NBA Picks of the Day
New Orleans Hornets vs. Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies have looked dominant over their past two games, yet we're picking the visiting Hornets to cover the NBA odds in this one.
Memphis will be at home for the fourth straight game. They started off this stand with a one-point loss to Indiana, but then creamed both Brooklyn (101-77) and the L.A. Lakers (106-93). With those wins, the Grizzlies moved to 17-6 SU and 14-8-1 ATS at home.
That being said, something is a bit fishy about this line. We were expecting the Grizzlies to be favored by an even larger margin, suggesting that maybe the Hornets are the right side in this matchup
There are some factors backing up a play on the road team too. For one, New Orleans has actually been slightly better on the road and have won five of their last eight straight outside of the Big Easy. In total this season, the Hornets have posted a nifty 14-7 ATS record away from home.
Thing is, New Orleans isn't actually playing all that bad right now. Despite dropping back-to-back games, you may still be surprised to find out they've gone 7-4 SU over their last 11, which includes road wins over Boston, Philadelphia and Dallas and home victories over the likes of San Antonio and Houston.
You'd have to go almost seven weeks to the last time these teams met up. Memphis ended up winning by seven, but New Orleans was without Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis and Al-Farouq Aminu, all of whom are contributing big minutes these days.
Having covered the spread in four of their last five road contests and in seven of their last ten overall, we are picking the Hornets, now at practically full strength, to give the Grizzlies more of battle than most expect.
NBA Picks: New Orleans Hornets +7.5 at Bookmaker
Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks
The Knicks will not have had too long to think about last night's 97-80 abomination against Philadelphia. They will turn right around and host the Hawks tonight looking for an immediate bounce-back performance.
It was pretty ugly against the 76ers, we can't lie. New York shot 34.6 percent from the floor and made only 4-of-27 (14.8 percent) from beyond the arc. Carmelo Anthony needed 28 shots to reach 25 points and about the only encouraging sign was Amare Stoudemire's 20 points in just over 26 minutes off the bench.
Tonight we believe the Knicks will get their act together and take care of the Hawks, who are coming off a marathon double-overtime triumph over Boston two nights ago.
Atlanta is on a three-game winning streak and is sure to get a lot of interest from NBA bettors, but they have to deal with a New York team that was just embarrassed, one that will be motivated to do a heck of a lot better tonight.
It may take some more time for the Knicks to re-find their chemistry now that Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert have both returned. However, now their depth is up there with the best in the league. Any team that brings Stoudemire and J.R. Smith off the bench will be causing problems.
That could be especially true against Atlanta, considering they're without two key perimeter players in Lou Williams (out for season) and Anthony Morrow. Kyle Korver and Devin Harris have done well with the extra minutes, but it never hurts to have additional options.
The Knicks have posted a respectable 11-9 ATS record inside Madison Square Garden this season and we feel as if they'll get the better of the Hawks, who haven't been nearly as threatening on the road. Plus, it's hard to imagine New York can be any worse than they were last night. So, I'm taking them for one of my NBA picks tonight.
NBA Picks: New York Knicks -5.5 at 5Dimes