Free NBA Picks for January 25th, 2018

Last nights card we saw the Sixers win outright covering the spread by more than 5 points. We also saw the Pelicans not needing the spread, winning outright by 5. A nice little comeback from a series of bad beats.

We also saw the Celts do their thing over the Clips, not needing the +1.0 considering they beat them by 11.

Thunder -5.0 vs. the Washington Wizards

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The Thunder have been on a nice 7 game winning streak since figuring out the chemistry needed to take it to the next level. The Wizards are average on the road, but if the Thunder push it against the Wizards, the should be able to sustain their winning streak by winning at home, where they are 17-7 this year.

John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Marcin Gortat will have to bring their top class performance if they want to outpace the core 3 of the Thunder. The Wizards have their best chance to top the Thunder considering the winning streak, calling question to the factors of durability and fatigue for the Thunder.

Nuggets -5.5 vs. the New York Knicks

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The Denver Nuggets at home have also been a force to deal with. The Nuggets are 17-6 at home with stars Nikola Jokic who is averaging a double-double per game; putting up 16.2 PPG and 10.4 RPG. For the Knicks, I expect Kristaps Porzingis (Knee) to return tonight to the lineup.

Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 23.3 PPG and has taken up the main scoring role for the Knicks. Porzingis is only averaging 6.7 RPG, which could easily be outmatched by Jokic which is why I like this matchup.

Jamal Murray has also been a key factor for the Nuggets, dropping 30+ for the Nuggets the past 2 games. The Knicks are also 6-18 on the road this year, another consideration to factor in.

Both teams have been struggling as of late as Denver comes in 4-6 the past 10 games, followed by the Knicks coming into the matchup 3-7 the last 10.

Safe to say the Nuggets should be able to cover, if you take points off or not. Barring an epic NYK comeback.

 

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