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One of our expert hoops handicappers' gives his two best picks for tonight's games

Houston Rockets @ Brooklyn Nets (+3.5), 7:00 PM:

The Brooklyn Nets seemed out of sorts and dropped to 1-3 after losing at home to the Indiana Pacers 118-108.

Brooklyn turned the ball over 20 times, four of which came from both Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert. Dinwiddie totaled 20 points and seven assists; LeVert had 15 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Point guard Kyrie Irving lead the way with a team-high 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting with seven rebounds and six assists.

The Houston Rockets (3-1) won a third consecutive game, rallying back to defeat the Washington Wizards 159-158.

The NBA’s leading scorer James Harden knocked down 6-of-14 shooting for 59 points and nine assists.

Point guard Russell Westbrook put together his second triple-double of the season, scoring 17 points with a team-high 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

Both of the NBA’s top scorers will square off at the Barclays Center with Harden averaging 36.8 ppg and Irving 35.3 ppg.

Take Brooklyn at home with the points (+3.5) @ -110. The Nets have lost two of three games at home by 10 points or less. Both these teams are 0-4 against the spread this season.

Los Angeles Lakers (-1.5) @ Dallas Mavericks, 9:30 PM:

The Los Angeles Lakers (3-1) barely broke a sweat and handled the Memphis Grizzles 120-91.

Anthony Davis went absolutely off, scoring 40 points with 20 rebounds, including a franchise-record 26 made free-throws.

Davis ranks in the top five of the NBA in points, rebounds and blocks; he’s first in blocks (3.0 blkpg), fourth in points (28.8 ppg), and fifth in rebounds (12.5 rpg).

LeBron James was next in line, scoring 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting with a team-high eight assists.

More encouraging news for the Lakers is forward Kyle Kuzma is expected to make his season debut on Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks. Last season, Kuzma averaged 18.7 ppg and 5.5 rpg.

The Mavericks (3-1) got back on track with an impressive come-from-behind win on the road, defeating the Denver Nuggets 109-106.

Dallas was balanced with nine players scoring in double figures - including no player scoring over 14 points.

Kristaps Porzingis put together a double-double with 10 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks.

Luka Doncic had an off-night, scoring 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting with five assists and four turnovers.

Doncic and Porzingis both also rank within the Top 5 of the NBA; Doncic is fifth in steals (2.25 stlpg) and Porzingis is fourth in blocks (2.50 blkpg).

Take Los Angeles to cover against the spread (-1.5) @ -105.  Los Angeles have won the last two games by double digits and at least 19 points, but I don’t exactly see that happening here.

My anticipation is that Dallas will hang around at home, but Davis and James will ultimately pull away in the second half.

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By Stephen Rodriguez


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