Already, the NBA is throwing awesome matchups at basketball fans and handicappers every week. Some of those terrific matchups are actually leading to great bets. For example, Oklahoma City takes on Chicago this Thursday.
Both Chicago and Oklahoma City look like possible NBA Title contenders this season. On Saturday, two possible contenders in the Western Conference, Houston and the L.A. Clippers do battle. Then, on Sunday, a battle between Detroit and Portland could yield fantastic results for basketball handicappers. Below are this week’s top NBA bets for the week!
A Closer Look At The NBA Best Bets Between November 2nd-8th
Oklahoma City at Chicago
When: Thursday, Nov. 5
So much for the why did they fire Scott Brooks question. Oklahoma City is 3 and 0 to start the week. So far, the Thunder is ranked first in points per game at 122.7 and second in field goal percentage per game at 48.6%. The Thunder is also ranked fourth in the NBA in three-point percentage per matchup at 39.4%.
But Oklahoma City takes on a very good team this Thursday. Chicago has started out the season by going 4 and 1 straight up. Their only loss has been to Detroit in an overtime game. The key for Chicago this season is going to be their defense, which so far hasn’t disappointed. The Bulls are allowing 95 points per game, which ranks sixth in the league. The Bulls should be able to contain Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on Thursday.
Houston at Los Angeles Clippers
When: Saturday, Nov. 7
So far, James “The Beard” Harden hasn’t helped the Rockets live up to their 2015 expectations. It’s early, but going into the week, Harden and Houston are 0 and 3 on the season. The Rockets lost 85 to 105 to Denver, 92 to 112 to Golden State and 89 to 109 to Miami.
Harden has scored 22, 16, and 16 points so far this season. He’s shooting 22.2% from the field so far. What’s going on? Harden figures to regain his shooting touch, but will he do it by Saturday?
The Clippers have been dominant so far this season. We need to realize, though, that the Clippers’ 3 victories have occurred against Sacramento, Dallas and Sacramento. The Clips beat Sacramento on Oct. 31 by only 5 points the second time that they faced the Kings.
The feeling here is that it is only a matter of time before Harden starts going off. Not only that, but C Dwight Howard is probable to start the week. He should be healthy by the time that Saturday rolls around.
Detroit at Portland
When: Sunday, Nov. 8
So far, life without LaMarcus Aldridge has been just okay for the Portland Trailblazers. The Blazers started out the season with a nice 112 to 94 win over New Orleans at home. Then, they lost back-to-back games, one at home and one on the road, to Phoenix.
Portland has some good players on their team, but the squad hasn’t gelled yet without Aldridge. Portland hosts an extremely tough Detroit team this Sunday. Detroit’s front line is loaded. C Andre Drummond has turned into one of the better centers in the NBA. He can dominate on the boards and in the paint. On any given night, Ersan Illyasova, the power forward, can drop double-digits on you. Small forward Marcus Morris is averaging 19.3 points and 7.7 boards a game so far this season.
The Pistons are the team to back against Portland. Detroit’s front line should dominate.