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

In Sunday’s marquee NBA game, Luka Doncic finished with 41 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and two steals for the Dallas Mavericks in a 137-123 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 31 points, five assists and four rebounds and Kristaps Porzingis chipped in 23 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two steals in the win.

Here are Today’s NBA Picks:


Philadelphia 76ers @ Toronto Raptors

The Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors will square off in an Eastern Conference showdown on Monday night.

Here’s a key statistic: The Raptors have covered the spread in nine of their last 12 home games against the 76ers.

The last time the Sixers visited Toronto, former Raptors NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard hit the game-winning shot over Joel Embiid in a 92-90 victory in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Leonard, of course, is no longer with the Raptors after joining the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason, but Toronto is still 11-4 through 15 games, including a perfect 6-0 at home.

The Raptors were 3-1 against Philadelphia during the last regular season. Toronto has won 13 home games in a row during the regular season against the 76ers.

I love the Raptors at home in this contest. They are the clear-cut bet here.

Roll with Toronto.

2u – Raptors (+1) @ -109

Portland Trail Blazers @ Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls will host the struggling Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.

The Blazers are losers of four straight games, which included a 110-104 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Damian Lillard finished with a team-high 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and CJ McCollum added 20 points, six rebounds, five assists and two blocks for the Blazers. Carmelo Anthony chipped in 11 points in the loss.

The Bulls are coming off a win against the Charlotte Hornets.

Zach LaVine finished with a game-high 49 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left, to give Chicago a 116-115 win over the Hornets.

The Trail Blazers have won seven of their last eight road games against the Bulls.

I love the Blazers in this one.

1u – Trail Blazers (-1) @ -110

Los Angeles Lakers @ San Antonio Spurs

The Los Angeles Lakers will travel to San Antonio to take on the Spurs in this matchup.

The Lakers are on a seven-game winning streak, including a close victory over Memphis in their last outing.

LeBron James had 30 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals, and Anthony Davis added 22 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and five blocks for the Lakers in a 109-108 win over the Grizzlies.

Rajon Rondo added 14 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Lakers.

The Spurs finally put an end to their eight-game losing streak on Saturday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals, and DeMar DeRozan contributed 21 points, nine boards, and four assists for the Spurs in a 111-104 win over the New York Knicks.

The Lakers have won each of their last 10 games against Western Conference opponents, but the Spurs have covered the spread in seven of their last eight games as home underdogs.

It’s simple: the Lakers will win this game, but the Spurs will cover the 5-point spread.

Take the Spurs at home plus the points here.

1u – Spurs (+5) @ -105

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By Dan Canova

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Expert handicapper known for his deep knowledge of all things NBA and his ability to pick winners.


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