An action-packed night of NBA basketball awaits. Check out which picks our handicappers like most before placing your final selections.
Covered by Joe Freda
The Spurs currently have the best record (10-1 SU) in the Western Conference, though they are just 5-6 ATS on the NBA odds
If you can remember, San Antonio swept Memphis in the conference finals last season, going 3-1 ATS in the four wins. The two teams have already met up once this season, with San Antonio securing a 101-94 victory as six-point favorites.
While the Spurs have won eight games in a row, five of which were by double figures, the Grizzlies come in with a four-game winning streak of their own. They just finished up an outstanding road trip in which they beat the Clippers, Warriors, Lakers and Kings.
With Memphis playing good ball and playing at home, Joe likes the value and is taking the Grizzlies as one-and-a-half point underdogs.
Covered by Jason Lake
Currently the top dogs in the Pacific Division, the Warriors next face the Lakers.
Golden State is 8-4 SU and Los Angeles is 5-7 SU, with both teams at 6-5-1 ATS on the year. The Lakers are 4-3 straight up at home, while the Warriors are 3-3 straight up on the road.
LA has had a lot of rest since their last game, which came last Sunday in a 114-99 win over Deroit. Before that victory the Lakers had lost two in a row and four of five, so we'll see if they've been able to build up some momentum.
The Warriors had their four-game winning run snapped by Memphis on Wednesday night, but it's hard not to think they'll bounce back. Still, the Lakers are tough to beat at home, and Jason believes we should take the home team as five-point pups tonight.
Covered by Swingin' Johnson
There's no time to dwell on last night's loss to Denver if you're the Bulls, as they have to head straight to Portland to face off against the scorching-hot Trail Blazers, who are 10-2 SU and 9-3 ATS ahead of tonight's tip.
Chicago has been pretty inconsistent to start off the season as they get used to life with Derrick Rose again, while an injury to Jimmy Butler has made Tom Thibodeau shuffle up the lineup a little bit.
Meanwhile, Portland has won eight straight, which has included five road wins and home triumphs over Detroit, Phoenix and Sacramento. However, the schedule has been favorable as of late, so the Trail Blazers will truly be tested tonight.
Swingin' Johnson thinks they'll rise to the occasion on their home court though. He's backing Portland to win by four or more with his NBA picks.
Covered by Joe Freda
The Pacers are still killing it, having raced out to a 10-1 SU record, the best of anyone in the Eastern Conference. They've been making a killing for you if you've backed them consistently, sporting a 8-3 ATS record coming into tonight.
One would assume they'll be able to take care of the Celtics, who have lost five straight games, four of which were by double digits. Included in there are home losses to Portland (109-96) and Charlotte (89-83).
It's going to take an excellent effort on both ends of the floor for Boston to even stay competitive with Indiana tonight, with the Pacers looking mighty focused each and every game.
However, Joe does expect the Celtics to come out in front of the home fans and put up a good fight. He believes it's too many points in this NBA betting spot and will be on Boston at plus eight.[gameodds]5/248006/?r-1=19-43-349-169/us[/gameodds]