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Friday, May 20, 2022


Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors.
Line: Warriors by 7.

9:00 PM ET (Game 647-648)

The Warriors demolished the Mavericks in Game 1 despite their top three shooters going 5-of-17 from three. I expect they'll shoot better in this game, while Dallas' road woes will continue.

I may post another pick later or add a unit to this game. If so, I'll tweet it out. I'll have updates on Twitter - @walterfootball.




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NBA Pick: Warriors -7 +105 (2 Units) - Bookmaker

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Thursday, May 19, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Boston Celtics at Miami Heat.
Line: Heat by 4.

8:30 PM ET (Game 543-544)

I don't understand why the public is backing the Celtics so much. Miami is the obvious play. Boston will once again be without Al Horford, which will make it easier for the Heat to score. The Celtics will get back Marcus Smart, but they'll be without top backup guard Derrick White, so their depth has taken a hit.

NBA Pick: Heat -4 -101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Wednesday, May 18, 2022 (1-0, +$210)


Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors.
Line: Warriors by 6.

9:00 PM ET (Game 539-540)

The Warriors are rested, while the Mavericks will have to come their road woes. They destroyed the Suns in Game 7, but they were obliterared at Phoenix in three of the four games of the previous series.

NBA Pick: Warriors -6 +106 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$210



Tuesday, May 17, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Boston Celtics at Miami Heat.
Line: Heat by 3.

8:30 PM ET (Game 535-536)

The Celtics are coming off an exhausting Game 7, and they may not have Marcus Smart tonight. Smart may play, but he's dealing with an injury, so he may not be 100 percent.

NBA Pick: Heat -3 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Sunday, May 15, 2022 (0-2, -$400)


Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics.
Line: Celtics by 4.5.

3:30 PM ET (Game 523-524)

The smart money is on the Celtics, but the smart money was also on the Celtics in Game 5. In a do-or-die situation, I trust Giannis more than anyone else on the court. I believe he'll lead the Bucks to victory.

NBA Pick: Bucks +4.5 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200


Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns.
Line: Suns by 7.

8:00 PM ET (Game 527-528)

The Suns got trashed in Game 6. They played very sloppily, committing 22 turnovers. I doubt that'll happen tonight. They're the better team, so I believe they'll prevail.

NBA Pick: Suns -7 +105 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Friday, May 13, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors.
Line: Warriors by 8.5.

10:00 PM ET (Game 517-518)

The Warriors showed no effort Wednesday night. I have to believe that they'll mean business in this game as they look to redeem themselves from that embarrassing blowout loss. Don't forget that Golden State demolished Memphis in Game 3, and that was with Ja Morant on the court.

NBA Pick: Warriors -8.5 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Thursday, May 12, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers.
Line: 76ers by 2.5.

7:00 PM ET (Game 507-508)

I don't know where the 76ers' effort was in Game 5, but I assume it'll be back tonight. Philadelphia is 2-1 in this series with Joel Embiid on the court, and they should be 3-1 after tonight.

NBA Pick: 76ers -2.5 -101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Wednesday, May 11, 2022 (1-0, +$210)


Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics.
Line: Celtics by 4.5.

7:00 PM ET (Game 507-508)

The Bucks led for most of Game 4, but fell apart in the final few minutes. I think they'll bounce back off a loss. They should not be getting this many points.

NBA Pick: Bucks -4.5 +104 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$210



Tuesday, May 10, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat.
Line: Heat by 2.

7:30 PM ET (Game 501-502)

The 76ers are the pick once again. Joel Embiid has completely changed this series. I believe the 76ers will win the next two games.

NBA Pick: Bucks -2.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Monday, May 9, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks.
Line: Bucks by 2.5.

7:30 PM ET (Game 581-582)

Robert Williams was just declared out, which is a big deal. The Bucks should be able to dominate the paint as a result to go up 3-1 in this series.

NBA Pick: Bucks -2.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Sunday, May 8, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers.
Line: 76ers by 2.5.

8:00 PM ET (Game 573-574)

I haven't touched this series yet, but I would have bet the 76ers in Game 3 had I known Joel Embiid was playing. Philadelphia should be able to take over this series now that Embiid is back in the lineup.

NBA Pick: 76ers -2.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Saturday, May 7, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors.
Line: Warriors by 6.

8:30 PM ET (Game 573-574)

The Grizzlies have been money as underdogs this year (26-16 ATS), and they appear to be a great bet once again. Both games in this series have been close, and of the Warriors' seven playoff games thus far, only two were decided by more than five points.

NBA Pick: Grizzlies +6 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Friday, May 6, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks.
Line: Pick.

9:30 PM ET (Game 543-544)

If you've been reading this page, you know where I'm going with this. The Suns own the Mavericks. There's a chance they'll be flat for this game, but there's been so much discussion about their losing ways in Game 3s. If they're focused, they will win.

NBA Pick: Suns PK +102 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Wednesday, May 4, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns.
Line: Suns by 6.5.

10:00 PM ET (Game 543-544)

I'm rolling with the Suns again. They barely covered Monday night, but they were up by double digits for most of the game before a late Dallas surge. Phoenix has owned this matchup.

NBA Pick: Suns -6.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Tuesday, May 3, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics.
Line: Celtics by 3.5.

7:00 PM ET (Game 531-532)

I'm still confused as to why this spread is so large. The Bucks are better than the Celtics, yet Boston is favored by so much because of the misleading sweep of the Nets.

NBA Pick: Bucks +3.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Monday, May 2, 2022 (1-0, +$210)


Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns.
Line: Suns by 6.5.

10:00 PM ET (Game 523-524)

I bet the Bucks yesterday as a fade of Boston. I went against the Celtics partly because people were overly impressed with their sweep of the Nets, yet the Nets were not a very good team. This is the same dynamic. This spread is a bit low because people watched Dallas dismantle Utah, but that was more about the Jazz sucking. The Suns have won nine in a row in this matchup, and they prevailed by at least seven over Dallas in every battle this year. Devin Booker should be much healthier after three days of rest.

NBA Pick: Suns -6.5 +105 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$210



Sunday, May 1, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics.
Line: Celtics by 4.

1:00 PM ET (Game 513-514)

I was confused about why this spread was so high - I would've made Boston one-point favorites - until I remembered that the public is viewing them very favorably after sweeping the Nets. This would be impressive if the Nets weren't completely overratred. I'll take the value with Milwaukee in Game 1.

