Free NBA Picks of the Day for Sunday 11/9

David Lawrence

Sunday, November 9, 2014 2:20 PM UTC

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 2:20 PM UTC

The NBA season is creating some unexpected developments nearly two weeks into the 82-game march from late October through the middle of April. What’s in store for Sunday’s games? Here’s our NBA picks from the card.

Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
This game, if handicapped before the season, would have very reasonably produced a double-digit point spread for the Thunder. Sacramento has been one of the worst teams in the NBA over the past several years, an organization that didn’t seem to have much of a future at all. The Kings played lazy pick-and-roll defense. DeMarcus Cousins was a one-way player who devoted himself only to offense. His short attention span limited the Kings on defense. The whole of Sacramento’s roster was marked by players who could be great in short spurts, but lacked consistency at either end of the court. Entering the new season, nobody was thinking the Kings would seriously contend for the playoffs. Winning five or seven more games, possibly, but the worst playoff team in the West last season won over 47 games. Sacramento winning 47 games this season would greatly exceed any prediction. Meanwhile, Oklahoma City was easily projected to win at least 55 games or more before Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both went down with injuries. Even having just Westbrook on the court would have been enough for the Thunder.

However, as you know, the Thunder have been reduced to under eight healthy bodies due to a spate of additional injures in the early part of the season. Oklahoma City is 1-5 and struggling to put things together. Sacramento, on the other hand, is 5-1 and 3-0 on the road after winning in overtime against Phoenix on Friday night. The Kings are not just winning. They’re beating good teams that were expected to make the playoffs or come very close to doing so. Sacramento might actually deserve to be favored in this game. Take the Kings, as crazy as it might sound.

Free NBA Picks: Sacramento -3


Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks
This feels like a game in which the Dallas Mavericks are going to relish being able to beat up on the Miami Heat after a few years in which Miami held the cards in this rivalry, a renewal of both the 2006 and 2011 NBA Finals. Miami is not what it once was, and Dallas has a stacked lineup thanks to the arrivals of Tyson Chandler, Jameer Nelson, and Chandler Parsons, players who are complementing what was already a strong roster to begin with. It would be highly surprising if Miami’s defense can hold back Dallas’ halfcourt offense. The Mavericks should have far too many weapons for this diminished, LeBron-less version of the Heat.

Free NBA Picks: Dallas -7.5 at The Greek

[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":338241, "sportsbooksIds":[19,43,227,1096,999996,93,238,123,139], "LineTypeId":5, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]


Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns
The Warriors might have started this season without a loss (pending their result on Saturday night in Houston), but that Saturday game in Houston will make this a tough back-to-back turnaround for the Warriors. The Suns, having blown an 11-point fourth-quarter lead to the Sacramento Kings on Friday, are going to be motivated to set things right on Sunday evening. The Suns are a good team, and this figures to be a spot in which they’ll be able to jump on the Warriors, who are due to have some struggles before too long.

Free NBA Picks: Phoenix +1 at 5Dimes

[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":338242, "sportsbooksIds":[19,43,227,1096,999996,93,238,123,139], "LineTypeId":5, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]

comment here