The 2018 NBA season tips-off on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 and I have a trio of sports betting bankrool busting NBA expert picks.
Expert Picks NBA Week 1
L.A. Lakers at Portland Trailblazers
When: Thursday, Oct. 18 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Moda Center, Portland, OR
Analysis: All eyes will be on LeBron and the Lakers when they travel to the Moda Center to take on the Portland Trailblazers on Thursday, Oct. 18. If the NBA Preseason is any indication of how the LeBron led Lakers might perform, Portland could be in trouble.
The Lakers scored 123 points and 119 points in back-to-back wins over Golden State in their final couple of preseason games. LeBron should make the Lakers much better this season, but their best player from last season, Julius Randle, won’t start on the frontline.
In this game, Portland’s got an edge with center Jusuf Nurkic. Unless LeBron provides magic, Portland should win this one on the moneyline.
Pick: Portland Trailblazers
Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors
When: Friday, Oct. 19 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON, CA
Analysis: Toronto acquired the great Kawhi Leonard. However, Leonard doesn’t even want to play for Toronto. His dream is to play for the squad he grew up rooting for, the Los Angeles Lakers.
It feels like Leonard’s on loan for a season even though he’s saying all the right things. Kawhi will give it his all on Friday, though, which makes the Raptors an intriguing possible underdog home play on the moneyline.
Pick: Toronto Raptors
Houston Rockets at L.A. Lakers
When: Saturday, Oct. 20 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Analysis: The Lakers game against the Houston Rockets on Saturday in primetime is the one everyone’s going to watch. If LeBron and the Lakers can beat The Beard, CP3 and the Houston Rockets, expect L.A.’s odds to win the NBA Title to dive.
Are the Lakers good enough to beat the Rockets? Nope. Even with LeBron, the team lacks enough great guard play to counter anything James Harden and Chris Paul do in this game. Carmelo Anthony can still score at will, meaning the Rockets should garner a nice lead heading into the 4th quarter. Rockets win.
Pick: Houston Rockets