NBA Expert Picks Oct 30 – Nov 5Josh Bailey
The 2017 NBA season is off to an amazing start and if you need a little help with your pro basketball bets you have come to the right place. My NBA expert picks for this week start on Friday, Nov. 3 when Cleveland heads to Washington still unclear about their starting five. Can the Wizards take advantage? The second game I like on Friday has Boston battling Oklahoma City. Two of the best guards in the NBA, Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook, throw down at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Which guard gets his squad the “W”? The final game I like is Sunday’s battle between Utah and Houston. Who takes it when the Jazz head to Beard country?
NBA Expert Picks Oct 30 – Nov 5
Cleveland at Washington
When: Friday, Nov. 3 at 4:00 pm ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
Analysis: Cleveland is 1 and 5 against the spread this season as of Oct. 28. The Cavaliers go into their Oct. 29 home game versus the New York Knicks having lost 2 in a row. 72% of handicappers believe that Cleveland covers the -10.5-spread versus the Knicks on Oct. 29
I don’t have to wait to see how the Cavs play versus the Knicks to know that Cleveland is a bad bet on the road versus Washington on Friday. In fact, my hope is that the Cavs go undefeated ATS from now until their Friday matchup against Washington.
As of Oct. 28, the Wizards are 0 and 2 ATS at home. However, Washington has a major advantage over the Cavaliers at the point-guard position. I’ll be all over Washington in this Friday game if John Wall, Washington’s PG, plays.
Boston at Oklahoma City
When: Friday, Nov. 3 at 9:30 pm ET
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Analysis: Oklahoma City gets better game to game. The Thunder are only 3 and 3 as of Oct. 28. No worries. They’re starting to gel that way I expected them to. Russell Westbrook is averaging more assists this season while averaging less points.
Russell can still turn it on when the Thunder need him to. He’s preferring to get both Melo and Paul George into the flow of the game. In the long run, Russell knows that’s the best way for the Thunder to challenge Golden State for the NBA Western Conference Championship.
Although I believe OKC is getting it together, I can’t look past the fact that Boston is 4 and 0 ATS in their 4 road games this season as of Oct. 28. How is that possible? Boston allows 28% from behind the three-point line.
That’s remarkable three-point defense. I like the Celtics.
Utah at Houston
When: Sunday, Nov. 5 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
Analysis: The Houston Rockets are 5 and 2 straight up as of Oct. 28. Houston is a good enough team to cover the spread versus Utah on Sunday. I don’t believe they will, though.
The Rockets face one of the best defensive teams in the NBA on Sunday. Utah allows 93.8 points per game. That ranks second in the NBA. Houston’s style is to run up and down the court. That’s going to play right into Utah’s hands. It’s also bad news for the Rockets that PG Chris Paul is out until late November.
I like the Jazz.