There are nine games on the schedule tonight, but none that exactly feature two powerhouses going head-to-head. Below you'll find the two games we're invested in.
The Pacers are doing everything they can to hold off the surging Heat for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Both teams know how important that home-court advantage could be.
Indiana comes in on a three-game winning streak, with two victories over the Bucks and a dominant home win over the Lakers. They've been struggling a little bit against the spread though, having gone just 2-6-1 ATS over their last nine
The Celtics have also been a good team to stay away from when making your NBA picks, as they've gone 2-4 ATS in their previous six contests.
It hasn't been a good run for Boston. They've dropped five of their last six overall, though they did end their losing streak with a solid 115-104 home win over Atlanta back on Wednesday.
While we commend the job Brad Stevens has done in his first season, we feel it's in our best interest to back an Indiana win and cover tonight. The Pacers have a lot more to play for at this point in time and haven't been too shabby at 14-12 ATS on the road.
Moreover, Boston is really banged up right now. Avery Bradley, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Vitor Faverani are all listed as questionable to play tonight, while Gerald Wallace has just been ruled out for the rest of the season.
The Pacers are looking really strong right now – their second unit, featuring Luis Scola and Evan Turner, has been excellent – and we're thinking they'll simply be too much for the rebuilding Celtics to handle.
Pick: Indiana Pacers -7
Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Again we're on the road favorites, this time in the matchup between the pitiful Bucks and a Nets team that's trending upwards.
Current NBA odds have Brooklyn favored by six points. The Nets are 27-29 SU and an even 28-28 ATS this season, with the Bucks at a dreadful 11-46 SU and 24-33 against the spread.
Milwaukee just put in a good shift at Indiana, losing by only five. Though they have managed to cash for backers in three consecutive matchups, they're just 2-7 SU in their last nine, making it hard to have any faith in the Bucks.
As for the Nets, they've alternated wins and losses over their last seven but have still been playing much better basketball overall. Their losses were all on the road against good teams in Portland, Golden State and Chicago.
This will be the last game of a lengthy road trip and Brooklyn will want to end on a high note before returning home to do battle with Chicago and Memphis next week.
Why should we roll with the road team tonight? Well, it doesn't matter if Milwaukee's been at home or on the road. They've been bad everywhere, having gone 6-23 SU at home and 5-23 SU away from BMO Harris Bradley Center. There's been no semblance of consistency in terms of rotations and Milwaukee also just lost one of their best scorers in Caron Butler.
The Nets meanwhile are going the right direction and have won four straight (while covering the spread in three) in the head-to-head series. We have no qualms about fading the Bucks either, so we'll be on Brooklyn here to close out our NBA picks.
Pick: Brooklyn Nets -6