NBA Expert Picks Nov 13 – 19Josh Bailey
Can Phoenix beat the L.A. Lakers in an intriguing matchup between 2 of the youngest teams in the NBA?
On Saturday, Golden State tries to take down Philadelphia on the road. Will the hot Warriors do it and cover the spread?
Sunday’s game has Minnesota hosting Detroit. Who takes it when the two of the best big men in the NBA, Minny’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Detroit’s Andre Drummond, throw down?
NBA Expert Picks Nov. 13 – 19
Phoenix at L.A. Lakers
When: Friday, Nov. 17 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Analysis: The Phoenix Suns travel to the Staples Center to battle the Lakers. As of Nov. 12, the Lakers are 5 and 8. The Suns are 5 and 9. In the last battle between these 2, on Oct. 20, the Lakers beat the Suns 132 to 130.
Not counting Phoenix’s home battle versus the Lakers on Nov. 13, I feel that the Suns have a great shot of taking down L.A. as a road dog on Friday night. The Lakers shoot an enormously bad 28.9% from the three-point line.
In the Lakers 2-point win over Phoenix, Lakers PG Lonzo Ball made 4 out of 9 three-point shots. That’s 44%. Ball usually shoots 25% from behind the arc. If Ball isn’t hot on Friday night from the arc, the chances are he won’t be, Phoenix should beat the Lakers.
Golden State at Philadelphia
When: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Analysis: I believe Philadelphia is one of the few teams that matches up well with Golden State. Okay, I don’t believe the 76’ers match up well. I do think they they’ve got a player that can hang with Kevin Durant in Ben Simmons.
Golden State beat Philadelphia 135 to 114 on Nov. 11. That game was at Golden State. The Warriors should be around 10-point favorites, at least, in this Saturday matchup. I’m taking the points.
Philly is 3 and 1 against the spread this season as of Nov. 12. The 76’ers’ defense shouldn’t allow GS to shoot over 58% from the field at home like it did on Nov. 11.
Detroit at Minnesota
When: Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Analysis: I’m excited to watch Detroit’s Andre Drummond go against Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns on Sunday. Drummond averages 15.7 boards per game.
Towns averages 11.1 boards per game. Towns also scores 20.9 points per. That’s where Detroit has the advantage. Because the Pistons can find points from other players, the game sets up for them to upset Minnesota on the moneyline on Sunday.
Minnesota must rely on Towns’ scoring, which should be dampened by Drummond’s excellent defense. Without Towns dominating the middle, Minnesota could have a hard time.
I like Detroit.