We made it through a light Tuesday night with a 4-2 mark and head into a giant Wednesday aiming to add more wins to our (617-316 season record). The majority of the NBA is active tonight as we make our way through a towering 13-game schedule.
Let’s quickly break down each matchup and see who are the safest teams to side with in our NBA picks for 3/25/2015:
Clippers @ Knicks
The Knickerbockers are a hapless bunch and the Clippers are only missing Jamal Crawford at this point. New York might fight and keep it close early but it’ll be a rout in the end.
Pick: Clips 109, Knicks 94
Hawks @ Magic
Orlando stole one game in this series and can be dangerous at home, but the Hawks have lost three in a row and badly need to get back on track. Look for them to refocus and take care of business against the Magic.
Pick: Hawks 104, Magic 101
Pacers @ Wizards
Indiana is in a free fall with six losses in a row, while the Wizards have been sliding with three straight defeats, as well. Washington is at home and is the better team, so look for them to rebound and get back on track.
Pick: Wizards 98, Pacers 96
Bulls @ Raptors
Chicago heads to Toronto for what figures to be an epic Eastern clash. Chicago has dismantled the Raptors in all three meetings this year and now the only body absent from their lineup is Derrick Rose. Kyle Lowry also could be out tonight, giving the Bulls all they need to push to a 4-0 series sweep.
Pick: Bulls 103, Raptors 97
Nets @ Hornets
Al Jefferson will play with a bum knee as the Hornets host the Nets. Both teams have lost six of 10 and look a little lost, but both can also play defense and grind it out on offense. Charlotte is at home and tends to be the better defensive squad, so they get the slight edge tonight.
Pick: Hornets 101, Nets 97
Heat @ Celtics
The Celtics host Miami tonight and have been solid lately (winners of six of their last 10), but they’re still down Isaiah Thomas and Miami has more talent. Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic should be able to get it going from the outside, while Hassan Whiteside dominantes Boston’s weak interior defense.
Pick: Heat 106, Celtics 102
Rockets @ Pelicans
Dwight Howard makes his return and the Pellies are still banged up. Anthony Davis should get his but the Pelicans won’t have much of an answer for James Harden.
Pick: Rockets 105, Pelicans 102
Lakers @ Timberwolves
A clash of bottom feeders actually figures to be entertaining, although Ricky Rubio, Kevin Garnett and Nikola Pekovic likely all remain out. Kevin Martin missed his last contest, too, and if he’s out again the odds shift completely to the visiting Lakers.
Pick: Lakers 107, T’Wolves 104
Cavaliers @ Grizzlies
LeBron James leads his Cavs into Memphis, where he’ll be face-guarded by the intense Tony Allen. Kevin Love has been playing horribly and Memphis plays great defense at home, so Cleveland might be over-matched here.
Pick: Grizz 106, Cavs 102
76ers @ Nuggets
We can expect little to no defense in this clash of sinking teams, although Denver has actually turned things around a bit with a 5-5 mark over their past 10 games. They should be at full strength at home, which gives them a great shot at earning a second straight victory.
Pick: Nuggets 107, Sixers 103
Trail Blazers @ Jazz
LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum are both probably out again, which should hold Portland back considerably. Utah is a defensive fiend on their home floor and the Blazers have lost themselves amidst an ugly five-game skid. Make it six losses in a row for Portland.
Pick: Jazz 96, Blazers 94
Thunder @ Spurs
Russell Westbrook is back at it as he tries to will his Thunder to a fifth straight win. San Antonio had been better but just got housed in Dallas last night. They could rest some guys but even if they don’t they might come out tired against a seemingly more determined OKC squad.
Pick: Thunder 104, Spurs 99
Kings @ Suns
DeMarcus Cousins was huge last night as the Kings ripped off their third win in a row. Things are picking up for Sacramento but Phoenix is just as hot with four wins in a row and has the edge at home. NBA bettors can at least chase the Total tonight, as this game should yield plenty of points.
Pick: Suns 108, Kings 105