Free NBA Picks: Finding Value in Three of Tonight's Matchups

David Lawrence

Sunday, November 2, 2014 11:56 AM UTC

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 11:56 AM UTC

Sunday is a quiet day in the association with just four games on the schedule. We’ve got NBA picks locked in for three of them, so read on below to find out the selections and the reasoning.

Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat
This is a game that should draw more than a little interest around the NBA. This is not just Chris Bosh of the Heat going up against his former team from Canada. This is about the Heat in the post-LeBron James era, trying to see just how good a team they have on their hands in their pursuit of a fifth straight Eastern Conference championship against an up-and-coming team that won the Atlantic Division last season. It’s been so far and so good for the Heat, who have defeated the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers this season, but Washington is without Brad Beal, one of the main stars on the club. The Heat are going up against a Toronto team that does not have huge injury problems. Toronto is a much younger team with more athletic players.

One thing to also consider when going over tonight's NBA odds is that Toronto played the previous night against the Orlando magic. The Raptors had a quick little hop to Miami from Orlando. The Heat had to play in Philadelphia and fly down to South Beach. The Raptors are probably going to be the slightly fresher team. They’re a good bet to win in Miami on Sunday.

Pick: Toronto at Will Hill


Charlotte Hornets vs. New York Knicks
Odds: New York -4

The Hornets were part of the worst NBA game from Saturday night, losing 71-69 to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Hornets were lucky to escape the Milwaukee Bucks earlier in the week – they scrambled back to win late after being outplayed for most of the first three quarters. However, their offense is not in sync the way many in the organization hoped it would be. Lance Stephenson was the big new arrival in the Hornets’ locker room. He has not yet integrated himself into the offense, and until he does, it seems that Charlotte is going to face a lot of problems. The Knicks haven’t figured things out, but they can play reasonably good defense, enough to have beaten the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland on opening night for LeBron James. Take the Knicks with your NBA picks on their home court inside Madison Square Garden.

Pick: New York -4 at The Greek

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Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Odds: Portland -3.5

The Warriors had to play the Los Angeles Lakers late Saturday night, while Portland was able to rest after playing in Sacramento late Friday night. Back-to-back games don’t always prove to be decisive, but Portland should be able to benefit from not having played a back-to-back set entering this game. The Blazers will also be mad after their loss to Sacramento. They know they need to change course quickly.

Pick: Portland -3.5 at Bodog

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