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

In Saturday’s NBA games, James Harden finished with 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Houston Rockets in a 139-109 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Russell Westbrook added 30 points and 10 assists in the win.

For the Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum contributed 41 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 140-105 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Enes Kanter added 22 points and 19 rebounds for the Celtics.

Here are Today’s NBA Picks:


Golden State Warriors @ Memphis Grizzlies

  • The Golden State Warriors have a 110-134-3 against the spread record since the 2017-18 NBA season. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

The Memphis Grizzlies are currently on an impressive four-game winning streak entering this matchup against the Golden State Warriors. In their most recent victory over the San Antonio Spurs, Ja Morant finished with 22 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds in a 134-121 win.

Not only are the Grizzlies trying to maintain their hot run of form, they are also seeking a season-series sweep of the Warriors for the first time in seven years.

The Grizzlies minus the 6.5 points against the Warriors are the pick here.

2u – Grizzlies (-6.5) @ -110

Charlotte Hornets @ Phoenix Suns

  • The Charlotte Hornets have a 62-111 against the spread record as an away team coming off a day of rest since the 2012-13 NBA season. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

The Phoenix Suns will look to keep some consistency and win back-to-back games after their victory against the Orlando Magic. Devin Booker finished with a team-high 24 points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals for the Suns in a 98-94 triumph over Orlando.

Phoenix has won four of its last seven games, but before that the Suns had lost a season-worst eight straight games.

These two teams squared off on Dec. 2, Booker and Kelly Oubre Jr. scoring 23 points each for the Suns in a 109-104 win in Charlotte.

Now, the Suns will be at home with the ball in their court. Take Phoenix minus the 8 points here.

1u – Suns (-8) @ -105

Los Angeles Clippers @ Denver Nuggets

  • Since the 2011-12 NBA season, the Denver Nuggets have a 9-24-1 against the spread record as a home team when playing the second game of a back-to-back. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

The Los Angeles Clippers are seeking a third straight win when they square off against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.

The Clippers followed a 135-132 victory over the New York Knicks with a 109-100 win against the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

Kawhi Leonard finished with 36 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals during the Clippers’ 109-100 win at Staples Center. Lou Williams added 21 points and eight assists off the bench, and Patrick Beverley chipped in 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Clippers.

The Nuggets are a tough 15-5 home team, but the Clippers have more star power.

Leonard and Paul George should carry Los Angeles in this one. Take the Clippers plus the 1 point.

1u – Clippers (+1) @ -105

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