Free NBA Picks & Previews for Sunday Night Betting

David Lawrence

Sunday, November 16, 2014 5:45 PM GMT

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 5:45 PM GMT

The NBA season is in that place where it’s easy to think where a lot of teams are going, but true certainty about the NBA betting fortunes of various clubs is not something one should expect. The season is still in a tenuous position, and you’re going to get some odd results more than in January.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat
Odds: Heat -5
The Miami Heat were 5-2 and cruising this season, but then they lost two straight games, to the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks. It’s hard to know which Miami team will show up each night, a problem magnified by injuries. Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts didn’t play against Atlanta, and for a team without LeBron James in this new era of the franchise’s existence, depth is essential, not the luxury it once was. The Heat will try to bounce back in this game, and having played horribly in their most recent home game (against Indiana on Wednesday), Miami will probably be sufficiently motivated to put on a much better show. Against Indiana, Chris Bosh and Luol Deng were a combined 5 of 23 from the field. If they shoot the way they’re capable of, the Heat should be able to get past a Milwaukee team that got whipped, 101-85, by the Orlando Magic on Friday. Milwaukee’s probably not going to be good enough to handle Miami.

NBA Pick: Miami - 5

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Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Odds: Rockets -5
Before the season began, you would have easily predicted that Oklahoma City would win this game. The Thunder have been a team with annual championship goals and expectations. The Thunder have a two-year window in which to win a title before Kevin Durant’s contract expires after the 2016 season. The Thunder were mentally ready to win big this season. However, everything has changed in the short run. Injuries not just to Durant, but to Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson and others, have wiped out both quality and depth for the Thunder. Oklahoma City doesn’t have a single active player who would be considered a star, with the exception of Serge Ibaka. The Thunder also lack the bodies to be able to withstand the wear and tear of the regular season. Guys are getting overextended, and with Houston playing solid ball thanks to Dwight Howard and James Harden, it’s hard to see how Oklahoma City can keep up with the Rockets over 48 minutes.

NBA Pick: Houston -5 at 5Dimes

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Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Odds: Warriors -8.5
The Lakers entered Friday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs as the worst defensive team in the NBA, allowing an average of 111.5 points per game. The Lakers proceeded to allow just 93 points to the Spurs and their world-championship offense. However, Los Angeles scored only 80 points, with Kobe Bryant scoring only nine points for the whole night. It’s that kind of season for the Lakers. There’s just no reason to trust them against good teams. Golden State’s a good team. Take them with your NBA picks.

NBA Pick: Golden State -8.5 on NBA odds at The Greek

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