STAR PREVIEW: NBA Wednesday Fixtures

The NBA season is in full swing, and the contenders for the Championship are already beginning to emerge from the pack. Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors lead the Western Conference with a record of 9-1, while the Philadelphia 76ers are setting the pace in the East, despite their ongoing issues with Ben Simmons.

Milwaukee Bucks @ Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers will be without Superstar centre Joel Embiid when they host Milwaukee in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Embiid entered NBA Health and Safety protocols on Monday evening, and the Sixers will struggle on both ends of the court without their big man. What better prize for a weakened Philly team then, than the reigning Champions coming to town? The Bucks themselves haven’t been at their best this season, starting off their title defence with a 4-6 run, though it’s worth mentioning their schedule has included games against the Nets, Heat, Jazz, Knicks and Wizards – all teams with records above .500 at the time of writing. Their early offensive problems appear obvious, this was a team with the 4th best 3-point shooting percentage in the league last season, they sit 19th in the league for the same metric this year.

It’s difficult to look past the gaping holes in what will be a patched together Sixers starting five though, and the Bucks to score over 111.5 points is 17/20 with Star. If you fancy the Bucks to smother Philly’s offense without their main scorer, then you can get 20/21 with Star that the Sixers will score under 105.5 points.

Atlanta Hawks @ Utah Jazz

The Atlanta Hawks continue their road stretch in the second game of Wednesday morning as they travel to Utah to take on a formidable Jazz team. On paper this looks to be a pretty simple task for the Jazz. They’ve got the one of the best offenses in the league, and they’re matching up with a Hawks team that’s a bottom five defense. It’s also the second game of a back-to-back for the Hawks, and they’re on a four-game losing skid that sees their record sitting at a less-than-pretty 4-7 on the season.

These two sides actually met less than a week ago, and the Jazz proved too strong in that instance, winning the game 116-98. It’s hard to imagine this game bucking that particular trend, and Star make the Hawks 10/11 to score under 107.5 points this time around. The Match Handicap market also looks to be an interesting play on the night, with the Jazz -8 at 10/11 also looking like a potentially valuable bet.

Portland Trail Blazers @ Los Angeles Clippers

The final match of the morning will see the Blazers face off against the Los Angeles Clippers. Both sides have had relatively disappointing starts to their respective seasons considering expectations. The Blazers sit at exactly .500, while the Clippers are at 5-4 – though LA can be forgiven somewhat as they adjust to life without the injured Kawhi Leonard.

Much of the Blazers’ chances in this game will rest – as they frequently do – on the shoulders of Point Guard Damian Lillard. The All-Star got off to an alarmingly poor start to the season, and he’s currently averaging a career-low 24.7% from beyond the arc. On the opposing side, Paul George is elevating his game during Leonard’s injury stretch. The Power Forward is averaging 27 points per game, and a career-high of 2.7 steals per game.

Sample sizes matter of course, but PG appears to be stepping up at both ends of the court.

The Money Line might offer some value here, with the Clippers on their home court at a fair price of 4/6 with Star. If you believe Lillard’s shooting slump will continue in LA, then the Clippers -3 on the handicap are 1/1.

BACK Sixers to score Under 105.5 points at 20/21 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Los Angeles Clippers -3 at 1/1 (Latest Star Price ? CLICK TO BET NOW)

PROFIT/LOSS (NOVEMBER 2021): LOSS -7.48 points
(Excluding ante-post recommendations CLICK HERE)