NBA Picks Of The Day: Add Our Top Bets For Today's Short Slate

Jordan Sharp

Monday, January 11, 2016 3:01 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 3:01 PM UTC

However, on this short slate of NBA action, there are still a couple of games that hold some nice NBA Odds value. Join us inside as we give you our top two choices for today's slate.

Spurs vs. Nets
The Nets are in NBA no man’s land right now, and yesterday the nightmarish season got even worse when the team fired Lionel Hollins and the GM, Billy King. Now with their first game since the firing, the Nets play host to the Spurs, a team that’s been on fire recently, and happens to come into this one as a -14½ favorite, with a low total of 192½.

San Antonio recently ran their home winning streak to 22 games dating back to last season, but now on the road will they be as sharp? They only beat the Knicks by one point at home recently, but now traveling into Brooklyn, they should have very little issue scoring the ball, or slowing down what could be the worst offensive team in the NBA.

Since losing their point guard, Jarrett Jack to an ACL injury, the Nets have played three games, they have lost all three of them, and they have failed to reach 90 points in all three of them. In those three games they are averaging only 80 points per game, and against the league’s best defensive team, I don’t see them getting much more than 80-90 points in this one either.

The Nets are also giving up over 105 points per game to the West this season, while the Spurs are scoring an average of 108 points per game in their last ten games, all while only giving up 92 points during that same stretch on average.

The only thing that scares me about laying the points with the Spurs is the threat of Gregg Popovich pulling some of his starters before the game because let’s be honest, the Spurs bench might be able to beat the Nets. They play on the second half of a back to back tomorrow against a much tougher Pistons team, and if they rest anyone tonight on the front half of the back to back, I’m probably laying off this one entirely. However, as long as no more than one Spurs starter is out in this one (for instance if they give Tim Duncan the night off I’m still game on the Spurs) lay the points with confidence as your NBA pick.

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NBA Pick: Spurs -14.5
Best Line Offered: at Heritage


Wizards vs. Bulls
In what could be the only good game on the small slate, the Bulls welcome in the Wizards to the United Center tonight, and the NBA Odds have the Bulls as -8 favorites, with a total of 207 points. These two teams have little love lost for one another since their playoff series against one another two years ago, but the Wizards’ defense has gone into the tank since then, and the Bulls’ offense has taken a turn for the better under Fred Hoiberg.

The Bulls did just drop their winning streak to the Hawks over the weekend, but against a Wizards team that struggles to stop anyone (especially on the road) this one should be easy for the Bulls to score. However, the spread is really sharp, and I think I’m laying off it to look at the total. The Wizards are giving up nearly 104 points per game this season, and they are just as bad on the road on defense too.

In their last ten games the Bulls are averaging scoring 107 points per game, and they have reached at least 100 points scored in all ten of those games. The Bulls are also surprisingly worse on defense in conference games this season. They have given up 103 points per game to Eastern Conference teams this year. With Joakim Noah likely making his return to the lineup tonight too, look for the over to be the play. The over has cashed in six of Chicago’s last eight games, and for the Wizards the over is 7-1 in their last eight road games, and 10-6 for the season.

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NBA Pick: OVER 207.5
?Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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