Our free NBA picks are out for Thursday, February 10th, 2022! Make sure you check our NBA picks before the action kicks off.
Look below to find our free NBA picks for the best five games on today’s schedule!
Memphis Grizzlies @ Detroit Pistons – 7pm ET
The Memphis Grizzlies kick off a three game road trip on Thursday night when they travel to Detroit and take on the Pistons. The Grizzlies are currently on a three game winning streak, and have won six of their last seven games. The Pistons are currently on a five game losing streak, and this takes their season record to 12-42.
The Grizzlies own the third best record in the NBA and have turned into an offensive juggernaut of late, averaging 120 points their past 7 games. Their 38-18 record is better than any team in the Eastern Conference. Now they get a matchup against one of the league’s worst teams as they’ll look to keep the hot streak going. They’ve won 3 straight and six of the past seven after completing the four-game season sweep of the Clippers on Tuesday with a 135-109 win. Ja Morant led the way like always, dropping another casual 30 points in just 26 minutes. That was his ninth 30 point game in the past ten as he continues to build his case for MVP.
The Pistons are in the midst of a five game losing streak after losing by 30 to the Mavericks on Tuesday. They watched Dallas shoot 50.6% from the field and make half of their 36 three point attempts. Meanwhile they only made 5 of their 30 attempts from range and only 37.9% overall from the field. Losers of nine of the past ten, they will hope to get their first overall pick, Cade Cunningham back from his hip pointer as he is still listed day-to-day. This is going to be a tough game for the Pistons to be competitive in and I expect the Grizzlies to continue rolling offensively in this one. Detroit will have no answer for Ja and if his scoring prop is once again set around 27.5 that’s a great bet to take. Another great bet is Memphis to cover the 10 point spread, as they will cruise over this scrappy but still rebuilding Detroit team.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Memphis Grizzlies -10 (-110)
On Tuesday Memphis cruised to their third straight win and their second consecutive game of scoring 135 points. In their 135-109 blowout win against potential playoff hopefuls the Los Angeles Clippers, the Grizzlies got 30 points from All-Star Ja Morant and even though their second-leading scorer Desmond Bane only collected five points, the team got big help from the likes of Jaren Jackson Jr. (26 points), Brandon Clarke (18 points), and three others who scored in double digits. It just shows how much depth this young team has and how they’re forming something incredibly special in the “Bluff City”. On Thursday, they should have a chance to score 135 again as they face the 12-42 Detroit Pistons.
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) February 9, 2022
While Detroit has seen some flashes of greatness from their young core that includes first overall pick Cade Cunningham and former first-rounder Saddiq Bey, they’re still quite a ways away from being able to compete. They’ve dropped five games in a row and things won’t get easier for them on Thursday against one of the NBA’s best, the Memphis Grizzlies. In the end, the Grizzlies are one of the NBA’s top offensive teams that continue to improve on the defensive side as well. As for the Pistons, they’re pretty abysmal on offense as they rank in the bottom three in points per game and field goal percentage; their defense isn’t much better. They rank in the bottom five in opposition points per game and field goal percentage as well. While they’ve had a couple of surprise victories this year (wins against the Cavaliers and Bucks), I wouldn’t count on them giving this Grizzlies squad many issues. I’ll go with the Grizz to cover.
Michael’s NBA Pick: Memphis Grizzlies -10 (-110)
The Memphis Grizzlies have been incredible all season long. They came in as a team that Vegas had as winning somewhere around the 40 game mark, and instead they look as if they’re trying to reach that before the All-Star break. They’ve won three straight, and six of seven, and now they get a chance to extend that streak on the road against one of the worst teams in basketball.
The Detroit Pistons, put politely, are just awful. Despite showing brief signs of progression, their young talent can’t seem to get over the edge in terms of actually winning basketball games, as they sit at 12-42 on the season. Their number one overall pick Cade Cunningham has played decent ball, but nothing that you would expect from a franchise player. That could easily change as he gains more experience, but for the time being, as he goes head-to-head against one of the best point guards in the NBA in Ja Morant, I think this is a game that Detroit struggles to win. Give me Memphis in a high scoring affair.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Memphis Grizzlies -10 (-110)
Miami Heat @ New Orleans Pelicans – 7.30pm ET
Both teams come into this game on winning streaks. The Heat have won their last three games in a row, which includes wins over the Spurs, Hornets and Wizards. The Pelicans are coming into this clash on a four game winning streak, after they defeated the likes of the Pistons, Nuggets and Rockets (twice).