NBA Pick: Bucks +4 -101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Friday, April 29, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Memphis Grizzlies at Minnesota Timberwolves.
Line: Grizzlies by 2.

9:00 PM ET (Game 571-572)

The Grizzlies have been the better team in this series ever since they figured out not to use Steven Adams. The Timberwolves have had some chances to win, but they've collapsed down the stretch. This is what young teams do, so that could easily happen again tonight.

NBA Pick: Grizzlies -2 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Thursday, April 28, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz.
Line: Mavericks by 1.

10:00 PM ET (Game 565-566)

The Mavericks have dominated this series, and Luka Doncic has made it more lopsided. Now, Donovan Mitchell is hurt. Mitchell will play, but I doubt he'll be 100 percent.

NBA Pick: Mavericks -1 -101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Wednesday, April 27, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks.
Line: Bucks by 13.

7:30 PM ET (Game 553-554)

This spread may seem too large, but it may not be large enough. The Bulls have lost their past two games to the Bucks by 30 and 24 points, and now they'll be missing their entire starting backcourt. With Alex Carusso sidelined with a concussion and Zach LaVine out with a very minor illness, the Bulls will find it very difficult to keep up with Milwaukee.

NBA Pick: Bucks -13 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Tuesday, April 26, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix Suns.
Line: Suns by 6.

10:00 PM ET (Game 543-544)

This spread is too large. The Suns have struggled to score without Devin Booker. In the two games without him, the Suns won by three and then lost by 15.

NBA Pick: Suns +6 +105 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Monday, April 25, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers.
Line: 76ers by 8.5.

8:00 PM ET (Game 533-534)

The 76ers won their two home games versus the Raptors by at least 15 points. They should be focused off a loss, and they'll have Matisse Thybulle back now that he's free from Prime Minister Blackface's tyranny. The Raptors, meanwhile, won't have Fred VanVleet available, which is a huge blow.

NBA Pick: 76ers -8.5 +105 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Sunday, April 24, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Golden State Warriors at Denver Nuggets.
Line: Warriors by 4.5.

3:30 PM ET (Game 523-524)

I feel like a total square betting on a publicly backed road favorite in a close-out game, but the first round of any sport's playoffs can expose fradulent teams. The Nuggets qualify as such, as they haven't shown an ability to compete with Golden State. They lost by 16 and 20 to begin the series. Game 3 was just a five-point margin, but that involved the Warriors going 18-of-28 from the free-throw line (compared to 22-27 for Denver).

NBA Pick: Warriors -4.5 -101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Saturday, April 23, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz.
Line: Jazz by 6.

4:30 PM ET (Game 513-514)

As of 11:55 a.m. Eastern, there is no news on Luka Doncic. I saw a report saying he's expected to return, and if he does, this spread will plummet. If he's sidelined again, we'll miss out on a couple of points, but thus far in this series, the Doncic-less Mavericks have lost by six, won by six and won by eight. I don't understand why this spread continues to be so high. Utah is not a very good team, and its homecourt "advantage" is lackluster (17-24 ATS this year).

NBA Pick: Mavericks +6 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Friday, April 22, 2022 (0-0-1, $0)


Phoenix Suns at New Orleans Pelicans.
Line: Suns by 3.

9:30 PM ET (Game 505-506)

Devin Booker is sidelined, so we're getting a discount on the Suns. They're coming off a loss, so I expect them to be doubly focused as they try to redeem themselves without their best player.

NBA Pick: Suns -3 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Push; $0



Thursday, April 21, 2022 (1-0, +$210)


Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz.
Line: Jazz by 8.

9:00 PM ET (Game 571-572)

I'm posting this an hour prior to tip-off because I was waiting on Luka Doncic's status. Doncic is out, but I still like Dallas at this higher number. The Mavericks didn't have Doncic for the first two games, and yet they lost by six and then won by six. Why couldn't they keep this to within eight?

NBA Pick: Mavericks +8 +106 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$210



Wednesday, April 20, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors.
Line: Raptors by 1.

8:00 PM ET (Game 563-564)

The 76ers demolished the Raptors twice already, but I don't think this will be a series sweep. Toronto will likely win at least one game, and I think that'll happen tonight. The Raptors will have Gary Trent on the court, while the 76ers will be without defensive specialist Matisse Thybulle, thanks to Prime Minister Blackface's idiotic rules.

NBA Pick: Raptors -1 +108 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Tuesday, April 19, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat.
Line: Heat by 8.

7:30 PM ET (Game 549-550)

The Hawks may have had a chance against the Heat if they were healthy. That's not the case, however, as both Clint Capela and John Collins are sidelined and hobbled, respectively. The Hawks can't compete with Miami without its starting frontcourt being healthy.

NBA Pick: Heat -8 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Monday, April 18, 2022 (1-0, +$210)


Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers.
Line: 76ers by 8.5.

7:30 PM ET (Game 541-542)

I thought the Raptors had a chance to give the 76ers a tough series, but Gary Trent and Scottie Barnes are both injured. The 76ers won by 20 in Game 1 despite Joel Embiid shooting 5-of-15 from the field. He'll be much better tonight.

NBA Pick: 76ers -8.5 +106 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$210



Sunday, April 17, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks.
Line: Bucks by 11.

6:30 PM ET (Game 529-530)

I don't think the Bulls can compete with the Bucks. They've struggled down the stretch, going 5-17. This includes a 21-point loss to Milwaukee.

NBA Pick: Bucks -11 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Saturday, April 16, 2022 (0-2, -$400)


Minnesota Timberwolves at Memphis Grizzlies.
Line: Grizzlies by 7.

3:30 PM ET (Game 519-520)

The Grizzlies were undervalued all season, as they went 51-29 against the spread. That continues to be the theme here in the playoffs. Memphis is much better than Minnesota; the Timberwolves really struggled down the stretch and ruined their chance to land the No. 5 seed.

NBA Pick: Grizzlies -7 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200


Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors.
Line: Warriors by 5.5.

8:30 PM ET (Game 523-524)

The Warriors are favored by a big number because Steph Curry is returning to action. However, it remains to be seen if he'll be 100 percent. It sounds like he may even have a minutes limit. The Warriors won't exactly have an answer for Nikola Jokic.

