Following an exciting Friday night of NBA basketball, today’s action will be much quieter, as only four games are on the slate. The day is headlined by a Spurs/Clippers matchup at 3:30 and a Hawks/Blazers matchup that can be caught on NBA TV at 10:00 pm EST.
Without any further ado, here are the NBA picks for today, February 18, 2012:
Los Angeles Clippers (19-9) over San Antonio Spurs (21-9)
The Spurs enter today’s game with the longest winning streak in the NBA, as they currently sit on nine straight victories, but they should be prepared for it to be snapped today. The Clippers are 11-3 at home, and have beaten the likes of Miami and Oklahoma City at the Staples Center. Today’s victory over the Spurs will leave only the Bulls on the list of division leaders that the Clippers have yet to beat.
Chicago Bulls (25-7) over New Jersey Nets (8-23)
This isn’t a difficult one to pick. The Bulls, a far superior team to the Nets, have been off the charts good at home this year—their 11-1 record at the United Center. The Nets, meanwhile, have lost eight straight games and have only beaten one quality team on the road this year. They aren’t about to make it two quality teams, either—the Bulls take this one.
Memphis Grizzlies (17-14) over Golden State Warriors (11-16)
It has been a rollercoaster season for the Grizzlies, but they appear to be finally hitting their stride, as they have now won five of their last six games. They will make that six of seven when they beat a Warriors team that is a mere 3-7 on the road this year.
Atlanta Hawks (19-11) over Portland Trail Blazers (16-15)
Atlanta has been very good on the road this season, as their 10-6 record away from home is the fourth best road record in the league. Against a Portland team that has now lost five of seven, the Hawks will be able to improve that record to 11-6 on the road.