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NBA betting market report: Daily picks, advice for Wednesday 1/19


Welcome to the daily NBA betting market report, your source for analysis on the betting lines for the day in professional hoops. For updates throughout the day follow me on Twitter, or check out The Edge daily at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.

All game lines via VSiN NBA Odds page.

Market Report for Wednesday, January 19th

*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back

**Lines are opening numbers

Brooklyn Nets (-2, 229.5) at Washington Wizards

The lack of depth in the frontcourt was apparent for Brooklyn in its loss to Cleveland on Monday, and that issue will likely be the center of attention here again tonight. Rookies Day’Ron Sharpe and Kessler Edwards started that game up front for the Nets and the result was a 20-of-24 shooting night at the rim for Cleveland with a 33.3% offensive rebounding rate in halfcourt situations. This is not to say all of the struggles in that game fall on those two, but with Nic Claxton out yet again this frontcourt rotation is going to be in shambles. That matters against a team like Washington that is not only strong up front, but also generates most of its offense inside. The Wizards take a third of their shot attempts at the rim and they lead the league in rim shooting (70.8%). Against a frontcourt pairing that allows opponents to shoot 70.6% from that area of the floor it seems like this could be a troublesome matchup. Especially once you consider the poor on-ball defenders at the point of attack in James Harden and Kyrie Irving. I do not know if the situation is dire enough for Brooklyn to be catching points on the road, but I do agree with this total getting bumped up to 231.5 at the shops that have the number up.

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