Are you ready for another intense weekend of NBA hoops? Most likely yes after the Association was dark on Thanksgiving. Maybe one of these three marquee games will whet your appetite – and crush the NBA odds at the same time.
We happen to love all sports here at the ranch (just not all the leagues), but there's something special about basketball and this weekend's NBA schedule has some very interesting games for us to look at. Let's jump right in and see which of these must-see matchups is also worth considering for your NBA picks.
Friday: Golden State at L.A. Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
This is the back end of a home-and-home series; the Warriors trashed the Lakers 149-106 at Oracle on Wednesday night, setting a franchise record with 47 assists (on 53 baskets). The Warriors are eating up the Western Conference, but the betting value should be with the improving Lakers – although D'Angelo Russell (+0.4 BPM) is out 2-3 weeks following a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left knee. No worries, they've got veteran Jose Calderon (+0.1 BPM) to help soak up those minutes at point guard.
Saturday: San Antonio at Washington (7 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
You didn't think the Spurs were just going to fall apart without Tim Duncan, did you? They won 11 of their first 14 games with Pau Gasol (+2.7 BPM) and David Lee (+5.1 BPM) taking over down low – yes, David Lee. The Wizards, meanwhile, are near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, but things should improve once center Ian Mahinmi (knee) makes his D.C. debut. Doesn't look like it'll be against his former team, though.
Sunday: Cleveland at Philadelphia (1 p.m. ET)
So the defending champs are on top of the East, and the 76ers are in last place. Again. But the NBA odds have been much kinder to Philadelphia, which is definitely improving; the Cavs started the year at 4-7-1 ATS, while the Sixers went 8-6 ATS. You know how it goes: Buy low, sell high. Also, check out Philly power forward Richuan Holmes (+2.7 BPM). He's like a stealth All-Star off the bench. Trust the process! And as always, may the sphere be with you.