With the 2017-18 NBA regular season now a month old, teams in both conferences are beginning to reveal who they are and will become as we move closer toward the holiday season. With that thought in mind and the start of a new week at hand, it’s time for another round of expert NBA picks of the week.
Expert Picks NBA Nov 6 – 12, 2017
Milwaukee Bucks (4-5) at Cleveland Cavaliers (4-6)
When: Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
TV: FS Ohio, Fox Sports Wisconsin
Radio: WTAM 1100 / 100.7 WMMS / 87.7 FM (ESP), AM 620 WTMJ
Analysis: Giannis Antetokounmpo may be leading the league in scoring, but I’m thinking Milwaukee would be better served if he dialed back his scoring just a bit and started helping out in other areas. The Bucks have lost three straight coming into the new week, but Cleveland was on the wrong end of a 117-115 home loss to Atlanta on Sunday to fall to 1-5 in their last six.
Still, I’m thinking the Cavs are the pick to get the narrow home win in this one seeing as how they already man-handled Milwaukee 116-97 on October 20 in Milwaukee no less. Cleveland is a pitiful 2-8 ATS this season, but I like the Cavaliers to get their act together a bit in this one as they get a good effort from LeBron James, D-Wade and Kyle Korver.
Pick: Cleveland 115 Milwaukee 109
Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics
When: Wednesday, November 8 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
TV: ESPN, SpecSN/SpecD, TSN
Radio: 100.7 WZLX, 710 AM ESPN / 1330 AM ESPN DEPORTES
Analysis: The Lakers won two straight, including their 107-102 win over Memphis on Sunday night, but will be taking on a Celtics team that has won eight straight and is routinely shutting down their opponents with a league-leading defense that is giving up just 93.2 points per game. Boston is getting some stellar play from Kyrie Irving who was apparently isn’t anyone’s sidekick (sorry LeBron). The C’s are also getting some outstanding play from second-year forward Jaylen Brown (15.8 ppg) and rookie forward Jayson Tatum (13.6 ppg). Boston wins by 10.
Pick: Boston 104 L.A. 94
Philadelphia 76ers at Golden State Warriors
When: Saturday, November 11 at 8:30 PM ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
TV: NBCSBA, NBCSP, TSN2
Radio: 95.7 The Game, 97.5 The Fanatic
Analysis: Oh…so now you want to trust the process huh? Seriously though, Philadelphia is seeing their years of frustration suddenly pay off as Ben Simmons puts on his best Magic Johnson impersonation and Joel Embiid reminds everyone that he looks like a young Hakeem Olajuwon. Philadelphia has won four straight heading into the new week while scoring at least 112 in every game. Unfortunately, they’re going to be facing a Golden State Warriors team that heads into the new week riding a three-game winning streak while taking six of their last seven games overall.
The Dubs have scored at least 120 points in winning five of their last 10 games while putting 141 points on the board against the Clippers last Monday and hanging 127 on the Nuggets on Saturday. I’m thinking this matchup could be one of the most exciting of the entire week, but it’s one that Golden State will win, if only because Philly has their – and everyone else’s – full attention right now.
Pick: Golden State 125 Philadelphia 114