Best bets for Wednesday’s NBA games

Post-All-Star break action is in full swing in the NBA, and as teams on opposite ends of the spectrum battle for either playoff contention or lottery position, each night presents at least a few games with solid betting value. Staying ahead of the curve on how teams will perform in the second half of the season should allow for profitable betting conditions.

On Wednesday nights, typically the busiest night of the week, our NBA experts — Andre Snellings, Jordan Schultz and Doug Kezirian — give their best bets for the slate of games.

Lines displayed are from Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Wednesday morning. As always, shop around for the best price.

Denver Nuggets (-5.5) at Los Angeles Lakers

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Kezirian: This is a classic case of Occam’s razor. The Lakers have been an absolute disaster the past couple of weeks, and I don’t see any reason for optimism. Their playoff hopes have essentially vanished (BPI has them at 0.1 percent), and LeBron James doesn’t appear fully recovered from his strained left groin injury. I realize oddsmakers are aware of all this and thus the point spread represents such information, but I feel there should be more of an adjustment.