The NBA doesn’t play games on Thanksgiving Day. The league leaves Turkey Day to the NFL. That’s okay because starting on Friday, there are a number of great betting opportunities for NBA handicappers. The first game is on Friday, Nov. 27. Miami travels to New York to take on the Knicks. The second game is Saturday, Nov. 28, when New Orleans battles Utah. The third best bet of the week occurs on Sunday in the Detroit at Brooklyn game.
A Closer Look At The Thanksgiving Week NBA Best Bets
Miami at New York
When: Friday, Nov. 27
Miami has a 5 and 7 record against the spread to start the week. The Heat is 1 and 2 against the spread in away games to start the week. Miami should matchup okay with New York in this game.
But, the Knicks have started to turn it on lately. Phil Jackson’s team has won 4 games in a row to start the week. The Knicks have covered in 7 straight. More impressively, the Knicks beat Oklahoma on the road 93 to 90 and Houston on the road 107 to 102 in two straight games last week.
Pick: New York Knicks
New Orleans at Utah
When: Saturday, Nov. 28
To start the week, Utah is 7 and 5 against the spread, but only 1 and 2 ATS at home. Utah slowed down considerably when they lost 3 games in a row from Nov. 10 to Nov. 13. But, those were all road games versus Eastern Conference foes Cleveland, Miami and Orlando.
Utah beat Atlanta 97 to 96 in a road game on Nov. 15. They beat Toronto 93 to 89 at home on Nov. 18. The loss to Dallas in Utah’s last game before this week shouldn’t bother anybody. Utah battles New Orleans in the Pelicans third road game of a three game road trip. The Jazz should win and cover the spread on Saturday.
Detroit at Brooklyn Nets
When: Sunday, Nov. 29
Detroit has a winning record at 7 and 6 to start the week. The Pistons are also 4 and 4 against the spread on the road this season. Brooklyn hasn’t been very good in 2015.
The Detroit front line should have no trouble taking it to Brooklyn in this Sunday game. The front line of forwards Marcus Morris and Ersan Ilyasova and center Andre Drummond will have no trouble handling Brooklyn’s front line of Joe Johnson, Thaddeus Young and Brooke Lopez.
Brooklyn’s starting guards, veteran Jarrett Jack and rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, just aren’t good enough to win this game for the Nets. Expect Detroit to dominate the Nets in this matchup.