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Expert handicapper Dan Canova is back with his picks for Wednesday's NBA slate

PICK OF THE DAY: (2u) Bucks -11.5 @ -105

Indiana Pacers @ Milwaukee Bucks, 7:00 PM:

  •  Since the 2013-14 NBA season, the Milwaukee Bucks have a 43-24-2 against the spread record in night games at the Fiserv Forum. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)__.

The reason we’re backing the Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks enter this matchup against the Indiana Pacers with a 27-3 home record.

The Bucks, however, are coming off a road loss to the Miami Heat.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was held to only 13 points to go with 15 rebounds and Brook Lopez added 21 points, six boards and two blocks in the 105-89 loss.

The Pacers and Bucks have already squared off three times this season, with Milwaukee winning two of them.

The Pacers head into this matchup riding a four-game winning streak, but they will most likely be without Victor Oladipo.

Milwaukee hasn’t lost consecutive games this season. The Bucks have nine losses and in their previous eight defeats, they responded with a win in the next game.

The pick here is Milwaukee minus the 11.5 points at home.

(1u) Jazz -7.5 @ -110

Utah Jazz @ New York Knicks 7:30 PM:

  •  The Utah Jazz have an 83-63-3 against the spread record as an away team coming off 1 day of rest since the 2014-15 NBA season.

The reason we’re backing the Jazz

The Utah Jazz will look to win three straight games when they visit the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

In their last game on Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Rudy Gobert contributed 20 points, nine boards and five blocks in a 126-113 win.

Donovan Mitchell entered the game against the Cavs scoring 30 or more points in four straight games. That ended when he finished with 19 points.

With that said, look for Mitchell to put forth a better scoring performance in this game.

The Jazz minus the 7.5 points is the way to go here.

(1u) Magic +8 @ -110

Orlando Magic @ Miami Heat, 7:30 PM:

  • Since the 2017-18 NBA season, the Miami Heat have a 23-32-2 against the spread record after a win when playing as a home team.

The reason we’re backing the Magic

The Orlando Magic will try to rebound from back-to-back losses when they travel to Miami to take on the Heat on Wednesday night.

In their last matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers, Nikola Vucevic finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds and Terrence Ross contributed 23 points and five rebounds off the bench in a 130-107 loss.

I believe the Magic, who are fighting for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, will rebound against the Heat.

The Magic own a 9-6 record against the Heat over the last few seasons, however, Miami holds a 2-1 advantage this year.

Look for Vucevic to be the difference for the Magic in this game. He leads the Magic in scoring (19.3) and rebounds (10.8) and he is third in assists (3.6).

Take Orlando plus the 8 points in this game.

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