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Best bets for Wednesday's NBA games

If the LeBron-less Lakers are going to keep it close against the Thunder, Brandon Ingram will likely have to play a big role on Wednesday night. Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

With the NBA pushing past Christmas and nearing the halfway point of the season, certain trends are starting to emerge. The Milwaukee Bucks now have the best record in the NBA, but the Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder aren't too far behind. There's also a bunching of teams near the bottom of the totem pole, with three teams that have failed to reach 10 wins at this point in the season.

We've gotten a better sense of what each of the 30 teams in the NBA have to offer across the board, though trades and injuries continue to shift the balance of power on a regular basis. We're more focused here on the day-to-day variance that can help you win a few bucks. With a big slate of games every Wednesday, we've asked a few of our NBA experts -- Doug Kezirian, Jordan Schultz and Andre Snellings -- to give their best bets for the night.

Lines displayed are from Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook on Wednesday morning. As always, shop around for the best price.


Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards (-6)

Total: 230

Snellings: The Hawks began the season as one of the worst teams in the NBA, losing 16 of their first 19 games with an average scoring margin of -11.5 PPG. They have been a different team since John Collins returned to full speed, though, going 8-9 over their last 17 games and 5-2 over their last seven (with both of those losses coming against the surging Indiana Pacers).

The Wizards have