Our NBA insider previews the Wednesday night action in the NBA and gives us his handicap bets on three games.
Miami Heat @ Washington Wizards
The Miami Heat are travelling to Washington on Wednesday night to take on the Wizards, after a short break. Erik Spoelstra’s team had its ups and downs as of lately and in fact, the defending champs dropped their last two games. Nonetheless, they are continuing to stay at the No.2 seed in the East and they are the only team that will battle with the Indiana Pacers for the top seed in the conference. In this game against the Wizards, LeBron James and Co. will win. One of the main issues this Heat team has this season is fatigue, both physical and mental. After a four-day break, the Heat will come out surging. Yes of course, the Wizards are doing pretty well this season. But once the Heat catch fire, it’s almost impossible to stop them. Verdict: Heat -6
Toronto Raptors @ Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are losing. Brad Steven’s team dropped its last nine games and they are currently one of the worst-shaped teams in the league. Boston was within the playoff seeds but now lies three games behind the eighth-seeded Charlotte Bobcats. It will be very difficult for the C’s to top the Toronto Raptors, who are performing exceptionally well since the Rudy Gay trade. Kyle Lowy and DeMar DeRozan are leading Toronto and in fact, the Raptors currently lie at the third seed of the Eastern Conference. I can see the Raptors walking out victorious overcoming the four-point spread. Verdict: Raptors -4
Houston Rockets @ New Orleans Pelicans
The Houston Rockets take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. Dwight Howard’s company continues to stay within its target, the contention of a championship. It’s almost obvious that the Rockets need to make a move or two to complete their team, with a trade around Omer Asik being the first move on the schedule. On the other hand, the Pelicans are in the middle of a small slump. The team lost its last six games and I predict that they will lost this one against Houston, too. With Ryan Anderson out, the Pelicans have lost significant firepower, especially on the offensive end. On top of that, it will be very difficult for them to contain the beastly Howard inside. Houston will overcome the five-point spread. Verdict: Rockets -5