NBA Expert Picks Dec 11-17
The first game on my NBA expert picks for this week tips-off on Thursday. At 8:00 pm eastern, the L.A. Lakers travel to Cleveland to battle LeBron James and the Cavaliers. Do the Lakers have any shot versus the Cavs? On Friday, a huge matchup takes place in the Western Conference when San Antonio throws down versus Houston. Can the Beard and CP3 take care of the tough Spurs? Saturday’s game is an interesting matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Knicks. Which team takes home the “W” on Dec. 16?
Top Three NBA Expert Betting Picks Dec 11-17
L.A. Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers
When: Thursday, Dec. 14 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
It’s going to take a lot for the Cavaliers to cover whatever spread is attached to this game on Thursday. Cleveland is only 2-11-1 against the spread in home games this season. But, the Lakers are 5 and 7 against the spread in away games.
Could the Lakers just lie down on Thursday versus a much superior team? Maybe. I don’t believe L.A. will, though. The Lakers are on a 2-game winning streak before their Dec. 12 matchup with the New York Knicks.
L.A. now ranks second in the NBA in three-point percentage allowed. It could all fall apart against the Cavaliers on Thursday. I’m willing to take the points.
Pick: L.A. Lakers
San Antonio at Houston
When: Friday, Dec. 15 at 9:30 pm ET
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
Straight up, the Houston Rockets are one of the more incredible teams in the NBA. The Rockets are an amazing 20 and 4 straight up. Houston’s won 9 in a row since Chris Paul returned from injury.
Without a doubt, the San Antonio Spurs are the best team the Rockets have faced since Paul’s return, though. Also, the Spurs should have Kawhi Leonard back for this battle on Friday. Leonard hasn’t played a single regular season minute yet this season. The Spurs are 19 and 8. That’s how talented San Antonio is.
Pick: San Antonio
Oklahoma City at New York Knicks
When: Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
TV: NBA TV
The Oklahoma City Thunder might finally have gelled. The Thunder are only 12 and 13 going into their Dec. 11 game versus the Charlotte Hornets. However, OKC has won 4 out of their last 5. Not only that, but the Thunder beat Minnesota, who leads the Northwest Division, San Antonio, and Utah in 3 of the 5 games.
The last time OKC took on the New York Knicks, the Thunder blasted NYK 105 to 84. This is a terrible matchup for the Knicks. Melo returns to the Garden while Russell now averages 22.8 points, 9.9 assists, and 9.3 boards.
Pick: Oklahoma City