Handicapping the NBA: Wednesday Picks

Handicapping the NBA: Wednesday Picks

This article is part of our Handicapping the NBA series.

Alex Barutha

Nikola Jokic UNDER 10.5 rebounds (-105) vs. NOP – BetMGM (1:46 PM CT)

Jokic is averaging exactly 10.5 boards this month, so his prop appears appropriately set. However, he's going up against Steven Adams, who spearheads a Pelicans team that allows the fewest rebounds in the NBA to opponents (41.0). In addition to Adams protecting the glass well, I think Jokic will focus on perimeter play offensively since Adams has concrete in his shoes, likely leading to fewer offensive boards by default.

Nick Whalen

Trail Blazers +1.5 (-110) at MEM – DraftKings (1:23 PM CT)

Portland got back on track against the struggling, banged-up Pacers last night, and while they're on a tough back-to-back, I like the Blazers' chances to avenge a pair of losses to the Grizzlies over the weekend. Jusuf Nurkic has looked much, much better of late, and Damian Lillard is well overdue to break out of his recent slump.

Dennis Schroder OVER 17.5 points (-113) at WAS – DraftKings

The Wizards' defense has gone from possibly the worst of all-time to reasonably respectable, but Washington is still a team to target. Schroder is playing some of his best basketball of the season right now, registering double-doubles in each of his last three games. In a matchup with an O/U of 229.5, I like Schroder's chances to exploit Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal on the defensive end.

Joe Bartel

Daniel Theis UNDER 19.5 points+rebounds+assists (-127) at NY(DraftKings 1:04 PM CT)

Other than Monday's explosion against the Heat, Theis is averaging just 9.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in April, and I just don't see how he suddenly drastically exceeds those expectations against one of the better defenses in the NBA. It's also the lowest total over/under on the entire Wednesday slate, making me more comfortable. I'm going with the under PRA total as opposed to the points mainly because the Knicks do a fantastic job limiting rebounds in the frontcourt, allowing the third-fewest rebounds to opposing power forwards this season.

Jeff Edgerton

Knicks (-4) vs. CHIFanDuel (10:19 AM CT)

Chicago continues to struggle without Zach LaVine, while the Knicks are poised to snag a playoff spot for the first time since 2012. New York has been excellent ATS over the past month and should be able to cover the spread tonight behind standout play from Julius Randle.

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Joe Bartel
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