NBA Picks (Today's Predictions, Tips, Parlays)
Spurs at Thunder Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Alan Matthews - 4/4/2013
The San Antonio Spurs played at home Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic, meaning I should know better than to preview the Spurs' game Thursday night in Oklahoma City. This sets up as a perfect Gregg Popovich game to sit Tony Parker and/or Tim Duncan in the second of a back-to-back on the road. But Spurs-Thunder has a ton of importance, so I am banking on Pop doing the right thing and playing his guys. I would expect, however, several guys to sit in San Antonio's final back-to-back of the season, April 14 at the Lakers and April 15 at Golden State. Wouldn't it be a shame of Popovich helped get L.A. into the playoffs because he didn't play Parker and/or Duncan in that game?
Hornets at Warriors Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Dave Schwab - 4/3/2013
The New Orleans Hornets will kick off a five-game road trip this Wednesday night with a stop at the Oracle Center to face the Golden State Warriors. This Western Conference clash is set to tip off at 10:30 p.m., and the game will be available on NBA League Pass.
Bulls at Wizards Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Alan Matthews - 4/2/2013
How cool would it be for Bulls star Derrick Rose to make his debut on Tuesday night when Chicago visits Washington? Although I'm not sure debuting off ACL surgery against John Wall is a great idea considering he might be the fastest end-to-end player in the NBA. But to see Rose and Wall go at it, two former No. 1 overall picks who each played under John Calipari, would be terrific.
Pacers at Clippers Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 4/1/2013
Last Wednesday the Clippers tied a franchise record by winning their 49th game of the season. Since then they have had two tries to set the record by eclipsing the 50-win mark for the first time, but they have fallen short — and against fellow Western Conference playoff teams Houston and San Antonio, no less.
Lakers at Kings Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Dave Schwab - 3/30/2013
Every game counts as the Los Angeles Lakers continue their quest for a spot in the postseason this Saturday night with a trip to the Sleep Train Arena to play the Sacramento Kings. This Pacific Division battle is slated to get underway at 10 p.m. (ET), and the game will be available on NBA League Pass.
Nets at Nuggets Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 3/29/2013
The Nuggets had won 15 straight games before improbably losing in New Orleans on Monday night. They must have enjoyed something about the feeling of losing because they did it again on Wednesday night. That second loss was by a single point in San Antonio, though — far more understandable and acceptable than the 14-point debacle in New Orleans.
Lakers at Bucks Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Alan Matthews - 3/28/2013
I never like previewing a game that involves both teams playing the second of a back-to-back, but it’s pretty clear that Lakers at Bucks is the top game on Thursday night and the one that’s most intriguing (it’s another thin NBA Thursday night opposite the NCAA Tournament).
Heat at Bulls Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Dave Schwab - 3/27/2013
The Miami Heat will look to move one game closer to setting the all-time NBA mark for consecutive wins when they square off against the Chicago Bulls this Wednesday night at the United Center. This Eastern Conference showdown is slated to tip off at 8 p.m. (ET), and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Clippers at Mavericks Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Alan Matthews - 3/26/2013
Could this be the week the Dallas Mavericks players finally get to shave? A few months ago, the Mavs players made an NHL-type playoff pact that they wouldn’t shave until the team reached the .500 mark (as I’m sure you know, most hockey players don’t shave during the postseason). Well, Dallas is about there thanks to winning eight of its past 11 games to climb to 34-36. While most left the Mavs for dead in the playoff race, they are just two games behind the No. 8 Lakers for the West’s final spot. The time to make a move is now as the Mavericks are home for three games this week to conclude a six-game homestand.
Grizzlies at Wizards Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 3/25/2013
Memphis has clinched a playoff spot already. Really all that is left for them to decide is whether they will have home court advantage in their opening series. They currently sit in fifth place in the Western Conference, but they are just a half game behind the Clippers and a game back of the Nuggets. With plenty of games left, they have a good chance of hosting a series, and that’s certainly something worth fighting for.
