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

In Sunday’s NBA games, Goran Dragic finished with 29 points, 13 assists and three rebounds for the Miami Heat in a 122-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Bam Adebayo contributed 20 points, eight boards and six assists in the win.

For the Los Angeles Clippers, Montrezl Harrell had 34 points, six rebounds and three assists, Lou Williams contributed 32 points and nine assists and Paul George finished with 32 points, four boards and three assists in a 135-132 win over the New York Knicks.

Here are Today’s NBA Picks:


Oklahoma City Thunder @ Philadelphia 76ers

  • Since the 2017-18 season, the Philadelphia 76ers have a 1-4 against the spread record against the Oklahoma City Thunder. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

The Oklahoma City Thunder enter this matchup riding a five-game winning streak.

Oklahoma City has also won nine of its last 10 games and with a victory against the Sixers, the Thunder can push their record to an even .500 at 9-9 on the road this season.

Dennis Schroder led the way with 22 points off the bench and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 20 points, seven rebounds and two steals for the Thunder in a 121-106 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers last time out.

The Philadelphia 76ers, on the other hand, are on a four-game losing streak.

The one thing the Sixers have in their favor in this game is the fact they are 17-2 on their home court this season.

The Sixers are tough and I do expect them to win this game at home, however the Thunder plus the seven points are the pick in this matchup. Take Oklahoma City.

2u – Thunder (+7) @ -105

Utah Jazz @ New Orleans Pelicans

  • The Utah Jazz have an 8-2-1 against the spread record against the New Orleans Pelicans since the 2016-17 season. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

The Utah Jazz, who are one of the best defensive teams in the entire NBA, are rolling on a five-game winning streak, which includes victories over the Trail Blazers, the Clippers and most recently against the Orlando Magic.

In their game against Orlando, Donovan Mitchell finished with 32 points, six assists and three boards in a 109-96 win.

The Pelicans have won five of six games, with impressive wins over the Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets.

Most recently against the Sacramento Kings, Lonzo Ball had 24 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Pelicans in a 117-115 win.

Both teams are clicking, but the Jazz will come away with the road win.

They are the better team and will ultimately cover the three points in this one.

1u – Jazz (-3) @ -105

Milwaukee Bucks @ San Antonio Spurs

  • Since the 2013-14 season, the San Antonio Spurs have a 61-39-2 against the spread record after a loss when playing as a home team. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

The Milwaukee Bucks and San Antonio Spurs will play their second game against each other in three days.

On Saturday night, Giannis Antetokounmpo rolled to 32 points and eight rebounds and Eric Bledsoe contributed 21 points, six assists and three boards in a 127-118 victory over the Spurs.

DeMar DeRozan finished with 26 points, five assists and four rebounds and LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 16 points and 10 boards for the Spurs in the loss.

The game was tied at 79 points apiece with 6:57 left in the third quarter, but the Bucks turned it on for the rest of the game.

I like the Spurs to bounce back in this game with the seven points in their favor.

1u – Spurs (+7) @ -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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