The NBA schedule continues to yield some good betting opportunities for those that are following along with rest, travel and situational spots. I wrote last week about what to look for and have some examples to consider for Wednesday night that fit some of the criteria that I previously discussed.
Remember, these are not sole justifications for a bet. They are starting points to isolate some games and then see if you think the line is cooperating.
Here are some spots to consider:
Suns (-2, 223.5) at Jazz (Wednesday) - This one falls under the “Rapid Revenge Theory” angle that I’ve talked about before. The Jazz just lost to the Suns on Monday in Phoenix and now the two teams play in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. The Jazz lost despite having a higher FG%, a higher 3P%, a much better FT%, more free throw attempts and the same number of turnovers. The problem was that the Suns pulled down 18 offensive rebounds to seven for the Jazz.
Utah is a top-10 team by DRB% (defensive rebounding percentage) and Phoenix is in the middle of the pack in ORB% (offensive rebounding percentage). The Jazz have revenge and likely deserved a better fate on Monday.
Hornets (-1.5, 228) at Pacers (Wednesday) - This is a weird spot for Indiana. It is the first game back off of a long five-game road trip with games in LA, Oakland, Phoenix and New Orleans. This is also a standalone home game, as the Pacers play on the road Friday and Saturday. Charlotte has a modest lookahead spot with LeBron and the Lakers on deck, but two losses in a row should prevent that. The Hornets look to be in a much better situation on Wednesday night.