Miami Heat And Clippers Cap Hump Day Twinbill

By: Adam Markowitz | Tuesday, January 10, 2012

NBA betting fans of the Orlando Magic got some good news on Tuesday, as superstar Dwight Howard expects to stay in Orlando for the entire season. Though it could turn out to be terrible news for the Magic when it is said and done over the course of the next several years if Howard just leaves via free agency, at least for this season, he seems conceded to the fact that he will be playing at Mickey Mouse’s house.

Orlando is in the midst of a West Coast swing that continues Wednesday night with a visit to the Rose Garden against the Portland Trail Blazers. Don’t be surprised if this one turns out to be a low scoring game, as the Magic are 3-2 towards the ‘under’ in their last five, while Portland is 4-1 for ‘under’ backers in its last five.

The Trail Blazers have been remarkable against Orlando regardless of where the game is being played. They have won three in a row SU and ATS. To further support the total, the last four have stayed ‘under’ in this series, and none of those games have reached even 190 points.

Tip time in Portland is set for 10:00 (ET), and the game can be seen on Sun Sports and KGW.

The hottest team in NBA betting action right now is Philadelphia. The Sixers are 6-2, and they have won and covered five games in a row. They are the surprising leaders of the Atlantic Division, and they can extend their lead in the division on Wednesday if they can beat the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Since the start of the 2010 calendar year, Philadelphia has only gone 2-5 SU and 1-6 ATS against the Knicks though, and there is definitely a lot to overcome for the boys from the City of Brotherly Love. This one tips off at 7:30 (ET), and television coverage is set for Comcast Sports and MSG.

On the other end of the spectrum are the Washington Wizards. They enter their game on Tuesday vs. the Toronto Raptors as the only winless team in the league. If Washington doesn’t beat Toronto, don’t expect to see this winning streak go by the boards on Wednesday night. A trip to Chciago's United Center is on deck, and the Wizards are sure to be tremendous underdogs against the Bulls.

Washington isn’t just 0-8 SU this year, but 2-6 ATS as well. Because the offense is only averaging 84.9 PPG, the ‘under’ is a rock solid 7-1 in Wizards games.

The ‘under’ is 18-8 in Washington’s last 26 games against Central Division foes, and in the last 16 games in this series, the ‘under’ is 14-2.

The Bulls are going to try to extend their 6-2 ATS mark in their last eight games, while extending a three-game winning streak both SU and ATS in this series. This duel in the Windy City is set for 8:00 (ET).

There are a number of other fantastic games on the Wednesday night hoops schedule as well. The Atlanta Hawks try to become the first team this season to beat the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse at 7:00 (ET), while their division rivals, the Miami Heat continue their West Coast trip with their date against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Miami/LA game is the second game of an ESPN doubleheader, which gets started when the Dallas Mavericks meet the Boston Celtics at TD Garden at 8:00 p.m. (ET).

The rest of the games on the Wednesday slate includes Sacramento Kings at the Toronto Raptors, the Oklahoma City Thunder in New Orleans to meet the  Hornets, the Houston Rockets making the short trip to play the San Antonio Spurs, the New Jersey Nets at the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers on the raod at the Utah Jazz.

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