Top NBA Picks and Predictions Today (Celtics, Suns, Pelicans All Solid Favorites to Bet)

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) guard Marcus Smart (36).
Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) guard Marcus Smart (36). / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

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Here, we're sharing a few of our favorites for the marquee matchups on tonight's slate:

Chicago Bulls vs. New Orleans Pelicans Odds, Prediction and Pick

The Bulls came up short a week ago, and they’ll do so again tonight – especially if Zion Williamson plays. Willamson sat out last night against the Grizzlies, but the Pelicans have hope he can play tonight. 

Chicago has truly struggled over the last week. They are 23rd in net rating in the last five games, and have gone 1-4 SU in that span. 

Four of the Bulls’ six wins have come against teams under .500. They haven’t been able to compete with the top teams in the league – or even competent ones – and that won’t change tonight. 

With the myriad of scoring options the Pelicans have, I don’t see the Bulls keeping up with them. New Orleans has the eighth-best net rating in the league. Even if Williamson is out tonight, trust the Pels’ offense and back them. 

Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns Odds, Prediction and Pick

The Warriors’ supporting cast has been a huge concern, with Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole and others getting out to shaky starts this season. 

Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and James Wiseman have struggled to carve out consistent roles in the rotation, which has left the Warriors in a tough spot when it comes to trusting their bench. 

They’ve been horrible when Steph Curry is on the bench, which is a major concern against the top teams in the West. 

The Suns also held Curry to a season-low 21 points in the first matchup between these two teams this season. 

If Paul misses this game, it feels like a steal that Golden State is an underdog, but I’m not sold on trusting this team on the road. The Warriors are 1-6 ATS on the road, losing by an average of -10.6 points in those games. 

I’ll lean with Phoenix to win this game, but this may be a stay away until we know Paul’s status. 

Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks Odds, Prediction and Pick

Even though Boston’s defense has taken a step back so far this season without Robert Williams III, the Celtics are still third in the NBA because of their elite offensive attack. 

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have led the way, and Boston may get Malcolm Brogdon (questionable) back in the lineup for this game. 

Even though Atlanta is the No. 3 seed in the East at the moment, the team is 13th in the league in net rating, ranking 13th in offense and 10th in defense this season. 

If Marcus Smart (questionable) is good to go for Boston, I think it has a major advantage here. The Celtics are going to be a tough cover for the Hawks, especially if they go small and play Clint Capela and Onyeka Okongwu off the floor. 

Trae Young and Dejounte Murray may be able to keep up with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, but Boston’s offense is humming right now as a whole, putting up 117 or more points in six of the seven games on this win streak. 

The Celtics erased a double-digit deficit against Oklahoma City on Monday in a matter of minutes, and I think they play with a little more sense of urgency against another Eastern Conference contender. 

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