Sunday NBA Picks of the Day

Steven Suarez

Sunday, December 29, 2013 3:31 PM GMT

With a lot of attention on today's football festivities, have oddsmakers left us a couple weak spots in the NBA odds?

Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs

The Kings, who are 3-6 SU over their last nine, will take on the Spurs in San Antonio this evening. The NBA betting lines show the home team favored by as many as 11.5 points, while the O/U is at 210.5.

Sacramento has to be feeling good right now though after they just came from behind to beat the Heat at home two nights ago. The Kings were 5.5-point underdogs and were in a huge hole early, but they kept chipping away and eventually won in overtime.

We'll see how Sacramento can fare back out on the road, where they've struggled recently. They've lost four of their last five both straight up and against the spread.

As for San Antonio, they're hoping to keep spirits high after their 116-107 road win over Dallas on Friday night. Tim Duncan had 21 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks and Danny Green nailed five threes off the bench to help the Spurs on their way.

San Antonio hasn't been as dominant at home as of late, but they're still a sound 10-4 SU. They take on a Kings team that's 4-6-1 ATS on the road.

The Spurs have dominated the head-to-head series over the years. They've won six straight games and have covered the spread in four of those victories.

So while Sacramento is looking like they're starting to get a better feel for one another since the trade, we have to side with the deeper and much more cohesive Spurs to stroll to the win and ATS cover.

NBA Pick: Spurs -11.5

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Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

James Harden makes another visit to his old stomping grounds when the Rockets do battle with the Thunder in Oklahoma City tonight.

Looking over the NBA odds, we find Kevin Durant and company favored by 4.5 points, with the O/U at either 208 or 208.5. The Thunder come in at 24-5 SU and 16-13 ATS, while the Rockets are 21-11 SU and 17-13-2 ATS.

Houston comes in on the heels of three straight wins, one of which was on the road against San Antonio. The Rockets are 8-7 SU and ATS outside of Houston this season.

Meanwhile, the Thunder were just rocked with the news of Russell Westbrook's injury, but still managed to hold their nerve in a 89-85 road win over Charlotte two nights ago. Durant was a machine once again and Serge Ibaka also stepped up and performed with the extra responsibility.

Where do we think the best value is for tonight's meeting between these familiar foes?

Though we've gotten accustomed to seeing these two teams bring the heat offensively, both the Thunder and Rockets have actually been in the top ten in defensive efficiency as well. The Thunder are second in the rankings and Houston is ranked tenth.

When Oklahoma City was without Westbrook to begin the season, they were much weaker offensively and had grind out a lot more wins with an emphasis on defense. Over their previous five the Thunder have surrendered an average of 95.6 points while holding opponents to 40.0 percent shooting overall.

Tonight we're on the lookout for an intense battle in the halfcourt and not a lightning fast pace. With that said, we recommend adding the UNDER to your NBA picks for this short slate of games.

NBA Pick: UNDER 207.5

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