The NBA schedule has positioned multiple divisional rivals against each other in Wednesday’s seven matches.
Both the reigning champions and the current championship favourites will get involved, with a handful of playoff contenders participating too.
It will be fascinating to see how the Cleveland Cavaliers fare against the Detroit Pistons, who will try to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
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The Southeast clash between the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards is one to keep an eye on, as Orlando will play without All-Star center Nikola Vucevic.
Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors will head to Miami to tackle the Heat, where Jimmy Butler and his young franchise will look to dethrone the reigning champs.
The final match of the day will see the new-look Portland Trail Blazers face the Los Angeles Clippers, who are the outright title favourites with NBA bookmakers.
NBA multi tips for Wednesday, December 4
• Cleveland Cavaliers to beat Detroit Pistons @ $2.13
• Orlando Magic to beat Washington Wizards @ $2.02
• Toronto Raptors to beat Miami Heat @ $1.49
• Los Angeles Clippers to beat Portland Trail Blazers @ $1.21
NBA multi odds = $7.75 with Sportsbet
NBA Wednesday betting predictions
Cavaliers vs Pistons: Although the Cleveland Cavaliers have lost nine of their last 10 matches, you can see improvement from the starting five now that Tristian Thompson and Kevin Love are back from injury. Detroit has been a sorry team in its first 20 matches, winning only seven games. Blake Griffin has almost been a hinderance on offence with his poor shooting, which is where Love will strike. Love and Colin Sexton can excel on offence when the opposition are in low spirits, which is why the road trip and current poor form will plague the Pistons.
Magic vs Wizards: One of the worst records on the road goes to the Orlando Magic, who have only been good enough to win a single game outside their home stadium. However, this trip to Washington is not as long as others and will not harm the team. Evan Fournier can score over 30 points when he is defended poorly, and there’s no worse opponent on the defensive end than the Wizards, who leak over 122 points per game. Believe in the Magic against a poor defensive team as it will help boost their own low output.
Raptors vs Heat: Travelling to Canada to face the Raptors is one of the hardest trips in the NBA, especially now that Toronto is a proven threat. Fred VanVleet continues to amass steals, assists and points to a great extent, whilst Pascal Siakam just keeps getting better. The athleticism of Siakam will match Bam Adebayo, who has manhandled teams in the past, and that will force the Heat to shoot more from the outside, where the likes of VanVleet and OG Anunoby are at their defensive best.
Clippers vs Trail Blazers: The pick-up of Carmelo Anthony led most fans to laughter. Now that the former NBA scoring champion has been acknowledged as the Western Conference player of the week, the signing looks unreal. It will not matter too much in this game, however, as the Clippers in LA are near unbeatable. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will not allow Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers room to operate.
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