We’re back with our Daily NBA Picks. Jeremy Lin is taking over the league, but there’s more than just the Knicks to worry about in Saturday’s NBA action if you’re betting on the games.
While Lin shouldn’t be ignored, we’ve also got your covered with picks and analysis for all the other games on the schedule for tonight:
Indiana Pacers (17-9) over Denver Nuggets (15-12)
Something will have to give when the Denver Nuggets travel to Indiana tonight to take on the Pacers; the Nuggets enter with a five game losing skid, and the Pacers have lost two straight. In addition, Denver is a perfect 8-0 against the Eastern Conference this year, while the Pacers are a solid 5-2 against the Western Conference.
Denver will be without leading scorer Danilo Gallinari, whose ankle injury will cause him to miss the next month, and this should lead to a sixth straight loss for the Nuggets, as the Pacers take this one.
Los Angeles Clippers (16-8) over Charlotte Bobcats (3-23)
This one shouldn’t even be close. The Bobcats haven’t won in nearly a month, last winning on January 14th against the Warriors. The Clippers won’t show any sympathy when they hand them their fourth straight loss.
Philadelphia 76ers (18-9) over Cleveland Cavaliers (10-15)
Following seven straight games against teams with winning records, the Sixers will be glad to take on a below average Cavaliers team tonight. Cleveland is just 3-10 against teams with winning records, and Philadelphia will make that 3-11 by the night’s end.
New York Knicks (12-15) over Minnesota Timberwolves (13-14)
It’s been the Jeremy Lin show in New York, as the Harvard graduate has led the Knicks, who were looking very dismal before he provided a spark, to four straight victories.
New York takes on a Minnesota Timberwolve team that, while they have been much improved this year, has lost two in a row. Expect the “Linning streak” to continue; Knicks take this one.
San Antonio Spurs (18-9) over New Jersey Nets (8-20)
The Spurs and Nets are playing like polar opposites right now; New Jersey has lost five in a row, while San Antonio has won six in a row.
Look for the Spurs to win for the seventh time in as many games, as they continue their Rodeo Road Trip with another victory.
Dallas Mavericks (16-11) over Portland Trail Blazers (15-12)
This Dallas/Portland matchup is easily the biggest toss-up of the night; both teams have been playing relatively well and are pretty evenly matched. However, the Blazers are just 4-9 away from home, and the Mavericks are 9-5 on their home floor. The Mavericks win in a tight one.
Orlando Magic (16-11) over Milwaukee Bucks (12-14)
I would like to pick the Bucks in this game, but all signs point towards the Magic. Orlando has fared well as of late, winning four of six, while their two losses during that stretch both came in overtime. They are also 10-2 against teams below .500, and expect them to improve that to 11-2 with a win over Milwaukee tonight.
Sacramento Kings (10-16) over Phoenix Suns (11-15)
Having won four of five, the Kings are not only red hot, but are very confident, as they come off a victory against the Western Conference best Thunder on Thursday. The Suns are also playing well, winning three of four, but Sacramento will take this one.