LeBron James could make history on Wednesday night but he’d probably prefer victory. The Miami Heat forward will become the youngest player to reach 20000 points in the NBA if he nets 18 against the Golden State Warriors.
Even more would do nicely to help a Heat side which has plummeted to three defeats in their last four games, each of which have seen them fail to score 100. They’re 1-3 on their current road trip and the hosts have the confidence from beating a 97-95 win in Miami last month, despite 31 from James.
Rebounding has been a problem for the Heat and the Warriors are formidable there, going 20-2 this season when they win the battle of the boards. Mark Jackson has seen his side drop three of their last four as well but all have been against high calibre opponents. But that’s what Miami remain so you still have to favour them to sneak a much-needed victory.
In the old maxim of how to separate two bad teams, motivation goes a long way. Washington are on a roll since John Wall returned, winning three straight and they will try to extend that against Sacramento as the Wizards begin a five-game road swing where they will hope to improve on a league-worst 1-15 record away from home.
The Kings have been solid in what could be their final season in Sactown but they’ve lost three out of their last four, with just one of those defeats coming by less than 20 points. Washington are +4.5 on the handicap at 1.91 and that looks like a solid bet.
Chicago’s defensive potency continues to keep them alive and their feat in holding Atlanta to just 58 points on Monday was sensational, even by their high standards. They’ll try to do it again when they visit Toronto when the Raptors will bid to avoid a third loss in a row. The hosts have a few injury problems and they could struggle to match the Bulls inside.
Chicago are favoured on the handicap by -4 and another stifling showing could keep the total points under the line of 183.5.
Bet of the Day: Go over 205.5 total points in Washington-Sacramento.