NBA handicappers have a very busy schedule tonight with only four teams not in action. That means many clubs are playing the second of a back-to-back. We share NBA picks for eight games.
Knicks vs. Pacers (-13.5, 188), 7 p.m.
Covered by: Ron
Indiana has been off since a 20-point home win over Philadelphia on Sunday, while the Knicks were embarrassed 124-86 at home by a bad Sacramento team on Tuesday. It was New York's worst loss of the season, which is saying something. Someone named Alexey Shved led the Knicks with 15 points. The Knicks and Pacers have played just once this season and Indiana cruised at home 103-82 in late January. A 35-12 advantage in the third quarter for Indiana blew it up. Ron likes Indiana to cover against the sad Knicks.
Cavaliers vs. Raptors (+4.5, 203), 7:30 p.m.
Covered by: Scott
Toronto will have the rest advantage here as the Raptors last played Monday, an 11-point win at the 76ers. However, it appears that Toronto may be without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry for the third straight game. He had been struggling of late so the team simply wants to get him some rest before the stretch run. Cleveland ended a two-game losing streak with a 110-79 rout of visiting Boston on Tuesday as Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games. This is the last meeting between the Cavs and Raptors, although a potential playoff matchup is possible. Cleveland leads the season series 2-1. Who does Scott like here for his NBA pick?
Grizzlies vs. Rockets (-3.5, 198), 8 p.m.
Covered by: Craig
Both clubs played Tuesday. Memphis was surprised at home by Utah, 93-82. Starting Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph missed the game with an illness, while guard Tony Allen was suspended one game for violation of a team policy. So he will be back here but Randolph is iffy. Houston lost 104-96 in Atlanta without NBA leading scorer James Harden, who was suspended for one game because of his kick to the man zone of LeBron James in Sunday's game against the Cavaliers. So Harden will be back in the lineup after missing his first game of the season. Houston leads the season series with Memphis 2-1 so this is the regular-season finale between them. Check out Craig's pick.
76ers vs. Thunder (-15, 203), 8 p.m.
Covered by: Craig
Will Russell Westbrook return from the broken cheekbone suffered last Friday? Despite having facial surgery so recently (Saturday), it does appear that Westbrook plans to play. He suffered the injury last Friday night against Portland after teammate Andre Roberson inadvertently crashed his knee into Westbrook's face. Westbrook has a streak of three straight triple-double games going. Kevin Durant remains out. Philly has lost back-to-back games by double digits. The Sixers lost by 12 at home to the Thunder in early December when both Westbrook and Durant were in the lineup. Will Craig give all those NBA odds points?
Lakers vs. Heat (-8.5, 199), 8 p.m.
Covered by: Scott
The Lakers opened a three-game road trip on Tuesday in Charlotte with a 104-103 defeat. Leading scorer Nick Young missed another game with a sore left knee. This concludes a three-game homestand for Miami, which opened it with a two-point loss to Atlanta but beat the Suns 115-98 on Monday in Goran Dragic's first game against his former team. Dragic's 21 points against Phoenix in fewer than 15 minutes of game action tied for the third-most in that time frame in the past 30 years. Miami won a low-scoring 78-75 game at the Lakers in mid-January. Kobe Bryant was still playing then, while Dwyane Wade lasted only 14 minutes before leaving with a hamstring injury.
Kings vs. Spurs (-10, 206), 8:30 p.m.
Covered by: Matt
Sacramento crushed the Knicks 124-86 at the Garden on Tuesday as All-Star Kings center DeMarcus Cousins returned from missing two games with an injury, and he had a double-double. The Spurs bring a two-game winning streak into this one. And they completely own the Kings. San Antonio had won nine straight and 21 of the past 22 against Sacramento before a 94-91 loss in California's capital city on Nov. 15. Things got back to normal in the next two meetings as the Spurs won by eight at home and by 11 last Friday in Sacramento. Matt likes San Antonio to win comfortably here.
Bucks vs. Warriors (-13.5, 203.5), 10:30 p.m.
Covered by: Matt
Milwaukee dropped to 0-3 on its four-game West Coast road trip Tuesday, falling 106-95 in Denver, which had lost 10 straight at home. Golden State has the NBA's best record at 24-2 but has played just two of its past 13 games at Oracle Arena. The Warriors closed a six-game road trip Monday with a 110-108 loss in Brooklyn when Nets point guard Jarrett Jack hit a jumper over MVP favorite Steph Curry with 1.1 seconds left. This is the first meeting of the season between the Bucks and Warriors, with Golden State winning both a season ago. Matt believes that continues.
Trail Blazers vs. Clippers (-2, 205.5), 10:30 p.m.
Covered by: Jason
Portland might be a Western Conference contender, but to be legitimately so the Blazers have to be better on the road. Their 110-99 win in Sacramento on Sunday was only Portland's second in its past 11 away from home. And that victory was tainted a bit because Kings star DeMarcus Cousins was out injured. Los Angeles has won three straight, all away from Staples Center. The team lost star sixth man and occasional starter Jamal Crawford to a calf contusion Monday in Minnesota. He's questionable here, as is Matt Barnes, who missed that game with a strained hamstring. Jason says lay money on the 'over' if Barnes, a good defender, is out again. The Greek offers the total of 205.