Sean B’s best NBA bets today: Wizards-Pacers, Magic-Pistons
The NBA is officially back and fans have a lot to look forward to this season with no clear favorites to win the championship. The two 2022 conference champions took care of business last night at home in their season opener. The Celtics opened the night with a nine-point victory over the Sixers and the Warriors closed the night with a show in front of their home crowd on ringside ceremony night with a double-digit victory over james lebron and the Lakers. Wednesday is action-packed with 12 games across the league. Let’s dive into the best NBA bets for Wednesday, October 19.
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Best NBA Bets Today: Playing Tips & Betting Predictions
Wizards vs. Pacers
Tyrese Haliburton is set to have a bumper year on a Pacers team that will likely enter the draw for Victor Wembanyama with a total pre-season win line set at 23.5 wins. Haliburton averaged 17.5 points per game as a Pacer and expects to leapfrog this season to become an All-Star caliber player. Malcolm Brogdon is no longer on the Pacers, which opens up even more opportunities.
Haliburton has missed the last two preseason games with back problems, but reports indicate he’ll be ready for a full workload on Wednesday. His point prop line stands out as a good value with the current line set at 15.5 points. He exceeded that number in six of his last seven regular season games to finish last season. In his two games against the Wizards last year, he finished with 15 points and 21 points.
The Wizards backcourt made up of Mount Morris and Bradley Beal are a strong goalscoring duo, but neither are known for their defensive skills. If Haliburton can shoot anywhere near his averages as a Pacer last season, 50.6 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from deep, he should have no problem finishing this game with 18-20 points. Get the upper hand on his points and watch him shine in his third year.
NBA best bet for today’s game: Tyrese Haliburton OVER 15.5 points
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Prediction Magic vs Pistons
The Orlando Magic kick off their season against the Pistons in Detroit on Wednesday inside Little Caesars Arena. The Magic got the first draft pick this summer, selecting Paolo Banchero. Outside of the draft, the Magic haven’t made any major moves to improve their roster. They will rely on their young core to build chemistry and grow as a unit with a full season under their belt. That being said, Franz Wagner should see improved numbers during his rookie campaign, where he finished with 15.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game last season. The 14.5 point bet set for Wagner for Wednesday’s game is 0.7 points lower than his season average last year (15.2).
In four games against the Pistons last season, Wagner averaged 19.5 points per game, scoring 15 or more points in three of four games. Expect him to be one of the team’s top scorers in attack this season. The volume of shot should be there, but it will be a matter of Wagner’s offensive efficiency to hit the most on his points prop. Luckily for Orlando, they get an easier opponent in their opener against Detroit, which ranked in the bottom eight teams for defensive efficiency in 2021.
Despite varying levels of competition, Wagner has played well this summer for Germany, averaging 15.2 FIBA Europe Cup points across nine games. This formation is more talented than last season, but probably still a year or two away from the competition. It looks like the majority is on the Pistons to win and cover tonight’s game, but that won’t stop Wagner from shooting. I projected him to 16 points in tonight’s game. Take the plus points from Wagner and watch him to help improve the Magic’s offense this season.
NBA best bet for today’s game: Franz Wagner OVER 14.5 points
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