These two teams will meet for the first time on Thursday, as they both will put modest winning streaks on the line. The Heat have won three straight after beating the Wizards 121-100 on the road on Monday, in a game where they shot over 56% from the field. Bam Adebayo led the way with 21 points (14 of which came in the 3rd quarter), adding 7 rebounds and 4 assists. They come into this one as the 1 seed in the East and will look to close this road trip out strong in New Orleans.
The Pelicans, winners of 4 straight, brought in some offensive punch before the trade deadline, making a move for Portland’s sharpshooter CJ McCollum. He will bring a much needed outside threat to the team that is fighting to try and get in the playoffs. He’s been in the league for a decade and seen it all, so his experience will elevate them to another level and they will hope to have him available for this one against Miami. Even if CJ is available for this one, it’s hard to go against the Heat in this spot. They’ve been one of the most consistent and defensive teams all season, and sport an 18-13 road record ATS. I like them to win this one against a team who is in a transition period with their roster.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Miami Heat (-168)
While the New Orleans Pelicans have had a disappointing season, they made a last chance effort to make a run at a play-in spot. Earlier in the week, they acquired CJ McCollum for Portland, who is averaging 20.5 points per game this season. As the team continues to play without Zion Williamson, McCollum should do a good job at filling in the scoring totals Williamson would’ve provided if healthy. The Pels will take a stab at going on a late-season run on Thursday as they get a major test when the Eastern Conference one-seed Miami Heat come to town.
Miami has gotten to the one seed through resilient play (they’ve suffered a handful of injuries throughout the season) and a balanced style of play. While they aren’t a top ten team in scoring, they are the number one three-point shooting team in basketball. On the other side of the ball, they rank in the top five in both opponent points per game and opposing field goal percentage. This team of electric veterans (Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry) and promising young talent (Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro) looks to emulate their run in the 2020 Finals. While the Pelicans have a new look, it may take them a couple of games to really mesh. I’ll pick this Heat team to cover on the road.
Michael’s NBA Pick: Miami Heat -4 (-110)
This matchup gives us a Miami Heat squad that is a lot of people’s favorite to win the Eastern Conference going up against a New Orleans Pelicans team that is currently trying to play their way into a playoff spot out West. Despite the differing circumstances, both come into this one on decent winning streaks, as the Pels have run off four straight, while the Heat have taken their last three. The other thing to keep in mind is that New Orleans just finalized a deal that led to them acquiring CJ McCollum from Portland.
While it’s not certain whether or not he will make his Pelicans debut in this one, just being on the roster and on the bench should give this team a bit of an energy boost. However, even if they do get a boost from McCollum, due to him being on or off the floor, I think this Miami team is just too good, with the likes of Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, and a questionable Tyler Herro. Give me the Heat to go on the road and get a victory to end New Orleans winning streak, while extending their own to four.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Miami Heat -4 (-110)
Toronto Raptors @ Houston Rockets – 8pm ET
The Toronto Raptors enter their final game of this particular road trip, and they will face off against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night. The Raptors are playing on back-to-back nights, and last time out they beat the Thunder, 117-98. The Rockets come into this clash on a three game losing streak, as they have lost their games to the Spurs and Pelicans (twice).
The Rockets will host the Raptors as losers of 7 out of 8 games following a home and home against the Pelicans where they dropped both games by 13 points. In that last one, a road game on Tuesday, Kevin Porter led the way with 27 points and 5 assists but added 7 turnovers. They occupy the last place spot in the Western Conference with a 15-39 record. The Raptors will be on the back to back in this one after a game in Oklahoma City on Wednesday. They won that one 117-98, being led by Pascal Siakam who went off for 27 points and 16 rebounds.
We wrote up how he usually does well against the Thunder and he didn’t disappoint shooting 13-17, showing why he should have been an All-Star. Their guy who was selected as an All-Star, Fred VanVleet, knocked in 6 threes in a 21 point performance. That win moved their record to 30-23, good for 6th place in the Eastern Conference. Even on the back to back, I expect the Raptors to handle this Rockets team pretty easily. Nick Nurse is notorious for riding his starters for heavy minutes and they are accustomed to heavy workloads so don’t expect tired legs to be an issue. The Rockets tendency to turn the ball over against a Toronto team that loves to cause turnovers is a recipe for disaster and the talent gap is vast. Give me the Raptors in a rout.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Toronto Raptors -6.5 (-110)
Last night, the Toronto Raptors continued their run as the Eastern Conference’s hottest team as they won their seventh straight game, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-98. This victory propelled them to the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, as they’ve continuously gotten great performances from their solid starting five, which includes All-Star Fred VanVleet and former All-Star Pascal Siakam. Even though they’re playing back-to-back on Thursday, they have a very good chance at making it their eighth straight win, as they play a 15-39 Houston Rockets team.