NBA Pick: Nuggets +5.5 +104 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Friday, April 15, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers.
Line: Pick.

7:30 PM ET (Game 509-510)

The Hawks impressed everyone with their blowout win over the Hornets two days ago. That has prompted everyone to bet Atlanta today. The Hawks are favored as visitors even though the last time they won on the road versus a team currently in the playoffs was New Year's Eve! I thought about taking the points with the Cavaliers, who will be welcoming back Jarrett Allen, but the moneyline is more appealing.

NBA Pick: Cavaliers +115 (2 Units) - Bovada -- Incorrect; -$200



Wednesday, April 13, 2022 (1-0, +$210)


San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans Pelicans.
Line: Pelicans by 6.

9:30 PM ET (Game 507-508)

Once again, I'm torn on the first game. I'm siding the Pelicans in the second contest. They've been a much better team when Brandon Ingram and C.J. McCollum have been on the court. They should be able to cover against the pedestrian Spurs.

NBA Pick: Pelicans -6 +105 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$210



Tuesday, April 12, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Los Angeles Clippers at Minnesota Timberwolves.
Line: Timberwolves by 2.

9:30 PM ET (Game 503-504)

I'm torn on the first game tonight - I'm leaning toward the Nets, but I'm not confident enough to bet them - but I like the Clippers much more. I don't think they should be underdogs. They're the No. 8 seed, but they're much better than that because Paul George is back after missing most of the season. The Clippers are 4-1 since George's return. The Timberwolves, meanwhile, struggled to close out the regular season.

NBA Pick: Clippers +2 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Sunday, April 10, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Washington Bullets at Charlotte Hornets.
Line: Hornets by 13.5.

3:30 PM ET (Game 563-564)

The large underdogs have been killing us lately, as the terrible teams have been blatantly tanking in the final week of the regular season. This includes the Bullets, who will continue to "rest" Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Hornets can jump from the No. 10 seed to the No. 7 spot with a win, so they'll be motivated.

NBA Pick: Hornets -13.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Saturday, April 9, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Clippers.
Line: Clippers by 11.

9:30 PM ET (Game 535-536)

The Clippers could be locked into the No. 8 seed by tip-off, depending on what happens in the Grizzlies-Pelicans game. Even if they're not, it'll be difficult for them not to be in the eighth spot, so I don't think they'll be playing very hard in the second half. The Clippers have won by double digits just twice since March 3, and one occasion was the result of the Bucks sitting all their players. I know Paul George is back, but this is not an important game at all.

NBA Pick: Kings +11 +105 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Friday, April 8, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers.
Line: Lakers by 5.

10:30 PM ET (Game 531-532)

It's odd that the Lakers are favored by five tonight despite the fact that they haven't won a single game since March 21. I know the Thunder are starting G-league scrubs, but the Lakers won't have LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.

NBA Pick: Thunder +5 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Thursday, April 7, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Orlando Magic at Charlotte Hornets.
Line: Hornets by 13.

7:00 PM ET (Game 501-502)

I bet the Magic two nights ago because they got Jalen Suggs back from injury. I'm going to repeat that, as Orlando is still too large of an underdog. The Hornets have dropped three of four, and they haven't won by more than 13 since the middle of March.

NBA Pick: Magic +13 +103 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Wednesday, April 6, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Dallas Mavericks at Detroit Pistons.
Line: Mavericks by 8.

7:00 PM ET (Game 579-580)

I've been riding the Pistons for a while, and I don't see a reason to stop doing that. They've been a covering machine, and they seldom lose by double digits. The Mavericks, meanwhile, are coming off a big win versus the Bucks, so they could be flat for this game.

NBA Pick: Pistons +8 +105 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Tuesday, April 5, 2022 (2-0, +$410)


Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic.
Line: Cavaliers by 7.

7:00 PM ET (Game 555-556)

The Cavaliers are still missing their entire frontcourt, so they shouldn't be favored by this many points, even against Orlando. I know the Magic have been blown out frequently lately, but they're getting Jalen Suggs back from injury. He'll provide a nice boost.

NBA Pick: Magic +7 +106 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$210


Houston Rockets at Brooklyn Nets.
Line: Nets by 16.5.

7:30 PM ET (Game 561-562)

The Nets continue to be overvalued. They're a thin, injury-ravaged team that hasn't been covering these large spreads. That should continue tonight, as the Rockets haven't lost by double digits in a while.

NBA Pick: Rockets +16.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Sunday, April 3, 2022 (1-2, -$200)


Washington Bullets at Boston Celtics.
Line: Celtics by 12.5.

1:00 PM ET (Game 533-534)

I talked about this two days ago: The Celtics are not nearly the same team without Robert Williams. They're 1-2 without him, with the one win being a tight victory against a bad Pacers team. The Bullets, meanwhile, have been on fire lately; they have recent wins over the Mavericks and Warriors.

NBA Pick: Bullets +12.5 +102 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200


Philadelphia 76ers at Cleveland Cavaliers.
Line: 76ers by 4.5.

6:00 PM ET (Game 539-540)

I'm not sure what happened to the Bullets, but hopefully we'll have more success with the other two teams I'm picking today. One is the 76ers, who get to feast on a plummeting Cleveland team missing its entire frontcourt. I don't know how the Cavaliers will deal with Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris. This is the second game of a back-to-back for the 76ers, but their starters didn't play the fourth quarter in yesterday's blowout.

NBA Pick: 76ers -4.5 -101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200


Phoenix Suns at Oklahoma City Thunder.
Line: Suns by 13.5.

7:00 PM ET (Game 543-544)

I've been picking the Thunder a lot lately, and it's worked for the most part. That's only part of the reason I'm betting them tonight, with the rest being that the Suns are likely to sit all of their starters. Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Jae Crowder have been announced out already, and I doubt Chris Paul and Mikal Bridges play very much, if at all.

NBA Pick: Thunder +13.5 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Saturday, April 2, 2022 (1-0, +$225)


Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks.
Line: Pick.

7:30 PM ET (Game 505-506)

It seems wrong that the Nets are road favorites in this matchup (the real line is Brooklyn -2), given that they've been barely getting by bad teams, whereas the Hawks have been crushing everyone in their path. Yet, the public is pounding the Nets as if this were easy money.

NBA Pick: Hawks PK +112 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$225



Friday, April 1, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics.
Line: Celtics by 14.5.

7:30 PM ET (Game 505-506)

The Celtics are 0-2 since losing Robert Williams for the season. Granted, they've played some tough teams, but they're not as good without him. This spread is too high, as the Pacers have been more competitive lately.

NBA Pick: Pacers +14.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Thursday, March 31, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Philadelphia 76ers at Detroit Pistons.
Line: 76ers by 9.5.

7:00 PM ET (Game 581-582)

I'm going to keep riding the Pistons. They continue to be huge underdogs even though they haven't lost by more than 11 points since Feb. 11. The 76ers have endured some tough games lately, so they may not have the energy to bring 100-percent effort versus Detroit.

NBA Pick: Pistons +9.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Wednesday, March 30, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Atlanta Hawks at Oklahoma City Thunder.
Line: Hawks by 11.5.

7:30 PM ET (Game 555-556)

The Hawks are just 4-9 against the spread in their previous 13 games. They haven't really been blowing out the opposition; they even beat the injury-ravaged Pacers by just nine. The Thunder, as noted on Saturday, have been a covering machine. They've stayed within striking distance of the Nuggets, Celtics, Grizzlies and Heat. They should be able to keep this game close.

NBA Pick: Thunder +11.5 +103 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Tuesday, March 29, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Detroit Pistons at Brooklyn Nets.
Line: Nets by 13.

7:30 PM ET (Game 555-556)

This spread doesn't make much sense to me. The Pistons never get blown out - they haven't lost by more than 11 points since Feb. 11 - while the Nets seldom crush their competition. This line is too high.

NBA Pick: Pistons +13 -101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Monday, March 28, 2022 (1-0, +$210)


San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets.
Line: Spurs by 8.

8:00 PM ET (Game 545-546)

The Spurs are favored by an obscene number because they need to win for the playoff race. This is the Aurora Snowmo Effect, which applies to basketball teams as well. San Antonio has just one victory of more than nine points since Feb. 12, and that was against the abysmal Blazers. The Rockets, meanwhile, have been playing better of late.

NBA Pick: Rockets +8 +106 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$210



Sunday, March 27, 2022 (1-1, +$10)


Golden State Warriors at Washington Bullets.
Line: Warriors by 6.5.

6:00 PM ET (Game 521-522)

The Warriors have dropped four of their previous five games, which makes me wonder why they're favored by nearly a touchdown on the road. Stephen Curry will be out again, which isn't surprising because Golden State is practically cemented into the third seed in the Western Conference playoff picture. The Bullets, meanwhile, have been playing close games lately, so they should be able to cover this number.

NBA Pick: Bullets +6.5 +104 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$210


Philadelphia 76ers at Phoenix Suns.
Line: Suns by 3.

6:00 PM ET (Game 523-524)

Motivation is the driving force behind this pick. The 76ers are fighting hard for the No. 1 seed. The Suns, meanwhile, have clinched the top seed in the West. There's no reason for their starters to play, so it wouldn't surprise me at all if several of them are scratched before tip-off. I'm not guaranteeing this will happen or anything, but the possibility can't be ignored.

NBA Pick: 76ers +3 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Saturday, March 26, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Oklahoma City Thunder at Denver Nuggets.
Line: Nuggets by 15.

9:00 PM ET (Game 513-514)

The Nuggets shouldn't be favored by this many points. They've been in a swoon lately, dropping three of their previous four games. They have just one victory of more than 15 points since Feb. 27. The Thunder, meanwhile, have been keeping games close against tough teams. They've stayed within striking distance of the Celtics, Grizzlies and Heat recently, so they should be able to cover this large spread.

NBA Pick: Thunder +15 -101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Friday, March 25, 2022 (1-0, +$210)


Philadelphia 76ers at Los Angeles Clippers.
Line: 76ers by 5.5.

8:00 PM ET (Game 589-590)

There's a stark contrast in the motivation for these teams. The 76ers can move to within one game of the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a victory. The Clippers, meanwhile, are cemented into the eighth seed in the West. None of the Clippers' recent games have meant anything, which might explain why they've dropped six of their previous nine contests by six or more points.

NBA Pick: 76ers -5.5 +104 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$210



Thursday, March 24, 2022 (1-0, +$205)


Chicago Bulls at New Orleans Pelicans.
Line: Pelicans by 3.5.

8:00 PM ET (Game 549-550)

The Pelicans have covered four of five since C.J. McCollum returned to the lineup, and I like them again tonight. The Bulls will be missing DeMar DeRozan, and they're pretty much stuck with the five, six or seven seed anyway. This game doesn't matter much to them, and the last time they won and covered on the road was Feb. 9!

NBA Pick: Pelicans -3.5 +103 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$205



Wednesday, March 23, 2022 (1-1, +$5)


Atlanta Hawks at Detroit Pistons.
Line: Hawks by 4.

7:00 PM ET (Game 545-546)

We went with the Hawks yesterday, but we're fading them today. They could be a bit tired after last night's close game, and Detroit has been hot of late when all their starters have been in the lineup.

NBA Pick: Pistons +4 +103 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$205


New York Knicks at Charlotte Hornets.
Line: Hornets by 9.5.

7:00 PM ET (Game 549-550)

We faded the Knicks yesterday, and we're doing that again. I talked about how they'll have low motivation going forward after being eliminated from the playoffs. Julius Randle is out again, and Mitchell Robinson will be joining him on the bench. The more-rested Hornets are hot.

NBA Pick: Hornets -9.5 +106 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200





Tuesday, March 22, 2022 (1-0, +$205)


Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks.
Line: Hawks by 4.

7:30 PM ET (Game 539-540)

I've been riding the Knicks ever since R.J. Barrett returned from injury. Sadly, all good things must come to an end. Julius Randle got hurt against the Jazz, and he has been ruled out for this game. New York is almost eliminated from the playoffs, so I can't see the team's motivation being high.

NBA Pick: Hawks -4 +103 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$205



Sunday, March 20, 2022 (0-2, -$400)


Portland Trailblazers at Indiana Pacers.
Line: Pacers by 6.5.

7:30 PM ET (Game 581-582)

The Trailblazers have gotten worse since trading C.J. McCollum, but between Brandon Williams and Drew Eubanks, some of their scrub players have stepped up and played closely against mediocre and bad competition. Meanwhile, the Pacers will be without Malcolm Brogdon, and they don't deserve to be large favorites anyway. They have just two victories of more than eight points since Jan. 8!

