The NBA betting schedule this year is as intense as could be, as teams cram 66 games into just four months. The end result is going to be a lot of injuries, and some of the most recent injuries could turn into big problems for some of the best teams in the league on Wednesday night.
The Denver Nuggets might have been dealt the worst blow on Monday night when they lost Danilo Gallinari with a slight fracture in his left foot. The Italian is the team's leading scorer at 17.0 PPG, and if he misses substantial time, it could be devastating for the Nuggets.
Gallinari is out of the fold against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night in one of the showcase games on the slate. However, he isn't alone on the Denver injury list.
Arron Afflalo, Nene Hilario and Timofey Mozgov all missed the loss to the Houston Rockets on Monday, and all three are listed as questionable for the duel against Dallas. Corey Brewer is also gone from the team due to the death of his father, and it is unknown whether he will be back in time to face the Mavericks.
Between the four injured players, the Nuggets are missing out on over 46 PPG, while Brewer would add another 8.0 PPG to that number if he were to sit out on Wednesday as well.
Dallas isn't without its problems, though. The team has dropped three in a row both SU and ATS, and is going to have to continue playing without Jason Kidd, who is out until at least the middle of February with a calf injury.
This battle from Pepsi Arena is going to start at 9:00 (ET) on Wednesday night, and there will be local television coverage available on FOX Sports Southwest and Altitude.
There are some other crucial injuries that could have an impact on Wednesday's NBA odds.
The Chicago Bulls lost Derrick Rose to back spasms on Monday in their win against the New Jersey Nets. Rose has already missed some time this year with a toe injury, and now he is listed as questionable for Wednesday's tilt against the New Orleans Hornets at 8:00 (ET) from New Orleans Arena. The Bulls are already without Richard Hamilton, who is expected to miss his sixth straight game with a thigh injury.
The New York Knicks were able to beat the Utah Jazz on Monday at Madison Square Garden without Amare Stoudemire, who left the team to be with his family following the death of his brother. Now, they could be without Carmelo Anthony for 1-2 weeks.
Anthony only played six minutes Monday before straining his groin, and is officially questionable for the game against the Washington Wizards. It is unknown whether Stoudemire will get back to his team in time for Wednesday's game in DC. Washington could be without Rashard Lewis, who is listed as day-to-day with a knee injury.
The tip from the Verizon Center is set for 7:00 (ET) and can be seen nationally on NBA TV.
The Los Angeles Clippers will probably be without Chauncey Billups on Wednesday, and they could be without him for quite some time. Billups left Monday's win against the Orlando Magic with an Achilles injury that could keep him out of the fold for the rest of the season. The Clip Joint will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 7:00 (ET) tip at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, one of the pleasant surprises of the young season, are going to be without Kevin Love against the Memphis Grizzlies. Love was suspended for stomping on Luis Scola of the Rockets on Monday, and this will be the second game of his ban. The game against the Grizzlies starts at 8:00 (ET) on Wednesday night.
Two crucial 7:00 (ET) tilts pit some of the best teams in the league against each other. The Miami Heat and Orlando Magic will meet in a Sunshine State showdown at the Amway Center, while the San Antonio Spurs will continue their nine-game road trip at the Philadelphia 76ers. Also at 7:00 (ET), the Toronto Raptors face the Milwaukee Bucks.
The 7:30 (ET) tip between the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks should be interesting to say the least, as the Pacers look for their 11th road victory of the season against an Atlanta team that is still without Al Horford.
The Detroit Pistons take on the New Jersey Nets at 7:30 (ET), while the last game of the night on NBA TV pits the Portland Trail Blazers against the Houston Rockets at the Rose Garden at 10:00 (ET).