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

In Monday night’s NBA games, Giannis Antetokounmpo had a season-high 50 points with 14 rebounds for the Milwaukee Bucks in a 122-118 win over the Utah Jazz.

LeBron James finished with 33 points and 14 assists, and Anthony Davis added 19 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks for the Los Angeles Lakers in a 114-104 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

Here are Today’s NBA Picks:


Los Angeles Clippers @ Dallas Mavericks

The Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks will square off in an epic Western Conference showdown in the first of two games on Tuesday night’s slate.

Here’s a key statistic: The Mavericks are 9-6-1 against the spread when playing against the Clippers at home since the 2010-11 season.

Both teams are currently on five-game winning streaks.

The Clippers were led by Montrezl Harrell off the bench, as he finished with a game-high 34 points and 12 rebounds in a 134-109 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Kawhi Leonard added 26 points, four rebounds and six assists, and Paul George chipped in 18 points, five boards, two assists and three steals for the Clippers.

The Mavericks are coming off an impressive win over the Houston Rockets.

Luka Doncic’s incredible MVP campaign is staying strong, as he finished with 41 points, six rebounds and 10 assists for the Mavs in a 137-123 victory.

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

Dallas is on an absolute tear.

The Mavericks have one of the best offenses in the NBA, scoring 119.1 points per game.

During their impressive winning streak, the Mavericks are averaging 129.8 points per contest and they have scored at least 137 points in each of their last three games.

Doncic and the Mavericks at home is the pick here. Take them getting the 2 points.

2u – Mavericks (+2) @ -105

Washington Wizards @ Denver Nuggets

The Washington Wizards will travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets on Tuesday.

Washington will look to bounce back after a tough loss in its last game to the Sacramento Kings.

Bradley Beal had a team-high 20 points to go along with eight assists and three boards, and Isaiah Thomas contributed 17 points, two boards and two assists for the Wizards in a 113-106 defeat.

The Nuggets, on the other hand, are eyeing a sixth straight victory.

Paul Millsap finished with 23 points and five rebounds, Jamal Murray had 22 points, seven boards and three assists, and Will Barton contributed 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Nuggets in a 116-104 win over the Phoenix Suns.

The Nuggets are 7-2 at the Pepsi Center this season.

Feel confident taking Denver minus the 9.5 points at home.

The Nuggets are one of the best teams in the Western Conference, and they will easily take care of a visiting Wizards team.

Roll with the Nuggets here.

1u – Nuggets (-9.5) @ -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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