Our money line picks have started off hot, although they are much easier to predict than totals. Today every home team is a hot pick except the Mavericks, who are home against the Nuggets.
Knicks @ Hawks - Hot Pick, Over 230.5
The Hawks scored 143 points in their last game. Trae Young has been consistently putting up video game numbers all season. Their previous 2 matchups have ended at totals of 263 and 275. I think this one is a pretty easy pick.
Pelicans @ Kings - Warm Pick, Over 232.5
This is an important game for the playoff seeding. These teams have the same record and are just outside the playoff picture in the Western Conference. The Pelicans have actually played 2 straight solid defensive games, which is a shock. The Kings are normally average defensively and below average offensively. Their last 4 games have been like the Pelicans games on the season, fast-paced and high scoring. I don't expect the Pelicans to have 3 straight wins focusing on the defensive end. This should be back to the fun style of play that Lonzo Ball and Zion Williamson play.