Nets at Clippers Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Dave Schwab - 3/23/2013
The Brooklyn Nets will try and win their third straight contest as part of an eight-game road trip when they invade the Staples Center this Saturday night to tangle with the Los Angeles Clippers. This East Coast-West Coast clash set to tip off at 10:30 p.m. (ET), and the game will be available on NBA League Pass.
Knicks at Raptors Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 3/22/2013
The Raptors are a total mess, and they have nothing to play for other than more balls in the lottery, but you have to give them credit — they are still trying hard. That doesn’t mean that they are winning — they don’t have the talent to do that with any consistency. They are giving honest effort, though, in a spot in which a lot of teams would have folded after years of frustration and futility.
76ers at Nuggets Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Alan Matthews - 3/21/2013
Has an NBA team with a 13-game winning streak ever been more overlooked than the Denver Nuggets? Because of a certain NBA Championship team in South Florida, the Nuggets usually aren't even shown in the first half of SportsCenter. It's the first time two teams have active winning streaks of at least 13 games (Miami went for No. 24 in Cleveland on Wednesday). Thanks to this winning run, Denver is making a major play for the No. 3 seed in the West and home-court advantage at least in Round 1. No team wants to play in Denver, where the Nuggets are tied with Miami for the NBA's best home record at 30-3.
Nets at Mavericks Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Dave Schwab - 3/20/2013
The Brooklyn Nets will be making their second stop on an eight-game road trip this Wednesday night when the pay a visit to the American Airlines Center to face the Dallas Mavericks. This inter-conference clash is set to get underway at 8 p.m. (ET), and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Trail Blazers at Bucks Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Alan Matthews - 3/19/2013
I'll be honest in that I thought the Miami Heat's epic winning streak was going to end Friday night in Milwaukee as the Bucks generally have given the Heat trouble since LeBron James arrived in South Beach. Well, that didn't happen, and it probably gave Milwaukee a heightened sense of urgency. Why? The Bucks are currently No. 8 in the Eastern Conference. They aren't going to give up that last playoff spot but very much need to catch Chicago or Boston right ahead of them -- otherwise the Bucks will have a short postseason as they would have to face Miami in the first round.
Heat at Celtics Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 3/18/2013
The Miami Heat have a chance to make some history on Monday night in Boston. They are currently tied with the 2007-08 Houston Rockets for the longest winning streak since the NBA/ABA merger after having gone 22 games without a loss. They can take sole possession of the record with this win here. Boston, meanwhile, is the team that ended Houston’s streak, and they’ll be looking to play spoiler again. The record ultimately doesn’t mean a whole lot — whether they win or lose their coming games we know that the Heat are by far the class of the Eastern Conference and the prohibitive favorites to represent the conference in the NBA Finals.
Grizzlies at Jazz Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Dave Schwab - 3/16/2013
The Memphis Grizzlies wrap up a brutal four-game stretch on the road with a stop at EnergySolutions Arena this Saturday night to square off against the struggling Utah Jazz. The game is slated to get underway at 10 p.m. (ET), and it will be broadcast nationally on NBA TV.
Lakers at Pacers Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 3/15/2013
The story here was supposed to be straightforward. The Lakers are playing by far their best ball of the year and have moved into a playoff spot. They travel to play the second best team in the Eastern Conference — though that’s not saying much because the Pacers are still 9.5 games behind the Heat. Still, it was an elite matchup between teams that don’t see each other much and which provided an interesting matchup.
Mavericks at Spurs Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Alan Matthews - 3/14/2013
On the surface, one might be inclined to start worrying about the San Antonio Spurs. After all, they have lost two of their past three games, allowing a whopping 136 points in a shocking home blowout loss to Portland and then 107 in a rout at injury-ravaged Minnesota on Tuesday.
Knicks at Nuggets Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Dave Schwab - 3/13/2013
The New York Knicks will continue a brutal four-game swing out west with a stop at the Pepsi Center this Wednesday night to square off against the red-hot Denver Nuggets, who now have the second-longest winning streak in the NBA. Tipoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. (ET), and the game will be broadcast nationally on NBA TV.
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