The Cavaliers kept their winning streak alive, Atlanta saw theirs get snapped and we barely made it out of Monday night alive with a 5-3 mark. We blame a last second Jarrett Jack basket and a Nets upset win over the Clippers, the Hawks finally losing (after 19 straight wins!) and Toronto losing to the Bucks at home. Other than that, it was a pretty great start to the week and that sends us into Tuesday with a still stout 407-211 season record.
The NBA commotion calms down somewhat on Tuesday with just five games on the docket, but there are still NBA picks to be made and cash to be won. Let’s get to it:
Nuggets @ 76ers
Philly has been getting up to play lately due to some tough opponents with winning streaks, but they have lost two straight (8 of 10) and could be without star point guard Michael Carter-Williams tonight (shin, ankle injuries). Already lacking talent, Philly will find it tough to run with the Nuggets tonight, even at home.
Pick: Nuggets 104, Sixers 95
Heat @ Pistons
Hassan Whiteside continues his meteoric rise, but he and the Heat will have to try to win in Detroit tonight without Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng. The Pistons have been on a downward slide ever since point guard Brandon Jennings went down (Achilles), but this looks like a good time for them to snap out of their funk.
Pick: Pistons 102, Heat 99
Celtics @ Knicks
New York is actually 5-5 over their last 10 games and can give teams hell whenever Carmelo Anthony takes the court, which could be bad news for the visiting Celtics. Boston comes in as losers of three straight and they can’t defend, so it’s hard to go against the surging Knicks if Melo is on the floor.
Pick: Knicks 101, Celtics 98
Jazz @ Trail Blazers
Utah has been playing better defense and Gordon Hayward is fresh off of a huge game, but winning in Portland is a tough task. The Blazers have lost three straight and 8 of their last 10, but they need to get the switch turned back on. Beating the Jazz on their home floor is one way to get it done.
Pick: Blazers 106, Jazz 102
Warriors @ Kings
Klay Thompson dropped 37 points in one quarter the last time he faced the Kings, who are struggling and have won just two of their last 10 contests. Sacramento does play host, but big man DeMarcus Cousins is questionable and the Kings are truly over-matched. Golden State doesn’t need another 50+ point outing from Thompson to get this win.
Pick: Warriors 106, Kings 103