Free NBA Picks for February 13th, 2018

9-6-1 over the past 6 days. 2 tonight.

Rockets -2.5 vs the Minnesota Timberwolves

Brooklyn Nets v Houston Rockets

The Rockets are 9-1 the last 10, the T-Wolves are 4-6. The Rockets have been on fire providing constant production between Chris Paul and James Harden. Gerald Green has been the spark plug that has kept the Rockets offense clicking when CP3 and Harden leave the court. The Rockets have heavy bench talent which provides the one up against many teams that don’t have a great bench.

The T-wolves are a great team, but the Rockets have been absolutely filthy. The T-Wolves have their best opportunity to take them down considering they are home.

The T-Wolves are 23-6 at home, going against the Rockets who are 20-7 on the road this season. The first meeting between these 2, the Rockets won by 18 at home. It should be way closer tonight, unless the Rockets get on a roll that not even Minnesota can stop. Take the spread, the value behind it is great considering the Rockets are 13-2 the last 15 games.

Bucks -7.5 vs the Atlanta Hawks


The Bucks are 8-2 the last 10. The Bucks have been red hot since dropping head coach Jason Kidd. The Hawks are coming off a come from behind W over the Magic where the Hawks seemed to piece it together in the last few minutes.

The Hawks are 4-6 the last 10.

The Bucks are expected to get back Jabari Parker.

Tonight the Bucks should destroy the Hawks. I can see this going the Bucks way the entire game. The Hawks won’t trail by more than 8 maybe until halftime. Then I can see the Greek “Freak” take over, dismantling the injury riddled Hawks team.

Go for the points, take the Bucks,. I say they win by 9 or 10.


NHL picks


Vancouver Canucks(2-3-1) vs Buffalo Sabres(1-4-2)

The Canucks dropped a tough one last night to the struggling Bruins, as they go back to back on the road, Vancouver will be challenged vs a hungry Buffalo team. Buffalo themselves are coming off two days rest after dropping one to Vegas in overtime Tuesday night. Buffalo has struggled out the gate but vs a tired Vancouver may be the chance to get the ball rolling on Buffalo’s hopeful start to the season. The offense has been led by Evander Kane and James Pominville for the Sabres right now. The bright spot about the Sabres 1-4-2 start is that the newly acquired Pominville is finding his beat on the Sabres. This will be either a blow out in the Sabres favor just an offense waiting to explode or a close game. Sabres, 4-2.

San Jose Sharks(2-3-0) vs New Jersey Devils(6-1-0)  

It really irks me to say this as I am not opposed to the Devils success but they continue to surprise us all. With production coming from all over the place the Devils have not relied on one or two guys to score as they all are chipping in. The Sharks have looked pretty terrible in some games this season and with Brent Burns off to an astronomical slow start, the Sharks are suffering. But in a back to back for the Devils after playing an overtime game vs Ottawa in Ottawa to travel back to New Jersey for a quick turn around will be a challenge. San Jose is coming off two days rest, fresh legs could bury this Devils team. Sharks tonight, hate to say it but that travel and back to back is tough and does not look favorable. Shark, 3-2.

Washington Capitals(3-3-1) vs Detroit Red Wings(4-3-0)

By all means, if the Capitals are the less favored team, smash that plus. Anyways, Detroit’s hopeful start is coming to an end real soon as in they will be 4-4 after tonight pointing some fingers at the defense after tonight. The Capitals dropped a tough on vs Toronto for an offense that is one of the most highly scored offenses in the league to get held to zero goals leaves pain scars in the Capitals mind. The Capitals are well rested and ready to go tonight, Alex Ovechkin hasn’t tallied a goal in three games so we can assure he’ll be on the board tonight. Capitals, 4-1.

Pittsburgh Penguins(4-2-1) vs Florida Panthers(2-3-0)

These two team almost a week from today, where the Panthers dropped a close one 4-3. Well, the question is brought up to us again, will the Penguins beat the Panthers. Where one team is coming off a win and another a tough loss, the Penguins will be victorious again. Will get to see Matt Murray and Roberto Luongo in net for this matchup and the PEnguins have Ian Cole back as well. It’s tough to not go with Pittsburgh after looking at their offense and power play. In a game where there will be slashing and penalties called, Penguins have the upper hand there. Penguins, 3-2.

