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

In Wednesday’s NBA action, Kyle Lowry finished with 32 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Pascal Siakam had 25 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Toronto Raptors in a 119-118 win over the Indiana Pacers.

For the Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum had 33 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks in a 116-100 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Here are Today’s NBA Picks:


New Orleans Pelicans @ Chicago Bulls, 8:00 PM

  • Since the 2011-12 NBA season, the New Orleans Pelicans are 7-1 against the spread when facing the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

The New Orleans Pelicans will look to rebound after back-to-back losses to the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks.

On Tuesday night against Milwaukee, Brandon Ingram led the way with 32 points, seven rebounds and two steals, and Zion Williamson added 20 points, seven boards and five assists for the Pelicans in a 120-108 loss to arguably the best team in the entire NBA.

All five of Milwaukee’s starters finished in double figures, featuring Giannis Antetokounmpo’s game-high 34 points to go with 17 rebounds and six assists.

Before making a bet on this one, be sure to monitor Williamson’s status. He is dealing with a sprained toe on his right foot, and there is a chance the Pelicans sit their sensational rookie star to avoid any more damage.

Regardless, I think this is a must-win for New Orleans. With Ingram, Jrue Holiday, JJ Redick and Lonzo Ball, the Pelicans have more than enough pieces to win this game.

Take the Pels minus the three points here.

2u – Pelicans (-3) @ -111

Philadelphia 76ers @ Milwaukee Bucks, 8:00 PM

  •  The Philadelphia 76ers have a 5-11 against the spread record against the Milwaukee Bucks in night games since the 2014-15 NBA season. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

The Milwaukee Bucks will host the Philadelphia 76ers in an Eastern Conference showdown on Thursday night at the Fiserv Forum.

The Bucks are riding a two-game winning streak which features wins over the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans. To go along with Antetokounmpo’s monster performance on Tuesday against the Pelicans, Khris Middleton added 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Eric Bledsoe contributed 16 points, seven assists and six boards for the Bucks.

Here’s why I’m going Milwaukee in this game. The Bucks are awesome at home, and the Sixers are abysmal on the road. The Bucks are 23-3 on their home court and the 76ers, who are 31-20 overall, are 9-18 on the road.

What makes you think that they are going to travel to Milwaukee and come up with a win in this one?

Take the Bucks minus the nine here.

1u – Bucks (-9) @ -105

San Antonio Spurs @ Portland Trail Blazers, 10:00 PM

  •  Since the 2012-13 NBA season, the San Antonio Spurs have a 34-44 against the spread record in games played during February. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)

The Blazers will look to bounce back after a tough road loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. In that game, Damian Lillard finished with 21 points and nine assists, and CJ McCollum added 20 points in a 127-99 defeat.

The Spurs will be playing a third straight road game after consecutive losses at the Staples Center to the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Against the Lakers on Tuesday, DeMar DeRozan had 28 points, nine boards and seven assists, but the Lakers were led by LeBron James, who finished with 36 points, nine assists and seven boards, in a 129-102 win.

Look for Lillard and the Blazers to rebound in this game. Take Portland minus the three points here.

1u – Trail Blazers (-3) @ -105

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