Sunday NBA Basketball Picks for 1/15/2012


It’s a light schedule for the NBA on Sunday, with only 3 games to be played. Saturday was a great day for my Daily NBA Picks, as I was able to pick nine out of the eleven games correctly and now stand at 72-31 on the season (70%).

Let’s get right into it with my Daily NBA Picks, with some notes and picks, home teams listed in ALL CAPS:

DETROIT (3-9) over Golden State (3-8)

The Warriors have not won a game outside of Oracle Arena this season (0-4) and are amidst a four game road trip on the east coast. They lost last night to a bad Charlotte Bobcats team and only shot 41% from the field.

Greg Monroe could be in for a big game tonight, as the Warriors are very weak at the center position now that Kwame Brown (torn pectorals) is out for three months and they are relying on Andris Biedrins who can’t stay out of foul trouble.

The Warriors should be able to keep it close, but Detroit will be to much to handle tonight, 115-108 Pistons.

DENVER (8-4) over UTAH (7-4)

Denver is 6-1 at home this season and are 2nd in the NBA in points scored per game (102.8). They are coming off of their biggest win of the year on Friday night, as they beat the Miami Heat 117-104 and were lead by Ty Lawson who scored 24 points and added 9 assists.

Utah is only 1-3 on the road so far and have been outscored by an average of 19 points in those three losses.

It should be a high scoring game, but I like the Nuggets in this game, 108-90.

SAN ANTONIO (8-4) over Phoenix (4-7)

Steve Nash (quad, back) did not play in Friday’s 110-103 loss to New Jersey and his status is still in doubt for tonight’s match-up. If Nash does indeed not play, Phoenix has no shot at upsetting the Spurs.

San Antonio is 8-0 at home this season, while they are 0-4 on the road, luckily for them this one is at home. Tony Parker is on a recent tear without Manu Ginobili in the line-up, as he’s averaging 23.3 PPG and 8.3 APG.

This should be a cake walk for the Spurs tonight, 117-89 San Antonio.

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