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

On Wednesday, Zion Williamson made his long-awaited NBA debut and finished with 22 points but could not prevent the New Orleans Pelicans losing to the San Antonio Spurs.

The Toronto Raptors rallied back at home to top the Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks stunned the Los Angeles Clippers with an incredible comeback to win 102-95. 

Here’s a look at today’s NBA games:


Dallas Mavericks (-1.5) @ Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30 PM:

  • The Mavericks have a 124 ATS record against the Trail Blazers since 2015-16.
  • Dallas is 61 ATS at the Moda Center since 2015-16. Stat courtesy of Statschecker.

Dallas (27-16) snapped a four-game winning streak after being edged out by the Los Angeles Clippers (110-107).

Luka Doncic matched Kawhi Leonard stride for stride as the two had 36 points each. Doncic fell just short of a triple-double totaling 10 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks.

Doncic has been on a tear all season ranking fourth in the NBA with (29.1 ppg), third with (9.0 apg), and nearly averages a double-double with (9.7 rpg). 

The Portland Trail Blazers (19-26) rallied back to defeat the Golden State Warriors 129-124 in a thrilling overtime win.

Damian Lillard went absolutely off scoring a franchise-best 61 points, including a career-best 11 made three-pointers, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Hassan Whiteside added a monster double-double with 17 points and 21 rebounds.

Dallas has the ninth best ATS record this season (22-19-2), and are (22-11) overall as a favorite. Meanwhile, Portland is the worst team against the spread in the NBA at (16-27-2) and have struggled as an underdog at (4-16) overall.

The Mavericks have been on a roll over the last two weeks and I don’t see them slipping up in Portland. Take Dallas to cover the near pick em’ on the road (-1.5).

2u - Dallas Mavericks (-1.5) @ -110

Los Angeles Lakers @ Brooklyn Nets (+6), 3:00 PM:

  • The Lakers have the eighth best ATS record in the league at (23-20-1), and the Nets have the fifth worst at (18-23-1). Stat courtesy of Statschecker.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers teammates and NBA Final Champions, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, clash in Brooklyn for a friendly rivalry.

Brooklyn (18-24) continued to trend downwards as they lost a fourth straight game, falling to the Philadelphia 76ers at home 117-111.

Irving didn’t play on Monday night as he rested a hamstring injury, so Spencer Dinwiddie did what he could to pick up the slack scoring 22 points with seven assists and rebounds.

Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince each contributed a double-double - Allen had 13 points and 13 rebounds while Prince had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The Los Angeles Lakers (35-9) bounced back on the road and outlasted the New York Knicks 100-92.

James and Anthony Davis did most of the work for Los Angeles - Davis had a game-high 28 points with five rebounds and five assists while James had 21 points with five rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Although Brooklyn has struggled lately, and ATS all season, I’m anticipating the Nets to put up a fight at home and at least cover the large spread against the Lakers who are playing back-to-back games across the country.

1u - Brooklyn Nets (+6) @ -110

By Stephen Rodriguez


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