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— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) February 9, 2022
Still, Houston has shown some promise on offense this season, which has led to some surprise wins. Just last week they upset the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-104 and at one point this season they were on a seven-game win streak. If the Raptors think they can come into Houston and just cruise to a win—they’re sorely mistaken. The Rockets continue to get strong play from big man Christian Wood and are seeing some hope for their future with performances from Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, and Jae’Sean Tate. Still, they’ll have their hands full on Thursday against a Raptors starting five that has five guys fully capable of averaging 20 points per night. With the way the Rockets were able to cruise to a victory last night against OKC, I doubt they’ll be feeling too fatigued 24 hours later. I’ll go with Toronto to cover.
Michael’s NBA Pick: Toronto Raptors -6.5 (-110)
If the same Toronto Raptors team that we’ve seen over the past two to three weeks shows up in this one, this is a game that has the potential to get ugly. Toronto has looked like one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference lately, as they’ve won seven straight, pushing them to 30-23 on the season. They struggled for a time, as they were dealing with multiple injuries, but for the times that virtually everyone on the roster has been healthy, this has been one of the best teams in basketball. Now, there’s also some speculation that they plan on making a move before tomorrow’s trade deadline.
The Houston Rockets come in as the worst team in the Western Conference, at 15-39, and while I think they may be slightly better than that record might indicate, I don’t think it’s by much. There is young talent on the roster that has shown legitimate signs of having a bright future, but those instances have been way too few and far between to actually think they pull off the upset in this one, against one of the hottest teams in the league.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Toronto Raptors -6.5 (-110)
Milwaukee Bucks @ Phoenix Suns – 10pm ET
The Milwaukee Bucks wrap up their four game road trip on Thursday when they travel to Phoenix and take on the Suns. The Bucks are currently on a four game winning streak, and this takes their season record to 35-21. The Suns are also on a nice winning streak, which currently stands at three games in a row, after defeating the Wizards, Bulls and 76ers.
The Suns will host the Bucks in the NBA Finals rematch matchup, the first time these two teams faced off since that series. Of course, the Bucks won the title after being down 0-2 in the series and the Suns will be looking to get a bit of revenge. For Phoenix, they last played Tuesday night in Philadelphia, where they beat the Sixers 114-109 despite Joel Embiid going for 34 points. They had to rally from down 14, to win their fourteenth game in the last fifteen, raising their league-beating record to 44-10. Milwaukee also played on the road on Tuesday, beating the Lakers 131-116, on the back of Giannis’ 44 points on 17-20 shooting.
It was a hot start for the defending champs as they jumped out to a 24 point lead in the first half, and got it up to as high as 30 midway through the 3rd quarter. They were able to survive a late rally by Los Angeles to improve their record on this west coast trip to 3-0 and will hope to end it out perfect after this game against the Suns. I like the way Milwaukee has been playing lately and after seeing how the Suns struggled against Philly, despite pulling out the win, I’m surprised they came in the favorites. The way the Bucks offense has been clicking, it’s going to be tough for the Suns to keep up, as they have so many weapons who can light it up. This will be a back and forth battle that should come down to the last few possessions so I’ll take the spread with the dog who I can see winning this one outright.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Milwaukee Bucks +3.5 (-110)
In a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks will look to further punish a Phoenix Suns team they beat in six games last year to capture the NBA title. This season, Phoenix is 44-10, which is the best record in all of the NBA. They’ve won 14 of their last 15 and are clearly very hungry to make up for last year’s Finals loss. They’ll have a big opportunity to prove they’ve moved on as they face the team that beat them at home on Thursday. But, after a season in which they’ve had their fair share of injuries and COVID issues, Milwaukee is starting to look like that team that won it all in 2021.
