We’re almost halfway through the regular season, and there have been some very strong NBA picks so far. Two of the most profitable teams will be in action this weekend, so that means that some serious money is out there to be made.
Record: 4-1 ATS, 0-2 ML (–2.00 units)
Are we already talking trades in the NBA? Seems way too early, but this year's trading deadline is February 23, and the rumor wire is buzzing. The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly trying to move Paul Millsap; it just so happens that his No. 1 potential suitor is in action this weekend. Will we see Millsap in a different uniform Saturday night?
First, we've got a very interesting matchup between the highly profitable Knicks and the highly promising Bucks. New York hasn't played very well of late, as the team's best player, Kristaps Porzingis (+0.9 BPM), has been missing games with a sore Achilles tendon. He really is the new Dirk Nowitzki. The Bucks are bound to break out soon; they're third in the East in point differential, and they've got Giannis Antetokounmpo (+10.6 BPM), so they should start crushing the NBA odds if and when their luck evens out.
Saturday: Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls (8:00 p.m. ET)
The Raptors are the most profitable NBA pick in the East, but that won't last much longer if they don't get their power forward situation resolved. Jared Sullinger hasn't made his Toronto debut yet, and Patrick Patterson (+1.6 BPM) has missed two games with a strained knee and/or ankle, so they might pull the trigger on a Millsap trade – but that's not really GM Masai Ujiri's style. As for the Bulls, they've got issues with Rajon Rondo (–1.2 BPM), and Dwyane Wade (+1.4 BPM) has a swollen left knee, so yeah, that offseason makeover isn't working.
Sunday: Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies (8:00 p.m. ET, NBA-TV)
This is a break-out year for the Jazz, who look like the best team in the Northwest now, and they'll be even better if George Hill (+7.2 BPM) ever gets healthy. But watch out for the Grizzlies, who are somehow in a playoff position in the West despite having to deal with injuries all year. Good news for Grizz fans: Mike Conley (+5.0 BPM) and Marc Gasol (+4.8 BPM) are both healthy at the same time. Enjoy it while it lasts.