We had another crazy weekend of NBA action, but we’ll get eased into the new week with six games on Monday night. We carry a solid 248-130 season record. Let’s see if we can’t improve on that record with tonight’s games:
Bulls @ Pacers
Indiana is back to playing solid defense and could make it two straight wins tonight, but the Bulls are oddly very solid on the road (13-4) and are also riding a six-game winning streak.
Pick: Bulls 101, Pacers 95
Bucks @ Hornets
Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova will sit out tonight, which could be bad news for the Bucks as they try to slow down Al Jefferson down low in Charlotte. This could be a defensive battle that goes down to the wire, but the Hornets might deserve the edge with better interior play.
Pick: Hornets 98, Bucks 96
Magic @ Heat
Chris Bosh returns tonight as the Heat try to get a win against the visiting Magic. Miami still doesn’t have much down low to stop Nikola Vucevic, but you have to like their chances at full strength at home tonight.
Pick: Heat 103, Magic 101
Kings @ Nets
DeMarcus Cousins dropped 39 points on Saturday, so it looks like he’ll be completely healthy when he and the Kings head to Brooklyn tonight. Brooklyn just had a three-game winning streak snapped but they have both Deron Williams and Brook Lopez back and could be a handful at home.
Pick: Nets 104, Kings 102
Wizards @ Rockets
The Wiz enter Houston with a nice two-game run, but the Rockets are healthy and just got Josh Smith in the starting lineup on Sunday night. Houston is 10-5 at home, so even with Smith still getting acclimated, they should be the pick over the visiting Wizards.
Pick: Rockets 105, Wizards 102
Jazz @ Clippers
Utah travels to L.A. to take on the Clips, who are a pretty formidable 12-4 on their home court this season. The Jazz have won two straight games and have the talent to compete, but the Clips are just an entirely different beast at home. This should be a rout.
Pick: Clippers 108, Jazz 90