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

In Tuesday’s NBA matchups, Kendrick Nunn finished with 36 points, six rebounds and four assists and Jimmy Butler had 20 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists for the Miami Heat in a 135-121 overtime win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Also, Joel Embiid had 22 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block for the Philadelphia 76ers in a 97-92 win over the Denver Nuggets.

Here’s a look at today’s NBA picks:


Los Angeles Clippers @ Toronto Raptors

The Los Angeles Clippers will visit Toronto to take on the Raptors on Wednesday night.

The Raptors and Clippers have a 9-9 head-to-head record since the 2010-11 NBA season. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker).

These two teams squared off back on Nov. 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

In that matchup, Lou Williams led the Clippers with 21 points, four boards and four assists off the bench in a 98-88 win.

In his first matchup against his former team, Kawhi Leonard added 12 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and three steals.

For the Raptors, Pascal Siakam finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Norman Powell contributed 15 points and Fred VanVleet chipped in 14 point with eight assists.

Leonard will make his return to Toronto in this matchup, and he is expected to receive his championship ring from a year ago after leading the Raptors to their first NBA Finals title.

In their earlier meeting this season, Paul George did not play for the Clippers.

A key statistic from the previous matchup: The Clippers were held to only 37 percent shooting, but they managed to outrebound the Raptors 66-38.

With the addition of George to the lineup, expect the Clippers to come away with the win.

Take the Clippers minus 1.5 points here.

2u – Clippers (-1.5) @ -110

Boston Celtics @ Indiana Pacers

The Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers will square off for the first time this season on Wednesday night.

The Celtics, who are on a four-game winning streak and winners of six of their past seven games, had victories over the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets and most recently the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kemba Walker led Boston with 22 points and seven assists, Jaylen Brown added 20 points and seven rebounds and Jayson Tatum finished with 19 points and 11 boards for the Celtics in the 110-88 win over the Cavaliers.

Indiana, on the other hand, will look to rebound after a tough loss to the Clippers on Monday.

Malcolm Brogdon led the Pacers with 20 points, Domantas Sabonis finished with 18 points and a game-high 22 rebounds, and T.J. Warren chipped in 12 points with eight rebounds in a 110-99 loss.

George led the Clippers with 36 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the win.

The Celtics have the second-best team in the Eastern Conference for a reason. And they will visit the Pacers in this one and leave with a big win.

Feel confident taking the visiting Celtics in this matchup.

1u – Celtics (+1.5) @ -105

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