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Detroit Pistons At Charlotte Hornets 7:00PM ET

Not much about this game, the Hornets are better in basically every aspect of the game, and Detroit has 3 players Questionable for tonight including their star Jeremi Grant. This team is in tank mode and it will get more obvious as the season goes.

I lean the Over 221.5, the Over has hit in the Pistons last 3 road games and in 9 out of Charlotte’s last 10 games total.

Hornets should cover the spread -5.5 easy. Hornets MoneyLine is the SAFEST, but I’m confident they win by 6 or more. That’s one of my NBA Picks of the night.

Boston Celtics At Brooklyn Nets 7:30PM ET

It hurts me to do this every time I do, but I’m going with the Nets tonight. Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant are Out, and it doesn’t even matter at this point. The Nets are too good, they have cleaned up on defense enough, and their offense is the best in the league. Brooklyn are my current favorites to win the Finals, but don’t be surprised if the Lakers sign a big star (maybe a Drummond or Aldridge) to help compete. Back to the game tonight, Boston was heating up before the All-Star Break, winning 4 straight. Marcus Smart will be a Game Time Decision, and whether he plays or not, the Nets should be able to simply outscore Boston on offense.

One of my NBA Picks for this game is Over 234 Points, also Nets -3.

Atlanta Hawks At Toronto Raptors 7:30PM ET

The Raptors will be without Malachi Flynn, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Patrick McCaw, and OG Anuoby due to Health and Safety Protocols.

First of all, the Spread is at -3 right now for the Hawks. Why? I don’t know, but that is a big play that needs to happen tonight, Clint Capela should be available but even if he isn’t, this Hawks team should smoke the Raptors even with Coach Nick Nurse back. Expect big games from Norman Powell and Kyle Lowry.

Hammer Hawks -3, or take them MoneyLine -140.

Orlando Magic At Miami Heat 8:00PM ET

The Magic will have 6 players Out with injury tonight, all starters or rotational players. Nikola Vucevic should be set up for a good night against the Heat without Bam Adebayo. Not much else to say other than that the Magic will simply be outmatched tonight.

Terrence Ross is OUT as well.

The Heat are favorited heavily at -245, so I’m going with the Heat -6.5 to cover. I lean Over 214.5 but don’t love it.

Minnesota Timberwolves At New Orleans Pelicans 8:00PM ET

Minnesota is coming into this game on a 9 game losing streak. They will be without Russell still, Malik Beasley is still suspended and Jarrett Culver is Doubtful. The Wolves are just awful right now and Anthony Edwards has been the only positive for this organization since Kevin Garnett almost bought them. The Pelicans will be healthy and only without JJ Redick.

Pelicans -8 is a lock. My favorite NBA Picks of the night.

New York Knicks At Milwaukee Bucks 8:00PM ET

Bucks +11 is tough. Any double digit spread in the NBA is hard to back. New York was 4-1 prior to the break while the Bucks had won 6 of their last 7. The Knicks will be without Rose, so we will most likely see Frank Ntilikina and Immanuel Quickley run the backcourt. The Knicks are 7-3 in their last 10 ATS while the Bucks are 4-6. They should be ale to keep it close tonight with their top tier defense and a solid night from Julius Randle.

Knicks +10.5 is what I’m rocking with tonight, Bucks will win this game but -650 is not even worth it.

Philadelphia 76ers At Chicago Bulls 8:00PM ET

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will miss the game due to Health and Safety Protocols. Lauri Markkanen is probable.

Bulls MoneyLine is my play here, even though they have a shaky home record, they have their All-Star and Philly doesn’t have either. Philly is 1-5 without Embiid and I don’t see how they can pull this game out.

Dallas Mavericks At Oklahoma City Thunder 9:00PM ET

The Mavericks will not have Luka Doncic OR Kristaps Porzingis on the road tonight. SGA was balling prior to the break, coming off of a 33 point performance. I like the Thunder +6.5, I also lean Thunder MoneyLine.

Golden State Warriors At Los Angeles Clippers 10:00PM ET

I lean Clippers -7, they were one of the teams in dire need of All-Star Break and I expect them to come out hot at home.

Phoenix Suns At Portland Trailblazers 10PM ET

PASS

Houston Rockets At Sacramento Kings

Lean Kings MoneyLine.

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