Free NBA Picks Tuesday 2/25/2020 and Opening Line Report
Tuesday's NBA features some exciting NBA. The Bucks will travel to Toronto to take on the defending champions in the Raptors in what could be an Eastern Conference Finals match-up while LeBron James and Anthony Davis welcome Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson to the Staples Center in what should be a very interesting match-up. Here are the early leans for February 25 in the NBA.
Hornets vs. Pacers 2/25/20 (-10.5, -210)
There was this feeling that the Pacers would dominate in the second half of the season and become a sleeper team in the East. While the Pacers are absolutely a playoff team, they just got smoked by the Raptors on the road. Here's the good news though, the Hornets are way worse. The Hornets dropped a home game to the Nets, 115-86 while Brooklyn announced that Kyrie Irving would be out for the rest of the year. The Pacers should blow out the Hornets at home like every other team has.
Key trends: Pacers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss.
Early lean: Pacers, Over
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Bucks vs. Raptors 2/25/20 (+2, 230.5)
The Celtics would disagree but this could be the Eastern Conference Championship. The Raptors have been outstanding this season, somewhat surprisingly, with a 42-15 record on the year. It doesn't matter. With a 48-8 record, Milwaukee can claim to be the best team in the NBA right now. The Raptors are 7-2 in their last nine home games against the spread. Milwaukee has actually struggled on the road against the spread recently against teams that are very good at home this season. I like the Raptors to win this match-up.
Key trends: Raptors are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.
Early lean: Raptors, Over
Thunder vs. Bulls 2/25/20 (+6.5, 215.5)
The Thunder are on a three-game winning streak and are 7-3 in their last ten games straight up. The Bulls, on the other hand, allowed Bradley Beal to score 50 points but still came away with the win. The Bulls are only good against bad teams. The Thunder are far from bad and are shooting three percent higher and averaging a couple more rebounds per game. The Thunder have played excellent defense as of late and that should continue against a Bulls team that hasn't been all that this season.
Key trends: Bulls are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Early lean: Thunder, Under
Pistons vs. Nuggets 2/25/20 (-13, 217.5)
The Pistons are in rebuild mode. The Blazers beat this Pistons team without Dame Lillard. The Pistons have lost six straight while the Nuggets have won seven of their last ten games overall. Denver has run into some really good teams lately but defeated Minnesota their last time out. Always take the Nuggets at home against bad eastern conference teams.
Key trends: Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a home favorite.
Early lean: Nuggets, Over
Celtics vs. Trail Blazers 2/25/20 (+2, 230)
As long as Damian Lillard is out, the Celtics should be fine, even on the road without Kemba Walker. Jayson Tatum vs. Carmelo Anthony is what we want to see. Two top forwards in their generation. The Celtics have had to play five road games in their last six games but are still figuring out ways to win. The Celtics allow 106.6 points per game compared to the Blazers 115.3 points against this season. Take the Celtics and their defense on the road over Portland.
Key trends: Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
Early lean: Celtics, Under
Pelicans vs. Lakers 2/25/20 (-8, 238.5)
These games always excite me. Anthony Davis is playing against his former team while all of the Lakers recent depth plays for the Pelicans. However, this will be the first time Zion gets to play the Lakers. LeBron and Anthony Davis vs. Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson. Get your popcorn ready! The Pelicans have won seven of their last ten games and seem to have developed a quality team after all. The Lakers are coming off a tough home win over the Celtics as they've won five straight games. Ultimately, the Lakers will get it done at home over a young Pelicans squad. This should be a fun one nonetheless.
Key trends: Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
Kings vs. Warriors 2/25/20 (+5.5, 229)
Two teams that have busts of a season. The Kings have won three of their last five games after defeating the Clippers, 112-103. The Warriors have struggled and lost six straight games but Steph Curry should be back in the lineup shortly. However, it won't be soon enough for this match-up. The Kings just beat the Clippers on the road and while they shouldn't be taken that seriously, they have the talent to compete with good teams. The Warriors aren't good right now and the Kings have all the momentum in their favor. I like the Kings on the road.
Key trends: Kings are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Early lean: Kings, Over
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