November 3, 2014

NBA Betting Preview for November 3, 2014

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With only one game each in the NHL and NFL we’ll focus on the NBA action for Monday night:

HOUSTON ROCKETS AT PHILADELPHIA 76ERS:

The Sixers are bad again this year. Actually, since Michael Carter Williams is ‘out indefinitely’ they’re even worse at the moment. The good news is that MCW is reportedly set to return any time now. The bad news is that the brain dead Sixers brass are thinking about trading MCW–the reigning NBA rookie of the year and one of the team’s few competent players–for more draft picks. The Sixers need a lot of things–particularly more shooters–but the deal with draft picks is that they’re a crapshoot. Trading a veteran for possible ‘upside potential’ is one thing. Trading a guy with Williams’ talent, character and leadership is downright stupid.

Dwight Howard is ‘questionable’ for the Rockets with a swollen knee. I don’t see why you play him in this spot if that’s the case. They’ve got a road game at Miami on deck followed by home games against Golden State and San Antonio. Regardless, its a game between a team that is 3-0 ATS against a team that is 0-3 ATS. The line looks too high so we’ll take the home dog.

BET PHILADELPHIA 76ERS +10′ OVER HOUSTON ROCKETS

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER AT BROOKLYN NETS:

Nets’ home opener. Obviously the Thunder are dealing with serious injury issues but not sold at all on Brooklyn. Price looks too high so I’ll go with the dog.

BET OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER +9 OVER BROOKLYN NETS

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS AT MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES:

The Pelicans travel to Elvis’ home town and they’ve been a horrible road team both SU and ATS in the past few years. Since 2012 they’re 23-59 SU away from the Crescent City and 36-42 ATS. Memphis is undefeated and a team that takes care of fundamentals is a good team to bet on early in the season.

BET MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES -4 OVER NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

BOSTON CELTICS AT DALLAS MAVERICKS:

Celtics have covered 9 of their last 10 spots as a road dog of 9 or more. Brad Stevens is an excellent coach and the Mavs have shown a tendency not to extend margins at home during the past few seasons.

BET BOSTON CELTICS +9′ OVER DALLAS MAVERICKS

SACRAMENTO KINGS AT DENVER NUGGETS:

The Kings should be playing in Seattle were it not for collusion by the NBA. Anyway, they’re an improving team and not sold on Denver. DeMarcus Cousins could be a huge matchup headache for the Nuggets.

BET SACRAMENTO KINGS +7 OVER DENVER NUGGETS

UTAH JAZZ AT LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS:

Clips could be the most ‘public’ team in the NBA this year. They haven’t covered a game yet this season. Utah is improving and the Clippers have a bigger game at Golden State on Wednesday. Jazz could keep this close if the Clips are in ‘lookahead’ mode.

BET UTAH JAZZ +9 OVER LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS