Good afternoon sports activities followers, it is Chris Bengel again with you.
So Scott Rolen is getting into the Baseball Corridor of Fame after six years on the poll. As a Phillies fan, my greatest query is: what workforce will Rolen elect to enter Cooperstown with? Whereas he’s in all probability identified most for his time with the Cardinals, he performed extra video games with the Phillies, the place he spent the primary seven seasons of his profession. Both method, I believe Rolen is extraordinarily deserving of the respect, particularly as a result of he was one of many prime defensive third basemen that the game has ever seen.
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Now let’s dive into Wednesday’s picks.
All instances Japanese, and all odds by way of Caesars Sportsbook
🔥 The Sizzling Ticket
Nets at 76ers, 7:30 p.m. | TV: ESPN
Key Pattern: The 76ers are 15-4 ATS of their final 19 dwelling video games.The Decide: 76ers -5.0 (-110)
Few groups are hotter than the Sixers proper now. They’ve received seven of their final eight, together with an energetic five-game profitable streak. With the Nets nonetheless with out Kevin Durant, I am on the Sixers’ aspect of the unfold on this one.
Philadelphia his 17-7 on the Wells Fargo Middle this season, together with going 15-4 ATS over their final 19 dwelling video games. Each James Harden and Tyrese Maxey missed prolonged durations of the season as a consequence of harm, however are each again and it is paid large dividends. On prime of that, star middle Joel Embiid can also be placing collectively one other MVP-caliber season with averages of 33.6 factors and 9.8 rebounds per contest. It additionally does not harm that the Sixers solely give up 110.2 points-per-game, which is the third-lowest clip within the NBA.
The Nets have dropped 4 of their six video games since Durant suffered a MCL sprain earlier this month. Kyrie Irving has been pouring in factors at a really excessive fee, however the Nets simply do not have the supporting forged to compete with the Sixers on this spot.
💰 Extra NBA Picks
Jazz at Path Blazers, 10 p.m. | TV: NBA.TV
The Decide: Jazz +3.5 (-110) — These are two groups with an identical data, however the Path Blazers have been the definition of inconsistent. That is why I am very happy to again the underdog Jazz on this spot.
The Jazz have been thriving and are 7-3 ATS over their final 10 video games. They’ve additionally excelled on the highway, with a 4-1 mark ATS over their final 5 highway contests. And people latest quantity are largely with out gifted guard Collin Sexton, who for a number of durations all through the season has been out with accidents. However Sexton is again within the lineup now.
Since returning earlier this month, he’s averaging 15.2 factors and capturing 50.0 p.c from past the arc. It has been an enormous increase for a workforce that ranks fourth within the NBA with 117.6 points-per-game. In the meantime, the Path Blazers have been on the shedding finish in eight of their final 11 video games. As well as, Portland is 3-8 ATS in these specific contests. Sure, the Path Blazers are coming off a 147-127 win over the Spurs, however wanted 45-point third quarter in an effort to draw back.
Key Pattern: The Jazz are 4-1 ATS of their final 5 highway video games.
Raptors at Kings, 10 p.m. | TV: NBA.TV
The Decide: Kevin Huerter Over 2.5 Threes (+106) — The Kings have been one of many feel-good tales of the season. One of many workforce’s greatest offseason acquisitions was sharpshooting guard Kevin Huerter, who they acquired in a commerce with the Hawks. We will depend on Huerter’s three-point capturing means on Wednesday.
Huerter is at present fourth on the Kings in scoring with 15.5 points-per-game, however makes his residing from past the arc. He’s second on the workforce with a 41.4 p.c capturing clip from long-range. Huerter has linked at the very least three pictures from deep in 4 of his final eight video games. The Kings guard makes an attempt 6.5 pictures per contest, so the alternatives ought to be there for this prop to money.
Key Pattern: Huerter has hit at the very least three threes in 4 of his final eight video games.