NBA Basketball Picks - Daily ATS Predictions
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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.
Playing the Cavaliers on the Money Line in either a split wager or an outright proposition could undoubtedly be justified here as an upset possibility is high in this one. Be that as it may, the Cavaliers will certainly keep this game competitive as all the ingredients will make it hard for Washington to ever create separation in this match-up.
If you want to know what a zig-zag looks like this spot offers a fabulous example. Two weeks ago when the two teams met, most of the consensus was on the Celtics laying the road points to the Nets. Brooklyn would go to win impressively as an outright underdog, and now two weeks later they seem ripe for the plucking with an enhanced allotment of points. However, the last time Brooklyn came to Boston the Celtics laid waste to the Nets by a score of 116 to 95. Just like the build-up into this contest, the Nets were also a public darling that day as a 10.5-point pooch. Swallow the points.
The Nets will win this one decisively and establish its reign in the Battle of New York. Brooklyn will easily cover this line and could very well win this match by upwards of 20 points. Swallow the points.
Two weeks ago, the Wizards knocked off the Milwaukee Bucks (the team with the best record in the NBA) on their own court and followed this up by taking it to the Toronto Raptors to overtime before relinquishing a bitter two-point loss. Very simply, this team plays at a higher level in D.C., and their results in their recent home-stand (4-1 SU) would reinforce that. We have to like backing the Wizards here with enhanced points to work with.
We trust that Miami will be able to cover this number here and earn their third straight cover while doing so. The Heat’s 26th-ranked scoring offense (106 points per game) usually is their Achilles heel which inhibits them from getting wins in defensive games they like to play. However, given the match-up here they should have no trouble feasting on some buckets and notching a more comfortable win at home.
Toronto will throw their weight around in this contest and steamroll the Kings. Usually, it is an ill-advised practice to lay this kind of lumber but given the circumstances here it may actually be the opposite. Toronto could easily win this game by 20-plus points, and we trust they will cover here with ease.
Though it will not be a win to herald in by any means, the Bulls will be able to delight in finally getting the monkey off their back and ending their nasty skid. When you factor in Chicago’s ability to play better defense compared to their counterparts (a 2.3 point swing to their favor), the Bulls should be able to get the buckets they need to cover while they are at it as well.