NBA Pick: Trailblazers +6.5 +105 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200


Utah Jazz at New York Knicks.
Line: Jazz by 3.

7:30 PM ET (Game 581-582)

The Knicks have been a covering machine ever since they've gotten R.J. Barrett back from injury. I like them again tonight against a Utah squad missing two starters (Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic).

NBA Pick: Knicks +3 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Saturday, March 19, 2022 (2-0, +$400)


Dallas Mavericks at Charlotte Hornets.
Line: Hornets by 2.5.

7:00 PM ET (Game 579-580)

The Mavericks played a tough game against the 76ers last night, and they won't have Spencer Dinwiddie for this contest. Motivation will be low for the Mavericks against the suddenly hot Hornets.

NBA Pick: Hornets -2.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200


Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers.
Line: Cavaliers by 5.

8:00 PM ET (Game 581-582)

The Pistons have been a covering machine. I expect them to continue to beat the number against the Cavaliers, who have not played well since losing their starting center.

NBA Pick: Pistons +5 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Friday, March 18, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat.
Line: Heat by 16.

8:00 PM ET (Game 567-568)

I wonder if Miami will go all out to win this game. The Heat have a game against the 76ers coming up, and the last time they won by more than 17 is early February. The Thunder, meanwhile, have kept recent games against the Spurs and Grizzlies close, and they could be battling a Miami team that may miss Jimmy Butler and P.J. Tucker, both of whom are questionable.

NBA Pick: Thunder +16 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Wednesday, March 16, 2022 (1-0, +$210)


Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs.
Line: Spurs by 12.5.

8:30 PM ET (Game 541-542)

I know the Thunder suck, but the Spurs should not be favored by this much. They're 2-7 in their previous nine games, and the last time they beat an opponent by more than 10 was on Feb. 11.

NBA Pick: Thunder +12.5 +104 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$210



Sunday, March 13, 2022 (1-1-1, $0)


New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets.
Line: Nets by 5.5.

1:00 PM ET (Game 563-564)

It's insane to me that Kyrie Irving still can't play in the dumb state of New York despite being the healthiest player on the Nets. This is what you get when you elect authoritian morons. With the Nets missing Irving, I like the red-hot Knicks to keep playing well, which they've done since getting R.J. Barrett back from injury.

NBA Pick: Knicks +5.5 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200


Los Angeles Clippers at Detroit Pistons.
Line: Clippers by 4.

3:00 PM ET (Game 565-566)

The Clippers are a mediocre team and should not be favored by four on the road in this instance. I could see it if they were playing a horrible team, but the Pistons have been much better lately.

NBA Pick: Pistons +4 -101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Push; $0


Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans.
Line: Pelicans by 6.

7:00 PM ET (Game 575-576)

I was betting the Pelicans since the C.J. McCollum trade, but both McCollum and Brandon Ingram are sidelined for tonight's game. The Rockets, meanwhile, are getting Christian Wood back from injury. All of this might be why the sharps are betting Houston.

NBA Pick: Rockets +6 +106 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Saturday, March 12, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Sacramento Kings at Utah Jazz.
Line: Jazz by 8.5.

9:00 PM ET (Game 557-558)

Outside of their loss to the red-hot Knicks, the Kings have been on a covering spree. They've lost to the Nuggets by six and five in two matchups, and the Mavericks by one. They also blew out the Spurs. They can hang with the Jazz, who played last night.

NBA Pick: Kings +8.5 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Friday, March 11, 2022 (2-0, +$405)


Detroit Pistons at Boston Celtics.
Line: Celtics by 13.

7:30 PM ET (Game 531-532)

This line is absurdly high. The Pistons have been playing well lately, and they haven't lost by double digits since Feb. 11. I don't trust the Celtics to be fully focused for this game.

NBA Pick: Pistons +13 +103 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$205


New York Knicks at Memphis Grizzlies.
Line: Grizzlies by 9.5.

8:00 PM ET (Game 537-538)

I'm going to keep riding the Knicks. They've been playing much better since getting R.J. Barrett back from injury. I don't see why they couldn't keep this game close.

NBA Pick: Knicks +9.5 -101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Thursday, March 10, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Golden State Warriors at Denver Nuggets.
Line: Warriors by 1.5.

10:00 PM ET (Game 527-528)

The Warriors are favored in Denver because the Nuggets played last night. However, Denver was looking ahead to this game. The Warriors don't have an answer for Nikola Jokic.

NBA Pick: Nuggets +1.5 +105 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Wednesday, March 9, 2022 (1-1, $0)


Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons.
Line: Bulls by 5.

7:00 PM ET (Game 501-502)

This line is not indicative of how these teams have played lately. The Bulls have lost five consecutive games and could be without Nikola Vucevic tonight. The Pistons, meanwhile, have been hot. This should be a close game and a potential upset.

NBA Pick: Pistons +5 +102 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200


New York Knicks at Dallas Mavericks.
Line: Mavericks by 8.5.

7:00 PM ET (Game 563-564)

The Knicks have been hot ever since getting R.J. Barrett back from injury. That should continue tonight against the Mavericks, who haven't won by double digits since Feb. 8.

NBA Pick: Knicks +8.5 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Tuesday, March 8, 2022 (1-1, $0)


Phoenix Suns at Orlando Magic.
Line: Suns by 6.

7:00 PM ET (Game 579-580)

The Suns lost a heart-breaker to the Bucks, so I wonder if they'll have the energy to get up for Orlando without three key players: Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Cameron Johnson. The Magic have mostly played good basketball lately, so they should be able to keep this game close.

NBA Pick: Magic +6 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200


Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers.
Line: Cavaliers by 2.5.

7:00 PM ET (Game 563-564)

The Cavaliers won't have Jarrett Allen tonight, which is a big deal, especially given that they won't have Caris LeVert either. The Pacers, meanwhile, will have Chris Duarte and Lance Stephenson back from injury.

NBA Pick: Pacers +2.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Monday, March 7, 2022 (1-0, +$210)


Atlanta Hawks at Detroit Pistons.
Line: Hawks by 6.5.

