NBA Expert Picks Jan 15-21

NBA Expert Picks Jan 15-21

NBA Expert Picks Jan 15-21

Can the Rockets hold off the upstart Minnesota T’Wolves on Thursday, Jan. 18? On Saturday, Houston hosts Golden State. Will it be the Rockets or the Warriors to make a statement on Jan. 20? The other game I like takes place earlier on Saturday. Who wins in a gargantuan matchup between two NBA MVPs, Russell Westbrook, and LeBron James?

NBA Expert Picks Jan 15-21, 2018

Minnesota at Houston
When:  Thursday, Jan. 18 at 9:30 pm ET
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
TV: TNT

Analysis: The top team in the Northwest Division, Minnesota is good on both offense and defense. The T’Wolves average 108.5 points per game. That ranks sixth in the NBA. Minny shoots 47.6% from the field. That ranks fifth in the NBA. On defense, the T’Wolves allow 104.7 points per game. That ranks thirteenth in the NBA. Minnesota only allows 36% shooting from three. That ranks thirteenth in the league.

But, the reason the T’Wolves only allow 36% from three is because opponents love to shoot from the field versus Minnesota. The T’Wolves allow opponents to shoot 47.5% from the field. That ranks twenty-ninth in the NBA.

Houston shoots 46% from the field. The Rockets also shoot 36.3% from three. It’s difficult to see Minnesota upsetting Houston on the road on Thursday.

Pick: Houston  

Oklahoma City at Cleveland
When:  Saturday, Jan. 20 at 3:30 pm ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
TV: ABC

Analysis: Oklahoma City is behind the T’Wolves in the Northwest Division. The Thunder are trying to make up ground. For some reason, things haven’t clicked for OKC just yet.

It’s difficult to see things clicking versus LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a road tilt on Saturday. Oklahoma City must try to keep up with one of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA. The Cavs average 109.5 points per game off 47.1% shooting from the field.

Cleveland shoots 37.2% from three. I believe Cleveland beats Russell and the OKC Thunder by at least 7 points this Saturday.

Pick: Cleveland  

Golden State at Houston
When:  Saturday, Jan. 20 at 8:30 pm ET
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
TV: ABC

Analysis: Golden State is a bad matchup for the Houston Rockets. The Rockets play decent defense. Golden State’s offense is the best in the NBA, though.

The Warriors average 115.8 points per game. They shoot 51% from the field. They shoot close to 39% from three. Houston can beat Golden State if they play perfectly. I don’t believe that happens on Saturday.

It shouldn’t happen mainly because the Rockets battle the Clippers and Minnesota before taking on Golden State. The Warriors should beat the Rockets by around 6 to 10 points on Jan. 20.

Pick: Golden State