There are 10 exciting matchups across the league when the NBA's Wednesday night schedule kicks off!
In the Western Conference, the Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans are both eyeing a win from an injured squad. The Toronto Raptors are looking to get their Western Conference road swing off to a strong start when they take on the Sacramento Kings. And the Utah Jazz and the Portland Trail Blazers continue to jockey for position in the Western Conference.
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When: 8:00 PM EST
|Minnesota Timberwolves||+2.0 (-110)|
|O 231.5 (-110)|
|New Orleans Pelicans||-2.0 (-110)|
|U 231.5 (-110)|
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Both the Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans are looking to get back in the win column when they face off. The Pelicans are currently fourth in the West with a 26-22 overall record and a 17-7 home record. The Timberwolves own a 24-25 overall record and an 8-15 road record.
The Pelicans' defensive standards haven't been up to standard over the course of their five-game losing streak. They've allowed their opponents 106.5 points per game on 49.1% shooting from the field and 33.9% from three-point range. The Timberwolves have gone 2-3 over their last five games, as they've struggled to have their defense meet their offense. While Minnesota have shot 47.6% from the field and 40.8% from three, they've also allowed their opponents to shoot 51.5% from the field and 40.1% from three over their last five.
The New Orleans Pelicans are playing some poor basketball as of late, as they've really felt the loss of Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson to injury. Against the Timberwolves who have a healthy Rudy Gobert, New Orleans' paint advantage should be gone.
When: 10:00 PM EST
|Toronto Raptors||+4.0 (-110)|
|O 238.5 (-110)|
|Sacramento Kings||-4.0 (-110)|
|U 238.5 (-110)|
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While the Toronto Raptors are on a down run of form, the Sacramento Kings have climbed up the Western Conference rankings. The Sacramento Kings are third in the Western Conference with a 27-19 overall record and a 16-10 home record. The Toronto Raptors are 12th in the Eastern Conference with a 21-27 overall record and a 6-15 road record.
The Toronto Raptors' defense hasn't been up to their standards over their last five games, where they've gone just 2-3. The Raptors have allowed their opponents to score 120.2 points on 47.8% from the field and 42.5% from three while forcing just 13.6 turnovers per game. The Sacramento Kings are on a 4-1 run over their last five games, which has propelled them up the standings. Their offense has been impressive, averaging 125.2 points per game on 52.4% from the field and 40.9% from three-point range.
With Toronto's recent defensive issues, expect the Kings to come out of the gate strong. The Raptors are excellent at forcing turnovers, so they're always able to keep up even if their shot isn't falling. But given the Raptors' recent defensive form and the Kings' offensive form, we see Sacramento earning the victory.
When: 10:00 PM EST
|Utah Jazz||+3.5 (-110)|
|O 237.5 (-110)|
|Portland Trail Blazers||-3.5 (-110)|
|U 237.5 (-110)|
Both the Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz are looking to climb their way back up the Western Conference standings. The Utah Jazz are currently eighth in the Western Conference with a 25-25 overall record and a 9-16 road record. The Portland Trail Blazers are 12th in the West with a 22-25 overall record and a 12-10 home record.
The Utah Jazz are a team that thrives when their offense is in full gear. They average 117.6 points per game (4th in the NBA) while making 14.4 threes per game (4th in the NBA). The Portland Trail Blazers like to limit their opponents from three-point range while remaining efficient from deep themselves. Portland hold their opponents to just 11.6 threes per game (7th in the NBA) while hitting 12.8 themselves (9th in the NBA) on 37.3% efficiency (7th in the NBA).
The Trail Blazers are in decent form entering this game, and their backcourt looks to be in excellent form. The Utah Jazz will give them some trouble though, as their incredibly versatile offense is set to give the Trail Blazers some real issues. We're taking the Jazz in this matchup, as the quality of the Trail Blazers' recent competition is more representative of their recent form than their actual performance.
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