Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley, back, looks to pass the ball to center Karl-Anthony Towns during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

SGG PICKS OF THE DAY, JAN. 7

Nathan Hursh

Bucks +3.5 at Nets (+116 FD)
For the most part, I like the value of the Bucks. In their first matchup, the Bucks defeated the Nets 127-104 in both teams’ first game of the season. Tonight, the Bucks will be at full strength in terms of having their star players. The Nets, who are at home, will of course be without Kyrie Irving, who made his season debut in the Nets’ previous game. As of late, both teams have hit a bit of a rut. Before winning their last game against Indiana, the Nets had lost three straight. The Bucks have currently lost two straight, including a home loss to the Detroit Pistons (arguably the worst team in baseball). In tonight’s game, I expect both teams to bounce back and play well. I believe this game will be close. The set line for this game is Bucks +4.5. For some extra value, I like bringing that total down to +3.5 at +116. In the end, I think Milwaukee has a solid chance to win outright.

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Bulls -6 vs Wizards (-110 FD)
The Bulls are white-hot lately having won eight straight. They are also 13-4 at home on the season. The Wizards are a middling .500 team struggling to stay relevant in the east. When these teams met six days ago, the Bulls won thanks to a Demar Derozan game-winning three at the buzzer. That was a road game for Chicago. Tonight, is at home. The Bulls will continue their hot streak and win comfortably.

Timberwolves -6 at Thunder (-110 FD)
Two days ago, the Wolves beat the Thunder 98-90 in Minnesota. I understand that it is tough to beat an NBA team twice in a row yet I still have faith in the Wolves to win easily tonight in OKC. Why? Because the Thunder stink, that’s why. OKC has lost four of their last five while Minnesota has won two straight. Recently getting Karl-Anthony Towns back doesn’t hurt the Wolves either. In tonight’s game, Minnesota will win by at least seven.

BONUS SAME GAME PARLAY
– 76ers ML (-290)
– Joel Embiid 25+ points (-375)
– Joel Embiid 10+ rebounds (-265)

Total odds: +120

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