The New York Knicks will look to lengthen their lead over the Milwaukee Bucks for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs, when these two teams tangle in Madison Square Garden tonight. The Knicks lead the Bucks by 1 1/2 game for the 8th seed, and a win over them tonight would go a long way in the final month of the season.
Here are the NBA Picks for a great Monday night in the NBA:
INDIANA (28-19) over Miami (35-12)
Miami is only 4-17 in its last 21 games when playing on the road against the Pacers in Indiana, but they’ve won the last four games in Indy. I like the Pacers to upset the Heat tonight.
Detroit (16-32) over Washington (11-37)
Detroit has lost five straight, while Washington has lost their last three games. It won’t be a pretty game to watch, but I’ll take the Pistons on the road.
Orlando (31-18) over TORONTO (16-33)
Dwight Howard notched his 40th double-double of the season in Friday’s 93-80 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He led the entire NBA last season will 66 double-doubles. Expect another one tonight, as the Magic cruise to an easy win.
Boston (26-22) over CHARLOTTE (7-39)
Charlotte remains the worst team in the league, so I’ll go with the Celtics tonight.
NEW JERSEY (16-34) over Utah (26-23)
Utah has been dreadful on the road this season, as shown by their 7-17 record, and they’ve lost 6 of the past 8 games when playing the Nets in New Jersey. I’ll roll with the Nets tonight.
Milwaukee (22-26) over NEW YORK (24-25)
Amare Stoudemire (back) is listed as questionable for tonight’s game after having an MRI earlier today. I’m banking on Stoudemire being out (and I think he will be), so I’ll take the Bucks for the upset.
CHICAGO (40-10) over Denver (26-23)
Without Derrick Rose (groin) in the starting line-up Chicago is now 12-4, and they became the first team in the NBA to reach the 40 win mark. Chicago keeps up their winning ways tonight, as they handle the Nuggets with ease.
HOUSTON (26-23) over Sacramento (17-31)
Houston is vying for one of the final spots in the Western Conference playoffs, and they are currently in a three way tie with Utah and Denver for the 7th and 8th seed in the West. Give me the Rockets at home tonight.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (27-21) over New Orleans (12-36)
The Hornets have won two straight and 16 of 17 overall against the Clips, but most of that damage came before the Chris Paul trade. I’ll take the Clippers tonight.