NBA action is back and with a short run to the playoffs, it is going to be a hectic run for most of the teams.
Action this Wednesday includes the Nets vs. Bucks, Celtics vs. Heat, and Rockets vs. Trail Blazers. All three games present punters with excellent betting opportunities.
We preview the three games to find the best NBA value on August 5. Here are our expert NBA betting tips for Wednesday.
NBA Betting Tips
New Jersey Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks
The New Jersey Nets have some ground to make up with only a handful of games to go in the regular season.
They haven’t been helped with injuries to star players Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but Caris Lavert and Spencer Dinwiddie have been handling the extra load well.
Since NBA returned, the Nets lost 128-118 to the Orlando Magic before beating the Washington Wizards by eight points. It was a much-needed win for the Nets, but the opposition gets much harder on Wednesday.
The Milwaukee Bucks lead the Eastern Conference and they currently have the best record in the NBA at 54-13. However, they looked sloppy when losing to the Houston Rockets on Monday.
The Bucks allowed the Rockets to shoot wide-open three pointers throughout the game and turnovers also cost them over the four quarters.
Giannis continued to do his thing but missing some key defenders could hinder the Bucks in the run to the playoffs.
It is a good chance for the Nets to score an upset win but the Bucks should be too strong. The bookmakers line should be set around –7 in the Bucks favour.
Tip: Milwaukee Bucks to win – Bet Now
Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat
The Boston Celtics have been enigmatic this season to say the least, but they are a team that could do damage in the playoffs.
Since the resumption of the NBA, the Celtics are 1-1 after losing to Milwaukee and beating the Trail Blazers on Monday. However, that win wouldn’t have given the C’s much confidence.
Boston gave up a 25-point lead late in the game before scoring a 128-124 victory. There are worrying signs for the NBA’s most successful franchise and they don’t seem to be clicking as a unit.
Looking to capitalise on that are the Miami Heat, who have also gone 1-1. The Heat scored an opening win over the Denver Nuggets (125-105) before going down to the Toronto Raptors by four points.
They looked good in both games and punters are getting good value for the Heat in this matchup. Bookmakers are offering $2.36 for the Heat to win, which is much better than we expected.
We thought the line would be $1.90 a piece, and although Boston has plenty of talent, they have been hard to trust this season.
Take the value on offer with the Heat and watch their defense stifle the Celtics.
Tip: Miami Heat to win @ $2.36 – Bet Now
Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers
If the Portland Trail Blazers are any chance of squeaking into the playoffs, they will need to win games against the likes of the Houston Rockets.
However, given the way the Rockets have come back since lockdown, that seems like a tough task on Wednesday.
Houston scored an overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks to open their account and they were entitled to be tired following that game. However, they went out and defeated the Milwaukee Bucks by four points on Monday.
It was a win that showed how tough the Rockets can be when they’re on their game. Consistency is key for the Rockets and they have come out fully prepared since the break.
Portland is a side that can turn on the jets at any given moment, but then reality sets in. They are only 30-38 this season, which has been a disappointment.
Damien Lillard would need a 40-point game to keep the Trail Blazer’s within touching distance of the Rockets.
Bookmakers have Houston as the $1.49 favourites but the points spread is only 4.5. They are expecting a close game and it could play that way for three quarters, but look for Houston to pull away.
The Rockets will drop too many three pointers for the Trail Blazer’s to keep up.
Tip: Houston Rockets –4.5 @ $1.90 – Bet Now