Betting the Buckets: MLK Day NBA Picks
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The early game odds show that the Pistons are small favorites (-3) over the Hornets. The Thunder are dropping double digits (-11.5) to the Sacramento Kings and the Brooklyn Nets are small home favorites (-1.5) over the New York Knicks. The most surprising line could be the Golden State Warriors listed as (-4.5) road favorites over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. We have a complete breakdown of that game with predictions and a pick against the spread here. With that game covered, let’s look at the rest of the MLK Day NBA Picks.
Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls
The Heat is going to be in a world of hurt in this game. They are playing in a back to back spot after beating the Milwaukee Bucks. They now have a quick turnaround to play in Chicago in a game that has an early start which means they lose an hour. The Bulls are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Heat are exhausted and the Bulls get the win.
LA Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies
The Lakers are the hot team as they have covered the last four games in a row against the spread, but they are not really that good. The Grizzlies are nothing to write home about either but they are at home. The Grizzlies beat the Lakers at home by ten and had four players in double digits. The Lakers are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 road games against a team with a losing home record. Meanwhile the Grizzlies are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. Grizzlies pull away in the 4th quarter and get the win at home.
Houston Rockets at LA Clippers
This is going to be a good one as Chris Paul will face his former club. Houston won the first meeting by ten points so the Clippers will be looking for vengeance in this MLK Day nightcap. The difference in this game is that the Clippers have Lou Williams who is one of the hottest players in the league. They are also 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 games which includes a 7-3 ATS record in the last 10 home games. Forget the points; the Clippers are going to win this game.