After a two day hiatus, we’re back to our daily NBA picks. What a day to return to the hardwood, too, with a ridiculous 11 NBA contests hitting the floor tonight. DeAndre Jordan returns to Dallas, LaMarcus Aldridge returns to Portland and Evan Turner faces the Pacers.
Okay, so no one cares about Turner vs. Indy, but hey. There’s plenty of drama on the docket tonight, not to mention plenty of opportunities to make some cash via NBA betting. Let’s hit up each game and see what side you’ll want to be betting on tonight:
Lakers @ Magic
Kobe Bryant is probably out again tonight and the defenses-less Lakers aren’t in a good spot on the road against a pretty talented Magic squad. Nikola Vucevic is likely out again, but Orlando fights too hard to drop a winnable game to a bad Lakers team.
Pick: Magic 104, Lakers 101
Knicks @ Hornets
I find it very hard to figure out the Knicks thus far, but going on the road and winning games is one thing they’ve found a way to do early on this year. Charlotte isn’t a world-beater, either, so I’ll give the slight edge to the Knicks of Carmelo Anthony can go off.
Pick: Knicks 101, Hornets 98
Clippers @ Mavs
DeAndre Jordan returns to Dallas to face the Mavs, but that’s less of a storyline than we think. The reality is the Clippers are the far better team and Blake Griffin will feast.
Pick: Clips 109, Mavs 103
Bucks @ Nuggets
Milwaukee has their groove back with three wins in their last four games, while they’re less likely to cave defensively right now between them and the Nuggets.
Pick: Bucks 107, Nuggets 104
Spurs @ Blazers
LaMarcus Aldridge returns home to take on his former Blazers, who probably lack the strength down low to handle him and Tim Duncan. San Antonio should rally behind Ridge, who could be big in a win.
Pick: Spurs 108, Blazers 104
Raptors @ 76ers
Toronto has lost three in a row and now they get a winless Philly squad. This is the perfect situation for them to end their losing skid. The Raptors, that is.
Pick: Raptors 107, Sixers 93
Pacers @ Celtics
Boston is at home and has won two in a row, while Marcus Smart could also return to the lineup. The Pacers are more appealing right now, though, as Paul George is simply on fire and looks like the superstar he was before injuring his leg a year ago.
Pick: Pacers 101, Celtics 97
Pelicans @ Hawks
The Pellies are underdogs here any way you look at it, but Anthony Davis being doubtful for this one hurts them even more.
Pick: Hawks 106, Pellies 102
Nets @ Rockets
Brooklyn hasn’t won yet this year and it’s extremely unlikely they put it all together on the road against James Harden and the Rockets.
Pick: Rockets 105, Nets 92
Warriors @ Grizzlies
Stephen Curry and co. hit the road in Memphis, where they’ll take on a Grizzlies team they beat by 50 points just a few games ago at Oracle Arena. Memphis has had a rough go of it early with 6 of their 8 games being on the road, but they just can’t hang with the undefeated Warriors.
Pick: Warriors 101, Grizz 97
Pistons @ Kings
Andre Drummond vs. DeMarcus Cousins is one heck of a battle to watch, while the Kings try to right the ship at 1-7 and Detroit continues to try to prove they’re legit at 5-2. It’s in Sacramento, so I’m giving Boogie the benefit of the doubt after holding a team meeting recently.
Pick: Kings 104, Pistons 100