The Hawks kept their streak alive, the Knicks won two in a row and Kobe Bryant got hurt on a crazy Wednesday night where we went a stellar 10-2 on a 12-game night. We easily could have been 11-1 on the night, too, if it hadn’t been for a dramatic overtime win by the Thunder in D.C.
That’s the way the cards go sometimes, though, and overall anyone conducting NBA betting off of our daily NBA picks wasn’t saddened last night. Let’s get right back to it as we carry a stout 356-179 season mark into Thursday night’s four-game slate:
Spurs @ Bulls
Chicago hosts the Spurs in a teacher versus student battle in Chi-town. Derrick Rose made some public comments about the Bulls needing to give a better effort recently, and his team’s two-game skid has been proof that he may have a point. That can’t be said of San Antonio, though, who enter Chicago with four straight wins and Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Tiago Splitter all at full strength.
Pick: Spurs 106, Bulls 104
Jazz @ Bucks
The Bucks host the Jazz tonight in what could be a defensive battle. Rudy Gobert has helped Utah drop it’s allowed scoring average below 100 points per game, while the Bucks have stuck right around 97 allowed points per game all year. This game really could go either way, but given Utah’s shaky 7-16 road record, it’s hard not to like the Bucks. Fear the deer tonight.
Pick: Bucks 97, Jazz 93
Celtics @ Trail Blazers
Portland is back at home after losing last night, but they’ll have to find a way to win without star big man, LaMarcus Aldridge. Big performances by Wes Matthews and Nicolas Batum offered optimism last night, so Portland should be fine against a Boston team that plays very little defense. Portland is also lights out at home (19-4).
Pick: Blazers 107, Celtics 102
Nets @ Clippers
Brooklyn enters the Staples Center tonight trying to build a two-game winning streak. It’d be a nice little run stemming from a rough past couple of weeks, where they won just two of their last 10 games. The Clippers, on the other hand, have won two straight and seven of their last 10. The Clips will host the struggling Nets with a solid 18-7 mark at home, too. Brooklyn’s only hope is that it’s sometimes solid defense (allowing 97 points per game) shows up, but that’s doubtful on the road against a team putting up nearly 107 points per game.
Pick: Clippers 104, Nets 97