NBA Basketball Picks - Daily ATS Predictions
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It always helps when you get two of your best ball-handlers back in the lineup, as LeBron is tied with Rondo for a team-high 7.6 apg. James is still the best player in the league averaging 26.8 points and 7.7 rpg, and will try and slow down the MVP candidate James Harden. Kyle Kuzma had stepped up big time in LeBron’s absence, as he is second on the team in scoring with 19.1 points per game. We’re rolling with the Lakers in this game and expect LeBron to get this team back in the playoff hunt starting with a win over Houston.
For those that feel bold, the Heat may actually be worth a look here on the Money Line (+225) as an upset could very well be in the making. Be that as it may, there are more than enough points on the table here for the Heat to cover as their smothering defense will afford them to chance to slow down Philly’s high-powered offense (115.9 points per game – 3rd in the NBA) and make this a four-quarter game.
The Trailblazers are going to need tremendous defense and other scorers to rise to the occasion to take down Steve Kerr's Warriors team. Curry and Durant both lead this team in scoring, as they get roughly 56 points a night between the two. You then have Thompson who averages 22.1 points a night, Cousins who averages 14.1 points, and then Draymond Green at the forward position. We're predicting this to be a pretty close game. The Trailblazers have played the Warriors close in their last two matchups. Portland enters this game with no injuries, as Andre Iguodala remains day-to-day for Golden State. Bet on Golden State to roll in this game.
The 76ers play 13-14 SU basketball on the road so the Knicks will get an entirely different animal when they face a more human Sixers team on their own court as opposed to the beast they have to tussle with at home in the City of Brotherly Love. Be that as it may, the rivalry element of this contest will give New York something to play for and we have to like their prospect of being a live dog against a Sixers team that will likely look past them in anticipation of their All-Star hiatus. Take the points.
This game has all the makings of a fist fight as these two teams will be playing a match that will spurn momentum for the victor and could be instrumental in determining seeding and the Atlantic Division race. While Philadelphia may get the win here, they will have to work for it. This is a game that will be settled a possession or two at the most and allow Boston takers to profit.
Road woes will get the best of the Hornets, and as a result, the Hawks will pull the upset outright and hand Charlotte its fourth straight road loss. We’ll trade away the bucket to enhance our return and take the Hawks straight up on the Money Line.
The question here is whether or not Detroit will win. However, the real query is to whether they can cover. The Knicks have not covered in five games and have not come within 10 points of any team they lost to over this span. However, that will change tonight as New York will come out with a revised blueprint in response to the last meeting three days ago and a result will make things more difficult for the Pistons.
If Luka does end up sitting, then we don't really see a scenario in which the Mavs can win. If he does suit up, that would give Dallas a better chance of pulling off the upset at home. Regardless - not happening. Milwaukee is the better team.
This is the time of year where wins and losses for teams like Minnesota who are vying for the final few playoff spots became that much more significant. Given the fact that Minnesota is four games back from the eighth seed, they cannot afford any more losses in winnable games. Sadly, the T-Wolves' previous two losses were matches that could have quickly gone the other way as they were settled by a combined three points, one of which was against one of the top teams in the West, the Denver Nuggets. As a result, Minnesota will treat this game as a must-win to fortify their post-season aspirations. Moreover, the T-Wolves are the better team and thanks to their stock being low we also get them at a better price.
Memphis will likely hold Marc Gasol out of this game, as he is listed day-to-day with an injury. With the trade deadline approaching, the Grizzlies are most likely just keeping Gasol fresh if they do decide to move him. ESPN's matchup predictor is giving the Thunder an 80.1% chance of winning this game at home. The Thunder hold an 18-7 home record, and the Grizzlies are 9-19 on the road. The Grizzlies will travel back home for a couple games after Thursday night's game against the Thunder. Take the Thunder at home.
Make no mistake this won't be a clash of the Titans, but there is something to be said when a team that was garnered as a playoff contender finds itself in a toss-up market with one of the weaker teams in the Eastern Conference. We'll play this one as the market projects it and back the Bulls who are primed for victory. Chicago wins.
We’ll go ahead and trade away the bucket here and take the Pacers outright. The combination of home court and the situational match-up is enough to suggest that the Pacers are primed for the win. Thanks to LeBron James wearing a Lakers jersey, takers can take advantage of a friendly number because the Pacers would have been favored here under any other circumstance.
The Nets have not played like the playoff team they appear to be by any stretch while Milwaukee looks like a sure-fire bet to appear in the NBA Finals. The two contrasting forms for these two teams sets it up for the Bucks to stub its toe in Brooklyn and given the immense edge that bench play gives to Brooklyn, the Nets are in a position to stage an upset. The Nets will come in under the number, and there is plenty of equity here in the number of points presented.
By no means is this contest a match-up of NBA Finals participants but the fact remains Memphis is in position to finally get off the snide against a New York team that has clearly put up the white flag. The Grizzlies will find all cylinders firing here in the Big Apple, and they will defeat the Knicks by comprehensive margins to snap their away drought. Grizzlies win big and cover with style as they do so. Swallow the points.
An upset is not of the question here once again as the Wizards will come out swinging to make yet another statement in their own stead. Milwaukee will more apt to awaits them in the District of Columbia this time around, but they will still have their hands full. The Wizards will threaten the Bucks in what will be a close game that affords them a chance to come in under a likely inflated number.
Not only can Memphis cover here but it is also safe to assess that an upset may be imminent here. All the ingredients aligned for Memphis to be supremely undervalued and with all this being said they are still just a mid-range underdog. The Grizzlies will avenge their most recent bitter overtime loss against a Charlotte team that is still beleaguered after getting beat down two days ago. While Memphis is geared to pull the upset, we’ll take the points as there are likely far more to work with than needed.
This should be a great game, but in the end - one team is better than the other. Oklahoma CIty should win and win easily. Take the Thunder by double digits over the Heat.
Detroit will get itself back on track here with a much-needed win in Motown. While we only need one bucket to generate a win, the Pistons should defeat the Mavericks by a more comprehensive margin that then market suggests. Dallas' overall offensive operations is of the sputter-and-stall variety, but it will only make things more difficult against a Detroit team that is the best in the league in defending the three-pointer (32.9%). Pistons cruise to an easy win.
It’s tough not to side with the Warriors, who have been hot since getting Cousins back. As great of a coach as Steve Kerr is, Brett Brown has made a name for himself as the 76ers head coach. This is a game we expect the Warriors to win, especially at home, but it should be a good basketball game with some of the best players in the game going head to head.
Given the set-up, the Knicks may be worth a split-wager with half of a bet on the Money Line (+200) here. Though wins are few and far between with the Knicks, this may be a game that they actually can win. Be that as it may, the Knicks are indeed bound to take back inflated point spreads be their overall record on the season and what happened in Cleveland last night serves as any barometer of what could happen to teams like Washington who fare poorly on the road…the Knicks are offered at a bargain price here.