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Best NBA Bets Today | NBA Picks February 16

Written by: Christian Jope
Updated February 16, 2023
15 min read
NBA Picks February 16

With the All-Star break looming, the NBA is putting on a tight three-game schedule for fans and bettors to enjoy.

Kicking off the night is a classic rivalry between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls. Following them is an interconference matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Minnesota Timberwolves. And closing the night is a massive Western Conference matchup between the LA Clippers and the Phoenix Suns!

Let's check out the bets!

Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

When: 7:30 PM EST

TeamSpreadTotalMoney
Milwaukee Bucks-7.0 (-110)
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TBD-275
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Chicago Bulls+7.0 (-110)
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Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -7.0 (-110) @ DraftKings Sportsbook

The Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls couldn't be on more opposite trends since the NBA trade deadline. The Milwaukee Bucks are second in the East with a 40-17 overall record and a 16-12 road record. The Chicago Bulls on the other hand are 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 26-32 overall record with a 16-12 home record.

Milwaukee's defense has been their calling card, allowing just 111.8 points per game (7th in the NBA) on 45.4% from the field (2nd in the NBA) and 34.6% from deep (4th in the NBA). The Bucks have been dominant through their 11-game win streak, averaging 125.3 points on a plus-11.7 point differential while shooting 49.6% from the field and 37.5% from deep. 

The Chicago Bulls have been offensively efficient, scoring on 48.8% from the field and 35.8% from three (17th in the NBA), but their defensive consistency has let them down. They most recently fell to the Pacers 113-117 in their last game, as they allowed their opponents to hit 18 threes on the evening.

The Bulls are definitely on a down run of form and they may be missing up to six key contributors in this matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. 

We expect Milwaukee to come out the winner in this game, and by a large margin. While some may read this as a trap game for the Eastern Conference giants, the Bulls haven't been able to show off any credible threat through their recent run.

Washington Wizards @ Minnesota Timberwolves

When: 8:00 PM EST

TeamSpreadTotalMoney
Washington Wizards+3.0 (-110)
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O 235.5 (-110)
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+145
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Minnesota Timberwolves-3.0 (-110)
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U 235.5 (-110)
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-165
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Moneyline: Washington Wizards (+145) @ bet365

When the Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves face off, both will continue their climb up their respective conference standings. The Washington Wizards are currently 10th in the Eastern Conference with a 27-30 overall record and a 13-18 road record. The Minnesota Timberwolves are eighth in the Western Conference with a 31-29 overall record and an impressive 20-12 home record.

The Wizards have proven to be a decent two-way team, shooting 48.5% from the field (7th in the NBA) for the season while allowing just 46.5% efficiency from their opponents (6th in the NBA). They most recently blew out the Portland Trail Blazers 126-101 of the back of shooting 57.0% from the field and 51.5% from three on 17 makes. The Timberwolves will challenge them with their free-flowing offense, which scores 115.9 points per game (10th in the NBA) on 49.3% from the field (4th in the NBA). They most recently earned a narrow win over the Dallas Mavericks, holding off a 36-point Kyrie Irving effort to earn them the victory.

We're suggesting the Washington Wizards in this matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Not only have Washington won their last six games against Minnesota, but the Timberwolves may be missing some key players for their final game before the All-Star break. Given the Wizards' recent offensive form, we expect them to earn the victory with ease.

LA Clippers @ Phoenix Suns

When: 10:00 PM EST

TeamSpreadTotalMoney
LA Clippers+1.0 (-115)
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O 224.0 (-110)
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-110
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Phoenix Suns-1.0 (-105)
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U 224.0 (-110)
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-110
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Moneyline: Phoenix Suns (-110) @ WynnBet

The LA Clippers and Phoenix Suns will be jockeying for fourth in the West before the All-Star break officially kicks in. Phoenix rest at fourth in the West, with a 32-27 overall record and a 20-9 home record. The LA Clippers are right behind them, fifth in the Western Conference with a 32-28 overall record and a 17-15 road record.

The Phoenix Suns are on a two-game win streak, having won seven of their last 10 games. Through their last 10 games, the Suns have won by a 2.9-point margin on average, mostly due to their ball control and defence as their shooting hasn't regularly been on the mark. The LA Clippers haven't been too far off in their own right, winning six of their last 10 games, while entering this game on a win. If there's anything to take away from LA's last 10 games it's that they're offence is more capable than expected, scoring over 120 points in six games - having won five of those.

The Phoenix Suns have had LA's number through this season and that doesn't project to change in this meeting. The teams are similar in makeup, but Phoenix's advantage at point guard seems to be the regular difference maker. Bolstered by the acquisition of Kevin Durant, even though there's no timetable for his return, the Suns look set for a strong close to the first half of the season.

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