Good afternoon all, Matt back again for another pair of free NBA Picks for February 27th from your friends here at Sports Intel.

Matt’s NBA Picks February 27th

Game one, the Lakers vs the Warriors going down at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Lakers are currently 14.5 point favorites with the full game total set at 225.5.

The Lakers head into this game on a bit of a slide, having covered just 1 of their last 6 games on the road to teams with a winning record and they are just 2-10 ATS their last 12 road games against teams.

Things don’t get easier tonight with news breaking that LeBron James will be sitting this one out due to a groin injury.  Too bad seeing as how he was coming off a huge game, scoring 40 and snagging eight rebounds.  In doing so, he actually became the first player over the age of 35 to drop 40 points since Kobe put down 60 in his final game.

But, truth be told, things are not that much better for the Warriors.  They have lost 7 straight games and only covered in 2 of them.  Granted, one of those such covers came against this very same Lakers team just a few weeks ago, losing 125-120.  Now the good news.  Well, that 5 point loss came in one of LeBron’s best games of the year so that won’t be an issue tonight.  Also, the Warriors have seen Marquese Chriss step up in a big way lately, recording double-digits twice in the last three games and posting a 15.4 PPG average in February.  The Warriors will also get Draymond Green back from injury, which will be a huge boon for them on defense.

I think that while this is just another game for the Lakers, the Warriors are taking this in-state rivalry a bit more seriously tonight.  While I don’t think they have the skill to pull off an outright win, the Lakers have no real reason to blow the Warriors out and will be without their best player.  I’ll take my chances getting double digits with the home team tonight and side with the Warriors ATS.

Next up, we head to Indiana for the Blazers vs Pacers Thursday night showdown.  The line as of now has the Pacers going into tip-off as 9.5 point favorites.

Portland is starting the game with one arm tied behind their backs with their star player, Damien Lillard, out tonight.  Portland really seemed like they were in the midst of a playoff push before Lillard went down after he averaged over 30 points a night.  WIth Lillard out, the Blazers have won just 1 of their last 3 games, with that one win coming over a terrible Pistons team.

Indiana, on the other hand, is getting healthy at the right time and might be making a strong push up the Eastern Conference playoff ladder.  They got back in the win column after going a dreadful 0-6 to start the month.  They have since reeled off three straight wins and look like a strong play against such a depleted Blazers roster.

Portland has failed to cover in their last five games, and while I would prefer a number a little farther south of double digits, the Pacers just have a lot going for them tonight and will take them to handle the Blazers with relative ease.

Thanks again for tuning into Sports Intel for our 27th February, we will be back tomorrow with more NBA Picks of the day