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NBA Tips & Previews, Wednesday 16th March

The BetDeluxe NBA preview goes through all the best bets for Wednesday basketball in the USA.

The BetDeluxe team has found the best bets ahead of another big day of NBA action from the USA.

All the theatre from hardwood courts begin with the Pacers taking on the Grizzlies. 

memphis @ indiana

march 16th 10:00am

The Memphis Grizzlies are on the road to Indiana when they get set to face the Pacers in a bid to hold down second spot in the Western Conference. 

Indiana sits 13th in the Eastern Conference at the moment and looks unlikely to provide any real resistance to what Ja Morant and his Grizzlies have offered the league in 2022. 

In a sign of maturity, the Grizzlies spread the load in their hard-fought win over Oklahoma. 

On the standard Morant has set this season, he had a rather quiet night on the scoring front in the 125-118 victory with only 17 to his tally. 

He, however, did manufacture 10 assists, as he showed his versatility as a playmaker than a pure point-scorer.

It is unbeknownst to us how this Pacers defence stops him given how poor they were at guarding Trae Young in their 131-128 loss against Atlanta on Monday. 

Expecting Morant to go nuclear here as he guides the Grizzlies to a fourth-straight win.  

Suggested Bet: Memphis Grizzlies -7.5 at $1.91

brooklyn @ orlando

march 16th 10:00am

The Brooklyn Nets are on the road in a bid to make 3-1 on the season series when they make the trip to face the Orlando Magic. 

The Nets have already pinched two wins off the struggling Magic this season and hit this game with winning form. 

Brooklyn slipped by the Knicks 110-107 at home on Monday in their most recent contest, while Orlando toiled away bravely before falling 116-114 in overtime against the Philadelphia 76ers at home. 

The Magic have certainly lifted in this last fortnight or so, but Brooklyn will regain Kyrie Irving for this clash, making the task for the home team all that more difficult. 

With the Nets having won three on the bounce and Kevin Durant lighting up the floor, this should be a heavy win for one of the most talented squads in the league.  

Suggested Bet: Brooklyn Nets -9.5 at $1.91

detroit @ miami

march 16th 10:30am

Top of the East meets bottom of the East when Miami Heat (45-24) hosts Detroit (18-50) at FTX Arena.

The teams have only played each other once this season with Miami defeating Detroit 115-112 as a 12-point home favourite back on December 23, 2021. 

Interestingly, Detroit has actually covered the spread in 10 of its 11 games despite starting rank underdogs in most of them. 

This season, Miami has won two of the three head-to-head games, but the Pistons have covered the spread in each of those matchups.

The Pistons may be far out of playoff contention, but they have not given up, and expect them to avoid being blown out and cover.

Suggested Bet: Detroit +13.5 at $1.91

phoenix @ new orleans

march 16th 11:00am

The charge through the West will continue for the Phoenix Suns when they head over to New Orleans to face the Pelicans in an inter-conference clash at King Smoothie Arena.

The Suns massacred the Lakers in a 140-111 win on Monday after big games from Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton. 

New Orleans, meanwhile, found itself some winning form with a comfortable win over the lowly-ranked Houston Rockets. 

It was a much needed boost for the Pelicans who try to gather momentum for a play-in spot. 

Jonas Valanciunas was allowed to do as he pleased in the paint and around the basket against the Pelicans, but he will not get that luxury here. 

Even if the Suns do not have Chris Paul at their disposal just yet, the spread should be covered against a Pelicans team which look outclassed. 

Suggested Bet: Phoenix Suns -5.5 at $1.91

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