The Indiana Pacers will welcome in the top team out West, Oklahoma City Thunder, in what will be the headline game of the night. Some of the other big games tonight include; Memphis/Miami, Portland/Dallas, Denver/Phoenix and Houston/Los Angeles Lakers.
I split the four games last night going 2-2 and now have an overall record of 330-180.
Let’s not waste anymore time and get right into our NBA Picks for Friday:
Oklahoma City Thunder (40-14) over Indiana (33-21)
Both teams seem to be firmly locked into the NBA Playoffs, but for the Thunder a win in Indiana would go a long way to boost their ego. Indiana has won four of the past six meeting against the Thunder at home. I’ll take OKC, 100-95.
ATLANTA (33-23) over Detroit (21-33)
The Pistons continue to play good basketball lately, as they’ve won 4 of the past 5 games, however they’re only 6-21 on the road this season and have lost 6 straight in Atlanta. Give me the Hawks, 95-87.
MIAMI (39-14) over Memphis (30-23)
Miami will put their impressive 17-game home winning streak on the line tonight when they face off with the Grizzles, who will mark their fourth consecutive playoff contending team they’ll face in a row. Miami wins, 110-102.
NEW JERSEY (19-37) over Washington (12-43)
Deron Williams (illness) is expected back in the line-up after being a late scratch in Wednesdays game versus the Trail Blazers. Williams alone is the sole reason why I’m picking the Nets in this game.
TORONTO (20-35) over Cleveland (17-35)
Another thrilling game on the schedule for Friday night. I’ll roll with the Raptors, who have won five of the last six games against the Cavs.
DALLAS (31-24) over Portland (26-29)
The Mavericks and Trail Blazers will meet tonight in the Big D, where Portland has lost 17 of their last 20 trips to the Lone Star State. Dallas is only 1 1/2 games above the 8th seed in the West, and I don’t see them losing at home against an inferior team. Dallas takes this one, 91-80.
MILWAUKEE (26-28) over Charlotte (7-45)
The Bobcats are losers of 9 straight and have only won three times on the road this season. The Bucks will prevail tonight in a big way.
SAN ANTONIO (38-14) over New Orleans (14-40)
San Antonio is possibly playing their best basketball at the right time of the year. Winners of nine straight, the Spurs have trimmed the deficit to only 1 game for the #1 seed in the Western Conference, behind the Oklahoma City Thunder. Even with Eric Gordon being back for the Hornets, there’s no chance the Spurs lose this game at home.
UTAH (28-27) over Golden State (21-32)
The Golden State Warriors will be a welcoming sight for the struggling Utah Jazz, as the Jazz have lost five of their last seven games, however they have beaten the Dubs’ seven of the previous nine games in Utah. I’ll take the Jazz, 115-98.
DENVER (29-25) over Phoenix (28-26)
Two of the teams vying for one of the last playoff berths in the Western Conference will do battle tonight in Denver, where the Nuggets have won eight of the last nine match-ups versus the Suns at home. It will be a close game all night long, but I’ll take the home team Nuggets.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS (35-20) over Houston (29-25)
Los Angeles is tied for third in the NBA for the best overall home record this season (23-5). Yes they are at home tonight and yes I’m picking them.