7:00 PM ET (Game 563-564)

The Pistons have won five of their previous seven games, and they haven't lost by double digits since Feb. 11. I don't see why they wouldn't keep this game close.

NBA Pick: Pistons +6.5 +105 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$210



Sunday, March 6, 2022 (1-1, +$10)


Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks.
Line: Bucks by 8.5.

3:30 PM ET (Game 547-548)

The Suns are down Devin Booker and Chris Paul, which is why this spread is so high. However, the Suns have several other talented players who should be able to keep this game close, including Cam Payne, who has done a terrific job of running the point in Paul's absence.

NBA Pick: Suns +8.5 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200


New York Knicks at Los Angeles Clippers.
Line: Clippers by 4.5.

10:00 PM ET (Game 559-560)

The Clippers are getting a ton of hype for just destroying their Los Angeles counterparts, but that's not a big deal because everyone has been crushing the Lakers. The Knicks, meanwhile, have seemingly snapped out of their funk. Since getting R.J. Barrett back into the lineup, they were very competitive against the 76ers and Suns.

NBA Pick: Knicks +4.5 +104 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$210



Saturday, March 5, 2022 (0-1-1, -$200)


Orlando Magic at Memphis Grizzlies.
Line: Grizzlies by 15.5.

8:00 PM ET (Game 537-538)

This line is way too high. I know the Magic were in action last night, but they've been playing better lately. They've kept games close against Denver and Utah, so they should be able to hang with Memphis.

NBA Pick: Magic +15.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200


Portland Trailblazers at Minnesota Timberwolves.
Line: Timberwolves by 14.

8:00 PM ET (Game 541-542)

I'm backing the favorite on this two-touchdown point spread. The Timberwolves played last night, but no one was on the floor for more than 25 minutes because it was a blowout. Portland, meanwhile, is the worst team in the NBA right now. This is a G-league squad that has been blown out in every single game since the All-Star break.

NBA Pick: Timberwolves -14 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Push; $0



Friday, March 4, 2022 (1-0, +$210)


Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors.
Line: Raptors by 6.

7:30 PM ET (Game 523-524)

Let's fade the Raptors once again! They're missing two starters in another game, and yet they continue to be favored by way too many points. Orlando has been playing a bit better of late, so this game should be close.

NBA Pick: Magic +6 +105 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$210





Thursday, March 3, 2022 (1-0, +$210)


Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors.
Line: Raptors by 8.

7:30 PM ET (Game 505-506)

The Pistons have been playing better lately; they haven't lost by double digits since Feb. 11. They should be able to keep this game close against a Toronto squad that continues to be short-handed.

NBA Pick: Pistons +8 +106 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$210



Wednesday, March 2, 2022 (1-1, +$5)


Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic.
Line: Pacers by 3.

7:00 PM ET (Game 577-578)

The Pacers lost by 16 to Orlando in their previous game, but they were on the second half of a back-to-back after defeating the Celtics, so they were understandably flat. This is a nice revenge spot for them, and they'll be getting Malcolm Brogdon back from injury.

NBA Pick: Pacers -3 +103 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$205


Portland Trailblazers at Phoenix Suns.
Line: Suns by 10.5.

10:00 PM ET (Game 589-590)

The Suns have struggled since the All-Star break because they've been missing some key personnel. They'll get Cam Payne back tonight, but they'll be missing both Chris Paul and Devin Booker. This line is too high considering the Suns won't be without their starting backcourt.

NBA Pick: Trailblazers +10.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Tuesday, March 1, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers.
Line: Mavericks by 4.5.

10:00 PM ET (Game 573-574)

Everyone and their evil stepmother is betting the Mavericks in this game as if it were easy money. This is because the Lakers were so terrible against the Pelicans, prompting the owner to walk out on the team. I expect the Lakers to rebound tonight; they beat the Jazz recently, and they went toe to toe with the Warriors and Clippers, so I don't see why they couldn't keep this game close - or win it outright.

NBA Pick: Lakers +4.5 +103 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets.
Line: Raptors by 3.5.

7:30 PM ET (Game 553-554)

Barely anyone is paying attention to the Nets, but they've been playing very well since making the James Harden trade. The Raptors won't have some key players tonight, so I wonder why they're getting tons of public money as a road favorite.

NBA Pick: Nets +3.5 -101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022 (1-0, +$205)


New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers.
Line: Pelicans by 1.

10:00 PM ET (Game 547-548)

The Pelicans have been playing better since acquiring C.J. McCollum. They just beat the Suns, and they should be able to defeat the Lakers, who won't have Anthony Davis once again. There's also a chance LeBron James will sit out, but I wouldn't count on that.

NBA Pick: Pelicans -1 +102 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$205



Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Washington Bullets at Cleveland Cavaliers.
Line: Cavaliers by 7.5.

8:00 PM ET (Game 525-526)

Everyone and their evil stepmother is betting the Cavaliers today because the Bullets are coming off a double-overtime game last night. However, this spread is way too high. The Cavaliers have one double-digit victory since Jan. 26. They're missing their top two guards (Darius Garland, Caris LeVert) as well as top backup guard Rajon Rondo. It would be surprising if Cleveland won in a blowout.

NBA Pick: Bullets +7.5 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix Suns.
Line: Suns by 6.

9:00 PM ET (Game 515-516)

There is sharp action coming in on the Pelicans, which is not a surprise. The Suns played last night, and they'll once again be without Chris Paul and Cam Payne, as well as some other depth.

NBA Pick: Pelicans +6 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Phoenix Suns at Oklahoma City Thunder.
Line: Suns by 10.

8:00 PM ET (Game 575-576)

The Suns won't have Chris Paul or Cam Payne tonight, so you have to wonder why they're favored by so many points. Sure, they're playing the Thunder, but Oklahoma City was a covering machine before the All-Star break.

NBA Pick: Thunder +10 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks.
Line: Bucks by 6.5.

8:30 PM ET (Game 565-566)

This is the final game before the All-Star break, so the Bucks may decide to take it easy. The 76ers, on the other hand, just suffered an embarrassing loss to the Celtics, so I think it's more likely that they'll be motivated in this matchup.

NBA Pick: 76ers +6.5 -101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 (2-0, +$400)


Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks.
Line: Knicks by 4.5.

