With Jeremy Lin (knee) expected to miss the rest of the regular season, as well as Amare Stoudemire (back) expected to miss just about all of the regular season, the New York Knicks sure don’t look like a team that is missing two of their best starters. New York has nine wins in their last 11 games and currently hold down the 8th seed in the East, two games ahead of Milwaukee. It will be a tough test tonight for the Knicks, who are traveling to Indiana to take on a Pacers team that has won six of their last 9 games and sit in the 5th seed in the East.
Here are the NBA Picks for Tuesday night:
San Antonio (36-14) over CLEVELAND (17-33)
The Spurs are well on their way to the playoffs, as they’re firmly holding down the 2nd seed in the West and have won seven straight games. Cleveland should be no match for the red hot Spurs tonight.
INDIANA (31-21) over New York (27-26)
Indiana has won five of the last seven games at the home, and sport a 16-7 overall record at Conseco Fieldhouse. The depleted Knicks should keep it close through 3 quarters, but expect the Pacers to pull away late, 101-93.
TORONTO (18-35) over Charlotte (7-43)
Two last place teams will meet tonight in Toronto, where the Bobcats have won six in a row in this match-up, although they are mired in a 7 game losing streak. I’ll pick the Raptors in a ugly game.
DETROIT (19-33) over Orlando (32-21)
Orlando might be without both Dwight Howard (back) and Jameer Nelson (calf), as both players are listed as game-time decisions, and they’ve already ruled out starter Ryan Anderson (ankle). Too many question marks for me, I’ll take the Pistons, 82-75.
MIAMI (37-14) over Philadelphia (29-23)
The Philadelphia 76ers will be looking to snap a 7 game losing streak on the road against the Miami Heat tonight in South Beach. Philadelphia once had a sizable division lead, but now find themselves in the 7th seed in the East, while continuing to struggle with consistency on offense, but remaining better then average on defense. Miami needs this win to gain some confidence back, and I think they will, 98-83.
MEMPHIS (29-22) over Golden State (20-31)
The playoff-hopeful Memphis Grizzles are coming off their biggest win on the road this season, as they took down the top team in the West, Oklahoma City Thunder, and were lead by O.J. Mayo who dropped in a game-high 22 points. Memphis rolls over the depleted Warriors easily.
Phoenix (26-26) over SACRAMENTO (19-34)
Phoenix is currently two games back of Houston for the final playoff spot, after bouncing back from two straight defeats in Sunday’s victory over the lowly Hornets. The Kings played well last night while getting the win against the T-Wolves, but I like the Suns to come out guns blazing tonight.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS (33-20) over New Jersey (19-35)
Andrew Bynum (ankle) will sit out tonight’s game after rolling his ankle in Sunday’s victory over the Warriors. It was a scary moment for Laker fans, as Bynum has a history of leg problems, but the big man isn’t expected to miss much time. Give me the Lake Show tonight, 96-83.