Wednesdays are always a massive day in the NBA so we can monitor a wide variety of early lines and sums. Below are three games that turn out to be one that you can jump on early on on the massive blackboard.
Sacramento Kings at Orlando Magic (-1) (-110, PointsBet)
The Orlando Magic enter their second game in a row as a one-point favorite, a stretch they comfortably covered in a nine-point win over the Hornets on Monday. Even so, they don’t seem to be getting any respect from Vegas. While the Magic ranks in the bottom half of the NBA in both offensive and defensive rankings, they haven’t had a combination of Markelle Fultz, Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon for the entire season. With two of the three defenders, they shouldn’t have a problem taking advantage of the Kings 30th defensive rating, especially given the Kings are one of the worst teams in the league against the spread (6-10, 28th in the NBA) . .
Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers (-2.5) (-110, PointsBet)
Two teams, usually written off at the Eastern Conference, are playing in a Vegas-expected wire-to-wire game. This feels like a bit of a topicality in favor of the Pistons who just defeated the Joel Embiid-less Sixers. The Cavs were quietly one of the better defensive teams in the league. They took sixth place in the defensive ranking (108.3), slowed down the game and ran the third lowest pace in basketball (98.24). This isn’t a good sign for a Pistons team in the bottom 10 in terms of offensive standings, especially if the Cavs have scored eight points per game more than the season average in their last three games.
Boston Celtics (-3) at San Antonio Spurs (-110, PointsBet)
Much like the Magic, it seems like Vegas is not catching up with the fact that Boston is finally getting full rotation back. With Jayson Tatum officially back and Kemba Walker expected back after missing a back-to-back second leg in their final game, the Celtics should have their normal starters for the first time this season. Even in the top 10 of the offensive rating (112.6, 8) and the defensive upper half of the league (109.1, 13), these key figures improve with a healthy rotation. While the Spurs are not a team to be written off, it is difficult to trust them on a line that I already feel is being overly generous, especially given the Celtics have 9-7 ATS this season.