With a healthy 12-game slate in the NBA today, it’s time for quick picks again. There are several big battles on the hardcourt today and we’ve got six of them covered for you, so lay your money down with confidence after checking out our picks!
Washington Wizards + 3.5 at Philadelphia 76ers -3.5
Sure, the Wizards still have one of worst records in the entire league, but their play of late has them more confident than they have been all season. The Wiz are winners of six of their last 10, while the 76ers continue to dip down in the Eastern Conference standings as losers of seven of their last 10. Take the hotter team and pick the Wizards to cover +3.5 and win outright.
Sacramento Kings +7 at Boston Celtics -7
The Celtics will be playing their first game since it was announced that Rajon Rondo will miss the rest of the year and although they went on to beat the Heat without him, it’s unlikely that a team already as shaky as the Celts will continue to have success without their floor general. Boston may pull out a thin win here, but I like the Kings to cover +7 against a team that is only won one game of their last eight.
Toronto Raptors + 6.5 at Atlanta Hawks -6.5
Atlanta is back to playing how they were at the beginning of the season and they should be able to handle a Raptors team they’ve dominated recently. The Hawks have won 11 of the last 13 in the series. Expect that trend to continue and take Atlanta to cover -6.5 in the win.
Miami Heat -2 at Brooklyn Nets +2
I know it’s hard to bet against the Heat, but the Nets are playing better than Miami as of late and they are at home, where they 17-7 this season. Considering the Heat have been a bit shaky lately and are only 10-10 on the road this year, I like the Nets to cover +2 and win outright tonight.
Los Angeles Clippers -4.5 at Minnesota Timberwolves +4.5
Considering the dream season the Clippers have had so far, 5-5 in their last 10 games is a slump. However, things aren’t nearly as bad for the Clipps as they are for the Wolves, who’ve won just one game during that stretch. Without Kevin Love, the T-Wolves are toothless. Take the Clippers to cover -4.5 in the win.
Houston Rockets +4.5 at Denver Nuggets -4.5
Both teams are coming into this one on winning streaks — three games for the Rockets and four games for the Nuggets — but Denver has been nearly flawless on its home floor with an 18-3 record. Look for the Nuggets to continue their winning ways and pick up a win while covering -4.5 points in the process.