NBA Basketball: Monday’s Picks

By Bill Simpson

Oct 30, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) drives the ball during the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Bobcats at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Bobcats 96-83. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets @ Charlotte Bobcats

The Houston Rockets have turned their recent misfortunes around as they are on a three game winning streak.

Though Dwight Howard has been out with a sore left ankle, Houston has been shooting a surprising 54.7 percent from the field through the streak.

Look for that to continue tonight against Al Jefferson and the Charlotte Bobcats. Though the Bobcats have won seven of their last 10, this could be an important win for the Rockets in their chase of the third-seeded Los Angeles Clippers.

Even without Howard, the Rockets will win at Charlotte.

Nov 11, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers guard Darius Morris (7) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers @ San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio is on a 13 game winning streak.

Philadelphia is on a 24 game losing streak.

Need I say more?