7:30 PM ET (Game 523-524)

The Knicks have been reeling lately, even losing to Portland and Oklahoma City, thanks to R.J. Barrett's absence. Meanwhile, the Nets have gotten an injection of life with Andre Drummond and Seth Curry joining the roster.

NBA Pick: Nets +4.5 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200


Portland Trailblazers at Memphis Grizzlies.
Line: Grizzlies by 11.

8:00 PM ET (Game 549-550)

This is a high line, considering that Memphis may not have Ja Morant tonight. This is the Grizzlies' final game before the All-Star break, so they may rest Morant. Meanwhile, the Blazers have been playing much better since the C.J. McCollum trade.

NBA Pick: Trailblazers +11 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200





Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022 (1-1, $0)


Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers.
Line: Celtics by 1.

7:30 PM ET (Game 523-524)

I don't understand why the Celtics are favored in Philadelphia, especially with Marcus Smart and Robert Williams both questionable. Even if they play, I like Philadelphia. If at least one sits, the 76ers could become the favorite.

NBA Pick: 76ers +1 +102 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200


Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks.
Line: Bucks by 13.5.

8:00 PM ET (Game 529-530)

The Pacers kept their recent games against Cleveland and Minnesota within single digits, so I think they could do the same thing against the Bucks, who played last night.

NBA Pick: Bucks +13.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; -$200



Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz.
Line: Jazz by 14.

9:00 PM ET (Game 519-520)

The records of these teams may indicate that the Jazz should be favored by two touchdowns, but Utah is banged up and has had trouble putting teams away as a consequence. The Rockets should be able to keep this game close.

NBA Pick: Rockets +14 +105 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Minnesota Timberwolves at Indiana Pacers.
Line: Timberwolves by 7.

3:00 PM ET (Game 503-504)

The Pacers have a bad record, but they've gotten some reinforcements via trade in Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield. They kept their game against Cleveland close two nights ago, so they should stay within striking distance of Minnesota.

NBA Pick: Pacers +7 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Oklahoma City Thunder at Chicago Bulls.
Line: Bulls by 10.

8:00 PM ET (Game 573-574)

The Thunder, as mentioned yesterday, have been keeping many of their games close. The Bulls are banged up and may not play everyone tonight on the second night of a back-to-back.

NBA Pick: Thunder +10 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Friday, Feb. 11, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Oklahoma City Thunder at Philadelphia 76ers.
Line: 76ers by 14.

7:00 PM ET (Game 547-548)

This line is too high, given that the 76ers lost some depth via the trade and won't have James Harden tonight. The Thunder have kept most of their recent games close.

NBA Pick: Thunder +14 -101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Toronto Raptors at Houston Rockets.
Line: Raptors by 6.5.

8:00 PM ET (Game 539-540)

The Raptors are playing their third game in four nights, and they won't have Fred VanVleet in this contest. The Rockets can cover these high spreads, so perhaps they'll do that tonight.

NBA Pick: Rockets +6.5 +104 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Minnesota Timberwolves at Sacramento Kings.
Line: Timberwolves by 7.

10:00 PM ET (Game 511-512)

The Timberwolves just clobbered the Kings, so this is a nice bounce-back opportunity for Sacramento. Minnesota has half of its roster listed as questionable, so it's fair to wonder how motivated the team will be if all the questionable players end up playing.

NBA Pick: Kings +7 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 (0-2, -$400)


Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans.
Line: Pelicans by 9.

8:00 PM ET (Game 507-508)

This spread seems way too high, given that the Pelicans will be without some key players tonight as a result of a trade that just occurred.

NBA Pick: Rockets +9 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200


Detroit Pistons at Dallas Mavericks.
Line: Mavericks by 11.

8:30 PM ET (Game 511-512)

Here's another high line involving a team that is short-handed. The Mavericks will be without Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. The Pistons should be able to cover.

NBA Pick: Pistons +11 +104 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Monday, Feb. 7, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


New York Knicks at Utah Jazz.
Line: Jazz by 6.

9:00 PM ET (Game 569-570)

The Knicks have a legitimate chance to win this game, so I love the points. The Jazz are still missing two key players, including Rudy Gobert.

NBA Pick: Knicks +6 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 (0-1, -$210)


Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs.
Line: Spurs by 7.

8:30 PM ET (Game 567-568)

It seems like everyone is eager to bet the Spurs tonight because they'll have all of their starters available, plus Zach Collins. However, San Antonio just isn't a very good team and doesn't deserve to be favored by this many points. Plus, the Rockets will have revenge on their minds after getting crushed by the Spurs recently.

NBA Pick: Rockets +7 -104 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$210



Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Sacramento Kings at Golden State Warriors.
Line: Warriors by 13.5.

8:30 PM ET (Game 567-568)

The Warriors are missing some key players like Draymond Green and Otto Porter, yet they're favored by nearly two touchdowns. This line is too high, and I can't see Golden State being motivated, considering that they blew out the Kings in an earlier meeting.

NBA Pick: Kings +13.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks.
Line: Mavericks by 11.5.

8:30 PM ET (Game 567-568)

The Mavericks are without some key personnel tonight, including Kristaps Porzingis, so I don't think they should be favored this many points. There's good value with the Thunder tonight, especially given that they'll be looking for revenge from a recent loss to Dallas.

NBA Pick: Thunder +11.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls.
Line: Bulls by 8.5.

8:00 PM ET (Game 551-552)

Given that Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso are out, it doesn't seem right that the Bulls are favored by this many points, even against the Magic. Orlando has been playing better of late anyway, winning three of its previous four games.

NBA Pick: Magic +8.5 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Monday, Jan. 31, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Memphis Grizzlies at Philadelphia 76ers.
Line: Grizzlies by 3.5.

7:00 PM ET (Game 531-532)

Joel Embiid is out, which is why Memphis is favored in Philadelphia. However, this was too much of an adjustment from the original line. The 76ers can win a game without Embiid, and I question Memphis' motivation because it beat the 76ers earlier in the year by 35. This seems like a nice revenge spot for the home dog.

NBA Pick: 76ers +3.5 -102 (2 Units) - FanDuel -- Correct; +$200



Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Sacramento Kings at Philadelphia 76ers.
Line: 76ers by 9.5.

9:00 PM ET (Game 569-570)

We faded the 76ers successfully earlier in the week, and we'll do so again. This line is too high considering that the 76ers are missing some key role players.

