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

Thursday was highlighted by Kristaps Porzingis losing in his return to Madison Square Garden, and Paul George scoring 33 points for the Clippers in a losing effort to the New Orleans Pelicans.

On Friday, rookie Ja Morant travels to Utah looking to build on his game-winning performance in Charlotte.

Take a look at today’s NBA picks:


Utah Jazz @ Memphis Grizzlies, 8:00 PM

  • The Jazz have a 54 (55.6%) ATS record on the road against the Grizzlies since 2014-15. Jazz/Grizzlies stat taken from Statschecker.

Morant put up a team-high 23 points and 11 assists scored on a layup with under one second left as the Grizzlies defeated the Hornets 119-117.

Memphis (4-7) have had their ups and downs at home with a 2-4 record at the FedExForum.

Utah (8-3) defended their undefeated home record and won a fourth consecutive game after taking down the Brooklyn Nets 119-114.

The Jazz outscored the Nets 35-22 in the fourth quarter surged by Donovan Mitchell, who scored 30 points with six rebounds on 13-of-26 shooting.

Utah has allowed the second fewest points per game in the NBA (99.5 ppg).

Although the Grizzlies have shown some fight, I can’t see them putting up enough points to edge out the Jazz.

2u - Utah Jazz (-7) @ -110

Boston Celtics @ Golden State Warriors, 10:30 PM:

  • The Warriors have a 3312 (73.3%) W/L record after a loss when playing at home since 2016-17. Celtics/Warriors stat taken from Statschecker.

The Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics are two teams heading in completely opposite directions.

Golden State (2-10) are all alone at the bottom of the NBA standings, and were roasted on the road by the Los Angeles Lakers 120-94.

Team-leading scorer D’Angelo Russell led the way with 21 points and eight assists.

Meanwhile, Boston (9-1) stands alone at the top of the Eastern Conference on a nine-game winning streak.

The Celtics had an offensive explosion at home on Wednesday night, defeating the Washington Wizards 140-133.

All five of the Celtics starters put up double figures, led by the shooting efforts of Kemba Walker. Walker knocked down 6-of-12 three-pointers for a team-high 25 points.

Boston is way too deep of a team for Golden State to keep up with.

1u - Boston Celtics (-8) @ -110

Sacramento Kings @ Los Angeles Lakers (-8.5), 10:30 PM:

  • The Kings have 1420 (41.2%) ATS record at Staples Center from 2010-11. Kings/Lakers stats taken from Statschecker.

The Los Angeles Lakers (9-2) sit alone atop the Western Conference for the first time since 2010.

Los Angeles handled the Golden State Warriors 120-94 on Wednesday night led by Lebron James. James posted a double-double on 11-of-21 shooting for 23 points, 12 rebounds and six rebounds.

The Lakers are 8-3 ATS this season which is second best in basketball.

The Sacramento Kings (4-6) have won four of the last five games, defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 107-99 on Tuesday night. Bogdan Bogdanovic came off the bench and contributed a big 25-point double-double with 10 assists and four steals.

Sacramento is expected to be without De’Aaron Fox for 3-4 weeks and his offensive presence will be missed, especially against the Lakers.

Take Los Angeles to stay on a roll and cover.

1u - Los Angeles Lakers (-8.5) @ -110

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