The NBA trade deadline is Thursday afternoon, meaning Wednesday night could be the last time some guys suit up for their current teams. Although, if a trade is close players often will be benched just to ensure they don’t get injured and scuttle any possible deal. Something to keep in mind when wagering on Wednesday’s NBA betting action.
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The biggest name potentially on the move by Thursday is New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis. He’s a Chicago native but won’t suit up in the Windy City on Wednesday against the Bulls as Davis remains out with a finger injury. Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday also could be dealt by Thursday as the team figures to reboot with Davis demanding out.
The Bulls have dropped the past three in this series, including 107-98 in the Big Easy on November 7 as Davis had 32 points and 15 rebounds. Chicago would trade anyone on its team other than Lauri Markkanen and injured rookie Wendell Carter Jr. The Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in the past six meetings, and Wednesday’s game opened as a pick’em on the odds.
The Western Conference second-place Denver Nuggets visit the Brooklyn Nets in the night’s first tipoff. The Nuggets had a six-game winning streak snapped in a surprising rout in Detroit on Monday as Denver battles the Golden State Warriors for the West’s top seed.
The Nuggets were upset at home by the Nets on November 9, 112-110, on a last-second shot by Caris LeVert. He’s out injured currently. Brooklyn scored the game’s final six points. That ruined a monster game from Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, who had 37 points and 21 rebounds. Denver is 2-8 ATS in the past 10 in this series.
The marquee matchup is the late game on the schedule, televised by ESPN, as the San Antonio Spurs visit the Warriors. Unless the teams meet in the playoffs for a third straight year, it will be San Antonio’s final game in Oakland with the Warriors moving to San Francisco next season.
The Spurs, who are on their annual long Rodeo Road Trip, won the first meeting this season on November 18 at home by a score of 104-92. LaMarcus Aldridge dominated with 24 points and 18 rebounds. That was when the Warriors were playing their worst basketball of the season and were without Steph Curry, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins.
Golden State is unbeaten in five games when those three, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant all start. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the past seven in this series, and Golden State is an 11-point favorite on the betting lines.