstar Damian Lillard.
They were home favorites on Tuesday against a very short-handed Los Angeles Clippers team and frankly dominated the game for the most part through three quarters, but Norman Powell scored 22 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and the Clippers rallied for a 118-112 win. Los Angeles trailed 95-82 after three quarters but outscored Portland 36-17 in the final period. Powell, a reserve, was 7 for 9 from the field in the fourth.
Portland wasted a terrific performance by Anfernee Simons, who made nine 3-pointers and scored 37 points. Jerami Grant had 32 points. Reserve Nassir Little left Tuesday's loss to the Clippers after 15 minutes due to a right hip strain and is unlikely to play tonight. I believe we could see Portland rest a player or two as well with having to travel in the second of a B2B.
Los Angeles Lakers
When it comes to betting on any Lakers game this year, you always have to check the injury status of Anthony Davis and LeBron James as they are going to be listed on the injury report for every game, but by all accounts, they will play tonight.
Los Angeles looks a lot better lately in winning five of seven and it is on normal rest. Davis has tallied at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in seven consecutive games.
NBA Pick: Lakers (-215) at BetOnline
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