NBA Expert Picks Oct 23 – 29Noah Williams
Okay basketball betting buffs, with the first week of NBA action now in the books, it’s time for another round of expert NBA picks for Week 2 of the 2017-18 regular season. This week, I’ve got a quartet of picks that start on Tuesday night on four intriguing matchups that are sure to please. Now, let’s rock and roll.
NBA Expert Picks Oct 23 – 29
Indiana Pacers at Minnesota Timberwolves
When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: FOX Sports North, FOX Sports Indiana
Analysis: At the time of this writing, Indiana was putting up an impressive 114.7 points per game but allowing a whopping 119.0 points per contest defensively. Conversely, Minnesota was putting 104.7 points per game on the board while giving up 105.7.
More importantly, the revamped Timberwolves looked really good in beating Utah and Oklahoma City after dropping their opener against San Antonio while Indiana got smacked around by Portland and lost a heartbreaker at Miami after hanging 140 on Brooklyn in their opener.
Minnesota has too much talent and now, veteran leadership with guys like Jimmy Butler, Karl Anthony Towns, and Andrew Wiggins to lose to the likes of a Pacers team that has some very good players starting with Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, but no real superstars. Minnesota wins by both, lighting up the scoreboard and shutting Indiana down for the most part.
Pick: Minnesota 115 Indiana 104
Houston at Philadelphia
When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: NBCSP, ATTSN-SW, NBATV
Analysis: The Houston Rockets may have lost point guard Chris Paul, but they’re off to a perfect 3-0 start while putting up 111.3 points per game and giving up just 104.0 per night. The Philadelphia 76ers have an exciting young trio in Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Markelle Fultz, but they’re not playing much defense in giving up 116.7 per game while averaging 100.3 per night.
With Paul out, the Rockets are back to leaning on superstar James Harden and spanked Dallas 107-91 on Saturday behind their league MVP runner-up and a very good cast of role players like Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson, Clint Capela and Eric Gordon.
Philadelphia looked mostly defenseless in their 128-94 blowout at the hands of the Toronto Raptors on Saturday despite getting a near triple-double from the super versatile Simmons. The Rockets will win this one by double digits and it could be another long season in Philly despite some high expectations if they don’t actually start playing defense.
Boston at Milwaukee
When: Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Milwaukee, WI
TV: TNT – SAP, NBATV Canada
Analysis: Boston is off to a decent 1-2 start while Milwaukee went 2-1 over its first three games. The Celtics may be the more talked about team because of their acquisitions of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, but now, Hayward is out for the season and Irving is left to carry a heavier load with a cast of mostly young players around him outside of productive big man Al Horford.
Milwaukee has an MVP-caliber player in do-it-all superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and has a much better cast of role players in still blossoming youngsters like Malcolm Brogdon and Thom Maker and slightly older veterans like Khris Middleton and Tony Snell.
Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 44 against Portland on Saturday night and right now, Milwaukee, not Boston is the clearly better team. The Bucks win a close one against the C’s at home as the Greek freak outplays Irving and every other Boston Celtic.
Pick: Milwaukee 108 Boston 104
Washington at Golden State
When: Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10:30 PM ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
TV: NBATV, NBCBA, NBCSWA
Analysis: The Wizards are off to a perfect 2-0 start and got past Detroit 115-111 on Friday night in their last contest prior to this writing while Golden State is off to a 1-2 start after three games and suffered a 111-101 loss to Memphis the last time we saw them in action.
While I picked the Wizards to reach the Eastern Conference Finals opposite Cleveland this season and I still believe they will, they’re catching the Warriors at a bad time in Week 2 with the Dubs looking to play better after their surprising start that saw both, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant ejected in their loss against the Grizz. Golden State wins a fairly high-scoring affair against Washington in this one.
Pick: Golden State 116 Washington 108