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Expert handicapper Dan Canova gives his picks for tonight's NBA slate

In Tuesday’s NBA games, Joel Embiid finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Philadelphia 76ers in a 115-104 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Ben Simmons added 17 points, five assists and four boards in the win.

For the New Orleans Pelicans, Jrue Holiday had a team-high 28 points with eight assists, three steals and four blocks in a 125-111 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Brandon Ingram added 24 points, six assists and two steals for the Pelicans.

Here are Today’s NBA Picks:


Memphis Grizzlies (-2) @ New York Knicks, 7:30 PM:

  • The New York Knicks have an 87-106-1 against the spread record after a loss when playing as a home team since the 2012-13 NBA season. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

The Memphis Grizzlies are eyeing a fourth straight victory on Wednesday night against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Dillon Brooks had a team-high 24 points for the Grizzlies and rookie Ja Morant added 14 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals in a 104-96 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.

The Grizzlies are rolling, and they are clearly a playoff-caliber team in the loaded Western Conference.

Memphis minus the 2 points are a solid pick in this one. Take the Grizzlies here.

2u – Grizzlies (-2) @ -110

Utah Jazz @ San Antonio Spurs (+4), 8:30 PM

  • Since the 2011-12 NBA season, the San Antonio Spurs have an 81-53-2 against the spread record at the AT&T Center after a loss. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

The San Antonio Spurs are on a three-game losing streak entering this matchup with the Utah Jazz.

Back on Monday night against the Chicago Bulls, DeMar DeRozan finished with 36 points, 10 rebounds and three assists and Patty Mills added 25 points off the bench in a 110-109 loss.

This will be San Antonio’s final game at home before heading on the road for eight straight games.

The Spurs find themselves in an absolute must-win situation here at home against one of the better teams in the West.

I’m not sure if the Spurs are going to win this game, but San Antonio plus the 4 points here is the pick.

1u – Spurs (+4) @ -110

Houston Rockets @ Portland Trail Blazers (-1), 10:00 PM

  • The Portland Trail Blazers have a 41-30-2 against the spread record in games played during January since the 2015-16 NBA season. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

The Portland Trail Blazers will look to win back-to-back games when they host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

Against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night, Damian Lillard had 50 points, 13 assists and six rebounds and CJ McCollum contributed 28 points and five assists in a 139-129 win for the Blazers.

Lillard has been on a role for the Blazers, finishing with 158 points over his last three games, including a 60-point output to go along with his monster performance against the Pacers on Sunday.

The Blazers are in 10th place in the West and 2.5 games behind the Grizzlies, who own the final spot in the playoffs.

The Blazers minus the 1 point at home is the pick here. Roll with Portland and Lillard in this must-win home game.

1u – Trail Blazers (-1) @ -110

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