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Our expert handicapper Dan Canova brings you his top picks for Saturday's NBA games

PICK OF THE DAY: (2u) Bucks -13 @ -105

Milwaukee Bucks @ Detroit Pistons, 7:00 PM:

  • Since the 2013-14 NBA season, the Milwaukee Bucks have a 19-9-2 against the spread record against the Detroit Pistons. Stat courtesy of Statschecker.

The reason we’re backing the Bucks

Coming out of the All-Star break, the Milwaukee Bucks will look to rebound after a loss to the Indiana Pacers last Wednesday night. The Bucks were without reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, but Khris Middleton led the way with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists in Milwaukee’s 118-111 loss.

The Bucks visit the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, a team they have beaten twice this season. On Nov. 23, Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 28 points in a 104-90 win over the Pistons, and in their matchup on Dec. 4, he racked up 35 points in a 127-103 victory.

Milwaukee also won all four matchups against the Pistons last season. Simply put, the Bucks have owned Detroit. Roll with the Bucks in this game minus the 13 points.

(1u) Heat -6.5 @ -105

Miami Heat @ Atlanta Hawks, 7:30 PM:

  • Since the 2010-11 NBA season, the Miami Heat have a 12-7 against the spread record at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Stat courtesy of Statschecker.

The reason we’re backing the Heat

The Miami Heat will also look to bounce back after a loss prior to the All-Star break.

Jimmy Butler finished with 25 points and eight rebounds, and Bam Adebayo added nine points, 11 boards, five assists, four steals and two blocks, but the Utah Jazz came away with a 116-101 win over the Heat behind 26 points from Donovan Mitchell.

The Heat enter this matchup against the Hawks locked in as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. They are 11 games behind Milwaukee for the top seed, but only 4.5 games adrift of the Toronto Raptors for the No. 2 seed.

This will be the fourth time the Heat and Hawks have met this season. The Heat won all three previous matchups, including a 135-121 overtime win over Atlanta back on Dec. 10.

Look for Miami to get back to winning ways in this game.

Roll with the Heat minus the 6.5 points on the road here.

(1u) 76ers -8.5 @ -105

Brooklyn Nets @ Philadelphia 76ers, 8:00 PM:

  • The Philadelphia 76ers have a 56-40-1 against the spread record at the Wells Fargo Center after a win since the 2015-16 NBA season. Stat courtesy of Statschecker.

The reason we’re backing the 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers are riding a three-game winning streak entering this game against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.

The Sixers are 25-2 at home this season which is by far the best in the NBA, and they took down the Los Angeles Clippers last Tuesday. Ben Simmons finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for Philadelphia in a 110-103 win.

Joel Embiid added 26 points, nine rebounds and one block for the Sixers in the victory.

Philadelphia will certainly have its work cut out when it hosts Kyrie Irving and the Nets. With that said, the Sixers are tough as nails at home and I believe they win this game by double-digits.

Feel confident taking the Sixers minus the 8.5 points in this matchup.

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