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NBA Day Eight Picks

Editors Note: The Lakers went from -1.5 to +3.5 with the announcement that LeBron James wouldn’t play

Today’s picks

New Orleans Pelicans -4.5 vs Sacramento Kings

You have to get the feeling that the Pelicans are ready to take off after getting their first win. Oh yeah, letting Zion Williamson play crunch-time minutes might have something to do with that.

New Orleans -4.5

Miami Heat +9.5 vs Milwaukee Bucks

Head coach Mike Budenholzer said the starters will play their regulation rotation when they face the Heat.

The line is a little inflated because Jimmy Butler didn’t play in the last game and Goran Dragic might be out today with an injured ankle.

Milwaukee -9.5

Indiana Pacers -2.5 vs Phoenix Suns

Both teams come into the game undefeated. TJ Warren has been one of the best players in the bubble.

Not surprisingly, Devin Booker has led a Suns team that is coming off a last second win against the Los Angeles Clippers

Indiana -2.5

Los Angeles Clippers -4.5 vs Dallas Mavericks

Both teams are 1-2 so expect today’s game to have a certain sense of desperation. Neither team thought they would be in this position.

The Clippers Paul George has put up nice numbers while Luka Doncic continues to be a walking triple-double.

Los Angeles -4.5

Portland Trail Blazers -4 vs Denver Nuggets

How good has Michael Porter Jr. been? Porter is 23 of 35 from the floor including 9 of 15 from 3-point range. Denver is 2-1 without Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, and Will Barton.

The Blazers are coming off a solid win against the Houston Rockets. Portland is now within one game of eighth place Memphis.

Portland -4

Los Angeles Lakers +3.5 vs Houston Rockets

Little surprised by the line. Lets be honest, the Lakers have looked awful. There are real concerns with their offense and their defense can’t keep saving them.

Houston must find a way to rebound the ball. Yes, their lineup is small so they know they won’t necessarily win the rebounding battle but they can’t keep getting bludgeoned.

Houston -3.5

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