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Our expert hoops handicapper Stephen Rodriguez gives his best picks for today's NBA games

Kawhi Leonard and Luka Doncic went at it on Tuesday night as both put up 36 points during the Los Angeles Clippers’ 110-107 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

On Wednesday, the number one overall pick Zion Williamson makes his long-awaited NBA debut as the New Orleans Pelicans host the San Antonio Spurs.

Here’s a look at today’s NBA games:


Philadelphia 76ers @ Toronto Raptors (-6), 7:00 PM:

  • The Raptors have a 22-16 ATS record in night games against the 76ers since 2011-12.
  • Toronto has the fourth best ATS record in the NBA (24-19) and Philadelphia has the 10th worst (19-22-4). (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).

The Toronto Raptors (29-14) were able to hold off Trae Young and the sharpshooting Atlanta Hawks to win a fourth straight game 122-117.

Norman Powell had a huge game off the bench, scoring a team-high 27 points on 6-of-9 shooting from three-point range.

Philadelphia (29-16) is also on a four-game winning streak after defeating the Brooklyn Nets 117-111.

It was the Ben Simmons show on Monday night as he totaled a triple-double with a game-high 34 points on 12-of-14 shooting with 12 rebounds and 12 assists.

The home team has won each of the first two meetings between these teams this season, including a five-point Raptors win back in November.

The 76ers are practically a different team on the road with a 9-14 record and the same can be said for the Raptors at home but in a positive way. Toronto has been sound at home with a 15-7 record at Scotiabank Arena.

I’m rolling with the Raptors at home to find a way to win and cover -6.

2u - Toronto Raptors (-6) @ -110

San Antonio Spurs @ New Orleans Pelicans (-3.5), 9:30 PM:

  • The Spurs are 1-9 ATS in New Orleans after a win since 2013-14.
  • San Antonio has the fourth worst ATS record in the NBA this season at (17-24-1). (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).

After missing the first 44 games, the wait is over as Williamson will suit up in a regular season game for the Pelicans.

New Orleans (17-27) has found a groove, winning three of the last four games after taking down the Memphis Grizzlies 126-116.

Jrue Holiday and Brandon Ingram did most of the heavy lifting - Holiday knocked down seven threes and scored a game-high 36 points with six rebounds and Ingram added 25 points with six assists.

San Antonio (19-23) picked up a second straight win after edging out the Phoenix Suns 120-118.

The Spurs watched a 20-point halftime lead slip away, and nearly blew the game, but battled back behind 25 and 24-point efforts from Derrick White and Bryn Forbes.

White came off the bench with seven assists on 9-of-14 shooting and Forbes had all eight of his made field goals come from three-point range (8-of-11 3PT). 

San Antonio has been hard to trust on the road this season with a 7-13 away record.

Something else in favor of New Orleans is that Ingram has been playing at an All-Star level as of late, averaging 27.8 ppg over the last five games.

Take the Pelicans to cover -3.5 and thrive in Williamson’s debut.

1u - New Orleans Pelicans (-3.5) @ -105

Los Angeles Lakers (-11) @ New York Knicks, 7:30 PM:

  • Los Angeles won by 30 points when these teams met in early January.
  • The Lakers have the ninth best record ATS this season at (23-19-1). (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).

Los Angeles (34-9) has lost two of the last three games and suffered its worst loss of the season on Monday after getting rolled by the Boston Celtics 139-107.

There weren’t many positives for the Lakers, who allowed Boston to shoot over 55 percent from the field and 47 percent from three-point range.

LeBron James’ stat line looked better than he played, posting a double-double with 15 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds.

The New York Knicks (12-32) snapped a three-game losing streak after taking down the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-86.

New York fell one point short of all five starters scoring in double figures, including Marcus Morris and Julius Randle, who scored a game-high 19 points. Bobby Portis, Damyean Dotson, and Reggie Bullock all added 12 points.

Aside from Monday’s hiccup, the Lakers have been just as good on the road as home this season with an 18-4 record.

To make matters worse for the Knicks, rookie RJ Barrett sprained his ankle and will be out for at least a few weeks.

Los Angeles will bounce back in a big way and cover -11 with ease.

1u - Los Angeles Lakers (-11) @ -105

By Stephen Rodriguez


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