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To help you out, here are the eight questions for Wednesday’s NBA games, along with my breakdown and picks.
#1 Most Points by a Player
The Portland Trail Blazers are one of the worst defensive teams in the league, with their opponents average 114 points per game. That up-and-down pace allows Portland’s playmakers many chances to score and I can see Damian Lillard having a big scoring game today in Boston.
Pick: Damian Lillard
#2 Celtics Points vs. Trail Blazers
0-100, 101-108, 109-110, 111-114, 115-119, 120-124, 125+
When these two teams met last month the Celtics scored 116 points. I can see them scoring a little more than that today as the home team.
Pick : 120-124
#3 Trail Blazers Rebounds vs. Celtics
0-36, 37-40, 41-42, 43-44, 45-46, 47-50,51+
When these two teams met earlier this season the Trail Blazers grabbed 48 rebounds, who as a team are averaging 44 rebounds per game. I think they play closer to their season average tonight in Boston.
#4 Total 3-Pointers Kings vs. Mavericks
0-21, 22-23, 24-25, 26-27, 28-29, 30+
The Mavericks and Kings both shoot a lot of three-pointers, and the Kings are known for taking ill-advised threes. This game will feature a lot of shots from deep; let’s see if they make them. Dallas needs this game as the Kings have beat them twice this season.
#5 Kings Points vs. Mavericks
0-104, 105-107, 108-114, 115-118. 119-121, 122-125, 126+
In a pair of meetings vs. the Dallas Mavericks this season, the Kings have scored a combined 234 points. If you average that out it comes up to 117.
#6 76ers Rebounds vs. Spurs
0-38, 39-44, 45-46, 47-48, 49-51, 52-54, 55+
The Philadelphia 76ers are a top-10 rebounding team, with an average of 45 per game. And since the Spurs are a poor rebounding team on the offensive end, Philly should have a big day on the glass.
#7 Trail Blazers vs. Celtics Winner and Margin of Victory
This is a critical late-season game for both teams. The Celtics are a one-point home favorite and the last time these two teams met, the Celtics won by a point in Portland. Tonight’s game is the Trail Blazers’ fourth-straight road game. I think Boston wins another close one.
Pick: Boston by 3-Points
#8 76ers vs Spurs Winner and Margin of Victory
I’m sure the Spurs will put up a good fight vs. the Sixers this evening, but when it all comes down to it the 76ers are just a better team.
Pick: 76ers by 7-9 points