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Miami Heat (-13.5) vs. Phoenix Suns (+13.5)
Good lord this spread is monstrous. Had the Suns been getting 14 points against the Chris Bosh-less Heat even two weeks ago, the smart play would have been to jump on them. Except this isn’t two weeks ago, and the Heat are rolling. Erik Spoelstra’s decision to bring Hassan Whiteside off the bench has been a stroke of defense, and the team’s offense resembles something half-scary now that it’s pushing the pace and straying away from unnecessarily time-consuming half-court sets. It helps, too, that the Suns are flat-out terrible. Injuries have hit their roster hard, and what remains is the shell of the shell of the shell of the team they were supposed to be. That’s a lot of shells, which is why the Suns are going to lose by a lot of points.
The Pick: Heat (-14)
New Orleans Pelicans (+8.5) vs. San Antonio Spurs (-8.5)
Something has recently gotten into the Pelicans. Something good. They lost to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night but did so after blowing a lead. That they had a lead at all is encouraging, and they’ve proven to be a tough beat at home. Just ask the Oklahoma City Thunder of one week ago. The Spurs may end up resting some of their key players after beating up on the Detroit Pistons just 24 hours ago, and that’s justified cause to second guess any investments in them. But do yourself a favor: Don’t second guess your investments in them.
The Pick: Spurs (-8.5)
Dallas Mavericks (-7) vs. Sacramento Kings (+7)
It’s advice as old as time: Never, ever trust the Kings. They just lost to the shorthanded Grizzlies at home, and the Mavericks aren’t going to be doing them any favors. Chandler Parsons and Wesley Matthews are playing their best basketball since arriving in Dallas, and head coach Rick Carlisle’s offense is finally being executed with a semblance of consistency. The Mavericks’ defense will have a tough time keeping pace with the Kings’ frantically run offense, but Sacramento does a lot of the dirty work on its own, self-sabotaging open looks and complementing breakneck speed with inexcusable sloppiness.
The Pick: Mavericks (-7)
Golden State Warriors (-8) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (+8)
The Warriors haven’t lost at home in roughly one billion years, and at least one of Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala, if not both, should be suiting up for this primetime matchup. None of which is good news for the Thunder. They’ve already played the Warriors tightly twice only to see the game slip out of reach either toward the end of regulation or in overtime. They’re also working off a disastrous Wednesday night outing against the Los Angeles Clippers. They were up by as many as 22 points, including 17 points in the fourth quarter, and imploded down the stretch, not unlike their demise in the previous matchup against Golden State. Take the Warriors with confidence knowing that, while this line could be close, there’s a strong chance the reigning champs make quick work of the war-worn Thunder.
The Pick: Warriors (-8)More articles...