There are two games that really stick out tonight. The Heat welcome the Trail Blazers to South Beach, while the Bulls will be at home to the Pacers.
In terms of heavy chalk, the Spurs are favored by a whopping 21 points over the 76ers, while the Clippers (-16 vs. Bucks) and Thunder (-10.5 vs. Nuggets) are also giving away a ton of points this evening. Let's get to the report.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Miami Heat
Covered by Matthew Jordan
The Heat are in the midst of one of their worst runs of the season and it's something they'll need to figure out soon, with the playoffs fast approaching.
Coming in, the two-time defending champions have gone 4-6 SU over their last 10. They'll welcome a Portland team that's posted an identical record in their previous 10, with oddsmakers listing Miami as a 6.5-point favorite.
We figure Dwyane Wade is going to return to the court after sitting out again on Saturday. Meanwhile, Portland is likely to be without the services of LaMarcus Aldridge once more.
With his recommended NBA picks, Matthew has decided on plays for both the spread and total. He looks for a big bounce-back for Miami and thinks they'll cover, and will also be on the OVER.
NBA Pick: Heat -7 and OVER 209
Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls
Covered by Jason Lake
Days after the Pacers overcame the Bulls at home, Tom Thibodeau's bunch get a chance to return the favor. They're be the hosts for tonight's Eastern Conference showdown.
Chicago will enter having gone 39-31 straight up and 34-36 against the spread, with Indiana at 51-19 SU and 35-34-1 ATS. For tonight, the Bulls are favored by either 1 or 1.5 points depending on the sportsbook.
The Pacers aren't in their best form right now, having gone an even 5-5 SU over their last 10. They've also been far from dominant on the road overall, where they're 19-15 straight up.
Jason has looked over the various trends and statistics and feels like there's good value on the home team here. He's going to back Chicago to win and therefore cover for backers.
NBA Pick: Bulls -1
Brooklyn Nets vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Covered by Jordan Sharp
The Nets just can't seem to stop losing. Can they keep this up when they do battle with Anthony Davis and the Pelicans tonight?
Brooklyn is on a four-game winning streak and has gone 8-2 SU over their last 10, pushing them six games above .500 and into the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Pelicans are mainly playing for pride at this point, but they've been performing well, winning two in a row and six of their past ten. They're an even 17-17 SU at home this season.
Davis has been a man possessed as of late and should be making life very difficult on a Nets team that's not going to have Kevin Garnett out there protecting the rim. Jordan, nonetheless, sees more of a defensive struggle and is therefore taking the UNDER for tonight.
NBA Pick: UNDER 199.5
Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Covered by Jordan Sharp
Though they've won three in a row, the Thunder can't seem to catch the Spurs, who have now won 13 games in a row to maintain their two-game lead atop the Western Conference.
Oklahoma City could be without Russell Westbrook tonight. We know he's going to either be rested for tonight or against Dallas tomorrow, which means Kevin Durant and his supporting cast are going to have to step it up even more. KD dropped 52 his last time out and figures to have another huge night against Denver.
The Nuggets have gone 6-4 SU over their last 10, but just lost J.J. Hickson for the season due to a torn ACL.
Still, Jordan has done his research and has ultimately decided that we should look towards the OVER as one of our sports picks. He's expecting a fast-paced shootout in OKC tonight.
NBA Pick: OVER 220