Wednesday night is NBA night. Everyone knows that. We’re blessed with 11 awesome games tonight, with the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers closing up shop in the night’s final contest.
Other great matchups include Portland vs. San Antonio and Brooklyn vs. Miami. But just as important is enjoying all of the exciting NBA action, might be winning something off of it, too. If you’re looking for NBA Picks for tonight’s games, you’ve come to the right place.
Let’s break down each matchup for tonight and see if we can’t come away with a winner:
Pistons @ Raptors
The Pistons are struggling while the Raptors continue to try to move up in the playoff seeding. Defensively, the Raptors are simply the better team in this matchup. Kyle Lowry should have his way with Brandon Jennings, but Andre Drummond showing up for this one could at least keep it interesting. These teams are headed in opposite directions, though, and it’s in Toronto.
Pick: Raptors 106, Pistons 99
Nets @ Heat
Brooklyn has already topped the Heat twice this year and Miami just ended a rough skid, but it should be different in this meeting in Florida. The Nets are better than people think they are, but it doesn’t make much sense that the Heat would let them beat them three times. Look for the Heat to take care of business at home.
Pick: Heat 97, Nets 94
Nuggets @ Magic
Denver and Orlando are both floundering right now, as the Magic still search for their 20th win on the year. The Nuggets have Ty Lawson back and offer a more exciting brand of basketball, but they’re also on the road, where they’ve lost eight of their last nine. Their interior defense is especially bad, which could make for a huge night for Magic center Nikola Vukevic.
Pick: Magic 108, Nuggets 104
Kings @ 76ers
Both of these teams are awful, but Philadelphia truly has to be the worst team in the league right now. The Kings are at full strength, and when they are they can actually be a pretty tough out. They’re also built to run, so they shouldn’t have much trouble running a defensively inept Sixers squad into the ground.
Pick: Kings 111, 76ers 103
Bobcats @ Wizards
Just three games separate the Bobcats and Wiz, making tonight’s matchup a huge game in the grand scheme of the playoff picture. The Wizards try to hold down the fort at home and get four games over .500, while Charlotte will try to get a road win and get closer to evening out their record. They matchup fairly well, but Washington is a little undermanned and Al Jefferson has been unstoppable lately.
Pick: Bobcats 95, Wizards 90
Knicks @ Celtics
Boston continues to struggle, while the Knicks seem to be on the path to stopping the bleeding thanks to their current four-game winning streak. If they can get this road win tonight, it’s reasonable to think they could top the Bucks in their next game before a huge showdown with the Pacers. This current run could decide their playoff fate, although it will be tough with both Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler sitting this one out.
Pick: Knicks 107, Celtics 96
Grizzlies @ Pelicans
The Pelicans don’t play defense and Memphis does. With that said, this one is in New Orleans and Anthony Davis has come back from two subpar outings to play at a beastly level. He should be fine in this one, but he won’t be enough against a more balanced and more disciplined Grizzlies unit. The Pellies’ inconsistent and often awful guard play will likely be the deciding factor.
Pick: Grizzlies 104, Pelicans 90
Mavericks @ Jazz
Utah continues to go downhill as losers of seven of their last 10, while Dallas remains well above .500 and in the playoff race. Fresh off of a loss to Golden State, the Mavs can’t afford to do any backtracking now. Look for them to take care of business against an inferior opponent.
Pick: Mavericks 111, Jazz 94
Blazers @ Spurs
Easily one of the top two matchups of the night, the Blazers will try to get a big win against a top team, while also trying to push higher in playoff seeding. It’s not going to be easy, though, as the Spurs rarely lose at home and have won nine of their last 10. With the West’s best record on the line, it’d be shocking if the Spurs didn’t buckle down and get the home win tonight.
Pick: Spurs 101, Blazers 98
Cavaliers @ Suns
Phoenix is well on it’s way to the playoffs and simply needs to keep humming along to ensure they get there, while the Cavs have dropped seven of their last 10 and may need a miracle to sneak into the mix in the East. It’s in Phoenix and they’re the much better team, so it’d be a surprise if the Cavs came in and got the upset.
Pick: Suns 103, Cavs 88
Warriors @ Clippers
The last game of the night is probably the best game of the night, as two California teams square off in Los Angeles. Just four games separate these two teams for the Pacific Division title, while L.A. still has their sights on the West’s top overall record. Golden State is better on the road than they’ve been in recent years, but the Clippers are 27-5 at home this year. They’re missing Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick, but their big three should still get the job done in a potential shootout.
Pick: Clippers 106, Warriors 103
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