NBA Picks: Sunday Picks of the Day

Steven Suarez

Sunday, January 19, 2014 3:25 PM UTC

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 3:25 PM UTC

Trying to get the better of the books today? With all of the attention on the NFL playoffs, let's try and take advantage of the available value with our NBA picks.

Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic

Both teams are going through really bad stretches at the moment.

The Magic have lost 10 straight games, which includes home setbacks to Charlotte, Chicago, Miami and Golden State. Meanwhile, the Celtics have lost 10 of their previous 11, with their sole win coming four days ago at home against Toronto.

As for today's NBA odds, Boston is the small road favorite, as they're giving away 2.5 points to the hosts.

It may take some time for the Celtics to adjust with Rajon Rondo back in the mix. He's an exceptional talent, but it's never a seamless transition when a dominant ball-handler like Rondo re-enters the rotation. Some things will have to be ironed out until Brad Stevens finds the lineups he's comfortable with.

For Orlando, they're really missing Nikola Vucevic (concussion), but the team has to be thrilled with the production they've been getting out of Victor Oladipo. The Magic have had to go with a smaller lineup and have therefore been getting crushed inside, but it's hardly as if Boston possesses a dominant frontcourt.

Though the Celtics have the better record, we're not sure they deserve to be the favorite in this NBA betting matchup.

In this situation, we therefore feel it's in our best interest to back the home underdogs. Take Orlando to cash as one of our free NBA picks for Sunday, as they look to break this ever-growing losing streak of theirs.

Pick: Magic +2.5


Milwaukee Bucks vs. San Antonio Spurs

It's been a while since we've seen this big of a number listed by online sportsbooks. Right now you can find the Spurs favored by 16 points, with the total at either 198.5 or 199. Tough to call the total here, considering this game is likely to be a blowout.

San Antonio comes in having just lost by nine points at home to the Trail Blazers. That broke a streak of six straight wins for Gregg Popovich's squad.

It's now three consecutive ATS losses for the Spurs, who stand at an even 20-20 against the spread for the season. Their upcoming opponents will come in at 7-32 SU and 14-25 ATS.

Milwaukee has lost eight straight games, five of which came on the road. They fell to Utah (87-96), Phoenix (100-116), Oklahoma City (85-101), Toronto (94-116) and Houston (104-114).

On back-to-backs, Milwaukee has been brutal, going 2-10 SU and 3-9 ATS in the second games. They're also just 4-17 SU on the road so far this season.

Conversely, San Antonio is 16-6 SU at home and they've had the luxury of an extra day of rest. Popovich can't be happy at all with how his team's been performing and it would be a surprise if they disappointed for the third straight matchup.

If you could pick the biggest mismatch in the NBA, this would probably be it. The Bucks have been a mess all year, while the Spurs have been efficient as ever. This one could easily get out of hand in a hurry, especially since San Antonio hasn't played well over their last two contests – they should come out swinging and never look back.

NBA Pick: Spurs -16

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