A rather full 10-game slate awaits us on hump day, and there aren't as many huge mismatches in the NBA odds as usual. The only double-digit favorite on the board is the Spurs, who are laying 13.5 points at home to Denver. Other reasonable high chalk plays include the Grizzlies (-8 at Utah) and the Clippers (-7 at New Orleans).
Below you can run over the matchups we've examined further.
Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics
Covered by Jason Lake
The Raptors are in a heated race with Chicago (and Brooklyn and Washington to a lesser extent) for the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Right now Toronto is in fourth.
They will take on a Boston team that's gone 3-7 SU over their previous 10 matchups overall tonight. Jason doesn't expect much offense in this game and will therefore be picking the UNDER with his preferred NBA picks. For those interested in a spread pick, the Raptors are favored by 3 to 3.5 points.
NBA Pick: UNDER 194.5
Los Angeles Clippers vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Covered by Jordan Sharp
Winners of three in a row and seven of their last ten, the Pelicans are high on confidence right now, thanks in large part to Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans. Both have been outstanding as of late.
They're going to have their hands full with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Clippers though. Los Angeles has won nine of ten and aren't showing any signs that they're due for a letdown. However, Jordan is riding New Orleans' momentum and thinking that Davis and company can cover here.
NBA Pick: Pelicans +7
Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers
Covered by Jason Lake
Well look what we have here. The two best teams in the Eastern Conference meet up for a heavyweight battle in Indiana, with the Pacers currently favored by two points at most sportsbooks.
Indiana and Miami may take up the top two spots, but neither has been playing too well recently. Both teams are an even 5-5 SU over their last 10 games, but the Pacers clearly hold the edge at home, where they've gone 32-4 SU. Still, Jason isn't turning down the opportunity to get points with the Heat.
NBA Pick: Heat +2
New York Knicks vs. Sacramento Kings
Covered by Steven Suarez
Not too easy to put your faith in either one of these teams. The Kings have a great trio in DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas, yet they haven't really shown any signs of improvement overall.
As for the Knicks, they've fallen back down after that impressive winning streak, having lost two in a row, including last night's horrific performance against the Lakers. I think we'll see a better effort out of New York and will take the road team with my sports picks.
NBA Pick: Knicks +1
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz
Covered by Doug Upstone
We've got quite the battle going on in the Western Conference playoff race right now. Only 2.5 games separate fifth and ninth place, with the Grizzlies currently occupying the seventh seed at 42-28 SU overall. They've gone 8-2 SU in their last 10 games.
It may not be as easy as you think for Memphis in Utah tonight, as the Jazz have been a tricky team to deal with on their own court. That could explain one of the reasons why Doug is thinking the better play is going with the UNDER.
NBA Pick: UNDER 183.5