Daily NBA Picks for Wednesday | 2/1/2012


I finished a perfect 7-0 on Tuesday, in my Daily NBA Predictions, which was the first time I’ve been able to do that this season. My overall record now sits at 138-78, which isn’t too shabby.

There are eleven games to be played throughout the night in the NBA on Wednesday, with three huge games scheduled that include; Chicago traveling to Philadelphia, Oklahoma City staying on the West coast to play Dallas, and the Los Angeles Clippers heading to Utah to put their three game win streak on the line. Let’s waste no time and get right into the picks.

Here are the NBA Predictions for Wednesday:

ORLANDO (12-9) over Washington (4-17)

Orlando has lost four games in a row, while only averaging 76 points in those games, but they can’t possibly lose to the lowly Wizards, can they? Look for a huge game from Dwight Howard tonight, something like 30 points and 20 boards.

PHILADELPHIA (15-6) over Chicago (18-5)

The 76ers have an impressive 11-2 record at home this season, and their only two losses have both come in overtime. Meanwhile, Chicago was able to bounce back after a tough loss to the Heat on Sunday, with a blow-out win over the Wizards Monday night, in which Derrick Rose scored a game high 35 points. It’ll be a close, low scoring game, as both teams are ranked 1st and 2nd in the NBA in points allowed per game.

BOSTON (10-10) over Toronto (7-15)

Boston had been on a recent tear, after starting the season 4-8, they’ve gone on to win 6 of the last 8 games, and have been without starting point guard Rajon Rondo in all but one of those games. Toronto was shellacked last night at home at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks, 100-77.

Detroit (4-19) over NEW JERSEY (7-15)

Both of these teams were embarrassed last night in their respective games, which were on the road. I will favor Detroit slightly mainly because they rested their starters late in last nights game after the game was decided, while the Nets starters played throughout the 4th quarter and ended up logging heavy minutes.

Phoenix (7-13) over NEW ORLEANS (4-17)

Steve Nash (thigh) will rejoin the team tonight after missing Mondays game against the Dallas Mavericks. If Nash was out for tonight’s game you’d have to expect the Hornets to win, but since he’s expected to play, I’ll take the Suns in an slight upset.

Oklahoma City (16-4) over DALLAS (14-8)

These teams have already met twice on the season, with both teams holding serve at home. Oklahoma City will be looking for a bit a revenge tonight, as they were knocked out of the Western Conference finals last season in five games by the Mavericks. Dallas has won both games since Dirk Nowitzki’s return, but the big man has only scored 10 points in each game. I’ll go with another slight upset and take the Thunder.

MILWAUKEE (9-11) over Miami (16-5)

Milwaukee will be looking to finish up an impressive three game road stand tonight, after two previous wins against the Lakers and the Pistons. This should be a high scoring game, with the Bucks averaging 102 points in the last four games, while Miami is 2nd in the NBA in points per game (104). It will come down to the final possession tonight, and LeBron James, shockingly, will miss the game winner at the buzzer.

MINNESOTA (10-11) over Indiana (14-6)

After missing eleven games earlier in the season, Michael Beasley playing in only his third game back on Monday night, scored a season high 34 points in a 120-108 victory over the Rockets. Minnesota has won five of the last six meetings against the Pacers.

SAN ANTONIO (13-9) over Houston (12-9)

All signs point to the Spurs in this game. San Antonio has won 21 of the past 25 games at home when playing the Rockets, and they are 10-1 at home this season, including a 101-95 victory at home earlier this season. The Rockets have not taken a season series against San Antonio since the 1996-1997 season, although they are currently 2-1 this season with tonight’s game being the lone remaining game between them this season.

PORTLAND (12-9) over Charlotte (3-19)

Portland has been stout at home this season with a 9-1 record, while Charlotte is a pitiful 1-11 on the road. Charlotte has also lost nine straight overall and are averaging 84 points in those games, four points fewer than they are averaging this season.

UTAH (12-7) over Los Angeles Clippers (12-6)

Utah will be seeking their third straight win in the final game of a three game home stand tonight, and they have a impressive 10-3 record at home this season. The Clippers are one of the hottest teams in the NBA as of late, as they have three wins in a row over three good teams. I’ll go with another upset and take the Jazz, 108-102.

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