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NBA Wednesday Tips & Previews, 18th January

It's a big Wednesday of basketball and BetDeluxe looks at four key games to give you the inside running.

The cream of the crop is taking to the court in a jam-packed slate of NBA this Wednesday. BetDeluxe profiles all four games.

Bucks vs. Raptors

18th January 11:30AM

Milwaukee and Toronto will be on the quick backup when the sides meet at Fiserv Forum after each secured wins on Tuesday.

The Bucks scored 39 points in the fourth quarter against Indiana and ran out 132-119 victors. In the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday led the offense with 35 points and 11 assists, while Bobby Portis stood up with 21 points – his highest outing through nine games in 2023.  

The Raptors delivered a stunning OT win against the Knicks, 121-123, with their five starters playing over 40 minutes and contributing heavily. Fred Van Vleet was the star of the show and smashed his season average with 33 points.

Despite winning four of their last five against the Bucks, this challenge seems too steep for the Raptors.

Suggested Bet: Milwaukee to win at $1.39

Spurs vs. Nets

18th January 12PM

The Brooklyn Nets will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak when they travel to San Antonio.

Without Kevin Durant or Ben Simmons in the line-up, the Nets fell to the Thunder 102-112 on Monday. They led by five at the last break but were blown away when Oklahoma dropped 37 in the fourth.

Nic Claxton improved his Defensive Player of the Year chances with a 17-point, 13-rebound and four-block performance, while Seth Curry top-scored with 23 off the bench.

They will be coming up against an embattled San Antonio, who sit 14th in the Western Conference with a 13-31 record.

The Spurs’ latest loss to the Kings made it five straight defeats, but they can be buoyant about having five players with 15+ points.  

Suggested Bet: Brooklyn to win at $1.41

Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers

18th January 1PM

The Denver train continues to roll on after they took their current winning streak to six with a 119-116 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Nikola Jokic is into $2.70 with BetDeluxe for a third-straight MVP Award, leading the Nuggets to victory with his 12th triple-double on the season. Aaron Gordon assisted the Joker by delivering one of his best performances for the season with 25 points and eight boards.

In Portland’s latest outing, the defence was an afterthought, defeating Dallas 140-123 on the back of a 40-point performance from Damian Lillard. This season, Lillard is back to his best from a scoring perspective, averaging 28.8ppg at 45%. The star guard has caught fire in the last five games with an average of 38ppg.    

Despite Lillard’s heroics, Denver has won four of their past five games against the Trail Blazers, and they look primed to build upon that record.

Suggested Bet: Denver to lead half time/full time at $1.80

Clippers vs. 76ers

18th January 2PM

Can Philadelphia make it three straight, or will the Clippers’ mini-resurgence continue?

The 76ers strengthened their hold on the fourth spot in the East with a one-point victory over the Lakers on Monday. MVP candidate and star big man Joel Embiid did the damage with 35 points and 11 rebounds, while James Harden was just three boards short of a triple-double.

The Clippers made it two wins from their past three games as they continue to steady the ship after six straight losses. Just as importantly, they kept the Rockets to 100 points after giving up 119.8ppg during that winless stretch. Terence Mann (31 points) and Kawhi Leonard (30) led the charge for the Clippers on the offensive end.

While they will welcome Paul George back from injury soon, the Clippers will be without John Wall for at least two weeks after he suffered an abdominal injury during their recent loss to the Nuggets.

With seven losses from their past ten games, it’s hard to make a case for the Clippers. The 76ers should be leaving LA with consecutive wins.

Suggested Bet: Philadelphia to win at $1.88

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