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

Wednesday night was highlighted by rookie Ja Morant’s game-winning layup to lead the Grizzlies past the Hornets 119-117, and James Harden scoring 47 points as the Rockets took down the Clippers 102-93.

On Thursday, both New York teams - the Knicks and Nets - take over the primetime stage looking to change their recent losing ways.

Here’s a look at today’s NBA Picks:

Bet of the Day:

Dallas Mavericks (-7) @ New York Knicks, 8:00 PM

- The Mavericks have a 2-3 (40%) ATS record against the Knicks since 2017-18.

Mavericks/Knicks stats taken from Statschecker.

Kristaps Porzingis returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time since being traded last season.

Porzingis had a chance for payback against his old team last Friday, but the Mavericks lost 106-102 and handed New York their second win of the season.

Phenom Luka Doncic scored a season-high 38 points and put together his fourth triple-double of the season with 14 rebounds and 10 assists.

Dallas (6-4) snapped a four-game road winning streak on Monday, losing to the Boston Celtics 116-106.

Meanwhile, New York (2-9) sit at the bottom of the NBA after losing to the Chicago Bulls 120-102.

Rookie RJ Barrett had one his best games of the season, scoring 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting for nine assists, six rebounds and two steals.

Despite the win a week ago, my expectation is a huge bounce back from the sliding Mavericks.

Roll with Porzingis and Dallas to redeem themselves at the Garden.

2u - Mavericks (-7) @ -105

Brooklyn Nets (+9) @ Denver Nuggets, 10:30 PM:

- The Nets have 62 (75%) ATS record at the Pepsi Center since 2011-12.

Nets/Nuggets stats taken from Statschecker.

The Brooklyn Nets continue their five-game road trip and travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets.

Brooklyn (4-6) dropped a second straight game after falling to the Utah Jazz 119-114.

Kyrie Irving had a rough night shooting 10-of-30 from the field and 2-of-12 from three-point range for a team-high 27 points. Irving ranks third in the NBA in scoring with (29.7 ppg).

Denver (7-3) snapped a four-game winning streak and suffered an uncharacteristic loss at home to the Atlanta Hawks 125-121.

Nikola Jokic filled up the stat sheet as usual, scoring 20 points on 7-of-19 shooting with seven assists, six rebounds and three steals.

The Nets have struggled on the road this season (1-4), but my expectation is Brooklyn keeps this game close enough to cover the spread.

1u - Brooklyn (+9) @ -110

Atlanta Hawks @ Phoenix Suns (-7), 9:00 PM:

- The Hawks have a 612 (33.3%) ATS record against the Suns since 2010-11.

Hawks/Suns stats taken from Statschecker.

The Atlanta Hawks (4-6) snapped a three-game skid and pulled out a 125-121 come-from-behind win over the Denver Nuggets.

Trae Young was lights out posting a season-high 42 points on 13-of-21 shooting, including 8-of-13 from three-point range. Young added 11 assists and four rebounds for his third consecutive double-double and fourth of the season.

The Phoenix Suns (6-4) have been one of the hottest teams in the NBA but were cooled off by the Los Angeles Lakers 123-115.

Devin Booker was efficient as usual, shooting 9-of-18 from the field for a team-high 21 points and nine assists while adding five turnovers.

The Hawks are averaging 113 ppg on the road, and the Suns are averaging 117.7 ppg at home. Expect plenty of points scored in this matchup with my advantage going to the home team.

Take the Suns to get back on track.

1u - Suns (-7) @ -110

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