NBA Picks Thursday - 14 February
Our picks for Thursday's NBA action.
Yesterday was a poor day with the Lakers undergoing a shock loss to the Hawks and the Warriors not managing to cover. A quick look through the results shows that it was anight of upsets with the majority of favorites unable to either win or cover the spread.
Today we've got a juicy slate of 11 games so I've picked the 3 that I like the most:
Bucks @ Pacers
I'm a little concerned that this could be a trap, much like yesterday's Lakers game. The Pacers have been playing pretty well since Victor Oladipo got injured and are currently riding a streak of six wins. They've got the best of the Bucks over recent meetings and have managed to stop Giannis from looking as otherworldly as he is.
With both sides being defensive juggernauts it won't be highly scoring, with the under of 218.5 looking enticing, but I think the Bucks have enough about them to squeeze through and cover here.
Warriors @ Trail Blazers
This is in part a reactionary pick after the Steve Kerr's team failed to cover in their victory over the Jazz yesterday. It's also a show of faith in Portland. who despite losing two on the spin, have a good 23-8 record on their home court.
The Warriors are playing some great ball but they played as recently as last night and are confirmed to be without DeMarcus Cousins and Shaun Livingston, as well as the possibility of some of their stars being rested.
76ers @ Knicks
If you've been reading this column over the last few weeks you'll notice that I've bet against the Knicks at every available opportunity and I'm going to do it again here. The record-breaking losing streak has to end soon but I'm sure they'll lose to the 76ers to extend it to 18-games and inch ever closer to Zion Williamson.
The question is whether the 76ers can cover what it a fairly sizeable spread. It's a tough ask but the 76ers were 8 points clear of the Celtics before their collapse yesterday and I'm sure they'll be angry and looking to make another statement. Since aquiring Tobias Harris in a trade with the Clippers they've looked substantially improved and now have a big four that could potentially rival the best in the West, come playoff time.