Dan Favale | Wed 22/11/2017 - 05:39 EST

NBA Betting Lines Picks Tonight

Game lines come courtesy of TopBet and are accurate as of Wednesday, 12 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Please, as always, remember to review these odds with your favorite sportsbook before making any decisions. NBA lines are prone to shifting the day of games. 

San Antonio Spurs (+2) at New Orleans Pelicans (-2)

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Don't Sleep On The Spurs

Kawhi Leonard is still nowhere to be found, and head coach Gregg Popovich could decide at the last minute to give some of his players additional rest through the NBA’s brief Thanksgiving respite. But we’re going with the San Antonio Spurs anyway.

This has more to do with the New Orleans Pelicans than anything. They have looked a lot better of late, winning six of their last nine games. But they’re no longer creaming opponents when Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins share the floor; they’re an unimpressive, albeit still good, plus-3.5 points per 100 possessions during that time.

Equally important: They aren’t beating elite teams. They were just waxed by the Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets last Wednesday and Friday, respectively. They’re 1-7 thus far against projected playoff locks. And the Spurs, make no mistake, are a playoff lock, even without Leonard. They continue to hover around the top 10 in defensive efficiency, and their offense is just good enough when LaMarcus Aldridge is on the floor to combat whatever punch the Pelicans get from Davis and Cousins.

The Pick: San Antonio Spurs (+2.5) 

Washington Wizards (+2.5) vs. Charlotte Hornets (-2.5)

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Give Credit To The Wizards

Are the 7-9 Charlotte Hornets better than their record suggests? Their plus-0.9 net rating suggests that they are—as do each of their last two victories. But we have to give credit to the Washington Wizards—and not just because John Wall plans to play through his current knee soreness.

Only two teams are posting a better defensive rating than the Wizards when playing on the road. And they also own one of the 12 best offensive ratings when playing away from home.

Though the Hornets are straight destroying opponents in the 99 minutes Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have shared the floor, outscoring them by nearly 14 points per 100 possessions, the Wizards have one of scariest five-man units in all of basketball. Their combination of Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Marcin Gortat and Kelly Oubre Jr. is blitzing rivals by more than 20 points per 100 possessions.

Bake in the fact that the Hornets still score like the league's worst offense when Kemba isn't on the floor, and we have to go with the more well-balanced, if slightly shallower, team in the Wizards.

The Pick: Washington Wizards (+2.5) 

Brooklyn Nets (+11) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (-11)

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Cleveland Stays On A Roll

Picking the Cleveland Cavaliers to win by double digits is a risk, and not just because they've been underwhelming to start the year. They've always had a problem getting up for regular season games in which they're heavily favored. The Brooklyn Nets represent a perfect trap opponent for them.

But the Cavaliers have already dropped one to the Nets. They won't let that happen again. They've also been demonstratively better over their current five-game winning streak, through which LeBron James is playing out of his mind (still), and the team overall ranks eighth in points allowed per 100 possessions.

That latter tidbit is a biggie. The Cavaliers are always going to score points, even when it's not done in the most efficient fashion. That they're now playing competent defense—in that they're actually trying—bodes well for their odds versus a Nets squad that will be without its top two point guards in Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell.

The Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers (-11)

Boston Celtics (-3) at Miami Heat (+3)

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The Celtics Stay On A Winning Streak

After winning 16 games in a row, the Boston Celtics seem like they're due for a loss.

On the other hand, they also feel like they're due for an easy win.

At least seven of their past nine games have all been in doubt when entering the fourth quarter, including five of their last six. They have a knack for emerging from these dustups unscathed; they're 11-2 during games in which neither side is trailing by more than five points entering the final five minutes. So even if things are close with the Miami Heat, we have to give them the decided edge.

Of course, this game might not be that close. The Heat are flailing on offense. They are 26th in points scored per 100 possessions and miscommunications between Hassan Whiteside and his backcourt abound. The Celtics are the pick here, and we're not even kind of, sort of second-guessing it.

The Pick: Boston Celtics (-3) 

Toronto Raptors (-4) at New York Knicks (+4)

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Canada's Finest Should Roll Through The Big Apple's Best

This game is admittedly tough to read. 

Yes, the Toronto Raptors absolutely waxed the New York Knicks last Friday. But the boys in orange and blue are a different team at home. They're scrappy and confident and prone to winning games they shouldn't. Their defense ranks seventh in the league when working on friendly ground.

The Raptors are nevertheless playing like an elite team and flying under the radar while doing so. Their offense is more modernized and just stretchy enough to make Kristaps Porzingis uncomfortable on defense. And let's not forget both Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. are playing through injuries. The Knicks' offense can, and might, go south very quickly.

The Pick: Toronto Raptors (-4) 

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*All stats come via NBA.com or Basketball-Reference unless otherwise cited and are accurate leading into games on Nov. 22.

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