Today's Free Picks for
Posted at 12:00 PM EST odds are subject to change.
Dallas -7 over New Orleans
8:10 PM EST. We faded the Mavericks in their last game, as they had been riding a seven game winning streak that was built on feasting on the fat with weak wins over the Rockets (x3), Spurs, Knicks, Lakers and Timberwolves. With the mighty Celtics coming to town, it looked like the perfect spot to step in and back the short-priced C’s. The Mavericks would get waffled in that game, 124-95. What happens after an embarrassing blowout loss, at home, no less, is usually a strong response. Situationally speaking, the Mavs could not have hand-picked a more ripe opponent to whack.
Tonight will be the Pelicans 6th contest since their game v the 76ers on Friday, December 30th. They would subsequently play on New Year’s Eve at Memphis followed by games throughout the week at Philadelphia, then at home to Houston and Brooklyn. This will be New Orleans’ sixth game in eight nights, fourth game in six nights, third game in four nights and tail-end of back-to-backs. They also have to travel to Dallas after running on fumes in the second half last night v Brooklyn. The ‘Cans had a 15-point first half lead, but faded in the second half with just 38 points in the final 24 minutes, including 17 in the fourth quarter. If they had nothing in the tank in the second half last night, chances are strong they’ll have less here.
Dallas -7 -109 (Risking 2.18 units - To Win: 2.00)