NBA Wedensday Central Division Preview

By Jonathan K.

Tonight is filled with some top notch NBA action from the Central Division.

Indiana Pacers @ Philadelphia 76ers

The Pacers will be coming to this game on a home game winning streak, but they have shown that they often struggle on the road going 10-16 when playing on the road.  The Pacers have won 15 straight home games.  Their latest victory against the Chicago Bulls, a team that they have been battling for the top spot in the Central.

The 76ers have won three in a row and are 4-1 on their latest home stand.  The 76ers will be without Thaddeus Young, who is out for three weeks due to a hamstring strain.  This will give Pacers an edge against an unhealthy 76ers team.

The sports books have the hometown 76ers favored by 2.5 points.  The money line to bet on the 76ers is -140.  To bet on the 76ers, the money line is at +120.

Brooklyn Nets @ Detroit Pistons

Early in the season the Nets looked as though they could be legit contenders for the playoffs.  They have since fallen off the wagon going 5-5 on their last ten and dropping their last game against the Lakers.  The Nets will be attempting to shake off their last loss and string of rough games with a solid win against the Pistons.

The Pistons have been in a rut all season and are simply trying to squeeze every win they can out of the season.  This is a very opportunistic time for the Pistons to go for a huge win against the Nets.  They will be playing at home and the nets have lost 10 straight road games.

It is for that reason that the Pistons have a point spread of -2 points.  To bet on the Nets the money line is at +110 compared to the Pistons -130.

Milwaukee Bucks @ Utah Jazz

The Jazz are a team just on the outside looking in at becoming a major play off contender.  They have a winning record and are an impressive 18-5 when playing at home.  The Jazz are the clear favorites in this game according to the point spread by -5.5 points.  The Jazz will also be shooting for its 11th consecutive victory.

The Bucks, however, have the tendency to upset teams.  Over the last month or so they have defeated the Celtics, Bulls and Heat.  The Bucks are a team that clearly loves to play spoiler.  I would not count them out too quickly.

The money lines for the game is at +195 for the Bucks and at -225 for the Jazz.

Charlotte Bobcats @ Cleavland Cavaliers

Both of these teams are struggling and in last place in their division.  They both will be looking to make a statement in this game.  Which team will come away with the new mark in the W column will likely feel a bit of rejuvination.

The Cavs will be playing at home and the Bobcats are on a four game losing streak.  This is what gives the Cavs a -6 point spread edge in this game.  It is a -250 moneyline to bet on the Cavs.  The Bobcats money line is at +210.