Minnesota Wild(1-1-2) vs Winnipeg Jets(3-3-0)

The Wild are HURTING, after losing two top three forwards they are going to feel effects of that loss for months now. This is not the best time to get the Wild going and run with them, as the Jets are on home ice coming off a loss. The Jets need to find some consistency and balance in their game, and it may be a good test vs a still good team and goaltender. With the Jets and Winnipeg fans hungry for a win, I cannot go against the home team here. Winnipeg, 4-2.

Montreal Canadiens(1-5-1) vs Anaheim Ducks(2-3-1)

Sorry, Montreal but this will not be a night to get back in the win column. So far this year Montreal has scored eleven goals in seven games. The Canadiens have not won since the first game of the season October 5th vs Buffalo so it has been fifteen days without a win. Closing up their West Coast trip after dropping two games already will be a real barn burner for Montreal fans to see another loss tonight. This is a game where John Gibson gets some confidence and gets the wheels back on the track he has not looked amazing this year and versus a struggling offense is a perfect game to gain some traction for Gibson. As well the Ducks offense has not been lights out this could be an ugly one for the Canadiens. The bright spot though the Canadiens have moved Alex Galy Chunk to the first line with Jonathan Drouin and Max Pacioretty! Finally, only two years too late! Ducks, 4-1.



Columbus Blue Jackets(3-1-0) vs Minnesota Wild(1-1-1)

Jackets coming off a home win against the Rangers last night and now are right back at it today. The Wild have recently been banged up with injuries to some key players such as Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter. The Wild are off to a very average start, something they would like to change while the Blue Jackets are ready to keep things rolling. Blue Jackets, 4-1.

Nashville Predators(2-2-0) vs Chicago Blackhawks(3-1-1)

Hawks vs Preds is always a good matchup to watch for the everyday fan. Both teams off to a good start to the season and showing a lot of promise for the rest of the season. As much as I like Forsberg and the Preds, the Madhouse on Madison will be rocking tonight as the Blackhawks will take tonight’s matchup, Blackhawks, 3-2.  

Boston Bruins(1-2-0) vs Arizona Coyotes(0-3-1)

The Bruins go to the desert to face the Coyotes. The Coyotes have lost their last two to the high flying Golden Knights who were getting out their early jitters as the newest NHL team. The Bruins do not look like the playoff team they were last year. It is too early to tell but the start to the season is not in their favor. Coyotes, 3-2. 

Calgary Flames(3-2-0) vs Vancouver Canucks(1-1-1)

Calgary goes into Vancouver tonight as a battle in western Canada ensues. The Canucks have not shown anything special in terms of skill and ability to compete, tonight is a good test against a mixed aged group of players. The Flames have shown signs of promise with the ability to bury the puck. Flames, 4-1. 

Ottawa Senators(2-0-2) @ Oilers(1-2-0)

The Senators are coming off a big win last night in Calgary pumping them 6-0. The Senators looked great but the question of the night is, can they do it again with a back to back schedule, not in their favor facing Connor McDavid and the fast pace Oilers. Oilers, 3-2. 

Buffalo Sabres(0-3-1) vs Los Angeles Kings(2-0-1)

the Buffalo Sabres are still grinding away at their California road trip as they play the Kings tonight. The Sabres lost to the Sharks in their first game in Cali falling 3-2. Jack Eichel came out to the media saying that he is tired of losing. This is Eichel sparking the young squad, however, they have a big test tonight against Jonathan Quick. Sabres, 4-2. 

New York Islanders(1-2-1) vs San Jose Sharks(1-2-0)

Back at the Shark Tank, the Sharks look to take on the Islanders tonight. The Sharks need to keep putting the puck in the net with limiting their trips to the box in order for success. The Islanders need all four lines up front to contribute in order for them to have success. Sharks take it at home tonight. Sharks, 2-1.