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Best NBA Bets Today | NBA Picks December 14

Written by: Christian Jope
Updated December 14, 2022
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NBA Picks December 14

The NBA's Wednesday night schedule features 10 exciting matchups across the league!

In the Eastern Conference, the bottom-feeding Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets look to gain an edge over the other. In the Western Conference, the Portland Trail Blazers look to beat a San Antonio Spurs team who have won three games in a row. And in a star-studded matchup, the Cleveland Cavaliers look to take down the Dallas Mavericks.

Let's take a look at the bets!

Detroit Pistons @ Charlotte Hornets

When: 7:00 PM EST

Detroit Pistons+4.0 (-107)O 225.5 (-107)+145
Charlotte Hornets-4.0 (-107)U 225.5 (-107)-175

Moneyline: Detroit Pistons (+145) @ PointsBet

This is a matchup between two of the lower-seeded teams in the Eastern Conference. The Detroit Pistons are last in the Eastern Conference, with a 7-22 overall record and a 3-13 away record. The Charlotte Hornets aren't much better, owning a 7-20 overall record and a 4-9 home record.

The Charlotte Hornets play with tremendous pace and effort, averaging 92.2 shot attempts per game (4th in the NBA) as well as 12.7 offensive rebounds per game (4th in the NBA). The Detroit Pistons are a similarly gritty offensive team with an ability to get to the free throw line, averaging 20.0 free throws per game (3rd in the NBA) to 25.8 attempts (2nd in the NBA).

The Hornets have an issue of depth in this matchup as they're expected to be missing up to five players for this game. The Detroit Pistons may not be able to put it together as a team for 48 minutes, but production from key positions should set a pace the Hornets can't keep up with.

Portland Trail Blazers @ San Antonio Spurs

When: 8:00 PM EST

Portland Trail Blazers-6.5 (-110) O 231.0 (-110)-220
San Antonio Spurs+6.5 (-110) U 231.0 (-110)+180

Spread: Portland Trail Blazers -6.5 (-110)@ bet365

The Portland Trail Blazers take on a San Antonio Spurs team who are on a positive run of form. With a 15-12 overall record, the Portland Trail Blazers are sixth in the East with an 8-6 record on the road. The San Antonio Spurs are 14th in the Western Conference, owning a 9-18 record and a 5-10 record at home.

A true inside-out threat, the Portland Trail Blazers comfortably get by with their 38.8% three-point shooting (3rd in the NBA) and 25.3 free-throw attempts per game (5th in the NBA). The San Antonio Spurs are a bit more rugged in their approach, averaging 27.4 assists per game (4th in the NBA) as well as 12.0 offensive rebounds per game (7th in the NBA).

Portland's quality should overcome the Spurs in this matchup, but San Antonio's recent form is sure to make things interesting. With neither team showing a specific focus on the defensive end, it's likely to be a high-scoring affair!

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Dallas Mavericks

When: 9:00 PM EST

Cleveland Cavaliers+1.5 (-110)O 213.5 (-110)+110
Dallas Mavericks-1.5 (-110)U 213.5 (-110) -130

Moneyline: Cleveland Cavaliers (+110) @ DraftKings

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Dallas Mavericks meet in what looks to be a gritty defensive matchup. The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently third in the Eastern Conference with a 17-11 overall record, and a 5-9 road record. The Dallas Mavericks are currently eighth in the Western Conference, with a 14-13 overall record and an 11-4 record at home.

The Cleveland Cavaliers own the league's best scoring defense, allowing just 105.1 points per game (1st in the NBA) on 45.7% shooting from the field (6th in the NBA). While not as efficient at limiting teams' scoring, the Dallas Mavericks still allow just 110.1 points per game (7th in the NBA) while limiting teams to just 30.6 three-point attempts per game (2nd in the NBA).

The team that can break through from the perimeter will likely be the winner of this game. The Cavaliers seem to have the advantage in that regard, and their versatile interior defenders should only strengthen their chances.

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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.

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