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NBA Hot Picks

NBA Matchups Comparison & Preview

By Dan Favale 

Washington Wizards (+1) vs. Toronto Raptors (-1)

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The Washington Wizards have been bad to start this season. Like, really bad. Bradley Beal and John Wall aren't shooting particularly well, and the defense is in shambles. 

Though they'll eventually be at least respectable on offense, thanks largely to John Wall, defense figures to be a season-long issue for these Wizards. Ian Mahinmi's return will help, but it won't solve everything. More importantly, it's not coming tonight.

The Toronto Raptors, meanwhile, look like they are on a mission. DeMar DeRozan is playing out of his mind, and Kyle Lowry started to find his touch from the floor in the team's win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday—all of which is terrible, terrible news for the Wizards.

The Pick: Toronto Raptors (-1)

Charlotte Hornets (-12.5) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (+12.5)

Facing the Philadelphia 76ers, who are playing on the tail end of a back-to-back, feels like a trap game for the Charlotte Hornets. Not in the sense that they'll lose, per se, but in the sense that they probably won't win big.

It's unclear if both Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor are a go for tonight. Both are working their way back from injuries and have been on minutes limits; they might not see action in the second night of a back-to-back. The Sixers also just flipped Jerami Grant for Ersan Ilyasova, so there will be some adjustments to make on both ends of the floor.

Still, a 12.5-point spread is a lot for a Hornets offense that won't score a ton on most nights. Bank on them winning, just don't count on a full-scale blowout.

The Pick: Philadelphia 76ers (+12.5)

New York Knicks (-1) vs. Houston Rockets (+1)

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Is it weird that the New York Knicks, they of an inconsistent offense and crappy defense, are favored over the Houston Rockets on the second night of a back-to-back?

Yes. Yes, it is. Very weird, in fact.

The Rocketes are playing their second game in as many nights as well. Their defense might even be worse than the Knicks' sorry excuse for points-prevention prowess. But that only means this game will come down to which team has the better offense–which bodes incredibly well for the Rockets.

The Pick: Houston Rockets (+1)

Atlanta Hawks (-11.5) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (+11.5)

While the Los Angeles Lakers have been surprisingly scrappy, they are also playing the second game of a back-to-back. And more than that, a team like the Atlanta Hawks is their kryptonite.

Right now, the Lakers' ability to stick with quality opponents comes down to their offense. That's a problem when facing a defense-first team—especially when that squad is the league-lording Hawks, who are thus far undefeated and hold the NBA's best defensive rating by a comically colossal margin.

Expect the Hawks to make easy work of the Lakers, much like they recently did to the Sixers.

Brooklyn Nets (+4.5) vs. Detroit Pistons (-4.5)

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You should seldom ever trust the Brooklyn Nets to cover any spread. They don't figure to win many games this season, and head coach Kenny Atkinson and general manager Sean Marks have everyone on a minutes cap. That renders their rotation unpredictable.

We do know, however, that the Nets will never want for effort. Not at home. Not when facing a Detroit Pistons team that's without starting point guard Reggie Jackson and played the night before.

Brooklyn ultimately might not win this game. Its offensive and defensive effeciency have been as unpredictable as their rotation. But unpredictable is better than unequivocally bad.

The Pick: Brooklyn Nets (+4.5)

Memphis Grizzlies (-6) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (+6)

Sure, the New Orleans Pelicans have to get their first win at some point. That point just isn't tonight.

Memphis Grizzlis head coach David Fizdale rested most of his key troops on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, presumably so he could have them available for tonight's contest with the Pelicans. Even if the Grizzlies are shorthanded, they have a puncher's chance of covering this spread. The Pelicans' entire game plan is hope Anthony Davis explodes enough to mask the deficient offensive threats around him. That's never a sound approach.

Bet on the Grizzlies unless word comes down that they'll sit everyone again.

The Pick: Memphis Grizzlies (-6)

Boston Celtics (-3.5) vs. Chicago Bulls (+3.5)

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The Boston Celtics will want revenge on the Chicago Bulls for beating them last Thursday, and chances are they're going to get it.

Chicago has the league's best offense to date, and a top-five defense to boot. But its offensive torrent isn't even close to sustainable, and Boston is a tough beat whenever it's at home.

What's more, Marcus Smart will be making his season debut for the Celtics. His defenisve versatility is going to be a problem for the Bulls, allowing the Celtics to edge them out on both sides of the hardwood.

The Pick: Boston Celtics (-3.5)

Utah Jazz (-4.5) vs. Dallas Mavericks (+4.5)

The Utah Jazz aren't even close to healthy, and it has shown early on.

Derrick Favors only just returned from a knee injury, Gordon Hayward is still out with a broken finger and Alec Burks is now down indefinitely following left ankle surgery. Many of Utah's most-used lineups have struggled to carve out enough offense as well.

Still, the Jazz are the pick here. The Dallas Mavericks are shallow, and their offense should be no match for the Jazz's defense. This game will be a slow grind, and that heavily favors Utah.

The Pick: Utah Jazz (-4.5)

Phoenix Suns (+3.5) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (-3.5)

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Unless the Phoenix Suns strike lightning in a bottle just because they're playing at home, they will lose to the Portland Trail Blazers by way more than four points. 

After all, the Blazers should be fresher than most teams finishing out a back-to-back, since the Golden State Warriors beat them so bad on Tuesday night they didn't need to waste their starters down the stretch.

The Pick: Portland Trail Blazers (-3.5) 

Oklahoma City Thunder (+7) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (-7)

Steer clear of this matchup if you can. 

The Los Angeles Clippers have more overall star power, but the Oklahoma City Thunder have a forever-hungry Russell Westbrook. And while this isn't a game the Clippers should lose, we can't expect their victory to come by much.

Cautiously place your money on the Thunder.

The Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder (+7)

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