Big Wednesday is here in the NBA, and there are plenty of games to choose from. Below are three of my favorite picks for tonight and why I think they will cash you a winner.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic 

Elton BrandThe 76ers have been nothing short of outstanding this season. They are almost certainly the NBA's most improved team and are one of the best defensively. The 76ers find themselves with a 20-9 record and one of the East's best teams. They travel into Orlando with a date with the streakiest team in the NBA, the Magic. The 76ers have beaten the Magic once this season, in Philadelphia; 74-69.

Even though the Magic have looked better over their last eight games, they are well overdue for a clunker. Plus, the Magic have not been very successful against teams with good defenses. They are 0-4 against Chicago, Philly, and Boston this season. All of the aforementioned teams are the top three defensive teams in the league. When it comes to shutting down the Magic, the Sixers not only implore great defense, but their offense is so diverse, they will make the Magic work extra hard on the other end.

Even though these two team's last ten meetings heavily favor the Magic, my money is with the 76ers taking points here. The 76ers are a different team from the last few seasons. Dwight Howard has been cold and his struggles will continue tonight.

My Pick: 76ers +2.5

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets

Kevin DurantBoth of these teams played last night and had to travel. With that, I'm going to bet with the better and more experienced team. The Thunder dominated Utah once again last night and scored 111 points in the process but the game went UNDER as Joe Freda predicted. The Rockets on the other hand couldn't figure it out last night, as they fell to the Grizzlies 93-83.

The Thunder are red hot right now and have won their last four meetings against the Rockets. They have also won three of their last four, while the Rockets have now lost two straight games. With how up and down the Rockets have been this season, OKC should take care of Houston here. 

Houston has no one to check Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook has been on fire in his last five games. The Rockets on the other hand have gotten nothing from their best player; Kevin Martin, over his last six. Westbrook has averaged 27 points per game over his last five, while Martin has scored in double digits only once in his last six. Besides a 28 point game against Golden State on Sunday, Martin has scored, 2, 8, 4, 2 and 0 points in five of his last six. This kind of inconsistent play is killing my fantasy team and the Rockets. 

My Pick: Thunder -2.5

 

Portland Trailblazers vs. Golden State Warriors

Monta EllisThis is purely a gut call, but news that just broke this morning makes this a great value pick. I wasn't even going to touch this game until I saw what happened last night to the Blazers by the hands of the Wizards. The Wizards worked the Blazers all game. It also might have had something to do with the fact that early in the first quarter, LaMarcus Aldridge sprained his ankle and left the game. He did not return.

Breaking news out of Portland this morning is that Aldridge will not travel with the team to Oakland to face the Warriors. You're the smart one if you can figure out that means he won't play. After he went down last night, the Blazers looked stagnant on offense. They didn't know where to go with the ball when the shot clock was running out. 

The Warriors are built a lot like the Wizards. Young; with great guard play. Golden State is coming on really strong. They have won three in a row, four of their last six, and have scored an average of nearly 110 points per game over those six games. Get it in your NBA picks now while you can, before the NBA lines men adjust their odds. 

My Pick: Warriors -2.5