Covered by Jordan Sharp
The Clippers are staying afloat (and then some) without Chris Paul out there running the show on both ends of the court.
Coming in, L.A. has won two in a row and eight of ten, pushing their overall record to 31-15 SU for the season. The Clippers have been pretty shaky on the road though, going 13-12 SU outside of Staples Center.
It may not matter though, considering they come up against a horrible Milwaukee team. The Bucks have the worst record in the NBA (8-35) and it's not even close. They're also just 4-16 straight up at home this season.
Put it all together and it's near impossible not to take the Clippers in this situation. That's what Jordan's thinking too.
Pick: Clippers -9
Covered by Jeff Grant
What Kevin Durant is doing right now is special. Can he lead the Thunder to an eighth straight win tonight?
Oklahoma City enters as a 10-point favorite in the NBA odds, while the total seems to be holding steady at 205.
At 19-3 SU, the Thunder have been extremely tough at home this season. They will do battle with an Atlanta team that's gone 8-13 on the road thus far. It's a little bizarre to see the Hawks in the third spot in the Eastern Conference standings with a 23-20 overall mark.
Nonetheless, the betting lines suggest this could be a long night for Atlanta. What does Jeff foresee happening here? He's going to take the points, as he expects the Hawks to make things rather tough on the home team.
Pick: Hawks +10
Covered by Matthew Jordan
It's been mighty difficult to trust the Timberwolves this season. They've shown they can win some big games, but they're also prone to some disappointing letdowns here and there. That explains why they currently find themselves outside the top eight.
Minnesota is 21-22 SU overall but just 9-14 SU on the road. The Timberwolves are an even 5-5 SU over their last 10 and will hope to rebound after a 104-115 loss at Portland.
As for Chicago, they've been doing very well since Luol Deng was traded away, which shows you just how good of a coach Tom Thibodeau is. The Bulls are 7-3 SU over their previous 10 contests overall and are 13-9 SU at home.
The odds are tight, but at time of writing the Timberwolves were short 2.5-point favorites on the road. Matthew has decided that Chicago holds the value here for our NBA picks, and he's also recommending the UNDER.
Pick: Bulls +2.5 and UNDER 196
Covered by Matthew Jordan
What kind of follow-up performance will Terrence Ross after a career night against the Clippers? The Raptors will go head-to-head with the Nets as four-point road underdogs.
It's been amazing to witness this turnaround for Brooklyn. We all knew they had the talent to compete in the East and, after a horrendous start, we're starting to see the expectations be met.
Having won five in a row, the Nets are making their charge and are now just 2.5 games out of the third seed.
The Raptors have been solid too at 7-3 SU over their last 10, yet will they be able to survive without DeMar DeRozan tonight? Not in Matthew's opinion – he's backing another good showing from the surging Nets.
Pick: Nets -4[gameodds]5/253696/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]