An incredibly packed slate of games awaits us on hump day. Have you done your due diligence? Feeling confident in your NBA picks? Read on below to see if any of our thoughts will confirm your suspicions and make you think twice.
The two heavy favorites of the night are the Raptors, who are giving 13.5 points to Philadelphia, as well as Trail Blazers, who are laying 13 points at home to Sacramento. There are two big-time battles on the board, which would be Memphis/Miami and LA Clippers/Oklahoma City.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Orlando Magic
Covered by Jason Lake
The Nets won a tough game in Miami last night and have to turn around and play tonight in Orlando, who have actually pulled off some good home victories this season.
Brooklyn has now won three straight and it's been impressive to see their surge through the latter part of the season. That being said, Jason is actually taking Orlando, who are 18-20 SU at home as opposed to 4-35 SU on the road, as one of his sports picks tonight. Will tired legs hurt the Nets?
Pick: Magic +6
Charlotte Bobcats vs. Washington Wizards
Covered by Jason Lake
Right now the Wizards and Bobcats occupy the sixth and seventh spots in the Eastern Conference, with playoff seeds still up for grabs. A win for Charlotte could go a long way tonight.
The Bobcats are on quite a roll right now, having won four consecutive games to push them above .500 (39-38) for the season. Jason is picking them to cover as five-point underdogs on the road against a Washington team that's an even 5-5 over their last 10.
Pick: Bobcats +5
Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks
Covered by Jordan Sharp
The Celtics can't seem to buy a win at the moment, as they've dropped eight in a row to fall to 23-54 SU on the year. They'll take on Atlanta tonight, hoping to improve on their awful 8-30 SU road record.
A lot is still on the line for the Hawks as they try to fend off the Knicks and Cavaliers for the final playoff spot in the East. Instead of going with a spread pick for tonight, however, Jordan has opted to roll with the OVER as one of his sports picks.
Pick: OVER 205
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Covered by Matthew Jordan
We've got a heavyweight battle on our hands here, with two of the top three teams in the Western Conference going at it inside Staples Center. The Clippers have opened as 3.5-point favorites by oddsmakers.
Los Angeles, 32-6 SU at home on the season, will be Matthew's preferred selection in this matchup. He also thinks we'll see a back-and-forth game, meaning the OVER is worth a look too.
Pick: Clippers -3.5 and OVER 213
Chicago Bulls vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Covered by Jeff Grant
The Bulls are putting it all together at the right time. They've won five straight games, yet remain side by side with Toronto in the playoff race. Let's see if they can figure out how to deal with Kevin Love and the Timberwolves tonight.
Minnesota is an even 5-5 SU in their previous 10, but they're coming off one of their best games of the season (a 110-91 win over San Antonio) the other day. Still, Jeff sees value in siding with Chicago here.
Pick: Bulls -2