Wednesday NBA Quick Picks: April 3, 2013

With only a few weeks left in the 2012-2013 NBA regular season, the action on the hardcourt is only heating up and there isn’t much time to take advantage of betting juicy 12-game slates, like the one the Association is serving up today. You’ll want to get your wagers in early today, so you can sit back and soak in all the NBA excitement and before you do, make sure to check out our trustworthy quick picks below for 10 of the games!

Washington Wizards +3.5 at Toronto Raptors -3.5

The Wizards have drastically improved since the return of John Wall – posting a record of 23-18 – but their road woes have continued, as they’ve managed just seven wins away from Washington. Still, the Raptors haven’t exactly been stellar at home and the Wizards are hot – coming in winners of eight of their last 12 – so take the Wiz to cover +3.5 in the win.

Philadelphia 76ers -4 at Charlotte Bobcats +4

As winners of three straight, the Sixers look like they’re poised to end the season strong. Look for them to continue their winning ways against the lowly Bobcats, covering -4 in the process.

New York Knicks +3.5 at Atlanta Hawks -3.5

After blowing out the Miami Heat on the shoulders of a 50-point performance from Carmelo Anthony, you could safely say the Knicks are playing with a chip on their own shoulders. As winners of nine straight, the Knicks are proving they belong among the top teams in the East. Look for them to continue their recent dominance today in a win over Atlanta, covering +3.5.

Brooklyn Nets -4.5 at Cleveland Cavaliers +4.5

The Cavs have looked absolutely lost during their nine-game losing skid and things won’t get any easier when the playoff-bound Nets come to town. Look for Brooklyn to cover -4.5 in the win.

Detroit Pistons +7.5 at Boston Celtics -7.5

Boston may be running out of juice and has been riddled with ill-timed injuries down the stretch, but with Paul Pierce back in the lineup, it should be able to defeat Detroit. Still, it probably won’t be that easy, so expect the Pistons to cover +7.5 in defeat.

Minnesota Timberwolves +5 at Milwaukee Bucks -5

Minnesota doesn’t have much to play for in this one, but with the Bucks being a few wins away from clinching an Eastern Conference playoff spot, expect them to come out hungry. Their desire and talent should be enough for them to cover -5 in the win.

Orlando Magic +14 at San Antonio Spurs -14

The Spurs are obviously far better than the Magic, but covering 14 is too tall a order for the injury-ridden Spurs. Take Orlando to cover +14 in what will still most likely be a loss.

Denver Nuggets +2.5 at Utah Jazz -2.5

The Nuggets have enjoyed plenty of hot streaks this season, but the Jazz seem to catching fire at the right time, as winners of five in a row. Without Ty Lawson, the Nuggets will fall on the road. Take Utah to cover -2.5 in victory.

Phoenix Suns +15.5 at Los Angeles Clippers -15.5

The Suns have dropped nine of their last 10 contests, but they should still be able to compete against a Clippers team that has lost three in a row. Take Phoenix to cover +15.5 in the loss.

New Orleans Hornets +8 at Golden State Warriors -8

The Warriors are starting to pick up the pace again as winners of seven of their last 10. Meanwhile, the Hornets’ struggles have continued and we shouldn’t expect things to improve for them on the road against Golden State. Take the Warriors to cover -8 in the win.