It’s time to draw the curtain on another year of NBA picks. The San Antonio Spurs keep on rolling to the pay window, and the Brooklyn Nets aren’t as bad as they look.
Record: 4-1 ATS
A lot of stuff happened in 2016. But let's not talk about that; we've got another weekend of NBA picks in front of us, and even though it's a light TV schedule, there's always some value to be found in the marketplace. ‘Tis the season for bargain shopping. Let's start with a team that's looking toward the future – a future well beyond 2017.
Friday: Brooklyn Nets vs Washington Wizards (7:00 p.m. ET)
Yes, folks, the Brooklyn Nets. They're near the bottom of the standings, but the Nets are doing just fine against the NBA odds. Brook Lopez (+3.1 BPM) and Jeremy Lin (+1.1 BPM) are still quality offensive players and passable on defense, although Lin has a gimpy hamstring and may have to miss this game. Trevor Booker (+3.0 DBPM) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (+1.4 DBPM) provide the stopping power. Watch out for the Wizards, though, they're on a hot streak after starting the season in disarray.
Saturday: Milwaukee Bucks vs Chicago Bulls (7:00 p.m. ET, NBA-TV)
Here come the anti-Wizards. Chicago is in free-fall after a surprisingly good start; Dwyane Wade (+2.2 BPM) is doing all right, and Rajon Rondo (–0.7 BPM) is an improvement over what's left of Derrick Rose, but this team has very little depth, and they're basically hanging Jimmy Butler (+5.9 BPM) out to dry. Not that Milwaukee's much better, but they've got easily the best player on the court in Giannis Antetokounmpo (+10.4 BPM), who would be an early MVP favorite on just about any other team.
Sunday: San Antonio Spurs vs Atlanta Hawks (6:00 p.m. ET, NBA-TV)
Surely you didn't think the Spurs would stop winning just because Tim Duncan retired? They're still the Spurs, boring the hell out of everyone except for sharp bettors. All five of their starters are in positive territory according to Box Plus/Minus, led by Kawhi Leonard at +7.2 BPM. Oh, and did you forget about David Lee (+2.5 BPM)? He and the rest of the Spurs will enjoy a lazy Sunday if Paul Millsap (+2.7 BPM) keeps having issues with his swollen right eye.