The 2017-18 NBA season is hitting the midway point with the All-Star weekend tipping off late this week. Use my expert NBA betting picks of the week if you want to boost you NBA betting bankroll before the All-Star break.
The Clippers head to Boston on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Can the new look Clippers beat the Celtics? Also on Wednesday, Golden State battles Portland in Oregon. Can the Blazers hold off the Warriors? Thursday’s game has the L.A. Lakers headed to Minnesota to fight the T’Wolves. Who wins in a battle between two of the youngest teams in the NBA?
Expert NBA Picks Feb 12-18
L.A. Clippers at Boston
When: Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
Analysis: The Clippers traded their best player, Blake Griffin, for Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley. Tobias Harris might turn out to be an awfully smart acquisition for the suddenly steady Clippers’ franchise.
L.A. has a solid if not spectacular team. The Clipps already play well together. One of the things to notice about the matchup against Boston is that LAC’s frontcourt should match up well with the Celtics’ frontcourt. It’s going to be hard for Boston to pull away from the Clippers in this game.
LAC’s got a shot at the money line upset.
Pick: L.A. Clippers
Golden State at Portland
When: Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Moda Center, Portland, OR
Analysis: The last time Golden State battled Portland, they beat them 111 to 104. Golden State is only 13 and 15 against the spread on the road, though. Could the Warriors get into some trouble ATS on Wednesday, Feb. 14?
I believe they will. Portland’s got good enough guards to keep this one close. The Blazers won’t get sucked into playing Golden State’s up and down game. Plus, Damian Lillard is as good of a point-guard as there is in the NBA.
I think Portland could pull off the money line upset.
L.A. Lakers at Minnesota
When: Thursday, Feb. 15 at 9:00 pm ET
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Analysis: This battle is between two of the younger teams in the NBA. The Lakers are all about this off-season. They traded away a bunch of players to free up tens of millions of dollars in cap space.
With LeBron, or Paul George, the Lakers could become good overnight. Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, and Lorenzo Ball make up a great nucleus. The Lakers could be right back into championship contention if they were to sign LeBron.
If they were to sign George, it might take a season. However, neither LeBron nor PG13 will be in a Laker uniform on Thursday, Feb. 15. I think Minnesota rolls.