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

In Tuesday night’s NBA action, the Los Angeles Clippers visited the Dallas Mavericks in a Western Conference showdown and came away with a 114-99 win and the Denver Nuggets beat the Washington Wizards 117-104 in a battle at the Pepsi Center.

Wednesday has a full slate of games, so be sure to check out my three favorite picks below.

Here are Today’s NBA Picks:


Minnesota Timberwolves @ San Antonio Spurs

The Minnesota Timberwolves will visit San Antonio to take on the Spurs in a Western Conference matchup on Wednesday night.

Since the 2010-11 NBA season, the Spurs have a 25-8 record against the Timberwolves head-to-head.

Both squads faced off in Minnesota back on Nov. 13. In that game, the Timberwolves came away with a 129-114 win.

The Spurs have lost nine out of 10 games, which includes a 114-104 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 30 points and five rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan added 24 points, four boards and five assists for the Spurs.

The Timberwolves, on the other hand, are coming off a win against the Atlanta Hawks.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and two blocks in the 125-113 victory.

The Spurs have an 89-31 all-time record against the Timberwolves and have a 51-9 record in games played in San Antonio.

The last time Minnesota won in San Antonio was back in April 2013. The Timberwolves have lost 11 straight games there.

I love the Spurs at home in this matchup. Take San Antonio minus the 2.5 points here.

2u – Spurs (-2.5) @ -105

Los Angeles Lakers @ New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers will square off for the first time since the mega deal that went down in the offseason when the Pelicans shipped All-Star Anthony Davis to LA in exchange for Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, as well as quite a few draft picks.

What has that trade done for the Lakers? Well, they currently hold the best record in the NBA through 17 games with a 15-2 return.

The Lakers are winners of eight games in a row and they will complete their four-game road trip in New Orleans.

New Orleans started the season with a 1-7 record, but the Pelicans have won four of their last seven games.

Los Angeles is the pick here. Not only do the Lakers have an incredible win-loss record, but they are 10-7 against the spread so far.

So, if you were to bet on the Lakers in every game, you’d have a 3-game advantage.

Roll with the Lakers minus the 6 points here. They will beat New Orleans by more than that.

1u – Lakers (-6) @ -110

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Portland Trail Blazers

Carmelo Anthony will suit up in his first home game for the Portland Trail Blazers when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.

The Blazers went 2-4 on their current road trip, but they will look build on their most recent win when they defeated the Bulls in Chicago.

Anthony led the Blazers with 25 points and eight rebounds, CJ McCollum added 21 points, three boards and three assists, and Damian Lillard chipped in 13 points and 12 assists in the 117-94 victory.

Oklahoma City is also coming off a victory.

Dennis Schroder led the Thunder with 22 points and five assists off the bench, and Chris Paul added 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 100-97 win over the Golden State Warriors.

The Blazers are 5-2 against Oklahoma City since 2017-18 at the Moda Center in Portland.

Look for Lillard, Anthony and McCollum to continue to roll at home in this one.

Take the Blazers minus the 3 points.

1u – Trail Blazers (-3) @ -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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