We head into the second week of NBA action and there are a lot of questions that remain unanswered. Are the undefeated Raptors, Bucks & Pistons the best the East has to offer? When will the equally undefeated Nuggets, Pelicans, and Trail Blazers lose their first games? How much longer will the Laker-faithful have to wait for LeBron to start winning?
Betting Picks NBA Oct 22-28
Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks
When: Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 9:30 pm ET
Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
Analysis: 76ers point guard Ben Simmons is listed as questionable to play on Tuesday against the Detroit Pistons. If Simmons doesn’t play on Tuesday, Philly might have a better shot to beat the Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo on Wednesday.
A better shot won’t lead to a win, though. Simmons and the 76ers are a good team. They aren’t as good as Milwaukee, who’s getting plenty of balance on the offensive end this season. It’s nice to know that if you must lean on a player like the Greek Freak, you can.
Milwaukee should win and cover.
Pick: Milwaukee Bucks
Boston Celtics at Oklahoma City Thunder
When: Thursday, Oct. 25 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Analysis: Boston’s won early this season, but right now they’re a difficult play against the spread. Odds makers have set lines that the Celtics haven’t covered. They shouldn’t run into an issue with a huge line as a favorite on Thursday, though.
Oklahoma City figures to be a slight favorite. Even if OKC isn’t, odds makers won’t favor Boston by more than 3 to 4. Celtics don’t care if they play on the road or not while Oklahoma City’s looked awful so far this season.
Thunder’s issue might be one of chemistry. They don’t play defense or haven’t yet. Doubtful they play good enough defense to beat the Celtics on Oct. 25.
Pick: Boston Celtics
Golden State Warriors at New York Knicks
When: Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
TV: NBA TV
Analysis: Golden State Warriors haven’t gotten on track yet this season. If they don’t earlier in the week, they will on Friday facing a New York Knicks team that just won’t keep up.
Knicks want to run and gun just like Golden State. In the past 4 seasons, trying to beat the Warriors at their own game hasn’t led to many victories. It won’t on Friday, either. Golden State rolls to an easy 20+ points win.
Pick: Golden State Warriors