Top NBA Picks and Predictions for Feb. 14 (Why You Should Bet Thunder, Spurs, Kings and Warriors)

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey. / Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Looking to bet on the NBA on Monday, Feb. 14?

The BetSided team has you covered with our top predictions and picks for the loaded nine-game slate on Valentine's Day.

Editor Peter Dewey and writer Matt De Saro broke down their predictions for each of the games in tonight's slate to help you find some betting value in The Association.

Let's get into all of the picks, with odds via WynnBET Sportsbook.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks Prediction and Pick

There is no way that I can back the Knicks as eight-point favorites on Monday

New York is coming off a brutal loss on Saturday, blowing a 20-point second half lead and a 15-point fourth quarter lead to the tanking Blazers. 

Oklahoma City is the second best team in the NBA, going 34-19-3 against the spread this season and 19-10 ATS as a road underdog. Honestly, this is a game OKC may win outright. 

The Knicks have been an absolute abomination on offense, especially late in games, and that should help OKC stay in this game even though it has the worst offensive rating in the NBA.

RJ Barrett won’t play again for the Knicks with an ankle injury, and Mitchell Robinson, Cam Reddish and Nerlens Noel are listed as questionable. The Knicks simply aren’t good enough to trust as heavy favorites while they deal with injuries. 

Lean: Thunder +8 (-110) -- Peter Dewey

Find Peter Dewey’s full betting record in the NBA this season here.

Detroit Pistons vs. Washington Wizards Prediction and Pick

Despite the Wizards playing shorthanded for the time being, they are still four-point favorites over a very bad Pistons team.

Detroit enters Monday on a seven-game losing streak and is 3-12 overall in its last 15 games. This is due to a complete lack of offense over the last few weeks and desperately need a spark to get on track.

Detroit is averaging just 102.5 points per game and has the 29th ranked offense in terms of efficiency. The Pistons do rebound well but those don't count for points, and Detroit needs to figure out their scoring issues ASAP. One bright spot on this team lately has been Saddiq Bey who is averaging 15.7 PPG and 5.7 RPG. If he has a good game, the Pistons have a chance to pull off an upset here. 

The Pistons have a chance because, no matter how bad they are, the Wizards are only just a little bit better. Their offense ranks 22nd in efficiency and is now playing without their most talented offensive threat. 

As much as I want to bet against the Wizards here, the Pistons aren’t the team to do it with. They have nobody that can reliably guard Kyle Kuzma with the 26th ranked defense in efficiency. There have been too many bad passes, shots, and games in their recent time on the court, and are impossible to reasonably trust in this game. 

Lean: Wizards -4 (-110) -- Matt De Saro

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Sacramento Kings vs. Brooklyn Nets Prediction and Pick

This is the second time that these two teams will face off against each other this month with the Kings taking the first game 112-101 on Feb. 2. It would mark the last time that Harden suited up for the Nets.

He was held to four points and reportedly asked for a trade before leaving the arena that night. 

Now, without Harden and with Kevin Durant out for the last 14 games, it will be interesting to see if Drummond, Curry, and eventually Simmons will be able to step up and contribute.

However, the Kings didn't get Sabonis for free and had to trade away Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield to get him. This is important because both Haliburton and Hield played a major part in the Kings' win over the Nets last time out. And Sabonis isn’t the only new face in Sacramento. The Kings also added Donte Divincenzo, Trey Lyles, and Josh Jackson in the past week. So far things have been going well with a 4-2 record in their last six games.

Frankly, the Kings are playing too well right now for me to fade them against the Nets. Harrison Barnes and De'Aaron Fox round out what is looking like a very potent starting five. Barnes is coming off games against Wizards and Timberwolves where he combined for 57 points. I like the new look of this Kings team and will be riding them as long as they are hot.

Pick: Sacramento Kings -4.5 -- Matt De Saro

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers Prediction and Pick

This is the ultimate buy-low spot on the Warriors after they had a tough couple of games last week. 

The Clippers just lost Norman Powell to a broken bone in his foot, and he was supposed to help fix the team’s No. 26 offense when he was acquired prior to the trade deadline. Now, we’re going to get all the Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris we can handle for Los Angeles. 

That’s uninspiring against the Warriors’ No. 1 defense, and it’s worth noting that the Clippers have nearly fallen out of the top-10 in defensive rating with their struggles lately. 

Golden State is just 6-6-2 against the spread as a road favorite, but this number is a little too low for me to pass up. 

With Thompson and Steph Curry both playing well as of late, the Warriors could begin another big winning streak tonight. 

Lean: Warriors -6 (-110) -- Peter Dewey

San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls Prediction and Pick

The Bulls have been one of the best teams in the NBA against the spread as a home favorite this season, going 15-7 ATS in 22 games. 

On the other hand, the Spurs are one of the best teams against the spread as a road underdog, going 14-9 ATS through 23 games. 

Essentially, something has to give in terms of the trends tonight. 

With LaVine out, I think we are getting some value on San Antonio even though it traded away Derrick White at the deadline. The Spurs still received Josh Richardson, who is having a great year, and they have opened up more playing time for youngsters Devin Vassell and Josh Primo. 

Dejounte Murray has been absolutely fantastic this season, and it should be a fun showdown between him and DeMar DeRozan on Monday. That being said, I don’t think I can trust the Bulls to cover with LaVine, Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball all out of the lineup. 

Chicago has fallen to 19th in the league in defensive rating, and that’s going to be tough to overcome against a Spurs team that is fifth in the league in pace. 

Lean: Spurs +5.5 (-110) -- Peter Dewey