NBA Betting Preview: Wednesday's Tips


There's a huge slate of NBA games on Wednesday night but where will the shocks lie?

Probably not in Los Angeles where San Antonio will try to maintain their best-ever start to a season when they meet the Clippers. Memories are still fresh of how the Spurs swept the Clips in the second round of last season's play-offs and although the Texan tyros were ousted in the Western Conference finals, their regular season dominance is showing few signs of slipping away.

Much of the credit for their terrific start falls on their bench, who pulled out 57 points in a 22-point win over Indiana on Monday that moved the Spurs to a 4-0 record. That same night, the Clippers sustained a surprise loss to Cleveland when 25 turnovers proved hugely damaging.

Plus an elbow problem for Blake Griffin is proving a concern.

Regardless, the Clippers have been able to pile up the points behind Chris Paul's prodigious output and with San Antonio's own offensive production, it's worth a punt on the total points going over 200.5 at 1.91, with the Spurs at 1.88 to win in regulation.

Even with Rookie of the Year favourite Anthony Davis out with a concussion, the New Orleans Hornets maintained their surprise start with an 89-82 defeat of Chicago earlier this week with Ryan Anderson sparking a late run.

Davis' status is uncertain for Tuesday's meeting with the Philadelphia 76ers, who have found scoring a problem so far as Andrew Bynum continues his slow recovery from injury. The Sixers are coming off back-to-back losses to the Knicks where they shot poorly and that will leave the Hornets sensing an opportunity to improve to 3-1, even if their young star remains on the sidelines. New Orleans is 1.90 to win in regulation and a more tempting -1.0 on the handicap at 1.91.

The LA Lakers will still be without Steve Nash when they head to Utah but the visitors have at least removed some of the pressure on their shoulders after finally pulling out a first win of the season against Detroit. It broke the Lakers worst start in 34 years but they will get little sympathy from the Jazz who have lost three straight since beating Dallas in their opener.

Although the sides split their series 2-2 last year, Utah are a team on the slide. The Lakers are 3.5 point underdogs at 1.91 and although they have yet to mesh their stellar parts in harmony, it's likely they'll have too much for the Jazz.

Bet of the Day: Go over 200.5 total points in San Antonio – LA Clippers at 1.91.