Daily Picks 12/29: Hopeless Hornets

One of our expert hoops handicappers gives his best picks for today's games
Dan Canova
Sun, December 29, 7:05 AM EST

In Saturday’s NBA action, Nikola Jokic finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Denver Nuggets in a 119-110 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Will Barton added 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists, and Jamal Murray contributed 15 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Nuggets.

Here are Today’s NBA Picks:


Oklahoma City Thunder @ Toronto Raptors

  • Since the 2012-13 NBA season, the Thunder have a 4-1 against the spread record at Scotiabank Arena coming off a win. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

The Thunder are coming off a big win at Charlotte.

In that matchup, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 27 points, four rebounds, one assist and two steals for Oklahoma City in a 104-102 win over the Hornets.

Dennis Schroder added 24 points, three assists and two boards, and Chris Paul chipped in 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Thunder.

The Raptors will be playing in the second game of a back-to-back when they host Oklahoma City in this matchup. This game is undoubtedly a trap game for the Raptors.

Oklahoma City will be ready to roll on the road. Take the Thunder plus the 2.5 points here.

2u – Thunder (+2.5) @ -105

Charlotte Hornets @ Memphis Grizzlies

  • Since the 2015-16 NBA season, the Grizzlies have a 17-11 against the spread record as a home team when playing in the second game of a back-to-back. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

The Hornets are on a four-game losing streak and they are desperate for a win in this one.

On Friday night, Terry Rozier finished with 26 points, four rebounds and three assists, and Devonte’ Graham contributed 15 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Hornets in a 104-102 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

For the Grizzlies, Jaren Jackson Jr. had 20 points, four rebounds and four assists, and Ja Morant contributed 16 points, eight assists and three boards in a 119-110 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.

Both teams are coming off a loss, but the Grizzlies at home against the Hornets is the pick here.

Roll with Memphis minus the 3.5 points.

1u – Grizzlies (-3.5) @ +100

Houston Rockets @ New Orleans Pelicans

  • Since the 2017-18 NBA season, the Pelicans have a 7-3 against the spread record against the Rockets. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

The Pelicans head into this home game against the always dangerous Rockets riding a three-game winning streak, which includes victories over the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets and most recently against the Indiana Pacers.

Brandon Ingram finished with 24 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals, and Jrue Holiday added 20 points, seven assists and two steals for the Pelicans in a dominating 120-98 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

New Orleans plus the points in this matchup is the pick.

1u – Pelicans (+4.5) @ -110

Dan Canova
Expert handicapper known for his deep knowledge of all things NBA and his ability to pick winners
Mar 2020

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