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Can Raptors end their 14-game losing streak?

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Joel Embiid's return headlined Tuesday's action in the NBA. There should be even more excitement Wednesday night with a nine-game slate, including an ESPN doubleheader.

Here are our four best bets for the night's action.

Pacers @ Nets (+7, O/U 230.5)

It seems like the Nets are just counting down to the offseason. Two days ago, the Pacers defeated them by 22. Although this game is in Brooklyn, seven is too narrow a spread for Indiana, which is in the playoff picture and looking to avoid the play-in tournament.

The Nets failed to cover seven of their last nine games as underdogs. Indiana may not completely dominate Brooklyn like it did earlier this week, but the Pacers are a significantly more talented and more motivated group.

Expect Indiana to get an early lead and Brooklyn to fold rather than fight back.

Pick: Pacers -7

Raptors @ Timberwolves (-16, O/U 215)

The Raptors are, to put it kindly, a horrific basketball club. They have a legit claim as the NBA's worst team over the last month.

Toronto has lost 14 straight and covered the spread in just three games during that streak. However, this feels like a spot where the Raptors can compete. Both teams are on the second leg of a back-to-back. Although the Raptors are traveling to Minnesota, this is the Timberwolves' third game in four nights and fourth in six nights.

The Raptors are mostly back to full strength. RJ Barrett returned to the lineup on Tuesday but is sitting Wednesday's contest. However, Immanuel Quickley returned this week after missing multiple weeks.

While the T-Wolves have stayed afloat without Karl-Anthony Towns, they don't dominate opponents. Eleven of Minnesota's last 13 wins came by less than 16 points.

Pick: Raptors +16

Kristaps Porzingis: Over 27.5 points and rebounds

The Celtics-Thunder matchup is the NBA's game of the night between championship contenders in different conferences. Assuming the Thunder's stars play, it should be an electric showdown that can offer each team a glimpse of its standing among the league's best (although, by this point, both teams already have a good idea).

Kristaps Porzingis post-ups are one of the NBA's most efficient plays, and the Celtics should take advantage against a Thunder frontcourt that lacks depth.

Chet Holmgren is a promising big, but he's still skinny, and talented opposing bigs have their way against him. The Thunder are the league's third-worst rebounding team and surrender the third-most rebounds per game to centers.

Odds: -120 (playable to -120)

Kevin Durant: Over 24.5 points

Kevin Durant's had a down season by his scoring standards, but he's still pouring in 27.5 points per game. The Suns have the NBA's hardest remaining schedule and need every win they can earn for seeding purposes.

Durant and Devin Booker need to drag Phoenix across the finish line. Durant has been playing better lately. Although he struggled Monday against the Pelicans, Booker picked up the slack with a 52-point performance.

Before Monday, Durant had scored at least 25 points in four straight games. He should return to that production level against the Cavs as Phoenix can move up to the 7-seed in the West with a win.

Odds: -125

Sam Oshtry is a sports betting writer at theScore. You can follow him on X @soshtry for more betting coverage.

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