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Our expert hoops handicappers Dan Canova gives his best picks for today's games

In Thursday’s NBA games, Josh Richardson finished with 29 points, seven assists and three boards for the Philadelphia 76ers in a 109-98 victory over the Boston Celtics. Ben Simmons added 19 points and nine rebounds in the win.

For the Minnesota Timberwolves, Andrew Wiggins had 23 points and eight assists in a 116-102 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Here are Today’s NBA Picks:


Miami Heat @ Brooklyn Nets

  • Since the 2015-16 NBA season, the Miami Heat have a 107-73-3 against the spread record as an away team in night games. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

The Miami Heat will look to keep their momentum rolling in the right direction when they visit the Brooklyn Nets tonight. The Heat, who are currently on a two-game winning streak, are coming off a 122-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Jimmy Butler finished with 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Bam Adebayo had 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Heat in the win. The Heat have a 17-1 record at home, which is one of the best in the NBA, and they improved to 10-9 on the road with their win over Indiana.

Back on Dec. 1, the Heat came away with a 109-106 win over Brooklyn. Goran Dragic came off the bench and led Miami with 24 points, Butler finished with 20 points, and Adebayo contributed 17 points and 16 rebounds.

Miami minus the three points is the pick here. Take the Heat.

2u – Heat (-3) @ -105

San Antonio Spurs @ Memphis Grizzlies

  • The San Antonio Spurs have a 27-19 against the spread record in night games against the Memphis Grizzlies since the 2011-12 NBA season. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

The Spurs have back-to-back wins against two of the best teams from the Eastern Conference.

San Antonio rolled to a 126-104 home victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night behind a 25-point output from DeMar DeRozan, and on Wednesday, DeRozan followed up that performance with 30 points, six boards and four assists in a 129-114 win over the Boston Celtics.

San Antonio owns a 72-25 all-time series lead over the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Spurs have won 33 of the 49 games played in Memphis and Vancouver back when they played their home games in Canada.

The Spurs plus the one point are the pick here. Roll with San Antonio.

1u – Spurs (+1) @ -110

Charlotte Hornets @ Utah Jazz

  • Since the 2011-12 NBA season, the Utah Jazz have a 5-2 against the spread record against the Charlotte Hornets at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

Is anyone hotter than the Utah Jazz?

The Jazz are currently on an impressive seven-game winning streak, which features impressive victories over the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers.

In their latest match against the New York Knicks, Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 20 points, Rudy Gobert contributed 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Donovan Mitchell had 16 points and six assists for the Jazz in a 128-104 win.

The Jazz have a 14-3 home record, which is by far the best in the Western Conference. We know Gobert and Mitchell are two of the best players on Utah, but Bogdanovic has been key to their success as well. In his sixth NBA season, Bogdanovic has a career-best 20.9 points per game.

Utah has won 12 of its last 13 games and it will be 13 of 14 when they take care of business tonight.

Take the Jazz minus the 12 points here.

1u – Jazz (-12) @ -110

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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