Adam Thompson

Staff Analyst

Adam Thompson is a thoughtful, Midwestern-based handicapper who destroyed sportsbooks with his MLB picks in 2018. SportsLine's top MLB handicapper hit on 61 percent of his money line picks all season for a profit of $3,842 to $100 players, and nailed 59 percent of all his picks overall ($3,335 profit), ending the season on a 22-4 money line run, including 100 percent on World Series games. He's also run red-hot streaks in the NFL and college football. Previously the award-winning sports editor of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Adam spent nearly 20 years covering the NFL, MLB, NBA and major college sports. Now he's sharing the insight he gained with SportsLine members, through well-reasoned picks and thought-provoking articles.

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New York +8 NY +8

New York 106 @ Atlanta 91
2/15
NY 106 @ ATL 91
2/15
WIN
Thu 2/14

The Knicks have lost 18 in a row, which is simply unbelievable. But since the trade deadline, they've at least been competitive. Three of their four defeats were by seven points or less and last night they hung with the 76ers before running out of gas. Meanwhile, Trae Young is garnering headlines in Atlanta, but the Hawks had lost three in a row at home before shocking the struggling Lakers. This is the fourth time Atlanta has been favored all season -- they lost all three other instances straight-up, by 19, 3 and 12 points. The Hawks are just 9-16 at home and, while the Knicks are bad everywhere, they've been better on the road.

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5-1 IN LAST 6 NY ATS PICKS | +390

3-0 IN LAST 3 ATL ATS PICKS | +300

Oklahoma City -5 OKC -5

Oklahoma City 122 @ New Orleans 131
2/15
OKC 122 @ NO 131
2/15
LOSS
Thu 2/14

OKC has won 11 of 12, and it's pounding lesser competition, going 6-0 against sub-.500 teams with an average margin of victory of 15.2. The Pelicans haven't managed more than 90 points their last two games in bad losses to the Grizzlies and Magic. New Orleans gave Oklahoma City a game on Jan 23, losing by six without Anthony Davis. But the Pels are in disarray and the Thunder have too much talent not to take advantage.

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4-2 IN LAST 6 OKC ATS PICKS | +173

Charlotte +3 CHA +3

Charlotte 89 @ Orlando 127
2/15
CHA 89 @ ORL 127
2/15
LOSS
Thu 2/14

The Magic have won six of seven, while the Hornets are on a big slide -- they haven't beaten a team anywhere near .500 in 13 games. That said, these teams have met twice this season, and neither game was close. Charlotte won in Orlando by 32 and at home by 25. The Hornets have handled the Magic 13 times in a row, including six straight in Orlando. Sometimes, one team just has the other's number.

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3-2 IN LAST 5 CHA ATS PICKS | +82

Orlando +4.5 ORL +4.5

Orlando 118 @ New Orleans 88
2/13
ORL 118 @ NO 88
2/13
WIN
Tue 2/12

Anthony Davis is still in New Orleans, but it didn't matter much in a 99-90 loss to the Grizzlies last time out. The Pelicans couldn't handle Memphis' methodical pace and shot just 38 percent. Well, the Magic are only slightly faster than the Grizzlies, averaging two more possessions per game. And Orlando comes in hot, averaging 116 ppg the last three games, all wins, and 11 points over the season average. New Orleans is scoring 7 ppg under its average and has lost seven of 10 overall. The Magic, who won handily in New Orleans last year, hit the Big Easy at a good time.

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Philadelphia -6.5 PHI -6.5

Boston 112 @ Philadelphia 109
2/13
BOS 112 @ PHI 109
2/13
LOSS
Tue 2/12

Losing Kyrie Irving is a big blow to Boston, but it's especially going to be felt on the defensive side against Philly. The Sixers have a ton of weapons with Tobias Harris in the fold, and Ben Simmons will be able to see all of them without Kyrie disrupting things. The Celtics are a not-good 9-16-1 ATS on the road, while the Sixers are 23-6 at home with a 9.7-point average margin of victory.

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6-3 IN LAST 9 PHI ATS PICKS | +266

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