NBA Pick: Kings +9.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200





Friday, Jan. 28, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Minnesota Timberwolves at Phoenix Suns.
Line: Suns by 8.

9:00 PM ET (Game 569-570)

The Suns are so banged up, so I don't think they deserve to be favored by this many points. The Timberwolves played last night, but they're covering the spread at a 50-percent rate in the latter end of back-to-back games.

NBA Pick: Timberwolves +8 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Los Angeles Lakers at Philadelphia 76ers.
Line: 76ers by 6.

7:30 PM ET (Game 549-550)

This spread has risen in the wake of LeBron James being ruled out tonight. I think this is an overreaction. Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and some key role players can keep this game close. The 76ers, meanwhile, are missing some of their key role players.

NBA Pick: Lakers +6 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200





Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trailblazers.
Line: Mavericks by 4.

10:00 PM ET (Game 547-548)

The Blazers were a great fade 10 days ago, but they've gotten back some key players like C.J. McCollum and Norman Powell. They're more competitive now, so I don't think they deserve to be home dogs in this matchup.

NBA Pick: Trailblazers +4 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


New Orleans Pelicans at Philadelphia 76ers.
Line: 76ers by 10.5.

7:00 PM ET (Game 585-586)

The Pelicans are missing several players, but I think they'll cover this large spread. The 76ers are also down several key role players, so this number is too high.

NBA Pick: Pelicans +10.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200



Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Detroit Pistons at Denver Nuggets.
Line: Nuggets by 13.

8:00 PM ET (Game 577-578)

The Pistons have kept some of their recent games close, but that's likely to swing the other way soon because they are terrible. The Nuggets are coming off a loss, so they'll be focused for this matchup.

NBA Pick: Nuggets -13 +103 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200



Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Indiana Pacers at Phoenix Suns.
Line: Suns by 11.

9:00 PM ET (Game 559-560)

The Suns are shorthanded with Deandre Ayton out once again. I don't think they should be favored by this many points as a result. Besides, the Suns just beat the Pacers, so what's the motivation in playing hard tonight?

NBA Pick: Pacers +11 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200





Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 (2-0, +$400)


Detroit Pistons at Utah Jazz.
Line: Jazz by 13.5.

9:00 PM ET (Game 549-550)

The Jazz will be without Donovan Mitchell and perhaps Rudy Gobert as well. Given how shorthanded they are, they should not be favored by this many points, even against the Pistons.

NBA Pick: Pistons +13.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200


Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors.
Line: Warriors by 11.5.

10:00 PM ET (Game 553-554)

The Warriors are another big favorite with missing personnel. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are out, while Andrew Wiggins could be sidelined as well. The Rockets have been more competitive lately.

NBA Pick: Rockets +11.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200





Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 (1-1, $0)


Portland Trailblazers at Miami Heat.
Line: Heat by 8.5.

7:30 PM ET (Game 507-508)

The Blazers have gotten healthier since I faded them, while the Heat will be missing Tyler Herro and Kyle Lowry tonight, so it doesn't seem right that they're favored by this many points.

NBA Pick: Blazers +8.5 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200


Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz.
Line: Jazz by 13.5.

9:00 PM ET (Game 519-520)

The Jazz are another high favorite not at full strength. They're down Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gay, so this line is way too high.

NBA Pick: Rockets +13.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200





Monday, Jan. 17, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Milwaukee Bucks at Atlanta Hawks.
Line: Bucks by 5.5.

6:00 PM ET (Game 557-558)

The Bucks are 2-5 in their previous seven games, coinciding with the injury to Jrue Holiday. However, they've had wins over two tough teams during that stretch (Warriors, Nets), so it's not like they're suddenly a bad team. I think they'll be focused coming off a loss to Toronto, especially considering that this is a revenge game from earlier in the year when Atlanta beat them by 20.

NBA Pick: Bucks -5.5 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200





Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets.
Line: Jazz by 5.

8:00 PM ET (Game 543-544)

This spread is priced to factor in Denver playing last night, but the Nuggets blew out the Lakers and didn't need to play their starters in the fourth quarter. With that in mind, this line is too inflated. Nikola Jokic should be able to dominate.

NBA Pick: Nuggets +5 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200





Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Portland Trailblazers at Washington Bullets.
Line: Bullets by 7.

7:00 PM ET (Game 521-522)

We faded the Trailblazers a couple of nights ago because they were missing their top four scorers. They'll get Anfernee Simons back tonight, so they'll be more competitive. Thus, you could say this line is too high. The Bullets, without Bradley Beal, have not covered these high lines. They've barely beaten the likes of Orlando and Oklahoma City, so the Blazers should be able to keep this game close.

NBA Pick: Trailblazers +7 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200





Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 (1-1, $0)


Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers.
Line: 76ers by 3.5.

7:00 PM ET (Game 507-508)

The Celtics have ruled out Marcus Smart, who is a big difference-maker as far as Boston's defense is concerned. The 76ers are coming off a loss, so I expect them to bring their "A" game tonight.

NBA Pick: 76ers -3.5 -105 (2 Units) - Bovada -- Correct; +$200


Golden State Warriors at Chicago Bulls.
Line: Bulls by 4.

7:30 PM ET (Game 509-510)

The Warriors won't have Klay Thompson, Draymond Green or Gary Payton tonight, and they could be missing other players as well when they visit Chicago. The Bulls are a good team coming off an embarrassing blowout loss, so they'll be playing hard tonight.

NBA Pick: Bulls -4 -101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200





Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 (1-0, +$200)


Portland Trailblazers at Denver Nuggets.
Line: Nuggets by 11.5.

10:00 PM ET (Game 581-582)

It's difficult to see the Blazers competing in this game, given that they'll be without their top four scorers. The Nuggets are coming off a loss, so I think they'll be focused.

NBA Pick: Nuggets -11.5 +100 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Correct; +$200





Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 (0-1, -$200)


Charlotte Hornets at Philadelphia 76ers.
Line: 76ers by 5.5.

7:00 PM ET (Game 553-554)

Now that the NFL regular season is over, and the baby is born, I can get back to NBA picks. I like the 76ers tonight. Everyone wants to bet the Hornets after they upset the Bucks twice, which dragged this line down from what could've been -7.5. The Hornets have no one who can handle Joel Embiid.

NBA Pick: 76ers -5.5 +101 (2 Units) - Bookmaker -- Incorrect; -$200






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