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

Here are Today’s NBA Picks:


Philadelphia 76ers @ New York Knicks

  • The New York Knicks will host the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. Both the Sixers and Knicks are 8-9-1 against the spread this season.

The Sixers are coming off a win over the Sacramento Kings. Joel Embiid finished with 33 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks in the 97-91 victory.

The Knicks are just looking to get a win in this matchup, after losing four games in a row.

In their last game against the Toronto Raptors, Julius Randle had 19 points with eight rebounds, and RJ Barret added 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Knicks in a 126-98 loss.

Embiid is the obvious key for the Sixers.

The 76ers have a 7-3 record when he gets a double-double, and Embiid had three straight double-doubles before the Toronto game.

Look for the Sixers to head into Madison Square Garden and come away with a win.

2u – Sixers (-7.5) @ -100

New Orleans Pelicans @ Oklahoma City Thunder

The New Orleans Pelicans will travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder in a Western Conference matchup.

The Pelicans are currently on a three-game losing streak, with their latest loss coming to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Jrue Holiday had 29 points, 12 assists, six rebounds and three steals in a 114-110 loss. In his homecoming back to New Orleans, Anthony Davis put up 41 points and nine rebounds in the win.

Oklahoma City will look to rebound after a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Chris Paul had 16 points and five assists, Danilo Gallinari contributed 14 points and four rebounds and Abdel Nader added 23 points off the bench in the 136-119 loss.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be the key for the Thunder. He is averaging a team-high 18.8 points this season, but he finished with just 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting against the Trail Blazers.

Look for Gilgeous-Alexander to have a better scoring output in this one. Take the Thunder minus the four points in this matchup.

1u – Thunder (-4) @ -105

Washington Wizards @ Los Angeles Lakers

As I said above, All-Star Anthony Davis had 41 points and nine rebounds, and LeBron James added 29 points, 11 assists and five rebounds for the Lakers in the 114-110 win last time out.

The Wizards will be eyeing back-to-back wins after they came away victorious against the Phoenix Suns.

In that game, Bradley Beal dropped 35 points, six assists and two boards for the Wizards in the 140-132 win, while Thomas Bryant added 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

In 17 games since the 2010-11 NBA season, the Wizards hold an 11-6 advantage.

With James and Davis now running the show in LA, the tides have certainly turned, and it started last year when the Lakers came away with a 124-106 win over Washington back on March 26.

Look for this fantastic duo to shoulder the load and roll over the Wizards in this one.

Take the Lakers minus the 11 points here.

1u – Lakers (-11) @ -105

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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