The Mavericks and Grizzlies lost at home (that never happens!) and the Raptors couldn’t beat the Bulls as we ended Monday night with a 4-3 record. We’re still a strong 224-112 on the year and head into a jam-packed Tuesday night aiming for perfection.
Let’s get to it:
Timberwolves @ Cavaliers
Kevin Love faces his former team tonight, but we can expect little emotion as the game isn’t in Minnesota. The Timberwolves are also terrible and the Cavs are back on a two-game winning streak so Cleveland has to be the easy pick.
Pick: Cavs 109, T’Wolves 101
Bulls @ Wizards
Chicago got a big win over the Raptors last night and have put together a nice three-game winning streak. Going into Washington and getting a win won’t be easy, but the Bulls are rather strong on the road (12-4).
Pick: Bulls 105, Wiz 104
Celtics @ Magic
The Magic have dropped four straight and really aren’t great on their home floor, but Boston’s lack of defense gives them a shot to end their skid. A heavy dose of Nikola Vucevic should help them get past the Celtics.
Pick: Magic 106, Celtics 104
Pelicans @ Pacers
Indiana has tumbled in it’s last 10 games (2-8), while they get The Brow tonight. The Pelicans have been pretty average overall, but they run at a solid pace. The Pacers may not be able to handle them tonight.
Pick: Pellies 101, Pacers 96
Clippers @ Hawks
L.A. lost to the Spurs last night and will be on the second game of a back to back set, so they could be in a tough spot on the road against a pretty good Hawks team. Atlanta has a nice four-game winning streak going and has lost at home just twice all year.
Pick: Hawks 104, Clippers 101
Nuggets @ Nets
Brooklyn might hold the upper hand in this matchup if Deron Williams and Brook Lopez were both healthy, but entering tonight’s matchup that’s not the case. The Nuggets should get the win if both are out tonight.
Pick: Nuggets 99, Nets 96
76ers @ Heat
Philly got their third win of the year in their last game, so the numbers game suggests they’re not about to head into South Beach and get a second straight win.
Pick: Heat 97, Heat 94
Blazers @ Thunder
Portland and OKC are two stout teams when healthy, but tonight could be interesting with LaMarcus Aldridge sitting out on Monday night and Kevin Durant questionable for this contest. OKC holds the edge at home, but if Durant sits out switch the pick to Portland.
Pick: Thunder 106, Blazers 104
Hornets @ Bucks
Charlotte of all teams has a three-game winning streak going, while the Bucks keep exchanging a win with a loss. Milwaukee should be the favorite at home, but the Hornets are finding their groove on defense so they look like the pick.
Pick: Hornets 95, Bucks 92
Mavericks @ Suns
Phoenix has won three straight and hosts Dallas tonight in what should be the night’s most fact-paced game. Rajon Rondo has fit in nicely so far with the Mavs and should help Dallas get the nice road win.
Pick: Mavs 109, Suns 107
Warriors @ Lakers
Kobe Bryant might finally take a break tonight, which should obviously hurt L.A.’s ability to score. That means we’ll see a lot more Nick Young, but he won’t be enough to get past a 23-3 Warriors club.
Pick: Warriors 110, Lakers 104