NBA Picks Nov 28th – Dec 4th, 2016Josh Bailey
All of my NBA picks of the week cover a span of two days this week, starting on Wednesday and finishing up on Thursday.
Who wins in a top Eastern Conference throw down between Detroit and Boston? Can the L.A. Clippers continue their hot start to the season versus defending champion Cleveland on Thursday? Which team gets the nod in Oracle Arena in Oakland when Houston and The Beard battle Golden State and Steph?
NBA Picks Nov 28 – Dec 4
Detroit at Boston
When: Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
TV: NBA TV
Analysis: So far, Boston hasn’t been as fantastic versus its Eastern Conference foes as so many believed that the Celtics would be going into the season. Boston is only 9 and 7 straight up as of Nov. 27. That puts them in second place, a game behind the Toronto Raptors, in the Atlantic Division.
But Boston should have no trouble beating the heck out of Detroit on Nov. 30. The Pistons are a terrible road team. Detroit is 1-8 against the spread in their road games as of Sunday, Nov. 27. I see Boston destroying the Pistons in this matchup.
L.A. Clippers at Cleveland
When: Thursday, Dec. 1 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Analysis: Are the Clippers good enough to beat Cleveland? LAC goes into the week with a terrific 14 and 3 straight up record. The Clippers are 8-2 straight up in their last 10. But, worrisome signs have developed. LAC had trouble dealing with a bad team like Detroit in a 97 to 108 loss on Nov. 25.
Cleveland might be the best team in the NBA. They have a 13 and 2 record, just like Golden State, as of Nov. 27. The Cavs have won 4 straight games. It’s certainly hard for me to see how LAC sticks with a Cleveland team that can pretty much do whatever it wants to do on the basketball court.
I’ll side with the Cavs to cover in this game on Thursday night.
Houston at Golden State
When: Thursday, Dec. 1 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Analysis: The Beard versus Steph. Or, is it The Beard versus KD? That’s the problem for Houston, right? The best way to beat Golden State is to send the ball to the blocks and hope your bigs can dominate.
If you try to beat the Warriors by relying on outside shooting, you have no shot. Unfortunately for the Rockets, they have no shot of beating anybody in the NBA unless they rely heavily on guard James Harden, aka The Beard.
Harden leads the Rockets in points per game at 28.3. He leads the team in assists at over 12 per. Clint Capela does lead the team in rebounds at over 8 per game. But Capela won’t be enough to cover the spread against the Warriors on Thursday.
I think Golden State could blow out Houston in this game.
Pick: Golden State