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PICK OF THE DAY, (2u) Hornets +10.5 @ -110

Milwaukee Bucks @ Charlotte Hornets, 1:00 PM:

  • The Charlotte Hornets have a 6-4 against the spread record against the Milwaukee Bucks since the 2017-18 NBA season. Stat courtesy of Statschecker.

The reason we’re backing the Hornets.

The Charlotte Hornets will have their hands full when they host the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday afternoon. The Hornets enter this matchup currently on a two-game winning streak, with wins over the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors.

Terry Rozier finished with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists, and Devonte’ Graham added 18 points, five assists and four boards for the Hornets in a 99-96 win over the Raptors. Not only have the Hornets won two games in a row, but they have won five of their last seven games as well.

Back on Jan. 24, the Bucks came away with a 116-103 win over the Hornets in Paris. I think the Hornets getting the 10.5 points at home is a huge bonus in their favor. Unsure if they win, but I believe they will cover the spread.

(1u) Mavericks -6.5 @ -110

Dallas Mavericks @ Minnesota Timberwolves, 3:30 PM:

  • Since the 2017-18 NBA season, the Dallas Mavericks have a 6-3 against the spread record against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The reason we’re backing the Mavericks.

The Dallas Mavericks will look to bounce back after a loss to the Miami Heat.

Seth Curry led the Mavs with 37 points, Kristaps Porzingis contributed 24 points and 13 rebounds, and Luka Doncic added 23 points, 10 assists and four rebounds in a 126-118 loss to Miami on Friday night.

Since the All-Star break, Dallas uncharacteristically fell to the seventh seed in the Western Conference.

The Mavericks are clearly a playoff-worthy team in the West, and I believe they should easily handle an average Timberwolves team on the road. Minnesota actually hasn’t won back-to-back games since the beginning of January, and the Wolves are coming off a win. So, what makes you think they win this?

Roll with Dallas minus the 6.5 points on the road.

(1u) 76ers +13 @ -110

Philadelphia 76ers @ Los Angeles Clippers, 3:30 PM:

  • The Philadelphia 76ers have a 16-7 against the spread record as an away team in day games since the 2011-12 NBA season.

The reason we’re backing the 76ers.

The Philadelphia 76ers are unstoppable on their home floor. However, they are also one of the worst teams in the NBA on the road with an abysmal 9-21 record away from Philadelphia.

In their last game on Thursday night, Tobias Harris finished with 34 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Al Horford added 15 points, nine assists and seven boards for the Sixers in a 115-106 win over the New York Knicks.

The Sixers will have their hands full on the road against the Los Angeles Clippers in this matchup at the Staples Center. The Clippers enter this game on a three-game winning streak.

Ben Simmons remains sidelined for the Sixers due to a lower back injury, but Philadelphia should have enough to compete with the Clippers here. Not sure if they win, but the Sixers and the 13 points in this game is the pick here.

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