Sunday tip-off: Four perfect NBA picks for your weekend coupon
After a break over All-Star weekend, we're back with our best bets for a busy night of basketball...
Milwaukee Bucks to beat Phoenix Suns -
Currently bottom of the Western Conference, the Suns have little chance of winning in Milwaukee this weekend.
Phoenix have won just eight times in 22 games on the road all season, after all, and have lost six of their last eight overall.
The Bucks, meanwhile, had won three consecutive games before a defeat to the Utah Jazz on Friday night, and are averaging an impressive 112.3 points across their last eight contests.
That firepower should prove the difference on Sunday night.
Milwaukee are 11th in offensive rating – 10 places higher than the Suns, who also have the league’s third-worst defence.
Memphis Grizzlies to beat Denver Nuggets -
Although just two places separate Memphis and Denver in the Western Conference, the Grizzlies are a much better team than their Sunday opponents.
They have the NBA’s fourth-best defensive rating – a category in which the Nuggets rank last – and have won more games on the road this season than Denver have at home.
The Nuggets have been unable to stop anyone scoring in recent weeks, and have lost four of their last seven games, conceding an average of 115.9 points.
Against an in-form Grizzlies side that have won seven of their last 11, it is hard to imagine Denver doing enough at that end of the court to earn a much-needed win.
Washington Wizards to beat Utah Jazz -
After a slow start to the season, the Wizards have become one of the NBA’s best teams.
Having won 11 of their last 13 games and 19 out of 20 at home, they have climbed to third in the Eastern Conference.
That run should continue against the Jazz, who are excellent defensively but have struggled at the other end of the court.
Utah have scored fewer points per game than all but two teams this season, while the Wizards are the league’s seventh-highest scorers.
Washington have not scored fewer than 100 points in each of their last 23 games, and even the Jazz will struggle to slow them down in this form.
Boston Celtics to beat Detroit Pistons -
These teams have already met three times this season, with the Celtics coming out on top twice.
That trend should continue on Sunday, given that Boston have won 11 of their last 14 games and are currently just three wins behind the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers.
While these teams are fairly evenly-matched overall, they excel in completely different areas.
The Celtics are seventh in offensive rating, while the Pistons rank seventh at the other end of the court.
Crucially, though, Boston have dominated teams from their own Conference all season.
They have won 24 games against teams from the East, losing just 11, and should add another victory to their tally on Sunday.