NBA Picks of the Day: Our Best Selections For Today's Short Slate

Jordan Sharp

Saturday, February 20, 2016 4:22 PM GMT

We crashed and burned again last night to make our start to the second half of the NBA season a little rockier than wanted. However, I am back to do it again tonight on a short slate of NBA odds.

Knicks vs. Wolves
Both the Knicks and Wolves played last night, and both had pretty lengthy trips to travel after last night’s game. They both also gave up 109 points in their respective games last night, and if their defenses are broken again this evening, it might be a great idea to take the over and add it to your NBA Picks tonight.

The NBA Odds for this one have the Wolves as -2 favorites, but the total of 206 ½ is actually a better wager. The total is already going up to 207 points as of this morning, and with how good the Wolves have been at cashing the over off the back to back this season, it might be a fantastic wager.

The Wolves are 6-1-2 this season cashing the over on the second half of t back to back, and while the Knicks have cashed the under in five of their last six back to backs, they are still 5-7 cashing the over on the back to back this season, so while their recent trend on no rest is concerning, with how bad these two teams have been on defense lately, it might not matter too much.

The Wolves have cashed the over in five of their last six games overall, and they have also cashed the over in five straight home games dating back to before the All Star Break. The Knicks on the other hand have cashed the over in five of their last seven road games, and they have cashed the over once against the Wolves this season, and in four of their last five meetings with the Wolves as well.

In their last ten games, the Wolves are giving up over 110 points per game, and they have given up 109 in their last five games as well. The Knicks on the other hand have given up 105 points per game in their last ten, and they have given up at least 109 points in three of their last five games, I expect very little defense on no rest tonight, so follow the trends and take the over.

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NBA Pick: OVER 206½
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

 

Warriors vs. Clippers
There have been times over the last year that Doc Rivers has said that the Clippers are built to beat the Warriors. I don’t know what Warriors team he is watching, but I think Doc needs to pass whatever he is smoking over this away. Tonight the Warriors are -5 favorites on the road in Staples Center tonight, and with a total of 223 points, this game should be a regular season classic.

However, the Warriors have had little trouble winning or covering against the Clippers in the past, and without Blake Griffin for this meeting, I doubt the Clippers stay in the game like the sportsbooks suggest.

The Warriors won and covered their last meeting with LA at Staples Center back in November, and Golden State has won and covered in three of their last four meetings with the Clippers at Staples. Without Griffin’s 20 points per game, the gap between the Warriors and Clippers is going to get recognized tonight, and I have no idea why the Warriors aren’t bigger favorites.

Other than the Warriors having to play last night and losing, that is the only disadvantage they have coming into this game, and their bad loss to the Blazers should be a nice post-All Star Break wake up call for them. Golden State is the number one team in the NBA on no rest coming in at 10-3 ATS, while the Clippers are only 6-11 ATS in conference home games this season.  The sportsbooks are undervaluing the Dubs after the loss, but don’t get caught in the taking points with the Clippers trap.

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NBA Pick: Warriors -3.5
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline