NBA Basketball: Saturday’s Picks

By Bill Simpson

There are six games tonight in the NBA world—none too exciting.

Feb 3, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova (7) and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) chase a loose ball in the 3rd quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks @ New York Knicks

I know the Knicks have won five straight games, and I know the Bucks are debatably the worst team in the league, but I’m still picking the Bucks to beat tonight’s 10 point spread in

Carmelo Anthony’s favor 

New York’s favor.

MIL has lost two straight games and four straight on the road.

Come on, guys, win this for me.

Dec 16, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) guards Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings (7) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Detroit defeats Indiana 101-96. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers at Detroit Pistons

How can you not bring up the Malice at the Palace whenever these two teams play?

Indiana has won two games in a row after reaching their longest losing streak of the season.

Josh Smith has put up 20.8 points in 20 matches versus Indiana since 2007-08, his highest mark against any team during that time.

But this would be a statement game if the Pacers blew the Pistons out of the building early to show that they are back in the fold of championship contention, and the losing streak was a fluke.

My record: 6-3