Daily NBA Picks for Thursday | 2/2/2012


After going 8-3 on my Wednesday NBA Picks, as well as 14-3 over the past two days, I now sit at 146-81 on the season. I hit three of the four upsets I picked last night, with Milwaukee over Miami being my biggest prediction of the night. LeBron James dropped 40 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Bucks overcame a 17-point deficit in the 1st quarter and ended up winning 105-97.

Only six games are to be played Thursday night in the NBA, with the Chicago Bulls traveling to New York to take on the Knicks being the biggest game of the night. Let’s get right into our picks for Thursday nights action.

Here are our Daily NBA Predictions, with picks and analysis, home teams in ALL CAPS:

Memphis (11-10) over ATLANTA (16-6)

I’m starting out my predictions by picking a four-point underdog in the Memphis Grizzles. Memphis is only 4-7 away this season, while Atlanta is a stout 8-1 at home, but the Grizzles are 3-1 against Eastern Conference foes thus far. The stats don’t back me up today, but I have a gut feeling the Grizzles will get the upset win tonight.

Chicago (18-6) over NEW YORK (8-13)

The Bulls have owned this match-up over the past 25 meetings going 17-8, and will be looking to bounce back after a tough loss last night at the hands of the 76ers. After starting the year with a respectable 6-4 record, the Knicks have gone a pitiful 2-9 over the past elven games, with four of those losses coming at home, which were they will be playing tonight. Bulls 105, Knicks 80.

SAN ANTONIO (14-9) over New Orleans (4-18)

San Antonio improved on their impressive 11-1 home record last night with a win over the Rockets, 99-91. They trailed in last nights game by 13 points at the half, but they ended up outscoring the Rockets 60-39 in the second half. San Antonio is 8-2 in their last 8 games when playing the Hornets.

SACRAMENTO (6-15) over Portland (13-9)

Sacramento has lost five straight including a 89-101 loss to this Blazers team last week. Call this another gut feeling, as I like the Kings to pull off the home upset tonight.

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (13-6) over Denver (14-7)

This should be one of the highest scoring games on Thursday, as both teams ranked in the top 5 in points per game and are in the bottom ten in the association in points allowed per game. Los Angeles is one of the hottest teams in the NBA as of late and they will make it five in a row tonight with a victory over the Nuggets.

GOLDEN STATE (7-12) over Utah (12-8)

I was a bit surprised when I saw that the Warriors were five points favorites tonight. Utah won the previous meeting between these two teams in early January 88-87, as Monta Ellis scored a game high 32 points, but the Warriors were without starting guard Stephen Curry. Ellis has had three poor shooting games in a row, and is only averaging just over 9 points per game in those contests. Expect a huge game from Ellis tonight.

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