NBA Best Bets of the Week – Dec 14th – 20thJosh Bailey
Golden State finally lost a game last week. The season record stands at 24 and 0 after the Warriors dropped a game to Milwaukee, 95 to 108.
Golden State will be looking for a measure of revenge this Friday when they take on the Warriors in Oakland in my first best bet game of the week. Chicago battles New York in my Saturday best bet game while New Orleans travels to Denver in Sunday’s best bet game.
Milwaukee at Golden State
When: Friday, Dec. 18
The Warriors battle Phoenix on Dec. 16 before trying to beat the only team that has beaten them so far this season on Dec. 18. Who knows how losing to Milwaukee will affect the very good Warriors. The Bucks beat the Warriors via play from their athletic front line. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Greg Monroe all scored in double-figures. Monroe and Antetokounmpo both had double-figures in rebounds while Parker pitched in for 7 boards. Antetokounmpo dished 11 assists for the triple-double. Plus, O.J. Mayo and Michael-Carter Williams pitched in from the guard position to score in double-figures. Sometimes teams just don’t match up well with other teams. Milwaukee has a shot to add another loss to GS’s record.
Chicago at New York
When: Saturday, Dec. 19
The Knicks finally stopped the bleeding by beating Portland 112 to 110 on Dec. 12. Before that win, the Knicks had lost 4 straight. The Knicks take on Chicago after having to play Minnesota and Philadelphia on the road earlier in the week. Chicago takes on Philadelphia, Memphis and Detroit. The Bulls’ frontline could be beat up by the time it battles Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis and Robin Lopez. But, Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose should be just fine and the Knicks have nobody at the guard position that can guard Butler. Go with the Bulls.
New Orleans at Denver
When: Sunday, Dec. 20
New Orleans’ biggest issue is the defense. The Pelicans allow 108.4 points per game off of 46.3% shooting from the field and 39.6% shooting from the three-point line. New Orleans has Anthony Davis, Mr. Do It All, while Denver has nobody that’s close to comparable. The Nuggets did beat the Pelicans 115 to 98 in the last game between these two. Plus, Denver has won 3 out of their last 4 to start the week while the Pelicans have won 2 out of their last 8 to start the week. Nuggets should win this battle.