With the 2017-18 NBA regular season moving further into the new year and teams in both conference looking to put the pedal to the metal as the annual all-star break approaches, it’s time for another round of expert NBA picks.
NBA Expert Picks Jan 8-14th
I’ve got a trio of picks that all look like virtual locks from my perspective. Now, let’s find out where the value in this week’s NBA schedule lies!
L.A. Clippers (17-21) at Golden State (32-8)
When: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 9:30 PM ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Analysis: The Clippers hit the new week having gone 4-6 over their last 10 while losing two straight games including a 121-105 ass-whipping against the Warriors on Saturday as Steph Curry scored 45 points in just three-quarters of action. The Dubs have won eight of their last 10 and four straight heading into the new week. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers can talk all the junk he wants about “having 90 points of offense sitting in street clothes” but the fact of the matter is that the warriors completely own the Clippers and everyone knows it! If you can get the warriors at less than a dozen point favorite, I say, go for it. Curry and the Warriors will beat the Clippers by 15 in this one!
Pick: Warriors 120 Clippers 105
Boston (33-10) at Philadelphia (19-19)
When: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM ET
Where: Wells Fargo Arena, Philadelphia, PA
Analysis: The Sixers have gone 5-5 over their last 10 games, but they hit the new week riding the wave of an impressive four-game winning streak that includes a win over the Spurs on Wednesday and a 114-78 beatdown of the Pistons on Friday night. Unfortunately, for the Sixers, they’re going to be taking on a Boston Celtics team that has won seven of their last 10, including six straight heading into the new week with wins over the Rockets and Cavaliers included in the streak. While Philly is well on its way back to respectability with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons leading the way, clearly Boston is a bit further along as far as being an elite title contender. Boston has beaten Philadelphia in both meetings this season with each win coming by at least eight points. The C’s are on the road in this one, but I’m expecting them to extend their winning ways against the rebuilding Sixers, although I’m thinking this one could end in a fantastic finish!
Pick: Celtics 104 Sixers 101
Cleveland (26-13) at Indiana (20-19)
When: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM ET
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Analysis: The Cavaliers are a modest 5-5 over their last 10 games, but they hit the new week coming off a 131-127 win over Orlando on Saturday night as Isaiah Thomas played his second game of the season. Indiana has gone 4-6 over its last 10 and enters the new week coming off a 125-86 spanking of the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. Believe it or not, the Pacers have won both regular-season meetings against the Cavaliers, but I’m thinking the Cavs know that and they’re going to go all out to get the win in this one. Cleveland is averaging almost 20 points per game more than they were before Thomas was in the lineup and it is that kind of offensive explosiveness that will carry them to the road win in this matchup, not that it’s going to help them dethrone the Warriors if they meet again in the NBA Finals.
Pick: Cavaliers 116 Pacers 109