Wednesday’s NBA Predictions and Betting Tips (April 28, 2021)

| April 28, 2021 3:02 am PDT

Am I the only one counting the days until the NBA regular season ends? This has been the weirdest season ever, as it’s included an insane amount of blowouts and more player inactives than I’ve ever seen.

Don’t get me wrong; there is still money to be made in betting on the NBA. The product is still entertaining, too.

I’ll definitely appreciate more stable betting conditions when the much more transparent playoffs roll around.

That said, Wednesday does drop a nice 10-game betting slate on us, and there should be some nice spots to dig some bets out of.

Here’s a look at tonight’s schedule, with my NBA predictions and betting picks worth targeting at online sportsbooks.

NBA Predictions for Wednesday, April 28th

  • Cavaliers to beat Magic
  • 76ers to beat Hawks
  • Celtics to beat Hornets
  • Knicks to beat Bulls
  • Wizards to beat Lakers
  • Heat to beat Spurs
  • Nuggets to beat Pelicans
  • Blazers to beat Grizzlies
  • Suns to beat Clippers
  • Jazz to beat Kings

Like always, keep an eye on any major news that pops up. Philly, both L.A. teams, Boston, and Miami, are the main teams to monitor, as they all have guys who have been missing time.

For now, the NBA picks above are what make the most sense. Cleveland may sit Kevin Love for being a quitter, of course.

They’re probably better off without that type of mindset on the floor, anyways, and beating the Magic shouldn’t be a tall order.

Atlanta is worth keeping an eye on, as Trae Young could make his return this week. It sounds like it’d be on Friday, but it’s always possible he makes a quick recovery.

Even if he’s back, I’d expect Joel Embiid to dominate that matchup, and I’d still be on the Sixers as they continue to chase down the #1 seed in the east.

New York had their awesome winning streak snapped in cold-blooded fashion thanks to a Chris Paul dagger, but they should get right back to it with a win over the Bulls.

The rest of these bets are hopefully self-explanatory, as the Jazz dropping a third straight (let alone to the Kings) doesn’t make sense. I like the Suns more than the banged-up Clippers, and Boston, Denver, and Miami should be able to get wins.

One game seems questionable, and that’s the tilt between the Wizards and Lakers. L.A. has a shot there with Anthony Davis back in the fold, but Washington has won eight of their last nine.

I’ll ride the hot hand there. For all of these NBA predictions, check out the latest odds to see which games are good to go with when it comes to the moneyline.

For my favorite NBA underdog picks and best bets, read on.

NBA Upsets to Target on Wednesday

  • Wizards (+3) -110
  • Blazers (+2.5) -110

The Lakers have The Brow back, but he’s been pretty limited, and they still don’t have Lebron James. Washington is also still fighting for a shot at a play-in series, and they’ve won eight of their last nine.

The Wizards are forever impossible to trust, but they tend to dictate the pace, and they can certainly score. I don’t mind them as a fun ATS and straight-up underdog play.

Portland is also a really attractive NBA upset pick for Wednesday.

Damian Lillard and co. did play last night, but they have been slacking lately. They have to snap out of their funk to avoid a play-in series, and I think they’ll get it going.

Best NBA Bets for Wednesday, April 28th

  • Hawks (+8) -110
  • Hawks vs. 76ers Over 220 (-110)
  • Lakers vs. Wizards Over 223 (-110)

These are the NBA picks that stand out the most for me going into Wednesday. Atlanta is a very interesting ATS, as we don’t know who will suit up for the Sixers, and Trae Young could potentially return to the floor.

Even if Young remains out, this is a pesky, well-coached Hawks team that just beat the Bucks at less than full strength.

Atlanta at +8 looks fantastic, while that game feels a bit underpriced when you look at the game total. I think that one features a bit more scoring and gets to the Over.

I also like the Over for the Lakers vs. Wizards game. Washington runs at the fastest pace in the NBA, and they’ve been fantastic lately.

The Wizards just had a ridiculous overtime battle that nearly totaled 300 points, so even with the Lakers slowing things down a bit, this 223 total feels pretty light.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

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