Opening Week NBA Expert Picks

NBA Best Bets Nov 9th-15th

It’s early, but it looks like it’s going to be an incredibly competitive season in the NBA. Most teams are a half a game to 3 games between each other in the respective divisions.

The first NBA best bet for this week takes place on Thursday, Nov. 12. Utah battles Miami in that matchup. The second game is a Saturday throw down between Texas rivals Dallas and Houston. On Sunday is an intriguing game between underperforming New Orleans and surprise New York who is only 2 games behind Toronto in the Atlantic Division.

A Closer Look At The NBA’s Best Bets For Nov 9th-15th

Utah at Miami
When:  Thursday, Nov. 12

Utah battles Cleveland on Tuesday before this Thursday night matchup with Miami. Utah has the best defense based on stats in the NBA. The Jazz is allowing only 85 points shooting per game from less than 40% shooting from the floor.

Utah’s biggest issue is scoring on their end. The Jazz only shoot 42% from the floor. Utah actually matches up well with Miami, but the Heat front line of Hassan Whiteside, Chris Bosh and Luol Deng is turning out to be formidable. More importantly, 8 of Miami’s 12 players grabbed at least 3 rebounds in a Nov. 8 game versus the Raptors, Miami’s last to start the week.

Pick: Miami

Dallas at Houston
When:  Saturday, Nov. 14

James Harden has started to turn it on. This is the first time that Harden faces Dallas this season. He’s going to want to beat what has become Houston’s chief rival in the Midwest Division.

Harden has scored 37, 28, 43 and 46 points in the Rockets’ last 4 games. Harden has always played well against the Mavericks. Dallas is a decent team and has some players, but most of them have been in the league for a while.

Dallas just doesn’t match up well with Houston this season. The Rockets should take this matchup.

Pick: Houston

New Orleans at New York
When: Sunday, Nov. 15

It’s no surprise that Anthony Davis is averaging over 25 points, grabbing over 9 rebounds, shooting over 46% from the field and averaging 2.8 blocks a game for the Pelicans. But, New Orleans is still 0 and 6 against the spread.

New York has been a huge surprise this season. The Knicks already have 3 straight up wins to start the season. But, New York is also 0 and 4 against the spread in their home games this season. The Knicks take on a very good Pelicans’ squad on Sunday, one that has the ability to dominate the paint.

New York is averaging only 41% from the field while holding opponents to 42% from the field. New Orleans should win and cover ATS on Sunday.

Pick: New Orleans

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