Saturday NBA Picks of the Day

Steven Suarez

Sunday, January 26, 2014 4:41 AM UTC

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 4:41 AM UTC

Have we found legitimate NBA betting value with our two picks for tonight? Here are the plays that stand out most.

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Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Bobcats

Both teams were in action last night, but the results weren't pretty.

The Bobcats looked on helplessly as Carmelo Anthony single-handedly destroyed them inside Madison Square Garden. Meanwhile, the Bulls were routed at home by the red-hot Clippers.

When looking at the NBA betting odds for tonight's game in Charlotte, we find the Bobcats are getting points on their home court. These teams have both excelled defensively, so it's no surprise to see a low total of 181.5 on the board.

Injury wise, Kirk Hinrich is out with a hamstring problem for Chicago, while Kemba Walker (ankle) won't be available for the Bobcats.

That means we've got two backup point guards getting thrown into the mix, with D.J. Augustin and Ramon Sessions assuming more responsibility. Augustin, despite an off night yesterday, has done an outstanding job since Chicago added him and he'll look to get the Bulls back on track tonight.

Chicago has gone 8-12 SU and 9-11 ATS on the road, while Charlotte is and 11-12 both straight up and against the spread at home. Who do we think gets the job done this evening?

The Bulls have had Charlotte's number this season, winning both head-to-head meetings straight up. We foresee them making it three out of three with a bounce-back performance on the road tonight. They've got the bodies inside (Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson) to counter-punch what Al Jefferson brings to the table and they've also got one heck of a coach. Take the road chalk to come through.

NBA Pick: Bulls -1.5

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Indiana Pacers vs. Denver Nuggets

Do the Pacers have enough left in the tank to get a win in Denver tonight? The NBA odds have Indiana favored by 2.5 points on the road, with the total fluctuating from 201.5 to 202.5.

Indiana was on their way to an embarrassing loss to a Sacramento team that was missing both DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay, but found their groove late, before Paul George took over in overtime to guide the Pacers to the win.

That's now six wins in seven games for Indiana, with the lone loss coming three nights ago in Phoenix. During that streak the Pacers have been profitable, going 5-2 ATS, which included covers against the likes of the Clippers and Warriors.

Let's see if they can keep it going against a talented but frustrating team in Denver. The Nuggets have lost three in a row but get to play back at home, where they've won four of their previous five (including a victory over Oklahoma City).

Coming into tonight's game, Denver is 11-9 SU and 8-12 ATS on their home court, with Indiana at 13-7 SU and 12-8 ATS on the road.

The Pacers, though, exerted an incredible amount of energy in last night's come-from-behind win. Stephenson played 46 minutes and the other four starters all logged at least 37 minutes each. This will be the third game in four nights for Frank Vogel's crew.

We look for Denver to come out and play well en route to a cover against an Indiana team that's 6-5 SU and 4-7 ATS on second games of back-to-backs this season.

NBA Pick: Nuggets +2.5

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