Handicapping the NBA: Wednesday Picks

Handicapping the NBA: Wednesday Picks

This article is part of our NBA Picks series.

Alex Barutha

Steven Adams OVER 10.5 rebounds (+110) at Spurs – FanDuel, 2:04 PM CT

The Spurs have allowed the fourth-most rebounds to opponents (47.4) and the second-most offensive rebounds (11.5) to opponents, and Adams is exactly the kind of player who can exploit that. He's grabbing 10.4 rebounds across his past nine appearances, including 5.0 offensive boards. Back on New Year's Eve, he grabbed 13 boards (eight offensive) against the Spurs, so I'm banking on him putting on a similar performance here.

Nick Whalen

Atlanta Hawks -9.5 (-115) vs. Sacramento Kings – DraftKings Sportsbook, 3:20 PM CT

Less than 24 hours ago, the Kings lost by 53 points – fifty-three – in Boston and now have to travel down to Atlanta for the second leg of a back-to-back. We don't know if De'Aaron Fox will be available, but even if he is, that doesn't really change my mind. While the Kings appear to be heading down a very familiar path, the Hawks are (finally) moving in the other direction after a sluggish December. Coming into tonight, Atlanta has won four straight over quality opponents in Milwaukee, Minnesota, Miami and Charlotte. It doesn't get much better than playing at home on two days' rest against a team that just got clobbered by 53 points and immediately had to fly 1,100 miles south.

Joe Bartel

Trae Young to score 25-plus points and Hawks to win against the Kings (-177)FanDuel, 1:47 PM CT

Look, I'm very thankful I get to do the "DraftKings Sportsbook: Best Bets" column twice a week, but FanDuel offers so much more versatility for parlays in particular. Young has scored 25 or more points all but three times dating back to Thanksgiving, and while the team has certainly struggled at times, they are easily better than the Kings. I think you can probably get even better odds depending on the status of De'Andre Hunter (back) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee), but regardless if either or both play, Young should still be a critical scoring factor for the Hawks. Editor's note: Young averages 29.1 points in wins this season.

Kirien Sprecher

New York Knicks @ Miami Heat UNDER 202.5 (-110)FanDuel Sportsbook 11:30 AM

This is by far the lowest point total on Wednesday's 10-game slate, which caught my attention. These teams have yet to meet up this season, but last year, two of their three matchups ended well below 200 total points. Albeit, the squads are a bit different this time around, but the team's core principles remain in place. Both pride themselves on getting the job down on the defensive side of the ball and both are allowing less than 105 points per game, which is good for top five in the NBA. The Knicks have Mitchell Robinson (ankle) and Nerlens Noel (knee) both listed as questionable, but Robinson is reportedly expected to play, so they should have at least one of their shot blockers available to protect the paint. This is far from a lock, but I expect a slow-paced game with very few easy looks at the rim.

Jeff Edgerton

Kessler Edwards OVER 0.5 Assists (-255) DraftKings, 11:13 AM CT

Kyrie Irving is out at home as usual, and James Harden can't move the ball around all by himself.  Kevin Durant usually eclipsed this number regularly, and there's no reason why Edwards can't do the same. He did endure four consecutive goose-eggs recently, but it's interesting to note that they were all away games where Irving was present on the floor.  Without Irving, he's been able to drop a dime or two at minimum.

RotoWire Community
Join Our Subscriber-Only NBA Chat
Chat with our writers and other RotoWire NBA fans for all the pre-game info and in-game banter.
Join The Discussion
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Joe Bartel
Joe Bartel is RotoWire's Operations Specialist and football contributor among many other things. When not at the office, he's probably playing a variety of Gen 4 console games or rooting on his beloved Green Bay Packers.
Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
Jeff Edgerton
Jeff has provided sports content for numerous sports outlets and has played fantasy sports since scores had to be tabulated via newspaper. He started working with RotoWire in 2017. Originally from South Carolina, he's a lifelong Clemson fan now enjoying the sun in Los Angeles.
Kirien Sprecher
Kirien Sprecher is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate who has covered the NBA, NFL and MLB for RotoWire since early 2021. In his free time, Kirien is probably arguing a foul call during a pickup basketball game at a local rec center.
Nick Whalen
RotoWire's NBA Editor and host of the RotoWire NBA Podcast. Nick was awarded the FSWA Best Podcast -- All Sports award in 2017 and 2018. Many years ago, Stromile Swift gave Nick his unbelievably sweaty headband after a preseason game. Despite its failure to match his school colors, Nick went on to wear that headband for the entirety of his sixth grade basketball season. Catch Nick on Twitter @wha1en.
FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays
FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays
DraftKings NBA: Monday Cheat Sheet
DraftKings NBA: Monday Cheat Sheet
Yahoo DFS Basketball: Warriors-Mavericks Game 3 Picks
Yahoo DFS Basketball: Warriors-Mavericks Game 3 Picks
DraftKings NBA: Sunday Breakdown
DraftKings NBA: Sunday Breakdown
FanDuel NBA: Sunday Value Plays
FanDuel NBA: Sunday Value Plays
NBA Eastern Conference Finals Expert Picks: Free Best Bets for Saturday's Game 3
NBA Eastern Conference Finals Expert Picks: Free Best Bets for Saturday's Game 3