NBA Basketball Picks - Daily ATS Predictions
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We will go ahead and trade away the basket here to get the Hawks at a better price. The Hawks will enter this game with a chip on their shoulder as they will feel disrespected being a dog at home to the likes of the Knicks. Atlanta will come out swinging in the first quarter and never look back.
This market opened as a three-point line which means this contest is a toss-up. Now we get to trade the two buckets away for a 65% increase of ROI. This is a delightful prospect given the fact there is an excellent chance that The Land can edge out Orlando. We have to like Cleveland’s chances here as they are the better shooting team by 2.1% hitting 44.5% of their field goal attempts compared to Orlando's 42.1%. Also, the element of the three ball rests in Cleveland favor as they are successful 34.6% of the time (18th in the NBA) compared to Orlando who is only a 30.7% (27th in the league) shooting team from beyond the arc. In a game of points, this will be instrumental and why Cleveland will win.
The set-up for this game has upset written all over it, but we will go ahead and play this one conservative by taking the points. The fact remains that the location of this contest will play a significant role in the outcome of this contest. Philly is winless on the road while Brooklyn plays .500 ball at home. Brooklyn has already hosted Golden State and Houston (the two best teams in the West) here as two of their four home contests. In both fixtures, the Nets were quite competitive, and as a result, you can be assured that they will be looking to get over the proverbial hump and make a statement here with a win against one of the better teams in their division and conference.
Detroit as a whole is an odd team. The Pistons own five games where they could have been 0-5 or 5-0, but the dust settled with them going 2-3 SU over games that were decided by a three-ball or less. However, when Detroit loses a game other than by these measures they fell by over 20 points. This result was attained against the Boston Celtics, a team comparable to Philadelphia certainly regarding strength and quality. This will be another game where Detroit loses by significant margins regardless of what transpired last week.
We’ll go ahead and trade away the bucket here to take the Magic outright on the money line and increase our ROI by 25%. Orlando owns the edge in both the defense and turnover department, and these variables will be instrumental in a Magic victory as this only further plays into their hands being the fresher of the two teams with home court. Chances are a possession won’t decide this one and Orlando will win with an exclamation point.
Boston's defense is insufferable, and it will be the difference maker in this contest. There is a lot of hype and pandemonium surrounding this Bucks team in how they have started off, but the Celtics will only use that as bulletin board material to re-assert themselves as the top team in the conference. With motivation considered, all the chalk is asked to do here is win by a basket. True value. Celtics win big.
The Nets certainly recollect the events of October 19th. The finish was considered nothing short of dramatic as Motown held a seven-point lead heading into the fourth. Brooklyn had an opportunity to win the game but as mentioned came up short. Furthermore, the Nets hung with the two-time defending NBA Champions over the weekend losing by just six to Golden State when they were a double-digit dog. This is a team that is demanding some respect and is looking to earn its first statement win of the season to show all that they are the same Nets team you can beat up on. Here is their chance and they will cash in.
There is plenty of tape for the Cavs to study on how to generate second-chance opportunities off of rebounds, Philly provided plenty of material. Cavalier forwards Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance, Jr. are in line for a big night at the office as Atlanta has no answer for these two physical forces. Cleveland punches their ticket to their first win and covers while doing so.
We are getting the better team here at, the better price with the Nets positioned as a dog. We'll take advantage and trade the bucket away to take the Nets outright in this market. Once again the Nets will push the Knicks around by the rim and create more second chances, serving as the difference maker in this contest.
Nothing is out of the question in the NBA as it is a league full of parody and upsets. However, it is hard to imagine Brooklyn pulling an outright shocker here. Be that as it may, Brooklyn can certainly malinger in this game longer than many may expect. The Nets will come out swinging and perhaps even hold a considerable lead at one point. After all, the money quarter for Golden State is usually the third when they make it rain. Overall if the Nets play their best game, they will find themselves with an opportunity to test this Warriors team in the fourth quarter too.
On Tuesday, the Pistons upended the Philadelphia 76ers in Motown in overtime, so this team knows it can hang with the best of the conference. This franchise is looking to a step forward in 2018, this is why they acquired Blakey, The Kid near the trade deadline last year. With Chicago remaining one of the weakest sides in the league and Cleveland taking a step back in this season, the Central Division appears to be a three-horse race between these Pistons, the Indiana Pacers, and the Milwaukee Bucks. So far, the Bucks and the Motor City Maulers have answered the call. Look for this game to serve as an opportunity for Detroit to make a statement. Pistons outright get the call.
The last time the Mavs came to Toronto, they hung with them, and they remember this too. This Dallas Mavericks team seemingly is on the right trajectory to improve in 2018 even if they come up with a likely loss here. However, Dallas can still make a statement by keeping this one close and chances are they likely will as Toronto stares a road trip to an undefeated Milwaukee in the face after this contest. Perhaps, Toronto may be caught looking ahead.
Two areas make this game a mismatch for the Knicks: rebounding and defense. On average, Miami generates nearly 10 more offensive rebounds per game at 52 to New York's 42.8 orbg while giving away only 43.7 rpg to New York's 50.5 rbg. Very simply, Miami is better on the glass, and when you factor this in with Miami being the fresher of the two teams, the Heat can play a physical and in-your-face game longer than the Knicks. This does not fare well for the Knicks who will also be getting bullied by the crowd in a hostile environment. Swallow the points.
The focal point of the Pistons is the twin towers that comprise their frontcourt in forward Blake Griffin and center Andre Drummond. While these men can out muscle virtually anyone in the paint, Philadelphia has weapons to neutralize that advantage. Guard Ben Simmons is a sniper from three-point land and an excellent facilitator to find open looks for good shooters in J.J Reddick and Robert Covington. This angle will lead to Philadelphia covering at least by a basket.
Will Cleveland win their home opener? That is a probably a safe bet. However, they are very simply not a good enough team anymore to be spotting this kind of weight to any opponent. This game won't be one for the ages but chances are Atlanta will be competitive for most of the affair. Take the points.
Last night, the Heat at one point held a 14-point lead. Unfortunately, Miami cooled off after getting off to a scorching start in the first quarter. This is very much a typical trend in the early stages of the regular season. However, Miami still managed to hit nearly 40% of their shots be that as it may and that was after they fanned down. The Wizards may still have a bit of rust to blow off and thus the lumber is too risky. This one will likely be a back and forth contest.
Despite from what appears to be a "lean" by the public on the Sixers with the points, we have yet to see the line move as a result. Be that as it may, Boston plays a physical brand of basketball that very simply could give more finesse teams like Philadelphia nightmares. There has been a lot of hype and hyperbole surrounding the Celtics in the off-season, and they will use this opening game as a contest to affirm all of it. Celtics outmuscle the Sixers and pull away in the fourth quarter.
A big angle probably taken in this game is the narrative that King James will not be swept on his home court. Typically, such jargon would be ill-advised as a formula for a betting approach. However, King James subverts the norm. LeBron James has single-handedly made Cleveland relevant in the previous three games even if they were all losses. Cleveland has held leads in each of the contest by significant margins. Look for this to be a focal point for the Cavs to clamp down in their third. Many forecasted this to be a "Gentleman's Sweep" anyhow; thus if Cleveland were to steal one, this would be the game.
I initially had Golden State winning this series in six games, but after watching how the first two games have unfolded, I think the Warriors will go on to post another 4-1 series victory against Cleveland to match last season's result in the championship series between the two. That said, the one game that the Cavaliers do end up winning in this year's series will be Wednesday night and in a fairly convincing fashion.