NBA Betting: NBA Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Thursday, February 21, 2013 2:47 PM GMT

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 2:47 PM GMT

There are just 2 games scheduled tonight for the NBA but they feature 3 of the best teams in the league with the Miami Heat visiting the Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs traveling to LA to face the Clippers.

Let’s see how to play these for our NBA Picks of the Day.

Miami Heat (37-14) at Chicago Bulls (31-22)

Chicago is a team that can possibly give the Heat problems even without Derrick Rose. Miami’s weakness is dealing with size and luckily for the Bulls, they have Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah camping out in the middle. This should be a competitive game.

Winners Find Ways To Win

This is just what Miami did on Wednesday night as they outscored the Atlanta Hawks 40-17 in the 4th quarter to win 103-90. When Miami is in sync, nobody can beat them.

Stopping LBJ

That will obviously be the key for the Chicago Bulls as James is averaging 31 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 7.4 assists. LeBron James is set to win his 4th straight NBA MVP award and possibly his 2nd straight NBA Championship.The man is the best player on the planet and nobody can stop him.

Coach Spoelstra likes to have at least Dwayne Wade or LeBron James on the court during every minute that counts and that’s worked out well for the Heat.

No Pushover

Indeed, Chicago is no pushover. They’re coming off of a victory against the Hornets in which Luol Deng and Joakim Noah played well and they need this game. The Bulls are currently 5th in the Eastern Conference and it’s a tight race. They’ll be put to the test here, but their size does make them a difficult matchup for Miami.

I think the Heat lose their momentum if there’s a layoff. They just played last night and should handle the Bulls in a competitive matchup at the United Center.

NBA Picks: Miami -3 at 5 Dimes

[gameodds]5/218959/43/us[/gameodds]

San Antonio Spurs (43-12) at Los Angeles Clippers (39-17)

The cavalry is back and Tony Parker doesn’t have to go it alone as the team with the best record in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs, face a tough Los Angeles Clippers team with CP3 running the show.

Don’t Look at the Stats!!!

I was starting to be a little low on Chris Paul, thinking that he was overrated. If you saw him in the NBA ALL Star Game, he’s not overrated. This is a player in which you can’t look at the stats; you must look at how much better that he makes Blake Griffin and the rest of his team.

The only person that doesn’t benefit from CP3’s return is Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe did a fine job when Paul was out and a lot of NBA teams can use him. He could possibly be traded before the NBA Trading Deadline.

Underdogs?

The Clippers are a 3 point betting odds favorite in this game and any time that you can find the Spurs as an underdog and Poppovich isn’t sitting his players, you have a nice deal.

Tony the Tiger

The matchup of Tony Parker vs. Chris Paul makes this game worth watching; Parker is in his prime and is carrying this team. In his last 5 games, he’s averaging 28.5 points and 9.3 rebounds while averaging 56.3% shooting from the field on 17 shots per game.

This is a little more involvement in the offense that Tony Parker is used to, but while the Spurs keep winning, it shows you just how great that he really is.

I don’t trust the Spurs and I like the Clippers moneyline in this game. This is the one team that matches up well against the Spurs and are younger.

NBA Pick: Los Angeles Clippers ML at 5 Dimes

[gameodds]5/218960/43/us[/gameodds]

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