We bypassed Sunday’s early NBA games (and thank God, since the Heat upset the Bulls in Chicago), but that’s just two games we have to remove from today’s NBA picks. Odds are you didn’t place bets on the early contests anyways, so we’re hear to get you ready for the rest of the night (which is still pretty loaded, even without the two extra games).
Most of these games appear to be gimme picks, but they still deserve to be run through. Let’s break them down and find a winner as we stroll into Sunday night fresh off of a nice 4-1 run last night (brings us to 365-188 on the year):
Mavericks @ Pelicans
Anthony Davis is always a handful, but he’ll be fighting an uphill battle when the Pellies host the Mavs tonight, given that Dallas is up 2-0 in the season series. New Orleans will have to try to take down the Mavs without Jrue Holiday, too, so the odds might be in favor of Dallas.
Pick: Mavs 105, Pellies 102
Pacers @ Magic
Indiana got the best of the Magic in their first meeting, but the two teams appear to be on even ground heading into Sunday night’s matchup in Orlando. The Magic are at full strength and get to play host, while Indy comes in with a rough seven-game losing streak. If the Magic can keep center Roy Hibbert from somehow taking over this game, they should be able to get the win.
Pick: Magic 103, Pacers 99
Clippers @ Suns
Fans can expect lots of offense tonight when the Clips take on the Suns in Phoenix, as neither team has dipped below 107 points in two contests on the year. L.A. won both battles in Los Angeles, but they were close and rather intense (the latter being in OT), so we like the Suns to finally steal one in the desert.
Pick: Suns 107, Clippers 105
Bucks @ Spurs
Milwaukee can be pesky at times, but pesky won’t always do the trick when you try to go into San Antonio and get a tough road win. The Spurs are back to full strength and are usually solid at home, so the Bucks could be in some trouble.
Pick: Spurs 101, Bucks 98
Timberwolves @ Hawks
Atlanta has won 15 straight and is 19-3 at home. We don’t even have to dive into the fact that Minnesota has won just seven games all year. Do we?
Pick: Hawks 111, T’Wolves 94
Pistons @ Raptors
Detroit just lost Brandon Jennings (Achilles) for the year, so they could be down a bit on the second of a back to back. It’s also on the road, where the Raptors are 16-7 this season. Advantage: Toronto.
Pick: Raptors 106, Pistons 101
Wizards @ Nuggets
Washington had a tough loss in Portland last night and could be a little tired, but the Nuggets have dropped five in a row and could be without Ty Lawson for the second straight game.
Pick: Wiz 104, Nuggets 98
Celtics @ Warriors
Boston has been better thanks to some lineup changes, but they are severely under-manned and the Warriors are insanely good at home.
Pick: Warriors 110, Celtics 100
Rockets @ Lakers
Dwight Howard is probably out, but James Harden carries the Rockets well and no Kobe Bryant isn’t exactly a great thing. The Lakers could randomly keep this one close with it being at the Staples Center, but it’s hard not to like Houston tonight.
Pick: Rockets 106, Lakers 103