TNT Thursday Night NBA Free Picks 2/17/11 (SA @ CHI, DAL @ PHX)

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If it's a Thursday night, that means that it's time for NBA betting action once again! This week, in the final two duels before the NBA Trade Deadline, we make our free basketball picks on the clashes between the San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls and the Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns.

NBA Matchup: San Antonio Spurs @ Chicago Bulls
Date: Thursday, February 17th, 8:00 ET
Location: United Center, Chicago, IL
NBA Odds: Chicago -2
Over/Under (Total): 190.5

Call this the Rodney Dangerfield game of the week. After all, in spite of the fact that these two teams are a combined 56 games over .500, they're both getting absolutely no respect! San Antonio is really playing well on this Rodeo Road Trip, and it all closes up after a 6-2 SU and ATS mark in the first nine games with this trip to the Windy City. The Spurs have to be lucky to dodge Joakim Noah in this one, as he is still out for at least this one last game before the All Star Break. If Noah and Carlos Boozer shared the court, Tim Duncan and whomever was in the post with him would really have their work cut out. Duncan can hold his own against Boozer, while Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker should be able to combine forces to outclass Derrick Rose, even though the youngster out of Memphis really has played some great ball of late. Chicago might be 24-4 at home this year, and it might have six straight wins in its back pocket, but San Antonio is 21-7 and certainly isn't one to mess with. This is the type of game that Head Coach Gregg Popovich figures out how to win to help carry his team into the break with some more big time momentum. There's a reason that this team is one of just a handful that has won 46 of its first 55 games and is on a pace for almost 70 wins this season. NBA Free Pick: San Antonio Spurs +2

NBA Matchup: Dallas Mavericks @ Phoenix Suns
Date: Thursday, February 17th, 10:30 ET
Location: US Airways Arena, Phoenix, AZ
NBA Odds: Phoenix -1
Over/Under (Total): 207

Again, we're not so sure why the road team from the Lone Star State isn't favored in this one. Sure, we'll give it up for the Suns. They've really played some tremendously better ball of late than they were playing before the trade with the Orlando Magic. However, it was only four days ago that this team lost at home to the Sacramento Kings. That's right. The Sacramento Freaking Kings. Phoenix just doesn't have the man power to be able to stand up to the mojo of the Mavericks. Here's a great stat for you to share around the bar on Thursday night when you take in this NBA betting affair. In games in which Dirk Nowitzki is in the lineup, Dallas is 36-9 on the campaign, a record that would be the second best in the league if prorated over the first 55 games of the season. Sure, we know that the Mavs are going to have a rough road ahead in this one, knowing that they have to play at home on Wednesday night against those same Sacramento Freaking Kings, but it's not like there is all that much to get ready for beyond this one. Dallas has won five of the last six in this series and has averaged dropping a whopping 113.8 points per game in this stretch against the "defenseless" Suns. If Peja Stojakovic can give the Mavericks anywhere near the 22 he had against the Houston Rockets a few nights ago, this one will be a romp. The wrong team is clearly favored in this one. Free NBA Pick: Dallas Mavericks +1

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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