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Our NBA expert Stephen Rodriguez picks out his best bets for today's NBA

The Milwaukee Bucks’ 18-game winning streak came to an end on Monday night as the Dallas Mavericks pulled off the road upset 120-116.

On Tuesday night, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers look to build on the NBA’s best record and win an eighth consecutive game.

Here’s a look at today’s NBA picks:


Brooklyn Nets (-2) @ New Orleans Pelicans, 6:00 PM:

  • Brooklyn has a 4-3 ATS record in night games at New Orleans since 2012-13.
  • New Orleans has a 9-17-1 ATS record this season which is second worst in the league. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).

These teams have met once already this season, in Brooklyn in early November which resulted in a 135-125 Nets win.

Brooklyn (14-12) got back on track in a big way, taking down the Philadelphia 76ers 109-89.

With Kyrie Irving still out, Spencer Dinwiddie continued to play at an All-Star level, scoring a game high 24 points with six assists.

New Orleans (6-21), on the other hand, suffered a franchise-worst 12th consecutive loss after falling to the Orlando Magic 130-119 at home.

Jrue Holiday did it all for the Pelicans scoring a team-high 28 points with eight assists, four rebounds, a block and a steal.

Brooklyn has been thriving as of late, winning six of the last 10 games. Meanwhile, the Pelicans have all but hit rock bottom.

Roll with the Nets to cover the small spread (-2).

2u - Brooklyn Nets (-2) @ -105

Los Angeles Lakers  (-4.5) @ Indiana Pacers, 8:30 PM:

  • The Pacers have a 2-6 ATS record against the Lakers since 2015-16.
  • Indiana has a 3-3 record as an underdog this season. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker)__.

The Lakers (24-3) kept the wins coming after picking up a seventh straight by defeating the Atlanta Hawks 101-96.

LeBron James went off with a 32-point double-double, adding 13 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks.

The Pacers (18-9) picked a third straight win after blowing out the Charlotte Hornets 107-85.

Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner each contributed a double-double; Sabonis had 12 points, 12 rebounds and four assists while Turner added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

This matchup will surely be close due to both teams’ bend-but-don’t-break defensive mentalities.

The Lakers have allowed the second-fewest points in the NBA (103.9 ppg) and the Pacers rank fifth (104.3 ppg).

Indiana has been a tough out at home, posting an 11-3 record, while the Lakers have been nearly unbeatable on the road with a 14-1 record.

My expectation is a closely contested matchup and I’ll take the Lakers to cover the relatively low spread (-4).

1u - Los Angeles Lakers (-4.5) @ -110

Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Clippers (-12.5), 5:00 PM

  • Los Angeles has an 8-0 W/L record against Phoenix at home since 2015-16.
  • They also have a 6-0 ATS record at home against the Suns since 2016. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).

Phoenix pulled off the upset in the lone meeting between these two teams in late October, defeating the Clippers 130-122.

Los Angeles (20-8) snapped a four-game winning streak on Saturday night after falling to the Chicago Bulls 109-106.

Kawhi Leonard was held out of the loss but Paul George held it down, shooting 9-of-20 for 27 points, six assists and two steals.

Phoenix (11-15) blew an eight-point halftime lead and dropped a third consecutive game, losing at home to the Portland Trail Blazers 111-110.

The Suns were without Devin Booker, yet managed to keep things close behind a big effort from Ricky Rubio who put together a triple-double with 10 points, 14 assists, and 11 rebounds.

Kelly Oubre Jr. added a team-high 24 points on 10-of-21 shooting.

The Clippers are nearly unbeatable with a 13-1 home record but have looked vulnerable without both George and Leonard in the lineup.

With that said, as long as they both play, I don’t anticipate the Suns being able to keep up with the Clippers (-12.5).

1u - Los Angeles Clippers (-12.5) @ -110

By Stephen Rodriguez

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