After a 100-136 loss to the Denver Nuggets on 1/30, the Bucks have won four straight games, with Giannis Antetokoumpo dominating as usual. The two-time MVP looks hungry for his third as he’s averaging over 29 points and 11 rebounds this season while shooting 54% from the field. He’s also been getting a great deal of help from fellow All-Star Khris Middleton and two-way veteran Jrue Holiday. That being said, I expect the Suns to take this one personally—especially at home. They were able to outlast big man and MVP candidate Joel Embiid the other night and as long as they come into this one without any major health concerns, I think they’ll grab the victory. Now, if these two meet again in the 2022 Finals—that could be another story.
Michael’s NBA Pick: Phoenix Suns -3.5 (-110)
The Phoenix Suns continue to show why they’re the best team in basketball, and have been all year long. They’ve cruised out to the best record in the league, by a fairly substantial margin, and have two separate winning streaks of 10+ games, and now they’re on yet another streak of three straight, looking to make it four in a matchup against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks.
Milwaukee comes into this one playing better basketball as of late, after struggling quite a bit for three weeks to a month. They’ve currently won four straight, and while Giannis is virtually always incredible, the key to this team is how well the supporting cast plays. If they get significant production from guys like Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday, they’re a team that can beat anyone, but if those guys struggle, so does the team. As for this one, I think Phoenix’s roster just runs too deep, with nearly everyone playing good ball right now. And with this one being in Phoenix, give me the Suns in a tight one.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Phoenix Suns -3.5 (-110)
New York Knicks @ Golden State Warriors – 10pm ET
The road trip continues on for the New York Knicks who will play the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night. The Knicks will be looking to snap their four game losing streak, but will face an uphill battle against one of the best teams in the league. The Warriors are playing two nights in a row, and last time out they lost to the Jazz, 85-111.
The Knicks have been struggling mightily since January 15. They are 2-10 since then with their lone wins coming against the Clippers and Kings, going 0-6 on the road in that span. The bad news for them, is this one on Thursday will be on the road against the Warriors who have one of the best home court advantages in the NBA.
The Warriors rested Klay Thompson in the first leg of the back to back so he could be ready for this game. With him being back in the lineup, giving the Dubs their full allotment of weapons paired with how bad the Knicks have played recently, this game sets up to be an onslaught for the home Warriors. I don’t see a way the Knicks make this competitive and I expect a heavy dosage of the Splash Brothers. Give me the Warriors to cover.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -9.5 (-110)
After winning nine games in a row, the Golden State Warriors finally were hit with a loss, as they fell to the Utah Jazz last night 85-111. Although it should be noted that the Warriors decided to rest Klay Thompson for the second consecutive game, which definitely put a damper on their scoring total. Still, they won’t feel too dejected after that loss, knowing that they were without Thompson and the still-injured Draymond Green. Plus, they have a great chance to bounce back on Thursday as they face the lowly New York Knicks.
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Andrew – 13p/3r/4a/2s/1b
JK – 12p/2r/2a
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— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 10, 2022
The Knicks have dropped five straight, which have included losses to the Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, and Memphis Grizzlies. Things won’t get any easier for them, as they face a Warriors team that has the second-best record in the NBA. The Knicks have been possibly the most disappointing team this season as they went from being a four-seed in last season’s playoffs to currently sitting in 12th. The offseason additions of Evan Fournier and Kemba Walker have been ineffective as this team has completely lost the league-leading defensive identity that made them so great last year. Whether or not the Warriors decide to rest Thompson for another game, it shouldn’t make any difference. This Knicks team is awful and with the Warriors playing at home, they should be able to cruise to a win and get another streak started.
Michael’s NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -9.5 (-110)
Following last night’s debacle on the road at Utah, I don’t expect the same performance from Golden State in this one. That loss ended a nine game winning streak for the Warriors, but it was without Klay Thompson, which certainly affects the offensive output from the team. The good news for them though is that they’re right back in action tonight, hosting a New York Knicks team that simply seems allergic to winning as of late.
The Knicks come into this one as losers of their last four, and 10 of their last 12. They’ve been reliant on Julius Randle all year, and while he’s played reasonably well for the most part, he’s struggled greatly as of late, which I do think is part of the reason for the team’s struggles. If he can’t get things going again, this is a team that can simply hang up the notion of winning, especially against one of the three best teams in the league. Add in the fact that this one is on the road for New York, in the Bay Area, one of the toughest places to play in the NBA, and I think this is a game that Steph Curry takes over, guiding the Warriors to a pretty easy win, even being on the second night of a back-to-back.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -9.5 (-110)
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