NBA Expert Picks Week 1Josh Bailey
Hurray hoops heads!
If you’re an NBA roundball basketball betting enthusiast like I am, then you’ve got to be jumping for joy with the start of the regular season around the corner.
Not only that, but the brand new season is getting underway with a pair of elite matchups featuring two of the top title contenders in both conferences. Better still, you’re about to get an expert pick on both opening night matchups, along with a handful of other expert picks that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.
Okay, with all of that said and opening tip-offs getting closer by the minute, let’s get started.
NBA Expert Picks For Week 1
Boston at Cleveland
When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Odds: Cleveland -3.5
Analysis: Boston reached the eastern Conference Finals opposite Cleveland last season, but the Celtics overhauled their roster in a big way and have only four players from last season’s team back heading into the new season.
By now, you probably know that the C’s and Cavs swapped starting point guard with Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving being the centerpiece of a deal that netted Cleveland Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, center Ante Zcic and a first round pick in next year’s draft.
While Thomas won’t be ready to suit up until January because f a hip injury he suffered in last season’s playoffs, the Cavs also made some other significant additions by signing former league MVP Derrick Rose, future Hall of Fame shooting guard Dwyane Wade and veteran swingman Jeff Green Among others. Boston also made some other impressive additions by signing former Utah Jazz all-star small forward Gordon Hayward and veteran forward Marcus Morris while nabbing gifted scorer Jayson Tatum with the third overall pick in the draft.
62 percent of public bettors like the Cavs on opening night and I believe that’s the right call, mostly because Cleveland should have a bit more continuity with the vast majority of their roster from last season intact. While Boston will likely need a little bit more time to find their new identity and pecking order this coming season, Cleveland will run things through LeBron James as always.
The road team in this rivalry is 12-3-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings, but I like Cleveland to get the opening night wain and narrow ATS cover in this one!
Pick: Cleveland -3.5
Houston at Golden State
When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 10:30 PM ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
NBA Odds: Golden State -9.5
Analysis: The Houston Rockets had a phenomenal season a year ago in winning 55 games to finish just behind the league-leading Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, but they made one f the biggest offseason additions by acquiring veteran point guard Chris Paul to pair in the backcourt with MVP runner-up James Harden and sweet shooters like Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon. The Rockets also have some very good role players in blossoming big man Clint Capela, veteran two-way forward Trevor Ariza and veteran center Nene among other players like newly acquired veterans O.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah A Moute.
Unfortunately, it’s still going to take a Herculean effort to get past the loaded, confident and selfless Golden State Warriors. The Dubs brought back all of their main cogs by resigning veteran small forward Andre Iguodala, combo guard Shaun Livingston, centers Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee and Ian Clark, not to mention Kevin Durant almost as an afterthought while adding veterans like Nick ‘Swaggy P’ Young and Omri Casspi.
Still, just 40 percent of public bettors like the Dubs in their regular season opener, but I think that’s a mistake as the Warriors win their home opener by at least a dozen points. Only one team in this matchup plays any defense and it’s not the Rockets.
Pick: Golden State -9.5
Philadelphia At Washington
When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
Analysis: The 76ers have back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks on their roster in Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz, not to mention gifted center Joel Embiid. Philly also acquired veteran shooting guard J.J. Redick in free agency and veteran big man Amir Johnson. However, I’m expecting the Washington Wizards to challenge for a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals behind their outstanding backcourt featuring John Wall and Bradley Beal and still blossoming small forward Otto Porter.
Washington nearly reached the conference finals last season before succumbing to Boston in a hard-fought seven games, but this time around, I think their continuity and continued maturation could very well get them where they want to go. While the line for this contest isn’t out yet, I’m going with Washington to back a hard-fought eight point win at home. Let’s call it…
Pick: Washington 112 Philadelphia 104