NBA Basketball: Thursday’s Picks

By Bill Simpson

Mar 11, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) yells to the fans as Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley (2) looks on during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets @ Chicago Bulls has the Houston Rockets beating the Chicago Bulls at a 3.5 spread. Both teams are ranked second in their respective divisions, and both teams have been absolutely balling. Joakim Noah has been playing like an MVP, but I think that Dwight Howard is going to be too much for the Bulls to handle down low.

Mar 9, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall (12) drives against Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Caron Butler (2) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers @ Oklahoma City Thunder

Okay, the spread was too ridiculous for me to actually bet money at 16.5 points in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s favor. But I did bet, for 63 cents on the dollar, that the Los Angeles Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall would miss his first field goal. Count on it.

My picks:                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rockets beat the spread                                                                                                                                                                                             Kendall Marshall misses first field-goal attempt

My record: 5-2