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Our expert handicapper gives us his picks for today's NBA slate

PICK OF THE DAY: (2u) Bucks -1 @ -110

Milwaukee Bucks @ Toronto Raptors, 7:30 PM:

  • The Milwaukee Bucks have a 34-24 against the spread record as an away team when playing in the second game of a back-to-back since the 2014-15 NBA season. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)__.

The reason we’re backing the Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks will travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors on Tuesday night.

The Bucks enter this matchup on a three-game winning streak.

Khris Middleton led the way with a team-high 40 points to go with five rebounds, five assists and three steals for Milwaukee in a 137-134 overtime win over the Washington Wizards on Monday night.

Giannis Antetokounmpo added 22 points and 14 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe contributed 23 points, 10 assists and seven boards for the Bucks.

These two teams squared off back on Nov. 2 in Milwaukee and the Bucks came away with a 115-105 win behind 36 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks from Antetokounmpo.

Look for the Bucks to keep momentum going forward in this road matchup.

Take the Bucks minus the 1 point.

(1u) Celtics -5 @ -110

Boston Celtics @ Portland Trail Blazers, 10:00 PM:

  • The Portland Trail Blazers have a 16-21 against the spread record in games played during February since the 2016-17 NBA season.

The reason we’re backing the Celtics

The Boston Celtics will look to rebound against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.

Jayson Tatum finished with a game-high 41 points to go along with five rebounds, two assists and two blocks for the Celtics in a 114-112 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. Jaylen Brown added 20 points, six boards and three steals.

The Celtics will most certainly get back on track in this road matchup against Portland. Before losing to the Lakers, Boston won 12 of 14 games.

Look for Tatum to shoulder the load for the Celtics. He has 20 or more points in 14 of their last 16 games.

Take Boston minus the 5 points here.

(1u) Pelicans +8 @ -110

New Orleans Pelicans @ Los Angeles Lakers, 10:00 PM:

  • Since the 2011-12 NBA season, the New Orleans Pelicans have a 18-11-1 against the spread record against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The reason we’re backing the Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans will travel to the Staples Center to take on the Lakers on Tuesday.

The Pelicans are riding a two-game winning streak and they are true contenders to make a late run at a playoff berth in the Western Conference.

In their last game on Sunday against the Golden State Warriors, rookie Zion Williamson led the way with 28 points and seven rebounds and Jrue Holiday contributed 11 of his 23 points in the fourth in a 115-101 win.

I don’t think the Pelicans are necessarily going to win this game, but they will most definitely give the Lakers a run for their money in this matchup.

Take the Pelicans plus the 8 points in this game.

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