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Pick 'n' roll: Wednesday's best NBA bets

New Orleans Hornets at Sacramento Kings (-4.5, 192)

The two worst teams in the Western Conference hook up when the Sacramento Kings host the New Orleans Hornets. Sacramento has lost four straight games and has the second-worst record in the conference.

New Orleans has been even worse and is one of three teams in the NBA that has yet to reach double digits in victories.
The Kings have a chance to make an upward move as the game against the Hornets is the first of a franchise-long nine-game homestand.

Coach Keith Smart received a vote of confidence by club management when he had his contract extended Monday through the 2012-13 season. Smart replaced fired Paul Westphal two months ago and has earned high marks for his rapport with players.

“They have responded pretty well to what I’ve been doing,” Smart said. “They take constructive criticism and take a pat on the back well. We are trying to build something that will last a long time, not a quick-fix deal.”

Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 19 rebounds when the Kings defeated New Orleans on Feb. 6.

Pick: Kings

Phoenix Suns at Oklahoma City Thunder (-9.5, 203)


They are still just 12th in the Western Conference, but the Phoenix Suns are making a run and own a three-game winning streak, rallying from double digits in each game. Now the Suns face their stiffest test of the month, playing in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.

The Thunder will try to win their 14th in a row at home, where they are a league-best 16-1, as well as fifth straight over the Suns.

 Marcin Gortat is not one of the first big men thought of when it comes to gaudy stats, but the center is one of only four NBA players ­– joining Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum and Marc Gasol - averaging 15 points, 10 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.

Meanwhile, Kevin Durant is second in the league in scoring but has had limited success against Phoenix. He has averaged 17.3 points in the past three matchups and shot just 34.9 percent.

Pick:
Suns

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Posted by jeffo14
2 years ago

toronto under is a good one 2nite toronto playing good D they dont allowed to many points in the paint
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Posted by seconddown
2 years ago

Take the Lakers! Kobe bounces back.
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Posted by stevenp
2 years ago

today i love one play and fear my second play, which means the one i love will lose and the one i fear will win. i love toronto. no big write up. they've covered six in a row. houston has lost 5 in a row ats. the home team wins in this series. and dwayne casey is a helluva coach. he's tom thibadeau without the horses. i bet toronto up to 5. my second play is minnesota -1. love is the answer (with adalman, barea, derrick williams and rubio) against portland (without andre miller, lamarcus aldrigde missing in action, and wesley matthews not like last year) or he's not. target center is sold out, 19.5 thousand, for the next five games. it's not the old cavernous barn with the easy road win it used to be. Kevin Love is truly amazing. the wolves announcer said he's the most improved most improved players in the nba. fingers crossed. hardly cocky! glta
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Posted by stevenp
2 years ago

i love covers more and more; because instead of thinking i know it all, i learn from everyone else. then offer an opinion. last night some guys loved detroit because of the lakers weak road record. i watched the game. THEY WERE RIGHT. i was wrong. but i will say: kobe bryant had a horrible game for two reasons: 1) he wasn't hitting his shots and 2) bynum and gasol were killing detroit and he didn't make it priority to get them the ball. i did have dallas, which i didn't write about; cause i feared linsanity. no logic, pure gut.
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Posted by quocnguyen23
2 years ago

what a good team to bet on today???
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Posted by THE_PUNISHER
2 years ago

please mention phx has been on a 6 gm homestand. okc will kill phx tmrw nite
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Posted by THE_PUNISHER
2 years ago

"please mention phx has been on a 6 gm homestand. okc will kill phx tmrw nite"