With the 2017-18 NBA regular season steamrolling to a fast and furious finish in both conferences, now is a perfect time for some more expert NBA picks of the week. Six sure-fire playoff participants will take to the court this coming week in three separate matchups that all have the look of intriguing affairs just waiting to happen!
NBA Expert Picks March 5th-11th
Houston (49-13) at Oklahoma City (37-28)
When: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 7:00 PM
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
James Harden and the Houston Rockets have won 15 straight games heading into this contest including their thrilling 123-120 win over Boston in Saturday’s nationally-televised matchup of top title favorites. Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder had their three-game winning streak halted in their 108-100 road loss to Portland on Saturday to fall to 3-2 over their last five games.
The Thunder might be playing at home in this contest, but they certainly aren’t the pick to snap Houston’s winning ways. Oklahoma City is just 7-8 over their last 15 games while suffering losses to mediocre teams like the Lakers (twice), Pelicans and Nuggets along the way.
Oklahoma City has yet to figure out how to play together while Houston looks like a more than legitimate threat to dethrone the Golden State Warriors as champions. Houston has a better road record (24-7) than Oklahoma City does at home (21-10) and will get the solid victory in this Tuesday night affair despite being away from the comfy confines of home!
Pick: Houston 117 Oklahoma City 108
Boston (44-20) at Minnesota (38-28)
When: Thursday, March 8, 2018 7:00 PM
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Boston saw its four-game winning streak come to a halt in their 123-120 road loss against Houston in their nationally-televised matchup on Saturday. Minnesota had lost two in a row heading into the new week, including their 116-108 defeat at Utah on Friday. The C’s may have suffered a crushing loss on Saturday, but Boston is the easy pick to get the road win against Minnesota in this contest for several reasons.
First, the C’s are the far better defensive team in this matchup and they’ll have the best player on the floor in point guard Kyrie Irving. Boston also plays a far more cohesive brand of basketball than the T-Wolves who don’t get a whole lot from their bench. With Jimmy Butler out of the lineup after undergoing meniscus surgery last week, this one is a virtual lock. Boston wins by at least a half-dozen points.
Pick: Boston 112 Minnesota 105
San Antonio (36-27) at Golden State (49-14)
When: Thursday, March 8, 2018 7:30 PM
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
The Spurs have lost two in a row heading into the new week including their 116-112 loss to the Lakers on Saturday night. San Antonio has lost four straight at home for the first time since 2002. While the Spurs are struggling, Golden State is finding its stride right about now as they ride a five-game winning streak into the new week that includes a 114-109 road win over Atlanta on Friday night despite the fact that Draymond Green sat out and Steph Curry had to overcome an ankle tweak in the contest.
The Dubs have won eight of their last nine and are extremely focused on playing their best basketball of the season prior to the playoffs as they await what looks like a stiff challenge from Houston in the Western Conference. Golden State will win at home against a Spurs team that is banged-up and not nearly as good we’ve come to expect out of the perennial title contenders.
Pick: Golden State 112 San Antonio 98