Bulls at Magic – 7:05 PM EST
It’s been a roller coaster ride since the start of February for Chicago (30-29 SU, 23-36 ATS), who lost five straight games, followed by a three-game winning streak, while currently riding a three-game skid. The Bulls fell to the Heat on Tuesday, 129-111, allowing at least 100 points for the 14th straight contest (‘over’ is 8-6). Miami shot a scorching 67% from the floor last night as Chicago gave up its second-most points in regulation this season. The Bulls have struggled with no rest this season by posting a 4-7 SU/ATS mark, including a 1-5 SU/ATS record in the last six opportunities on the road.
Orlando (26-33 SU, 32-26-1 ATS) is also on the second of a back-to-back set, coming off a 121-108 defeat at Dallas as 4 ½-point underdogs. The Magic have given over 100 points in seven consecutive games, resulting in six ‘overs’ during this stretch, including four straight ‘overs’ at the Amway Center. Orlando and Chicago haven’t faced off since early November when the Bulls edged the Magic, 92-87 as eight-point home favorites.
Blazers at Celtics – 7:35 PM EST
It was a rocky start to the season for Portland (33-28 SU, 35-26 ATS), who began with a 3-10 record. The Blazers have heated up at the right time by winning 14 of their last 17 games, including each of the first three contests of their current six-game road swing. Portland cruised past New York last night, 104-85 as 4 ½-point favorites, as Terry Stotts’ club eclipsed the 100-point mark for the ninth straight game. The Blazers haven’t fared well on the second end of a back-to-back, going 3-10 SU and 5-8 ATS, but Portland won in its last opportunity in this situation at Indiana on Sunday as 5 ½-point ‘dogs, 111-102.
Past Golden State and San Antonio, the hottest home team in the league resides in Boston. The Celtics (36-25 SU, 34-26-1 ATS) have won 11 consecutive games at TD Garden with the last loss coming on January 6 against the Pistons. Boston rallied past Utah on Monday, 100-95 to grab the fortunate cover as 4 ½-point favorites. Brad Stevens’ team has busted the 100-point plateau in all 11 wins during this hot streak at home, but the ‘over’ has cashed only six times in this stretch. These teams are meeting for the first time this season as the Blazers have captured the last two matchups at TD Garden.
Jazz at Raptors – 7:35 PM EST
The race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference will come down to the wire between Utah and Houston, who are separated by a half-game entering Wednesday. The Jazz (28-31 SU, 28-31 ATS) have dropped six of eight games since a seven-game winning streak prior to the All-Star break, including Monday’s 100-95 defeat at Boston. Quin Snyder’ssquad has lost four consecutive contests away from Salt Lake City, while posting a 4-8 record on the highway against Eastern Conference opponents.
Toronto (39-19 SU, 32-26 ATS) looks for the season split with Utah after losing in Salt Lake City in mid-November, 93-89 as 4 ½-point underdogs. The Raptors shoot for their 11th consecutive home victory, while trying to bounce back from a 114-101 defeat at Detroit on Sunday as point guard Kyle Lowry sat out to rest. Toronto has failed to cover in three of its last four opportunities as a home favorite, while the Raptors have posted the ‘over’ in four of six games since the All-Star break.
Pistons at Spurs – 8:05 PM EST
Out of nowhere, the Pistons (31-29 SU, 31-28-1 ATS) have won four straight games to forge above the .500 mark. Detroit cruised past Toronto on Sunday, 114-101 as all five Pistons’ starters finished in double-figures while the team shot 57% from the floor. Stan Van Gundy’sclub closed out the first half with a 2-6 record in its final eight road games, but the Pistons have won two consecutive contests away from the Palace of Auburn Hills at Cleveland and Milwaukee. Detroit hasn’t fared well on the road against the West, posting a 5-8 SU/ATS record, including underdog losses to the Clippers, Thunder, and Warriors.
San Antonio (50-9 SU, 30-22 ATS) has won all 28 games at the AT&T Center this season, but hasn’t played at home since beating the Lakers on February 6. The Spurs finished off its annual Rodeo trip at 7-1 SU and 4-3 ATS, capped off by a 104-94 victory at Houston on Saturday as 5 ½-point favorites. San Antonio hits the road again on Thursday to visit New Orleans, as Gregg Popovich’s team has covered just once in its last five home games since 2011 in the first game back from the Rodeo trip. The Spurs go for the season sweep of the Pistons after winning at the Palace of Auburn Hills in mid-January, 109-99.
Thunder at Clippers – 10:35 PM EST
Oklahoma City (42-18 SU, 24-35-1 ATS) continues its four-game road trip following a 131-116 victory over Sacramento on Monday as 8 ½-point favorites. The Thunder had dropped four of its previous five games prior to the win over the Kings, as Billy Donovan’s team is riding a four-game ‘over’ streak. Kevin Durant drilled the game-winning jumper the last time these clubs met at Staples Center on December 21 as the Thunder edged the Clippers, 100-99 as two-point favorites as the last four matchups in Los Angeles have finished ‘under’ the total.
The Clippers (39-20 SU, 29-27-3 ATS) look to become the fourth Western Conference team to reach the 40-win mark as Los Angeles has won four of six games since the All-Star break. L.A. failed to cash as 12-point home favorites in Monday’s 105-95 victory over Brooklyn, while finishing ‘under’ the total for the eighth time in the past 10 games. The Clippers have fared well as home chalk of seven points or less, putting together a 6-1 SU and 5-1-1 ATS record in their last seven times in this role.