Rudy Gay cratered, Blake Griffin is out indefinitely and Anthony Davis took a spill as a crazy Saturday bleeds into a potentially crazier Sunday. Last night saw the 76ers beat the Hornets, Utah top the Kings and Dirk Nowitzki power the Mavs past the Blazers. Through it all, we stood tall after Saturday night (5-2 on the night) and carry a 433-223 season mark into a new night of basketball.
A couple early games got the NBA action going for us earlier in the day, but we’re here late to deliver our NBA picks for Sunday night. Let’s run through the games and see which teams you can trust:
Timberwolves @ Pistons
A healthy Minnesota squad is clearly not a bad bunch, while the Pistons are struggling lately with just four wins out of their last 10 games. The T’Wolves have won two straight, so who are we to bet against them now?
Pick: T’Wolves 101, Pistons 99
Bulls @ Magic
Orlando finally snapped an ugly 10-game skid, but Chicago is the better team on paper and is actually a solid 18-9 on the road.
Pick: Bulls 107, Magic 102
Hawks @ Grizzlies
Atlanta has another winning streak going with two nice wins in a row, but going into Memphs and coming out alive is easier said than done.
Pick: Grizz 102, Hawks 100
Pacers @ Hornets
Charlotte will be without defensive ace Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and point guard Brian Roberts isn’t 100%. That’s enough to give the defensively-minded Pacers a shot on the road.
Pick: Pacers 97, Hornets 92
Trail Blazers @ Rockets
Houston doesn’t even matchup well with the Rockets when Dwight Howard is healthy and he’s out tonight. That should give the Blazers the edge they need to get a nice road victory.
Pick: Blazers 109, Rockets 106
Spurs @ Raptors
Toronto rebounded from a rough two games with a big win over the Clippers recently, but San Antonio will come in pretty determined tonight. The Spurs have the edge with their size and discipline on both ends, so look for them to get a strong road win.
Pick: Spurs 104, Raptors 101
Suns @ Kings
The Kings got a horrid performance from Rudy Gay last night and have dropped three straight, so they’ll be tough to pick over a better Suns team, even at home.
Pick: Suns 106, Kings 103