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NBA Picks for January 26th 2011: Thunder And Jazz Look Like Solid Wagers Wednesday

NBA Picks: January 26th 2011

Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder -5
The Thunder travel to the Twin Cities for a meeting with the host Timberwolves on Wednesday night with the tipoff set for 8:05PM EST. Oklahoma City has had little trouble with Minnesota over their last seven meetings with the Thunder winning all seven straight up. Minnesota has no answer for Thunder star Kevin Durant who has averaged 31 points per game over their last six meetings. Not only has Durant been a thorn in their side but also Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has torched them for 22.5 points per game on 50 percent shooting from the field. OKC has forced Minnesota star forward Michael Beasley to have to work for his 22 points per game shooting just 38 percent from the field against the Thunder defense. The T-Wolves have struggled against the spread of late posting a record of 2-7 ATS their last nine contests overall. We have isolated a key technical situation for this game and it tells us the Thunder are 8-0 ATS covering by an average of 11.1 points per game since December 31, 2008 with at most one day of rest off a loss as an underdog in which they led by ten or more points. The Thunder are just a tough matchup for the T-Wolves and tonight’s contest will be no different as Durant and Company bounce back and put a “W” in both columns on Wednesday night in the Twin Cities. -Robbie Gainous

Pick: Bobcats vs. Suns Over 201
Charlotte is in the second of a back to back spot, so look for the uptempo home team to push the pace. The Bobcats went two straight games over the total in beating the 76ers, 100-97, then losing to the Hawks giving up 103 points. Phoenix is third in the NBA in points scored (106 ppg) and that comes at a cost of playing no defense, allowing .479% shooting, 28th in the NBA, plus allowing 107.7 ppg — second most. The Over is 8-3-1 in the Bobcats last 12 vs. the NBA Pacific and the Over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings between these teams. Play the Bobcats/Suns Over the total. -Jim Feist

Pick: Utah Jazz +4
The Utah Jazz have fallen upon hard times of late failing to cover in 13 of their last 16 games while winning just 7 and losing 9. Returning home after a five-game road trip might be just what they need as they have been one the NBA’s best at home over the years. The Jazz swept San Antonio last year and will be looking for their first win over the Spurs this season tonight…they get it. Take UTAH! -Chip Chirimbes

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