NBA Picks 2/21/12

NBA Picks 2/21/12

New Orleans Hornets +10.5 (7-24, 14-17 ATS) at Indiana Pacers (19-12 SU, 14-17 ATS) 7:00 EDT

The Hornets head to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take resurgent Indiana Pacers, as both teams have played much better as of late. The Hornets have won 3 out of their last 4 games, with their lone loss coming at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder last night. The Pacers broke out of a season long five game losing streak and have rattled off two consecutive wins, the latest being a Sunday thrashing off the Charlotte Bobcats 108-73.

The Pacers have been very good at home this year and their struggles have seemed to disappear after facing off against the lowly Bobcats and Nets. With Roy Hibbert leading the charge with 18 points and 14 rebounds, the Pacers look to be back to their winning ways. Granger and West also chipped in 14 points each in the victory.

New Orleans has been playing extremely great lately for their standards, with wins against the Knicks and Jazz within the past week, NO is playing much better .While their starters have been sporadic and inconsistent, the team has a whole has gelled. Defensively, they have held opponents to under 90 points in 3 of their last 4 games.

I like the Hornets to cover in this spot, they can score the ball when they work together as a team and the Pacers have not been great on their home floor ATS, with a 5-8 record at home. New Orleans is not getting the respect they deserve by the oddsmakers, they have impressed lately and covered four straight games.

The Pick: New Orleans Hornets +10.5 at BetOnline

San Antonio Spurs (23-9 SU, 19-12-1 ATS) at Portland Trailblazers -3.5 (17-16 SU, 17-15-1 ATS) 10:00 EDT

The Spurs head to Portland to face the Blazers at the Rose Garden, in what could be a preview of a first round playoff matchup. The Spurs have been the hottest team in the NBA as of late, as they go for a 12th straight victory. They’ll have to go through Portland first though, a place where they’ve lost six straight on the road.

The Lakers started the game off last night on a 37-7 run to start the game, but Portland still played hard though and made the game interesting in the 2nd half. Nick Batum dropped 18 points along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists. He has been absolutely unbelievable lately and many have wondered why he has not broken into the starting lineup sooner.

The Spurs continued to dominate last night as well, with a 106-102 win at Utah. Tony Parker led the way with 23 points and 11 assists, along with Tim Duncan who scored 20 and had 7 rebounds.

I love the Blazers in this spot, even though the Spurs are on huge win streak, they are older and injured. Playing back to backs is much tougher on the Spurs, than it is for this young Blazers team. Splitter and Ginobili are injured which really hurts the Spurs depth at guard and center. Batum, Aldridge, and Wallace should be able to wear down Duncan and take care of the Spurs at home tonight.

The Pick: Portland Trailblazers -3.5 at BetOnline

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